HENRY KRAMER, a dealer in grain, hardware and groceries at Maria Stein, is one of the leading business men of
Marion township, where he was born January 16, 1862.
Mr. Kramer was reared on his father's farm in Marion township, and made it his home until 1881. He then took charge
of the mail route between St. John's and Maria Stein and at the same time had charge of the express office at Maria
Stein, running the express wagon until December, 1885, when he retired from the mail route. While he was mail carrier
he was obliged to endure many hardships from exposure. There was no depot erected until 1881 and he was obliged
to take shelter under trees while waiting for the train, which was very often late. In September, 1884, he took
charge of the freight Office of the Toledo, Delphos & Burlington Railroad at Maria Stein, which office he held
until April, 1893. In September, 1887, he purchased the property of J. Rumping, consisting of a house, two lots
and a stable, paying $1,300 for the same. He moved upon the place the following December, his aunt, Gertrude Kramer,
acting as housekeeper for him. He began buying grain for an outside concern in 1886, storing it in sacks until
he had a carload. In 1891 he formed a partnership with his brother, John M. Kramer, and started a machine shop.
They then erected a warehouse, and engaged in the lumber business on a small scale. Hips trade increased and in
1895 he alone purchased 55,000 bushels of grain. The firm handled 100 car loads of grain a year, and besides this
Mr. Kramer carried on his lumber and hardware business. He dissolved partnership with his brother in 1899.
Mr. Kramer was married May 8, 1889, to Senora Waick, who was born June 11, 1868. Four children were born of this
union: Joseph, born May 18, 1890, who died in infancy; Beda, born July 8, 1892; Mary, born February 24, 1895, who
died the same day; and Stella, born June 1, 1896. Mr. Kramer is a stanch Democrat and with his wife is a member
of the St. John's Catholic Church.
Andrew Walk, father of the wife of our subject, was born September 22, 1837, in Stark County, Ohio. He went to
Iowa when a young man and engaged as a general laborer. After returning to Ohio, he located at Middlepoint, Van
Wert County. In 1864 he enlisted in the army and was discharged in 1865, thereafter receiving a pension of $12
per month until his death, which occurred in 1893. He married Louisa Staples, who died in 1871, leaving four children:
Kate, Frances, Senora and William. Mrs. Kramer, whose mother died when she was about three years old, lived with
her father until her marriage with our subject.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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