Biography of Henry Kramer
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

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
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