Biography of Frank Kiekamp
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

FRANK NIEKAMP, a representative farmer of Marion township, resides on his well improved farm of 78 acres in section 9. Mr. Niekamp was born on his father's farm in Marion township, February 28, 1864, and is a son of Frederick and Catherina (Stammen) Niekamp.

Frederick Niekamp was born in Germany in 1811, and died in Mercer County, Ohio, in 1894. At the age of 22 years he came to America and worked first at Cincinnati and is said to have assisted later in hauling the logs for the first houses ever built at Tippecanoe, Ohio, where he lived for some 15 years. In 1848 he moved to Mercer County and was one of the earliest settlers in Marion township. He was twice married, first at Dayton, Ohio, to Catherine Newhouse, who at her death left four children, namely: John, Clemmens, and Joseph, all deceased; and Mary, who married Rudolf Klostermann. He married (second) Catherina Stammen, who was also born in Germany and had accompanied her parents to Ohio. Ten children were born to this second union, as follows: Henry, who married Catherine Koch; Elizabeth, deceased; Philomeirn, who married John Ronnebaum; Gerhard, who married Elizabeth Mestemaker; Peter, who married Frances Bertke; Catherina, who died young; Frank, the subject of this sketch; Julia and Theodore, both deceased, and a babe that died in infancy. The mother of these children died in 1894.

Frank Niekamp attended the local schools and remained at home with his father, giving the latter assistance until he was about 32 years of age, when he was married to Elizabeth Klostermann, a daughter of Henry and Mary (Mestemaker) Klostermaun. Five children have been born to this union, namely: Alfred, Gregor, deceased, Charles, Josephine and Roman.

The Klostermann family, of which Mrs. Niekamp is a member, is a very prominent one of Franklin township, Mercer County. Her grandfather, Henry Klostermann, was born in Germany, emigrated to America and after establishing himself in business returned to his native land, where be married Mary Cullman, whom he brought to America. His son Henry, the father of Mrs. Niekamp, was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1852. He resides on a fine farm of 100 acres situated in sections 28 and 33, Franklin township. He married Mary Mestemaker and their children were: Elizabeth, who became the wife of our subject; Joseph; Frances, who married Frank Watercutter, of Shelby County, Ohio; Emma, who married Charles Dorston, of Mercer County; and Rudolph, who is in the employ of the "Big Four", Railroad Company, at Dayton. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Klostermann married (second) Catherine Backs, and they have these children: Harmen, Augustus, Gregor, Rose, Richard, Albert and Alvina.

In 1896 Mr. Niekamp purchased his present farm from Bernard Froning, but the frame residence he built himself and also made other important improvements. During a period of residence in Franklin township:, he served one term as road supervisor and has served in the same office in Marion township. Mr. Niekamp and family are members of St. Sebastian's Catholic Church at Sebastian.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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