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Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa
Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887

JOHN GRUMMER, of Luzerne, is a retired farmer, who settled in Benton County, Iowa, in 1857, having purchased his land here some two years previous to that time. He has 320 acres in Iowa Township, and forty acres in Le Roy. He is a native of Germany, born Jan. 16, 1823, and is a son of Henry and Gebka (Wickmann) Grummer. At the age of twenty-eight years he made up his mind to come to America, the "land of the free," landing on its shores in 1851. He spent two years in Indiana, and then returned to Germany, where he remained until 1854, when he came back to this country, and located near Davenport, where he purchased some land.

He was married, Dec. 10, 1857, in Iowa Township, Benton County, to Miss Susannah Werman, daughter of Henry H. Werman; she was born in Prussia, which was then a portion of the Kingdom of Hanover, and came to America in 1852. Her father was one of the first settlers of Iowa Township. Mr. Grummer settled on his farm as soon as he married. They have been the parents of five children, four of whom are now living: Henry W. married Matilda Ilton, and lives at Cedar Rapids; Anna, wife of Edward Ilton, living in Iowa Township; Emma M., who died at the age of nine months; George E., and August. Mr. Grummer continued to carry on his farm in Iowa Township till June, 1882, when he removed to Luzerne, where he at present resides. Mr. and Mrs. Grummer are members of the Lutheran Church. In political belief he is a Democrat.

Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies"  [database online]  Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 250.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009.  Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.

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