HENRY C. KRAMER, was during many years one of the most prominent agriculturists of Benton county, a progressive and honored citizen and a self-made man. He was born in Jacobstown, Germany, February 14, 1861, and died in Benton county, Iowa, February 15, 1909, and the community then mourned the loss of a true and honored citizen. Gotfried and Marie Kramer, his parents, came to the United States in 1890 and located near Norway in Benton county, Iowa, spending the remainder of their lives there. The father was a shepherd and butcher in his native land, but followed farming after coming to Benton county. There were six children in their family, and the five now living are: Will and Bmil, both in Chicago, Illinois; Herman and Albert, in South Dakota; and Paul, also of South Dakota.
After receiving a common school training in his native land of Germany, Henry C. Kramer came to the United States alone in 1883, and locating at Norway he worked as a farm hand there until 1888. He married in that year and rented a farm of two hundred and forty acres in section 36, Union township, and eight years afterward bought the farm. He improved his place, built a modern home, and was for years one of the largest stock feeders in this section of the county, owning at his death nine car loads of steers and four car loads of hogs. He was a representative citizen and a splendid business man. On the 2nd of April, 1888, he was married to Emma Kaeberle, born in Iowa county, Iowa, June 18, 1867, a daughter of John and Martha (Schook) Kaeberle, who were born in Germany. The father, born in Wurtemberg, died in May of 1899, when seventy-one years of age, and the mother died in 1906, also when seventy-one years of age. Four of their five children are now living. Otto, of Newhall, Iowa; Lewis, whose home is near Meckling, South Dakota; William, of Minnesota; and Emma, who became Mrs. Kramer. Mr. and Mrs. Kaeberle came to the United States in the early years of the '60s, and spending three years in Iowa county, Iowa, they came to Fremont township, Benton county, and after the death of Mr. Kaeberle his widow lived with her daughter, Mrs. Kramer. Mr. Kramer was a member of Camp No. 292, Knights of Pythias, at Blairstown, and he was also a member of the Van Home German Lutheran church.
Mr. and Mrs. Kramer were the parents of six children, five of whom are living: Martha, wife of Arden Schulze, and they have recently purchased a farm in Fremont township, where they intend moving; Ralph, who conducts the home farm; Elmer, Elsie and Lillian who are also at home; and Roy who died when about four months old.
Picture of Henry C. Kramer