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Kramer family Album

Kramer's Market, established 1869
Kramer's Market, established 1869

In 1867 Anton Kramer and his aunt Francisca Kramer immigrated from Neubistritz or Neu Beustritz, Austria, to Clayton County, Iowa. Anton’s uncle Joseph Kramer was already operating a meat market in Elkader, Iowa, and Anton joined him as a butcher. In 1872 while on a marketing trip in Milwaukee, Joseph died of a heart attack leaving a widow Maria Ludovia Gehrlein Kramer and six children in Elkader, Iowa. This family lived in the large stone farm house at the top of the Kramer hill.

Anton took over the butcher shop and later employed his brother John as well as his uncle Karl. The business thrived and meat was shipped by rail to cities in the east. Anton was involved bringing electricity and the railroad to Elkader and also starting a new bank, the First National Bank, in Elkader. His wife was Caroline Gehrlein, a sister of Maria who had married his uncle Joseph.

His aunt Francisca married William Osa (Osie) and they had two children, Robert who died in infancy and Marie Bertha Osa who married Fred L. Stinger.

John Kramer
John Kramer
b. August 29, 1849 in Neubistritz, Austria

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Anton and Caroline Kramer’s children were:
Anton Fridelin 'Fred' Kramer who married Matilda M. Brandt
Louis John Kramer who married Ethel Leola Laycock
Katherine Louise Kramer who married Dr. Harry Merritt Bradley
Henry Florian Kramer who married Emily A. Cassutt
Arthur Leo Kramer who married Effie Boots
Raymond Karl 'Ray' Kramer who married Dorothea M. Parmenter
Florence Kramer who died in infancy


Anton & Caroline (Gehrelin) Kramer family
Anton & Caroline Kramer family

Front L-R: Arthur, Anton & Katherine
Rear L-R: Louis, Fred, Ray, Caroline & Henry

Caroline Gehrlein Kramer
Caroline Gehrlein Kramer


Katherine Louise Kramer
Katherine Louise Kramer
Katherine Louise Kramer
Katherine Louise Kramer

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Louis Kramer, Sr., Alaska, 1898
Louis Kramer, Sr. (center)
Prospecting for gold in Alaska, 1898

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Arthur Kramer & Effie Boots, 1911
Arthur Kramer & Effie Boots
Elkader, 1911


Arthur Jr. & Katherine Kramer, 1916
Arthur Jr. & Katherine Kramer
near Hugo, Colorado, 1916


Effie Boots Kramer with Katherine & Art Jr.
Effie with Katherine & Art Jr.

Effie Boots Kramer, ca1910
Effie Boots Kramer


Arthur & Effie with Art Jr. & Katherine, 1922
Arthur & Effie with Art Jr. & Katherine
Colorado, 1922


Arthur Leo Kramer, Jr
Arthur Leo Kramer, Jr. ca1944

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Joseph and Maria Kramer’s children were:
Julia Louise Kramer who married Peter Meyer
Louis Kramer who died young
Joseph Kramer who married Katherine Wentz
John A. Kramer who married Mary E. Whitley
Mary Elizabeth Kramer who married Peter Klein
Caroline Antonette Kramer who married John C. Schmidt


~photos were contributed by Judy Moyna from her personal collection. Judy's email address can be found in the Surname Registry for Kramer. Also, find a LOT of additional information on the Seifert & allied families by visiting Judy's World Connect website at Rootsweb, a link to her site is on the Personal Websites page (scroll down to 'Bender-Moyna Families')

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