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Henry Bramer
Born 4 April 1880

Henry Bramer, one of the younger generation of the agriculturists of Wyoming township, was born in Oxford township, Jones county, April 4, 1880, and is a son of August and Mary Bramer, both natives of Germany, who came to the United States shortly after their marriage. They located first in Jackson county, Iowa, where they lived for a time, and then removed to Jones county, where the father died. The mother, however, is still living, making her home in the village of Wyoming. Five children were born to the couple: Christ, who resides in this county; Louise, who is the wife of Louis Kukkuck, of Jackson county; Henry, the subject of this review; and two who have passed away.
After completing the course of study prescribed by the common schools of the county, Henry Bramer passed to the high school in which he finished his education. At the same time that he prosecuted his lessons, however, he also worked upon the home farm, so that he was well fitted for farming when he embarked in business for himself on attaining his majority. For one year he rented land and then bought the place on which he now lives. It consists of one hundred and eighty-four acres on sections 16 and 21, Wyoming township, is improved and some of it well cultivated, but Mr. Bramer makes a specialty of raising and feeding cattle, sheep and hogs, so that a large part of the farm is used merely as pasture land. Although still a young man, in the few years that he has devoted himself to farming he has given evidence of those qualities which are certain to win pronounced success in the course of years.
It was in 1903 that Mr. Bramer was united in marriage to Miss Elsie Holub, who was born after her parents came to this country and is one of a family of six children. They were natives of Bohemia, who sought to make their fortune in this land. The mother has passed away, but John Holub, the father, is living in Texas. To Mr. and Mrs. Bramer were born four children: one who died in infancy; Henry C.; and twins, born November 9, 1909, one deceased, and Bernice Elizabeth.
Mr. Bramer was reared in the faith of the Lutheran church, while his wife received equally firm grounding in the Presbyterian creed. In his political views, he is in sympathy with the Democratic Party, being convinced of the value of the principles to which it gives expression in its platform as a basis for the governing of the nation. Accordingly the candidate who represents those views can always count upon his support, but for himself he has sought for no public recognition of his abilities.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 638.


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