Reuben Cramer's Bio s/o George b 1798 + Eliz. Henry~Reuben m. Julia Fike
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CRAMER, REUBEN, farmer; P. O. Butler. George Cramer, father of Reuben Cramer, was born in Berks Co., Penn., in 1798; he was of German descent; his ancestors were among the first settlers of Pennsylvania ; in the days of his boyhood and early manhood, he followed teaming for about eleven years, between
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Lehigh and Philadelphia. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Henry; he moved to Ohio in about 1835, he stopped in Wayne Co., near Smithville, about two years; from there he removed to Richland Co; he purchased 40 cres of land in See. 22, in Worthington Township, on which he removed with his family, and on which lie continued to reside as long as he lived ; after coming to this township, lie assisted in clearing a great deal of land besides his own; he died in 1870 in the 72d year of his age. His widow is living at this date, and has attained to the advanced age of 75 years. George and Elizabeth Cramer are the parents of eight children; six of whom are now living.* Reuben, their eldest son, while a young man, learned the carpenter's trade; he followed this occupation until 1874. He was married to Miss ****Julia A. Fike Nov. 21, 1855; they are the parents of ten children, six sons and four daughters, named in the order of their births as follows: Daniel, born March 5, 1857 ; Malinda, Nov. 25, 1858; Samuel, June 10, 1860; George, May 15, 1862; John, Nov. 27, 1863 ; Samantha A., Oct. 20, 1866 ; Mary E., July 27, 1867; Jefferson, July 7, 1869; Franklin, May 24, 1871, and Ellen, Dec. 10, 1875; all of whom are living save Jefferson, who died young. Mrs Cramer, who was born May 29, 1834, in Worthington Township, was a daughter of Tobias Fike, who was of German descent, and a farmer by occupation. Aug. 20, 1855, Mr. Cramer purchased 40 acres of the northeast quarter of Sec. 21, in Worthington Township, for $1,015, where he has since resided; he has very materially improved this farm since it came into his possession ; he has erected buildings thereon which are both elegant and commodious; April 23, 1855, Mr. Cramer bought of Jackson Nichols, for $500, 20 acres of the west half of Sec. 28, in this township ; March 7, 1872, he bought 40 acres of the same section, of Jonathan Divelbiss, for which he paid $2,000; he also bought the farm owned by his father at his decease, but has since disposed of it; he is now the owner of 100 acres of land which he and his sons cultivate; he takes a deep interest in the cause of education ; more especially in the education of his own children. His son Daniel is a teacher by profession and has been engaged in the business for some time. Mr. Cramer joined the Lutheran Church at the early age of 14 years; he and his good wife are respected members of the community in which they reside.
*1850 census, George and Elizabeth's children:
Reuben, Elavina, Sarah,Malinda, Fiannah, Jonathan
(son of Reuben and Julia Fike Cramer)
D. CRAMER, a well-known druggist of Lima, was born
March 5, 1857, in Butler, Richland County, Ohio, where he was reared and educated. His father was Reuben Cramer, a prominent farmer of that county, who died March 4, 1894.Mr. Cramer was reared to agricultural life and followed that occupation during his earlier years; later teaching his home school and finally entering a grocery store as clerk.
He supplemented his early education with a course in the Ohio Normal University at Ada, after which he again taught school, this time in Auglaize County. Being offered a clerkship in the drug store of J. M. Beard, of Spencerville, Ohio, he accepted the position and was with him four and a half year, in which period he thoroughly learned the business.From Spencerville he went to Ludlow, Kentucky, where he clerked for a time and then opened a drug store for himself, which he conducted until he came to Lima in June, 1888, and engaged in the same business here.
Mr. Cramer was married to Ella Ridenour, a member of the Ridenour family that has been prominent in the history of this section.Mr. Cramer is a Democrat and has held a number of local offices, having served on the board of trustees of the Lima Water Works, the Board of Education and has but recently been elected president of the City
Council.Fraternally he is a member of the Knights of Pythias and of the Odd Fellows.
Reuben Cramer visited his son, DANIEL, at Lima last week.