The first of several Joseph Cramers in the line! Joseph's middle name was undoubtedly inspired by Ulysses Grant's Civil War victories shortly before his birth to Hiram and Mary.
Joseph moved to Nebraska and at age twenty-seven, married Caroline Mendell. Joseph then went into business with her brother Atley, and later owned a general merchandising store with his brother Charles Cramer until 1910. He then worked for the Brown Lumber Company in Chester Nebraska until his death.
Joseph and Caroline had a dozen children, including a set of twins. My grandpa Wally was number nine. When Wally was just a teenager, his fifty-six year old father died while traveling to Missouri to attend an Oddfellows Convention (a fraternal order like the Masons). Joseph left his widow Caroline with ten living children between the ages of nine and twenty-eight. His son-in-law Cyrus Forrell traveled to claim the body.
|Joseph's gun; Cramer brothers ad in Chester, Nebraska newspaper|
|notice of Joseph's death in newspaper|