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William Brammeier, Landsman.   Probably one of the many Brammeier brothers homesteading in Kit Carson County.

William proved up an irregularly-shaped tract in 22, 5S 44W in 1893.


William F. Brammeier, owning and operating an excellent farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Farmington township, is numbered among the worthy native sons of Cedar county, his birth having occurred on the old homestead place in Farmington township on the 8th of July, 1870. His father, Frederick W. Brammeier, is mentioned at greater length on another page of this volume. He obtained his early education in the district schools and afterward continued his studies at the Wilton Normal Academy. He remained with his parents until twenty-seven years of age, when he was married and established a home of this own. At that time he bought a tract of one hundred and twenty acres in Farmington township, the further cultivation and improvement of which has claimed his attention continuously since. He raises the various cereals best adapted to soil and climate and his labors are annually rewarded by bounteous harvests. His place is neat and attractive in appearance, indicating the supervision of a practical and progressive owner.

In 1897 Mr. Brammeier was united in marriage to Miss Louise Wacker, a native of Wilton, Iowa, and a daughter of Peter Wacker. Their home has been blessed with five children, namely: Hilda, Fred, Herbert, Otto and Arthur.

Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Brammeier has been independent in his party affiliations but at present votes the democratic ticket. His religious faith is that of the Lutheran church. Cedar county has always remained his home and he is well known and highly esteemed within its borders.

Frederick W. Brammeier, who has devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits throughout his entire business career, is now the owner of three hundred and forty-five acres of valuable land, one hundred and five acres of which is situated in Muscatine county, while the remainder lies in Farmington township, Cedar county. His birth occurred in Westphalia, Germany, on the 11th of October, 1836, his parents being William Frederick and Wilhelmina (Ketemann) Brammeier, who were likewise natives of that place. Both are now deceased, however, passing away in Cedar county, Iowa.

Frederick W. Brammeier attended the schools of the fatherland in pursuit of an education and when seventeen years of age emigrated to the United States. His first place of residence in this country was St. Louis, Missouri, where he remained for one month. On the expiration of that period he went to Muscatine county, Iowa, with his eldest brother, William, while subsequently he worked as a farm hand in Cedar county for about three years. For three seasons he was engaged in breaking raw prairie with four yoke of oxen. Later he farmed a quarter section of land in association with his brother Henry for three years and then bought a tract of eighty acres from his brother William. As his financial resources increased, owing to his untiring industry and capable management, he added to his holdings by additional purchase from time to time untilhe is now the owner of three hundred and forty-five acres of rich and productive land, one hundred and five acres of which lies in Muscatine county and the remainder in Farmington township, Cedar county. The place is highly improved in every particular and all of the buildings, including a handsome modern residence, were erected by our subject. In all of his farm work he has been progressive andhis life record is an indication of the fact that success is not a matter of genius, as some aver, but comes as a result of in fatigable labor, sound judgment and experience.

On the 10th of December, 1863, at Wilton Junction, Iowa, Mr. Brammeier was united in marriage to Miss Annie Martha Otto, who was born on the 14th of September, 1836. Her parents, Emanuel and Martha Elizabeth (Simon) Otto, spent their entire lives in Germany. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Brammeier were born eight children, as follows: J. W.Henry, who is mentioned on another page of this work; Louis, who resides in Farmington township; Gottlieb, at home; William, a sketch of whom appears on another page of this volume; Lydia, who passed away on the 13th of June, 1900; and Catherine, Selma and Clara, who are likewise still under the parental roof.

Politically Mr. Brammeier is a democrat and for five years he ably served his fellow townsmen in the capacity of road supervisor. He and his family belong to the German Lutheran church and take a deep and helpful interest in its work. Coming to America as a youth of seventeen, he possessed the laudable ambition that prompts close application and earnest effort, and upon these qualities he has builded his success. The period of his residence in this part of the state now covers fifty-seven years and he has long enjoyed an enviable reputation as a prosperous and respected citizen.


J. W. Henry Brammeier, whose labors as an agriculturist have been attended with a gratifying measure of success, is the owner of one hundred and twenty acres of rich and productive land in Farmington township. His birth occurred in Cedar county, Iowa, on the 21st of August, 1863, his parents being Frederick and Annie Martha (Otto) Brammeier, who are mentioned at greater length on another page of this volume.

J. W. H. Brammeier supplemented his preliminary education, obtained in the district schools, by a course of study at the Wilton Normal Academy. He remained under the parental roof until twenty-six years of age, assisting his father in the operation of the home farm and thus gaining practical knowledge of the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops. In 1889 he started out as an agriculturist on his own account, renting eighty acres of land, in the cultivation of which he was actively engaged for six years. During the following four years he devoted his attention to the operation of a rented farm of one hundred and twenty acres and then purchased the tract of one hundred and twenty acres in Farmington township which has remained his place of abode to the present time. The many substantial improvements which now adorn the property, including a handsome residence, good barn and outbuildings, all stand as monuments to his industry and enterprise. In connection with the tilling of the soil he follows stock-raising to some extent, finding both branches of business congenial as well as profitable.

As a companion and helpmate on the journey of life Mr. Brammeier chose Miss Lena Wacker, a daughter of Peter and Wilhelmina (Stender) Wacker, who were among the earliest settlers of Wilton, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Brammeier had two children, namely: Alma, who was born on the 10th of March, 1891; and Ernest, whose natal day was October 24, 1893. The wife and mother was called to her final rest in April, 1894.

Mr. Brammeier is a stalwart democrat in politics has never sought nor desired office as a reward for his party fealty. In religious faith he is a Lutheran. Having resided in Cedar county from his birth to the present time, he has a wide acquaintance here and his friends know him as an enterprising agriculturist and a man of genuine worth.


In 1856 Cedar County Iowa Wm. "Brunmire" is 60, born in Germany, and "Wille Mina" is is also 60.  They are with John F. 30, Nancy 23, Jacob 4, John 1 - Fredrick is 18, and Mina is 16.

The stone in Sharon Cemetery, Cedar County has "Fredrick W. Brammier born Dec 3, 1796 died June 5, 1860 - Wilhelmina B. wife of Fredrick W. Brammier died July 23, 1877 aged 79 Yrs, 10 Mos, 27 Ds"

John W. Brammeier married Nancy Mary Kiser Nov 13, 1850 in Cedar County - and that the marriage license says "William"

In 1860 Cedar County John F. "Brownwise" is 34, Mary 27, with Jacob H.9, John W. 5, Caroline V. 3, and Martin G. two months.

In 1870 Cedar County Iowa I.F. "Brammer" is 56, Nancy 36.  They have Jacob H. 19, John W. 15 ,  Caroline 13, Martin 10, Reuben 8, Susan 4, and Eliza 1.

In 1880 J.F. Brymere

In 1880 Mills County John "Brymier" is 24, married to Maud 21.  Brother Martin 20 and his wife Hetta 17 are living with them

The stone in Davenport cemetery, Thayer County, Nebraska has "John F. Brammeier died Aug 23, 1898 aged 74 Y's 5 M's 29 D's" "Nancy Kiser his wife died June 20, 1920 aged 88 Y's, 15 D's"

John William Brammier married Maud Augusta Harding October 19, 1879 in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

August 20, 1888 the hotel in Burlington was moved to a new location.  "Wilhelm Brammeier and his brother Ruben were some of the German farmers who brought their teams of horses to help with the move



In 1900 J.W. Brammeier born Mar 1855 in Iowa, has been married 20 years to Maud A. May 1861 England.  They have J.F. Oct 1881, H.H July 1883, R.A.L. Sep 1885 - all sons born in Iowa, Pauline D Sep 1886 Iowa, Nancie L. June 1888 Colorado, and son M.J. Sep 1889 Colorado.

Augusta Maud Brammeier divorced John William Brammeier in Boulder January 11, 1917.

Nancy's FindAGrave record has her born June 4, 1888 in Kit Carson County, dying Oct 12, 1912 in San Joaquin County, California, buried with her infant son.  Spouse George John Arbuthnot.

Ruben P. Brammeier was a freighter  hauling supplies between from Haigler and Wray to Cheyenne Wells and Burlington before the railroad came through Burlington in 1888.  He proved up a quarter in 9S 44W in 1894, 

In 1910 Thayer County, Nebraska Ruben is 47, Mabel M. 43, Isabel A. 15, and Inez V. 14.

In 1920 Thayer County, Nebraska Reuben Brammeier is 58, farming, Mable 54, son Merle 8.

In 1930 Kit Carson County Reuben is 67, Mabel 64, and they a son Merle, 18, born in Nebraska.

In 1940 Ruben P, 77 and Mabel M. 73 are in Arapahoe County - near Denver.

Reuben is buried in Niwot, Colorado 1862-1949


Louis F. Brammeier proved up a quarter in 9S 45W in 1907, 

John W. proved up a quarter in 9S 442 in 1894,

Reuben P. Brammeier is a brother to John W. Brammeier who is also buried in the Niwot Cemetery.

Jacob H. a quarter in 9S 44W in 1891,

Harvey E. proved up a quarter in 8S 45W n 1904, and

Charles F. a quarter in 9S 45W in 1909.

In 1890 J.B. Brammier of Kit Carson County was elected lecturer and organizer of the Colorado Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union.  In 1894 he was elected vice president.

1900 George F. Brammier in Canon City, working in a bakery, born September 1878 in Illinois, might be a brother.

In 1880 Mills County Iowa there's a J.F. "Brymere" 56 and Nancy 45, with R.P 17, Susan 13, Louisa 11, Liddie 7, Charles F. 5, Louis 3, Harry E. 1.

In 1900 Kit Carson County Louis F. "Brammia" September 1876 in Iowa-is a stock raiser in Kit Carson County, with his brother-in-low Fred S. Flexer.

Eva M. Brammeier married John C. Blake May 11, 1903

1912 L.H. Brammier was elected to the office of S.D. of the Burlington Masonic Lodge.  Louis Brammeier -Sep 25, 1876 - Oct 3, 1949 is buried in Burlington. So is Charles F. Brammeier Jan 1, 1874- Nov 19, 1944 and Malinda July 9, 1872 - July 29, 1942.

Brother Louis Brammeir is in Otoe Nebraska in 1900, and died there.

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