KRAMER, GEORGE W., ferryman, was born at Millersburg, Dauphin county, Pa., corner of North and Water streets, August 12, 1829; son of David and Sophia Kramer, both deceased.
George W. Kramer was first taught in the subscription schools of his town, and later attended the public schools at Millersburg. It was, however, only in the winter that he could take time to secure an education, for at other seasons his father needed his assistance on the farm, and he was always a willing and capable helper. At the age of sixteen his school days were ended and a change came in his occupation. By purchasing at sheriff’s sale, December 3, 1825, his father acquired possession of the ferry, for which he paid the sum of $98. George was now old enough to be a valuable assistant to his father on the boat, and was from that time steadily employed in this way. Finally, in 1859, George W. and his brother, Joseph E. Kramer, succeeded their father in the ownership of the ferry, which they conducted jointly until 1880. George W. Kramer then sold his interest and has since been in various occupations.
Mr. Kramer was married, December 29, 1859, to Catherine, daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Noll) Rhoads. Their children are: Sarah Emma; Samuel Carson, married Elizabeth Forney; Susan Alice; Harry Irvin, married Ole Greenawalt, and his three children: Charlotte Catherine, George Henry, and Edward; Ira, died March 27, 1869; Lizzie Ettie; Minnie Myrtle; Mary Savilla, wife of George W. Kline.
Mr. Kramer is a Republican and has served one term as supervisor of the borough. The family attend the Grace United Evangelical church.
Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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