Frank J. Klostermann married Mary J. Kramer

~Married: February 18, 1873, Dyersville, Iowa

Note from the Family Contributor, Stephen Klosterman: "Attached is an autobiography written by my great grandfather and was found by my uncle Francis at a library in Iowa. The narrative is little confusing, and I believe that my uncle copied and typed this and the only error that I found is that my great grandfather's brother name is FH (Frank Henry) not TH."

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Frank J. Klostermann came from a family of pioneers in eastern Iowa, his father and mother having been among the first settlers in Dubuque county where they located and [illegible] and built one of the first log cabins. They lived there for many years. Frank attended the first country schools in that territory and later attended school in the town of New Vienna. He remained under the parental roof until he was twenty-three years of age, having spent three years teaching school. On February 18, 1873, he was united in marriage to Mary Kramer, who was a native of Oldenburg, Germany, and who settled near New Vienna with her parents in 1857.

After their marriage, Mr. Klostermann purchased a farm near Petersburg, Iowa from his father, and the couple lived there for twenty-five years. During that time he took an active part in civic affairs and held the office of justice of the peace, also serving as secretary of the school board for eleven years. The family sold out in February 1898, and came to Plymouth county, settling in Marion township, four miles southwest of Remsen, where they lived until the spring of 1911. During that time, Mr. Klostermann was active in all civic and political affairs, his interest centering primarily in the improvement of 320 acres of the best Ply[illegible] of the schools. His land holdings at the time of his retirement Plymouth county land.

Mr. and Mrs. Klosterman were the parents of twelve children, six of whom are living to mourn with their aged mother the loss of a loving father and husband. The children are: Louise Kniep, Elkton, S.D.; Frank, Elkton, S.D.; Clem, Remsen; Charles, Elkton, S.D.; Andrew, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Emma, now Mrs. Mike Frank, Remsen.

Mr. Klostermann was a successful farmer and home builder, and as such won the admiration and respect of his many acquaintances.

~Source:  LeMars Sentinel, Sept. 7, 1923 (excerpt from Frank J. Klostermann obituary)

Front Row: Charles, Mary J, Josephine, Frank J, Emma (Frank)
Back row: Louisa (Kneip), Frank H, Andrew, Clement, Mary Agnes (Muhlenkamp)
  Photo taken circa 1900


Children of Frank & Mary Klostermann:

Mary Agnes b. 21 Aug 1876; d. 8 Dec 1909; married William Muhlenkamp18 Feb 1896 Her Obituary
Louisa b. 19 May 1878; d. 27 Jul 1951 Her Obituary
Frank b. 19 Sep 1882; d. 19 Mar 1947; married Mary A. Paskert His Obituary
Clemens b. 5 Apr 1884; d. Jun 1949; married Winifred Kennedy 28 Jun 1911 His Obituary
Charles b. Oct 1886
Andrew b. 29 Sep 1891
Emma b. 14 Mar 1894; d. Aug 1948; married Mike Frank 19 Nov 1912 Her Obituary
Josephine b. 8 Sep 1897; d. 5 May 1914 Her Obituary



Frank J. Klostermann
b. Sep 1849
d. 31 Aug 1923

His Obituary


Mary J. (Kramer) Klostermann
b. 22 Jul 1854
d. Nov 1941

Her Obituary

**Family photos & identification submitted by descendant, Stephen Klostermann.



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