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A. F. KREAMER, who is classed among the successful farmers of Penn township, Cen­tre county, is well worthy to be ranked among the individuals who havedistinguished themselves useful and enterprising citizens. He was born in the same township, January 6, 1847, and was but a child when brought by his parents, Jona­than and Susannah (Strohm) Kreamer, to the farm which he now occupies, and which at one time was owned by his great-grandfather, Daniel Kreamer, who was the first of the family to come to Centre county. In his family were three chil­dren: Daniel, John and Mrs. Salorna Keen.

Daniel Kreamer, Jr., the grandfather of our subject, was a farmer by occupation, as was also his father before him. He married a Miss Neese, by whom he had eight children—seven Sons and one daughter—namely: Jacob who died in Kan­sas; John, who became an Evangelical minister, and died in the same State; William, an auction­eer and farmer, who died in Iowa; Jonathan, the father of our subject; Elias, a resident of Union county, Penn.; Daniel, once a minister, now liv­ing in Illinois; Henry, a painter in the same State; and Betsey, who married William Guitilus, and died in Mifflinburg, Penn. In 1876 the Sons were all together, at which time their combined weight was over two thousand pounds.

Jonathan Kreamer was born in Miles town­ship, Centre county, in 1821, and was reared to farm life. When a young man he married Su­sannah Strohm, a native of Lebanon county, Penn., and a daughter of Jonathan Strohm, who brought his family to Potter township, Centre county, when Mrs. Kreamer was but a small child. After their marriage the parents remained upon his father’s farm until 1848, when they re­moved to the place now owned and occupied by our subject, having purchased it at the sale of his grandfather’s estate. In 1868 the father re­moved to Millheim, where he conducted what is now known as the National Hotel for a time, and died in that village in 1883. Like the other members of the family he was very large, being six feet,one inch in height,and weighing at one time 365 pounds. He was an enterprising, energetic man, succeeding in accumulating a comfortable prop­erty; he was a Democrat in politics, and held a number of township offices to the satisfaction of all concerned. His religious views were those held by the Evangelical Church, of which he was a faithful member. His wife, who still survives him, makes her home with her daughter, Mary, at State College. In their family were six chil­dren: A. F., the subject of this review; Mary, wife of Ab Miller, of State College; Sarah A., wife of Pierce Musser, of Millheirn; Emma, wife of A. A. Frank, of the same place; John, express messenger for the Adams Express Company at Harrisburg, Penn., and Cora, wife of Greely Bowman, of St. Louis.

During his boyhood, A. F. Kreamer attended the Liberty school during the winter months, his first teacher being Thomas Strayhorn. He remained upon the home farm until the removal of the family to Millheim in 1868, where he as­sisted his father in the hotel business for four years. On October 10, 1872, he was united in marriage with Miss Jestie Keen, who was born in Penn township, February 28, 1847, a daugh­ter of Jacob and Mary (Dininger) Keen, farming people. Two children were born of this union: Nora F. died in infancy; and N. F., born Octo­ber 12, 1874, was married in November, 1893, to Miss Jennie, a daughter of Jacob Breon, of Gregg township, and they have one child—Helen, born April 11, 1895.

Mr. and Mrs. Kreamer began housekeeping upon the farm where they are now living, but later removed to Haines township, where he rented land for fifteen years. On April 1, 1892, they returned to the old family homestead, which he had purchased in January, 1891. It comprises seventy-one acres of highly improved land, on which six generations have made their home, the grandchild of our subject, who with its par­ents resides thereon, being of the sixth genera­tion. Mr. Kreamer has always been identified with the Democratic party, and although no office-seeker, has filled a number of local positions. Socially, he affiliates with the Grange, and relig­iously, both himself and wife are connected with the Evangelical Church, in which he has served as class leader. He is honest, industrious, and thoroughly honorable in all the walks of life, and enjoys the esteem and respect of the community to a large extent.

Contributed by Donna Rife

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