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By Joseph Wallace, M. A.
of the Springfield Bar
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, IL

JOHN H. SCHRAMM. - John H. Schramm, a well known agriculturist residing on section 18, Maxwell Township, was born in that township on the 13th of September, 1865, and is a son of John Schramm, who was born in Germany in 1828 and there passed the days of his boyhood and youth. About 1854 he emigrated to America and made his way to Morgan county, Illinois, later coming to Sangamon county, and locating in what is now Maxwell township, where he purchased a farm. For many years he continued to engage in agricultural pursuits but is now living a retired life at New Berlin, wither he removed about 1892. In this county he married Miss Elizabeth Landgrebe, also fo German birth.

John H. Schramm was reared on the old home farm adjoining his present place and remained with his father until he was grown. For two or three years he operated the farm on his own account, and then purchased one hundred and thirteen acres of land, where he now resides. He has enlarged and remodeled the residence, erected a barn and other outbuildings, set out fruit trees and otherwise improved the place, making it a very desirable farm. He raises a good grade of stock and in his undertakings is meeting with good success.

On the 5th of October, 1892, in this county, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Schramm and Miss Anna Lewis, who was born in Morgan county, Illinois, but was principally reared in Sangamon county, her education being acquired in the public schools here and at Eureka College. Her father, William Lewis, was also a native of Morgan county, whence he came to Sangamon county in 1870 and here died five years later, in September, 1875. He was a well educated man and successfully engaged in teaching school for some years. His wife bore the maiden name of Sally Campbell and was a native of Illinois. After his death she married John W. Mitchell, a substantial farmer of Maxwell township. Mr. and Mrs. Schramm have three children: Alvin, Virginia Irene and Elmer, all at home.

In politics Mr. Schramm is a stanch Democrat and cast his first presidential vote for Grover Cleveland. He was elected and served two terms as highway commissioner and is now efficiently serving as a member of the school board in his district. His wife is a member of the Christian Church and they merit and receive the respect and confidence of all who know them.

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