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This collection contains business and family papers of Frederick Kramer and his son Charles. Frederick Kramer's papers include naturalization papers, letters, deeds, commissions, and letters. Charles Kramer's papers include school records, letters, and articles.

Biographical/Historical Note

Frederick Kramer was born in Halle, Prussia, December 29, 1829. He emigrated to the United States in 1848. Kramer enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Seventh Infantry until his discharge at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, in July 1857. After his discharge, Kramer settled in Little Rock, Arkansas, and became a citizen in 1859. He married Adaline Margaret Reichardt, an emigrant from Germany, in 1857. They had six children Louisa, Mattie, Emma, Charles, Fred, and Henry. Frederick Kramer became a civic leader in Little Rock, serving as the first president of the Little Rock School Board of Directors beginning in 1869. He served as Little Rock Mayor, 1873-1875, and 1881-1887. For a time he was a partner with F.A. Sarasin in the mercantile business and later became the president of the Bank of Commerce. Kramer traveled with his wife and daughter Emma to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the summer of 1896 to recuperate from an illness. He died there on September 8, 1896. Charles Kramer married Adelia Bender on October 13, 1888. They had two daughters, Sadie and Norma. Kramer followed in his father’s footsteps as a civic and business leader in Arkansas. He was an ice manufacturer and served as president of the National Grocers Association. He was a volunteer with Little Rock’s first volunteer fire department and was President of Oakland Cemetery. Charles Kramer died in Little Rock on May 29, 1938.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.); Kentucky; Wisconsin; Missouri; Germany





Resource Type



Frederick and Charles Kramer papers, SMC.022.015


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Frederick and Charles Kramer papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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