Without peradventure it is admitted that some of the most thrifty and substantial citizens of America come to us from the land of Germany. As a true specimen of the thrifty and industrious and keen business men of the fatherland, we note the young and well to do stockman and farmer, whose name initiates this paragraph. A brief review of his career will be interesting reading in the history of Nez Perces County and therefore we append it.

John H. Brammer was born in Germany, on June 5, 1869, being the son of William and Sophia (Heisterman) Brammer, also natives of the same country. The father was born in 1839 and came to the United States in 1893. He was a forester for Lord Von Rehden for many years previous to coming to America, and is now dwelling near Melrose. The mother of our subject was born in 1840 and died in 1900.

John Henry was educated in his native land and often he and his father talked over the advantages of this country and together studied the financial condition here; finally in 1893 determined to try the venture of citizenship in the United States. They landed in New York on April 1, 1893, and at once came to Idaho, where settlement was made at Cameron and there they lived until February, 1896, when our subject filed on his present place, about two miles west from Melrose. He has bestowed with wisdom his labor in raising stock, general farming and so forth, and has been rewarded with the due meed of the industrious and capable, and is well possessed of the goods of this world. Mr. Brammer has recently sold the home place but is buying another and also contemplates starting in business in Melrose.

On December 7, 1900, in Nez Perces County, Mr. Brammer married Miss Lena, daughter of John and Mary (Gertje) Eihlers, natives of Germany, and now living in Cameron. Mrs. Brammer has two brothers and one sister, Herman, George and Emma, all at home. Mr. Brammer has the following brothers, William, who was a soldier in the South African War, now residing in this country; George, a farmer here, who was also in this country before our subject. Mr. and Mrs. Brammer are members of the German Lutheran Church and staunch supporters of their faith. He is a man of his convictions and not only favors the Populist ticket, but votes it also. While in Germany, he was during the last years a soldier in the army and is well trained in military tactics.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903