Oliver M. Gramling is the prosperous owner of
a 135-acre farm in Jackson Township of DeKalb
County, has made most of his prosperity through
his own efforts, and is one of the leading citizens
of that community. He is a stock man and a
breeder of high grade Durham cattle.
Mr. Gramling, whose home is a mile and a half
southwest of Auburn, was born in Smithfield Township of DeKalb County May 12, 1864, a son of Peter
and Lavinia (Meyers) Gramling. His father was
born in Stark County, Ohio, in 1848, and his mother
in York County, Pennsylvania, in 1842. They were
married in Ohio and then came to Indiana and settled in Smithfield Township and spent the rest of
their lives there. They were active members of the
Barkers Chapel of the Methodist Church, and Peter
Gramling was a republican. He served as postmaster at Summit, Indiana. In the family were eight
children: Mary, wife of Thomas Lacy; Oliver M.;
Isaac S., a railroad man living at York, Pennsylvania ; Eleva, wife of Thad W. Thomas ; Lottie,
wife of J. I. Farley, head salesman of the Auburn
Automobile Company; W. H., a farmer at Summit,
Indiana; Carrie, wife of William Zurbrugg; and
Richard A., of Cleveland, Ohio.
Oliver M. Gramling and his family are members
of the Presbyterian Church at Auburn. He is a republican in politics. He married Miss Helen I.
Shaffer, who was born in Union Township of DeKalb County and is a graduate of the Auburn High
School. They have three children: Lester S., born
March 1, 1901, a student in the Auburn High
School; Frances L., born September 30, 1906; and
Oliver H., born December 11, 1907.
("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)
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