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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