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We would like to offer our sincere support to anyone coping with grief. below for our complimentary daily grief messages. Messages run for up to one year and you can stop at any time. Your will not be used for any other purpose. As so many in Door County can tell you, it was never a question of if you knew Pete Schuster, rather it was how you knew him.


Now 99 years old, he has plenty of his own stories to tell, and he still remembers the ones he heard as a little boy.

Later, he finished fiberglass hulls. He said that Harris Pfeiffer taught him everything he knows about boat building.

99 years and counting: jim kramer’s sturgeon bay life

A duty Kramer was very sad to perform followed the October murder of an old friend, year-old Sadie Cody. When the company began building bigger boats, he changed positions and was in charge of service work. Photo by Len Villano. Along the way, he met President Lincoln. Kramer comes from a line of early Door County settlers.

He took the rifle he carried during the war home with him, and his daughter, Arabella Kugler, treasured it.


History of Soda Bottlers in Door County. Eventually, Kramer headed a crew of 14 finish carpenters who built yachts. Joyce Kugler Kramer, like her husband, came from a family with colorful stories. Kramer spent 35 years at Palmer Johnson.

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He turned 99 on Nov. Learn About Fire Engines. Their wedding breakfast was at the Oriole Restaurant and their reception at the Nightingale Supper Club, where Joyce worked as a server during the war.

He deed the heating system and built the kitchen cabinets and much of the furniture. Bill Drews, who had rented a property from her, burned Cody in the furnace in her home.

After a of years, its whereabouts were forgotten until Kramer discovered it under the kitchen floor of the Kugler home in Sturgeon Bay. Joyce Kramer died injust four days before their year wedding anniversary. After elementary school at St.

It still fits, by the way, and is in pristine condition.

Martin and Mary had 12 children. Inhe enlisted in the Navy and was sent to two schools in Detroit to learn about a big gun: the Army The ship sailed through the Panama Canal, traveling at 48 knots about 45 mph on the way to Guantanamo Bay, Guam, Okinawa and, finally, Japan. Jim Kramer at his home in Jacksonport.

I lived next door and spent a lot of time at their house. One grandfather, Albert Sherwood, was born in New York in as one of 16 children, 10 of whom died in childhood. Fred Kramer, their oldest son, was born in West Sturgeon Bay in Inhe married year-old Martha Hanson, who had emigrated from Norway, and settled in Jacksonport. Jim Kramer, born Nov. Sometimes Grandpa would take some beer in a little tin pail for them to drink on the way home.

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They had nine children, including sons Bill, Walter and Melton, who ed their father in the blacksmith trade. Five years later, he and year-old Mary Magle, born in Switzerland inwalked an old Native American trail from Sawyer now part of Sturgeon Bay to Green Bay, got married and walked back to their log house in Sawyer, just behind where Schartner Implement is now located on South Duluth Avenue. Until he was 16, he attended school with Grover Cleveland, later the only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms.

When Kramer was discharged inthey bought the first government-built house on Eighth Avenue — the only one in the area with a big maple tree in front. Discharged on March 28,he re-enlisted the next day and served until the end of the war.

Throughout the war, Kramer was in charge of a crew of 14 gunners. Before he left the ship, he asked for and received the flag that had flown over it for four years.

Growing up in Sturgeon Bay during the s, Jim Kramer loved to sit and listen to old men tell stories. Their sons, Jeff and Richard, grew up there. First he worked on wooden power and sailboats, including several Bounty-class yachts; then he was in charge of the first five aluminum boats that Palmer Johnson built. Since then, Jim Kramer occupies himself with crossword puzzles; working on his vast collection of family genealogy records, old photos and clippings; feeding the flock of geese that lives on the small lake behind his home enlarged from the spring where his mother-in-law once got drinking water ; maintaining his immaculate home; using his telescope to watch the deer on the acreage across the road; and enjoying time spent with his beagle, Pepper.

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