William Kramer, retired tailor of De Soto, was born in Germany, in 1831 and is 
the second in the family of ten children born to Peter and Magdelena Kramer. He 
was educated in his native country, and at the age of seventeen commenced to 
learn the tailor's trade, serving an apprenticeship of two years.  He immigrated 
to the United States in 1851, and first located in New Orleans, where he worked 
at his trade until 1864; he then moved to St. Louis, where he resided until 1878, 
when he located in De Soto, where he has lived a quiet and retired life. In 1858 
he married Miss Mary Knab, who was born in Alsace, France, now Germany, in 1831, 
and came to America in 1855, locating in New Orleans.  Mrs. Kramer is a 
practitioner of the obstetric art by profession, receiving her education in her 
native country, and attending medical school six months; she has been constantly 
engaged in practice for the past ten years, and has been very successful in her 
chosen profession.  In politics, Mr. Kramer is conservative, voting for principle 
and not for the party.  He is a member of the Evangelical Church, while Mrs. 
Kramer is a member of the Roman Catholic Church.