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FRED RIEMER, an honored and respected citizen of Washington township, Shawano county, was born in Germany April 30, 1841, and is a son of Gottlieb and Charlotta (Kammrad) Riemer. Gottlieb Riemer was a farmer in Germany. He married Charlotta Kammrad, and they had three children: Wilhelmina, Caroline, and Fred, whose name introduces this sketch, all born in Germany. Mr. Riemer died in Germany when his son Fred was only eighteen weeks old. His widow again married, had three children by her second union, and died in Germany.
Fred Riemer received a common-school education, left school at the age of fourteen, and worked at home on the farm until he was twenty years of age. He then enlisted in the German army for three years. He was in the war with Austria in 1866, with Denmark in 1864, and took part in many noted engagements. After his time expired he returned home and hired out as a farm hand, and received fifty dollars a year and his board. In the fall of 1867 he sailed from Bremen for the United States in the steamer "America," and landed in New York after a voyage of ten days, coming thence directly to Dodge county, Wis., where he engaged as a farm hand.
On March 17, 1872, in Grant, Wis., Mr. Riemer was united in marriage with Miss Augusta Pocket, who was born in Germany, and they have had three children, namely: Clara, at home; Robert, a pupil at the Shawano High School, and Emma, at home. Mr. Riemer purchased his present place, consisting of 120 acres of land in Section 28, from the Fox River Company, where he built a house of logs, and, after his marriage, took up his residence on the homestead here with his wife. Mr. Riemer has never sought political office. In religious sentiment he and Mrs. Riemer are members of St. Paul's German Lutheran Church, in Washington township, and he takes an active interest in Church matters. He is fond of reading, and is much interested in education.

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