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Herman Kreiger came to Porter County from Germany in 1869. He married Mary Catherine Bearss about the middle of the 1870's. They raised 7 children: George H., Mae, Grace, Flora (Mrs. Jay Beem), Myron, Charles, and Zelia (Mrs. Harvey Varner).

Myron died at age 17, Mae died in 1917 and Grace died in 1947. Flora died at age 89 in 1974. She had lived in Knox, Indiana, for more than 30 years. Her survivors were 10 children, 35 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

After farming several places in Porter Township, Herman bought a farm on Jenkens Road. In 1903 George H. bought a farm across the road. He built a house on it in 1911, when his father sold his farm to Charles and Laura (Aldendorf). When George married Jane E. Hawes of Ontario, Canada, in 1915 his father bought a 10 acre tract adjoining and moved there with his three daughters. Herman Kreiger died in 1921.

Charles and Laura raised 4 children: Herman, Dorothy (Mrs. James Clifford), Kathryn (Mrs. Ray Sawtell) and Elizabeth (Mrs. Al Holman of Indianapolis).

Herman farmed with his father. He married Carrie Meyer in 1945. They have one adopted son, John E. M., and two granddaughters. Herman sold part of the farm for a subdivision and raises draft horses and drives school bus for Boone Grove School.

John H. also farmed with his father. He married M. Eloise Born in 1942. They have 4 children -- Thomas, Madelyn Jane (Mrs. Robert Pecor) and George F. and James.

Tom bought a farm on Boone Grove road. He farms part-time and works as an ironworker. George and Jim farm in partnership with John. They sell Chief grain bins and buildings on the side. Also Pfister's seed corn and beans. They also do some bulldozing and trenching. John has 8 grandchildren that are getting started in the family tradition -- sand box farming.

Charles and George H. Kreiger both died in 1956 at ages of 69 and 78 respectively.

Zelia Varner taught school until her marriage to Harvey Varner. They lived in Valparaiso and had four children: Jane (Mrs. Richard Ruge of Liberty Twp.), Harvey Jr., Betty and Malcolm (of Rochester, Minnesota).

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 129

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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