John Elton KREIDER 32,77
- Born: 8 May 1854, Galesburg, Fulton County, Illinois, USA 20,31
- Marriage: Eary Etta MYERS on 22 May 1876 in Lewistown, Fulton County, Illinois, USA 76
- Died: 21 Mar 1935, Weeping Water, Cass County, Nebraska 68463 at age 80 31,32
- Buried: 24 Mar 1935, Oakwood Cemetery, Weeping Water, Cass County, Nebraska 32
John's obituary is available via email request
Noted events in his life were:
• Residence, 1860, Lee Township, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 77 living with his parents.
• Residence, 1870, Lee Township, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 78 living with his parents.
• Residence, 1874, Lee Township, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 20
• Occupation, 1874, Lee Township, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 20 as an apprentice to his Uncle David Kreider to learn the broom making trade.
Information on Broom Making from http://www.lhf.org/cgi-bin/gygsite.pl?3~3
The ideal climate of the Midwest and the rich, unharvested soil combined to provide a perfect environment for growing broomcorn in the mid-1800s. Broomcorn is a type of sorghum plant that closely resembles ordinary field corn, except that it can grow to 15 feet tall and develops 24-inch tassels at the top instead of an ear. Broomcorn is believed to have originated in Africa hundreds of years ago and spread to Europe approximately 400 years ago. Benjamin Franklin is credited with bringing the seeds of broomcorn to America in the mid-1700s. The development of flat brooms by Shaker colonies in New York and the invention of foot-powered machines for wrapping brooms in the middle 1800s led to an upsurge in small broom factories. In 1861, Iowa was the sixth-largest producer of broomcorn in the country. Typical broom factories employed from six to twenty-four men and easily produced five hundred dozen brooms a week. Many small towns had small broom hops like Beem's Broommakers. Many Iowa farmers planted fields of broomcorn to sell to the broom factories. Broomcorn was harvested entirely by hand. The seeds were removed using hand combs or a seed gin, and the tassels were sorted by length and placed in a rack to dry thoroughly. The tassels were then marketed to broom corn factories in the area. Broom makers in the mid-nineteenth century used hand and foot powered machinery to make kitchen, hearth, wisk, cake, and children's brooms. Depending on the size of the broom, the process took from 10 to 30 minutes. In the 1870s, a typical broom sold for twenty-five cents. A well-made broom should be evenly bound all the way around, and level on the bottom. It should stand by itself upon its bristles. It was considered bad luck to bring a broom from an old house to a new house-the problems of the old residence would follow along with the broom.
• Occupation, 1875, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA. 20 where he founded a broom factory. He sold the factory a year later when he got married.
• Residence, 1876, Fulton County, Illinois. 79 Lee Township
• Residence, 1880, Avon, Fulton County, Ilinois. 80
• Occupation, 1880, Avon, Fulton County, Ilinois. 80 as a Teamster
• Residence, 1881, Blanchard, Page County, Iowa 51630. 20 where he farmed and raised his family.
• Residence, 1900, Lincoln Township, Nodaway County, Missouri, USA. 33
• Occupation, 1900, Lincoln Township, Nodaway County, Missouri, USA. 33 as a broom maker
• Newspaper Article, 16 Mar 1900, Elmo, Nodaway County, Missouri 64445. 35 The following are excerpts from the Elmo Register newspaper and are transcribed as printed in the paper:
16 MAR 1900: WANTED: A man to break 20 acres of sod. Inquire of J. E. Kreider, 2 ½ miles south of Blanchard, Ia. We hear that John Krider [sic] will farm some of C. A. Hutts land.
30 MAR 1900: From the “Chicken Bristle” neighborhood correspondent: John Kreider's broom factory has shut down on account of no grease.
27 DEC 1901: John Kreider and family of Blanchard ate Christmas dinner with Mrs. Mary Outhier.
10 JAN 1902: “Chicken Bristle” correspondent: The Kreider broom factory is badly behind on orders.
28 FEB 1902: “Alleghany Ridge” correspondent: John Kreider was over from Blanchard trying to buy Mr. Bohrer's farm, but failed to make a trade.
23 MAY 1902: “Local Interest” column: R. M. Baker, wife and daughter visited with the Kreider family Sunday.
6 MAY 1904: “Additional Locals”: Miss Lydia Myers is reported to be quite sick at the home of John Kreider, at or near Blanchard. She is said to have a severe attack of the grip.
• Residence, 1905, Blanchard, Page County, Iowa 51630. 81 at R. D. 2, Occupation: Farmer, 135 Acres, Number in Family: 7
• Residence, 6 Feb 1906, Page County, Iowa. 82
• Residence, 1909, Ozarks, Arkansas. 20 for "health" reasons.
• Residence, 1910, Sulphur Springs Township, Searcy County, Arkansas, USA. 83
• Occupation, 1910, Sulphur Springs Township, Searcy County, Arkansas, USA. 83 as a farmer.
• Residence, Mar 1912, Weeping Water, Cass County, Nebraska 68463. 20
• Military Service - None. 84 According to the 1930 census, he was not a veteran.
• Newspaper Article, 24 Oct 1914, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA. 85 Remarkable Corn Exhibit - Weeping Water, Neb., Oct. 24 -
John E. Kreider, a farmer living north of town has on exhibit at one of the business houses, a bunch of ten ears of corn that measure when the ears are placed end to end, about nine feet, eight inches. Kreider started raising the seed from which this corn comes, forty-three years ago and has grown it in four different states in which he has farmed during this time.
• Occupation, 1920, Weeping Water, Cass County, Nebraska 68463. 86 where he was a laborer doing odd jobs
• Residence, 1930, Weeping Water, Cass County, Nebraska 68463. 84 on Commercial Avenue.
• Occupation, 1930, Weeping Water, Cass County, Nebraska 68463. 84 as a laborer at odd jobs.
• Cemetery, 24 Mar 1935, Cass County, Nebraska. 20,32 Oakwood Cemetery, Row B13
John married Eary Etta MYERS, daughter of John P. MYERS and Lydia ARNOLD, on 22 May 1876 in Lewistown, Fulton County, Illinois, USA.76 (Eary Etta MYERS was born on 23 May 1853 in Illinois,31,87 died on 26 Nov 1930 in Weeping Water, Cass County, Nebraska 68463 31,32 and was buried in Nov 1930 in Oakwood Cemetery, Weeping Water, Cass County, Nebraska 88.). The cause of her death was Pneumonia.
Isaiah C. Worley, Clerk of the County Court.
Wm. Merriam, Minister of the Gospel
Witness, Joseph R. Kreider, brother of Groom
Ruth Ann Kreider Moss has copy of the marriage license.