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Kramer Celebrated Orchestra
Click here to listen to a tune recorded by the Kramers on an Edison wax cynlinder. Listen to a violin solo by Arnold Kramer.
A Collection of Essays About the Artist
Irene Kramer Parsons
Arnold Kramer was one of 12 children born to Michael and Gertrude Kramer in Iowa. In 1891, when Arnold Kramer was nine years old, the family moved to a homestead near Seaforth, Minnesota in Redwood County where they farmed.
If his work reminds you a bit of Little House on the Prairie, it's because Arnold Kramer was a contemporary of children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder who lived near Walnut Grove in southern Redwood County.
While growing up, the Kramers played on traveling amateur baseball teams. They also taught themselves to play a variety of instruments and founded the Kramer's Celebrated Orchestra. Arnold Kramer married Rose Boushek on June 2, 1914. They raised their family on a farm north of Seaforth. Their only son, Myron, passed away at the age of 13. Arnold Kramer began painting and recording history after a visit to see his daughter, Irene. She introduced him to oil paints and canvas to keep him busy while she and Rose went shopping. When Arnold Kramer returned to Wabasso, he began his career creating his own distinctive work. He spent many happy years painting in their kitchen while Rose baked and quilted.
The Kramer family. Arnold is second from the right in the back row.
Arnold is on the right, standing next to his son, Myron.
Arnold is in the middle, back row.