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Biographical Sketch of Norbert Grabher
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Norbert Grabher, who was formerly identified with industrial interests in Racine for many years, is now living upon a farm of seventeen acres on section 37, Mount Pleasant Township, where he has a fine home. He was born in Austria, November 9, 1855, and is a son of Jerome and Katrina Grabher. He attended the common schools to the age of twelve years and afterward worked upon the home farm and throughout the locality as a farm hand until about twenty-five years of age. It was in 18S2 that he crossed the Atlantic, making his way to Philadelphia, and through the succeeding summer he was employed at farm labor near that city. He then made his way westward to Chicago, where he worked in a wholesale house for two years, after which he came to Racine and was employed in the chicory factory for a year and a half. He then went back to Chicago, where he held a position in a malt house for eight months, after which he again came to Racine and occupied a position in the chicory factory for six or seven months. Subsequently he spent a year with the J. I. Case Threshing Machine Company in the plow works and for eight or ten years was employed in the carriage shop. At the end of that time he bought seventeen acres of laud and has occupied his farm continuously since 1906.
In November, 1887, occurred the marriage of Mr. Grabher and Miss Sophia Hansche, a daughter of Rudolph Hansche. They have become parents of five children: Benjamin F., living at home: Emily, who is the wife Chris Nelson and has one child: Viola, who married Dave Sorensen of Mount Pleasant, and has two living children, Flora and Ernie, both at home.
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