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Klamm Family - Klamm Park

History of the Richard Klamm Family
Kathleen (Kathy) Klamm Clabough of Louisville, Tennessee, author

A portion of the information came from a book entitled, "The Consolidated Ethnic History of Wyandotte County"; other information from a compilation of family history entitled, "Klamm Kin by Kenneth Klamm; and additional information from letters written by George Louis Klamm, grandfather of Katherine Clabough.

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Richard Klamm (my dad) --> George Louis Klamm (my grandfather) --> John Christopher Klamm (my great grandfather) --> Christopher Klamm (my great great grandfather) --> Georg Martin Klamm (my great great great grandfather)

Christopher Klamm was born in Reingonheim [near Mannheim], Germany on April 21, 1821. Parish records there list his parents as Georg Martin Klamm and Susanna Groh. Christopher [along with a brother, Peter, and a sister, Magdalena] traveled to France when Christopher was 17. He then sailed onto the New World landing at New Orleans. The dense humidity and large mosquito population along the Gulf Coast were among the factors that led him up the
Mississippi River to Clay County, MO. There he lived in a log cabin in the hills north of North Kansas City. He married Maria Katherine Brenner on May 9, 1845. Maria had come to America with her family from Germany, sailing to the Great Lakes and onto Wisconsin. The Groh's then moved to Clay County, MO, to a farm north of Christopher's home.  Christopher and Maria had nine children: Peter, Eva, Henry, Martin, Caroline (known as Minnie), Charles, Susan, John Christopher, George E., and Benjamin. 

Christopher and Maria Klamm eventually sold their Clay County farm and moved to a farm south of Kansas Avenue in Armourdale. Ten years later they sold that farm and bought 160 acres which extended from Quindaro Blvd. to Parallel Avenue and from 18th Street to 27th Street. The family finally moved to 22nd and Quindaro in 1879. Christopher and Maria were members of the German Episcopal Church [one source gives the address as 5th and Ann Avenue, the other says it was located at 8th and State).  Christopher died of malaria in 1885 and Maria died in 1887. The farm was divided among the nine surviving children (Eva died in 1882). Minnie (now Niermeyer) drew the names out of one hat and the number of the tract out of another.

Peter, the eldest, suffered from severe sunstroke while cradling wheat on the farm and lost his sanity. He died of a heart attack on January 18, 1910. He never married.  After Peter's death, George E. and Benjamin Klamm formed the "Klamm Park Land Company" to dispose of Peter's estate. City officials expressed a desire for a city park, so George and Benjamin dissolved the company, partitioned Peter's tract and deeded the 32 acres to the city for a nominal fee of about one-tenth of true value. It was virtually a gift to the city.  They were only to receive enough to meet Peter's minor obligations, with the balance of the consideration being that the city would perpetuate the Klamm family name. And thus was born Klamm Park in Kansas City.

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