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Posted By: Jake Tornholm (email)
Date: 4/23/2020 at 14:25:46

ADAM KRAUT, one of the old and respected German farmers of Washington township, Adams county (Mt. Etna postoffice), was born in Kurhessen, Germany, October 4, 1826. His parents were Henry and Cathrina (Simon) Krauts, both natives of Germany. The father came to this country in 1851, and settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He came to Iowa in the early fifties, and settled on a farm of 160 acres in Cass county, where he died in 1853. He was a member of the Reform German Church. His wife died in Germany at the age of fifty-eight years. He died about the same age. They were the parents of three children; our subject is the oldest of the family. John, a brother, lives in Iowa City, Johnson county. Mr. Kraut has been a farmer all his life. He came to America when he was twenty-eight years of age and settled in Johnson county, Iowa. He owned a farm there of forty acres, which he sold in the fifties and then bought a farm near the place on which he now resides. Mrs. Coleman owns that farm now. He bought his present farm in 1880; there are eighty acres in the farm; it is nicely located near the section road in the midst of an excellent and fertile country. He raises corn, oats and potatoes, and in fact almost anything that can be grown in the county. He is one of the good and substantial German farmers who understand agriculture.

Mr. Kraut was married in Philadelphia in 1859, and had four children by this union: Anna, wife of Thomas Smith, living in Dakota; Edgar, Simon and John, all farming in Cass county.

The mother died in 1857. Her age was thirty-two years.

Our subject married his present wife, Miss Mary Couchet, in 1870. Both Mr. and Mrs. Kraut are members of the Evangelical Church. In politics he was formerly a Greenbacker. He is an industrious and well-to-do citizen.


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