Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 01:04:26
Hans Kruse The work on the farm formerly occupied the time of Hans Kruse, but now he is living retired, making his home in the village of Ogden. He came to his county I 1868 and his present home is far separated from the place of his birth which occurred in Profens, Schleswig-Holstein, German, on January 7, 1841. His father Han Kruse Sr, lived and died in that country as did the mother of our subject. He whose name introduces this review, is the only member of the family that ever came to the new world. He crossed the Atlantic in 1866 and settled in Clinton county, Iowa, where he engaged in farming for two years. He then came to Boone county and took up his abode on Sec 7, Yell township, where he rented a farm, residing thereon until 1874. On the expiration of that period he purchased a farm in Amaqua township, becoming the owner of 760 acres a very rich and arable as well as extensive tract. He made excellent improvements thereon and continued the cultivation of his land until September 1899, when he removed to Ogden, where he has resided continuously since in honorable retirement from labor. He still owns 760 acres of land in Amaqua township and the rental from that property brings to him a good income.
Ere leaving Germany Mr Kruse was united in marriage to Christina Peters, who was also born in Profens, Schleswig-Holstein, March 24, 1843. In the family were five children: Catherine the wife of Charles H Lark who is living on her fatherís farm in Amaqua township. Hans E who married Annie Peterson and is living on a part of his fatherís farm, arson Henry, who married Sophia Claussen and likewise lives on a portion of his fatherís farm in Amaqua township, John E who is living there and married Emma Claussen, and Willie d who completes the family, his birth having occurred August 28, 1887. In 1899 Mr Kruse purchased his present home and has a good residence in Ogden. He has never desired or sought office but served as a school director of Amaqua township. His political support has ever been given the Democracy. Both he and his wife are members of the German Lutheran church of Ogden and to its support he has contributed liberally. Well may he be called a self made man for he owes his success entirely to his own efforts. He as never had occasion to regret his determination to seek a home in the new worked for there he has found the business opportunities he sought. In this land where labor is not hampered by casts or lass he has steadily worked his way upward from a little financial position to one of affluence.
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