Born July 8, 1870 in Scott County, Iowa, Herman Kruse was the son of
Ernest and Bertha Klatt Kruse, natives of Meeklenburg, Schwerne, Germany.
The parents were married at Davenport in 1867 and migrated to Montgomery
County in the early 1880’s.
(1868), Herman (1870), Ernest (1872), Albert (1874), Rudolph (1877),
Charles (1880), were all born in Scott County; Edith (1882), and William
(1884) in Montgomery County.
married Flora M. Reynolds (b. Jan. 19, 1870) daughter of R. H. and Sallie
Reynolds, June 23, 1897 and they lived on the Reynolds family farm most of
their married life. They first lived in western Nebraska where Herman was
in US Army service and was a slide trombonist in the army band. After a
short time working in the RR roundhouse at Sidney, Neb., they returned to
were spent farming in Minnesota and six on farms west of Elliott. Their
children—Esther (1898-1954) m. Clair Sandal; Theo (1899-1961) w. Lillian;
Russell (1900); Doris (1901); Merrill (1903-1976) m. Fred Pierson; Charles
(1904) m. Janice Braden; Robert (1910) m. Lena Crockett.
is the current owner and with his sister, Doris, lives on the former
Reynolds farm 1˝ miles south of Elliott. Herman died there in 1939 and
Flora in 1950. They were both affiliated with Church of Christ, Elliott,
and he for many years was a deacon there.
- Grethel Petty