Krase, Herman Charley (History - 1870)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

HERMAN CHARLEY KRASE, proprietor of a finely improved dairy farm in Section 22, the central part of Mayville Township, was born in Prussia, Germany, Oct. 12, 1870, son of Charley T. and Caroline H. (Polchow) Krase. His mother died in 1883, but the father, a shipbuilder by trade, who also had a farm on which he did truck gardening, is still living in Prussia. They had two children: Herman and Elizabeth, the latter of whom became the wife of Oscar Gessler and is living in Germany. Herman C. Krase came to America in 1886, locating in Milwaukee in the fall of that year. There he followed his trade, that of machinist, for twelve years, except during 1893 and 1894, when he was living in Chicago.


Early in 1899, he came to Clark County and bought his present farm of eighty acres, but which at that time was covered with hardwood, there being no clearing. For eight years he used oxen and has continued his until he now has between fifty and sixty acres cleared, about twenty acres being plowed land. His first dwelling here was a log cabin, which he later replaced by a larger log house, and is now preparing plans for a new home in the shape of an up to date residence of nine rooms, 30 by 30 feet ground plan, with fourteen-foot studding, and a good cellar under the whole house. This house will be constructed of native lumber from his own farm. He has now in course of erection a fine barn, 36 by 70 feet in size, with outside posts sixteen feet, hip-roof posts twenty-eight feet, with cement floor basement to be used as stable. Mr. Krase is now milking twelve cows of the Guernsey breed and has seven heifer calves. He is breeding up his stock to full blood. He also keeps Chester-white hogs and has one team of horses.


On Feb. 18, 1898, Mr. Krase was united in rnarriage with Anna Henrietta Grimm, who was born in Wisconsin, Dec. 18, 1873, daughter of George Grimm. She died June 19, 1913, and was buried on the twenty-first of the month in the cemetery at Dorchester. Her father was a molder by trade and also a farmer, and is now living at Manitowoc, Wis. Her mother is deceased. They had six children. George, Ida, Emma, Anna, Louis, and Roland, all of whom are living but Anna. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Krase are. Hattie, who is keeping house for her father Martha, Elizabeth, Anna and Charley. Mr. Krase belongs to the Guardians of Liberty, and he and his family are members of the German Church.



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