Since 1895 Fred F. Kruse has lived upon his present farm of one hundred and eighty acres on section 33, Franklin
township, and since 1901 has owned the property, which in its neat and attractive appearance reflects everywhere
his careful supervision and practical labors. He is one of the many sturdy, industrious and enterprising citizens
whom Germany has given to America, having been born near Berlin, June 6, 1859. He is a son of Fred and Sophia (Brunstein)
Kruse, also natives of that locality, the former born October 22, 1839, and the latter in 1840. In his native country
the father worked in the employ of others and for a time served in the army, taking part in the war with France.
He crossed the Atlantic in 1871 upon the close of hostilities and came directly to Iowa, settling in Garnavillo
township, Clayton county. After working in the employ of others for some time he purchased land of his own and
for many years thereafter engaged in farming in that locality. He now lives retired and makes his home in Guttenberg,
having survived his wife since June, 1908.
Fred F. Kruse is the eldest in a family of seven children. He was about thirteen years of age when he crossed the
Atlantic with his parents and he completed an education begun in Germany in the district schools near Elkader.
After laying aside his books he worked in the employ of others for a few years, giving his father all of his earnings
until he was twenty one years of age. After attaining his majority he continued at farm labor until 1895, when
he rented the farm which he now occupies. In 1901 he bought the property, which comprises one hundred and eighty
acres on section 33, Franklin township, and which under his able management has become one of the finest agricultural
properties in the vicinity. He is a member of the Luana Shipping Association and is a stockholder in the Luana
In 1882, Mr. Kruse was united in marriage to Miss Minnie H. Bleatz, who was born in Blaeswitz, near Berlin, Germany,
October 23, 1859, a daughter of Charles and Caroline (Radloff) Bleat; natives of the same section, the former born
June 15, 1826, and the latter February 18 of the same year. The father served the required term in the German army
and afterward came to America, locating near Clayton Center in 1872. He died in 1887, having survived his wife
for ten years. Mr. and Mrs. Kruse became the parents of seven children. William Fred was born on the 7th of December,
1882. He married Miss Bertha Bleatz and is now engaged in farming in Franklin township. Henry was born October
7, 1884, and is engaged in farming in Clayton county. His wife was in her maidenhood Miss Amanda Meyer. Alice,
whose birth occurred on the 21st of December, 1887, became the wife of John Nuehring, a farmer near Luana, in Clayton
county. Fredrick was born May 6, 1890, and lives at home. Etta was born January 18, 1893. George was born May 23,
1895. Mabel, the youngest child in this family, was born November 8, 1900.
Mr. Kruse owes a great deal to his wife, who has been his able assistant in the development of the farm, cooperating
in all of his plans for its improvement and development. He is a member of the Lutheran church at Luana and he
gives his political allegiance to the democratic party, being active and progressive in matters of citizenship,
although never seeking public office. His many friends in this county respect his ability and honor his sterling
integrity of character, according him a high place among representative citizens and substantial farmers of this
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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