Biography of Walter G. Krohn
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Walter G. Krohn, county treasurer of Will County, is a native of Illinois. He was born in Joliet, March 26, 1894, a son of John William and Anna (Preuter) Krohn, natives of Mecklenburg Schwerin, Germany.

The grandfather of Waiter G. Krohn came to the United States when his son, John William, was eleven years of age, and settled on a farm near Marley, Ill., where he was engaged in agriculture until his death in 1910. He is buried at Manhattan, Ill.

John William Krohn worked on his father's farm and later worked on the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railroad. He was promoted to engineer and held that position for 33 years. He died July 11, 1917, and is buried in Elmhurst Cemetery, Joliet. He was a Republican, a member of St. John's English Lutheran Church, and Matteson Lodge, A. F. & A. M., No. 175; Joliet Chapter, R. A. M. No. 27; Joliet Commandery, K. T. No. 4; and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

Anna (Preuter) Krohn went to Copenhagen with her parents when very young. At the age of ten the family came to the United States and settled at Mokena, Ill. Her parents, Carl J. and Sophia Preuter, died Dec. 1, 1907, and are buried at Mokena. Mrs. Krohn resides in Joliet.

To John William and Anna (Preuter) Krohn ten children were born: Edward, Gary, Ind.; Harry, Toledo, Ohio; Frank, Joliet; Anna B., Joliet; Arthur, deceased; John, a physician and surgeon, a graduate of Hahnemann Medical College, was a first lieutenant with the 90th Division during the World War and saw service in France; Walter G.; the subject of this sketch, and Edna Mae( deceased), were twins; and Margaret, Joliet.

Walter G. Krohn attended the public schools of Joliet and was graduated at the Joliet Township High School in 1914. On leaving school he entered the employ of the Rock Island Lines as an apprentice operator, later becoming operator, where he remained until 1923. In the meantime he had studied embalming at the Worsham College of Embalming at Chicago and was graduated in June, 1920. In 1924 he entered the employ of the government and was deputy collector of internal revenue, working out of the Chicago office. In November, 1926, he was elected county treasurer of Will County.

Mr. Krohn is a member of St. John's English Lutheran Church, and in politics is a Republican. He is a member of Matteson Lodge, A. F. and A. M., No. 175, past master 1922-23; Joliet Chapter R. A. M. No. 27; Joliet Council, R. & S. M. M. No. 82, past master 1925-26; Joliet Commandery, K. T. No. 4; Oriental Consistory, A. S. S. R., 32nd degree, officer in the 29th degree; Medina Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., Chicago; Marguerite Chapter, No. 187, O. E. S., past patron, 1924; and vice president of County Treasurer's Association of the State of Illinois.

From:
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1928


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