Biography of C. J. Kraus
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

C. J. Kraus, who has the agency for the Nash and Chevrolet automobiles at Wellsville, ranks among the successful business men of Columbiana County. He was born at Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio, March 19, 1883, and is the son of Jacob and Barbara (Kline) Kraus.

Jacob Kraus, a native of Germany, came to this country when a young man and settled at Ravenna, Ohio. In 1889 he removed to Wellsville, where he was a resident until his death in 1911. His wife died the following year. Mr. Kraus followed farming and later was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad for a number of years as a stationary engineer. He enlisted during the Civil War but was not called into active service. To Mr. and Mrs. Kraus four children were born: Mary, married O. O. Pearch, lives at Wellsville; Elizabeth, married C. P. Horrigan, lives at Chester, W. Va.; Ida, married George A. Patterson, lives at Wellsville; and C. J., the subject of this sketch.

C. J. Kraus was reared and educated at Wellsville and for 22 years was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a machinist. For a number of years he was foreman of the company's local machine shops. In 1922 he engaged in the automobile business and has one of the most up to date garages in this section of the county. He carries a complete line of automobile accessories and does general repair work.

On Aug. 21, 1903, Mr. Kraus was united in marriage with Miss Lucy Todd who was born in Columbiana County in 1884, the daughter of Vance R. and Alice (Davis) Todd, natives of Columbiana County. Mr. Todd was an extensive farmer and died Feb. 15, 1906. His wife resides at Wellsville. They had six children, as follows: Cora, married F. M. Johnson, lives at Alliance, Ohio; Mrs. Kraus; Rebecca, married George H. Mooney, lives at Wheeling, W. Va.; William, lives at Cleveland; Herman, lives at Wellsville; and Martha, married Frank W. Marcey, lives at Wellsyule. To Mr. and Mrs. Kraus have been born three children: Thelma, born Aug. 23, 1894, died at the age of six months; Charles, born June 15, 1906, a student at Ohio Northern University; and Alice Marie, born in June, 1920.

Mr. Kraus is a member of the Catholic Church and belongs to the Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus and Kiwanis Club. He is a capable and progressive man and an enterprising citizen.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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