From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 451-452
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Montgomery. Mr. Charles Montgomery, contemporary farmer of Excelsior, was born in the town of Excelsior, Sauk Co., Wis., Dec. 4, 1872, son of Lyman and Achaah (Peck) Montgomery. His father came as a boy with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Montgomery, to Dellona, in 1849, and his mother with her parents, Newman and Sarah (Cone) Peck, in 1856. They were married Jan. 27, 1859. More extended notice will be found of the Peck-Montgomery families in the L. Eugene Montgomery sketch.
Our subject grew to manhood in the vicinity of his birth. He married Emma Krug. Her father was born in Hanover Germany, Sept. 13, 1842, son of John George, Dec. 16, 1895, Miss Emma Krug, daughter of Henry and Dorothea (Behn) K, and Elizabeth (Ketch) Krug.
Her mother was born Jan. 29, 1844, daughter of Johanne and Marie (Hasebeck) Behn, in Old Mading, Province of Hanover, Germany. Leaving their parents behind, these two young people embarked for America aboard the same ship. Thus it was Destiny that placed them in each others path. The voyage required eight weeks. From New York they came to Chicago, where, the next year they were married, 1867. They were living in Chicago at the time of the Chicago fire, and, losing their home in that conflagration, the mother was given free passage out of the city. Her husband's people, having come to Reedsburg in 1868, she came to their house. They were then living on the old Shepard place on Copper Creek. Their inducements led her to remain and in 1870 Henry Krug joined his family in Reedsburg. Mrs. Krug's father died in Hamburg, at the age of forty, Aug. 9, 1859; but her mother survived and came to America, two years later than she, in 1868. The mother resided in Madison with her sons, but she died in Wonewoc, at the home of another daughter, Mrs. Henry Reineke, Aug. 7, 1879. She is interred in the Reedsburg Lutheran Cemetery. Upon coming to Reedsburg, Henry Krug became employed on the Air Line Railroad as Section Foreman, and after that was incorporated with the C. & N.W., he held the position for over forty years, until old age compelled him to give up the work. He died Sept. 30, 1913; his wife, March 10, 1910.
Mrs. Montgomery, nee Emma Krug, was born July 1872, in Reedsburg, and her life has been spent in this vicinity. Upon their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Charles Montgomery took up residence on his father's farm, which was, before his father bought it, the old Newton Peck farm, where they still reside. On the death of Mr. Montgomery's father in 1914, our subjects purchased the farm on which they reside.
They have two children: Lyman B. born July 15, 1897, married Tillie Hough, and has three children, James, Dorothea and Charles; they reside at Marinette; and Willie, born June 15, 1905, married Lillian Shervan, of Madison, July 23, 1928; he assists his father on the home place.
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