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 463
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Krause. As President of the Reedsburg Bank, oldest of all financial institutions in the city, Mr. Otto Krause occupies a position that he gained by natural ability and years of training. He is a native of Sauk City, Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school. At the age of sixteen years he engaged in teaching and taught his first term in the town of Troy; later he taught in village schools, and was employed in Ableman in 1898, when he left the profession to accept a minor position in the Reedsburg Bank. With a high appreciation of the opportunity that the position held for him, he placed himself under the training of Mr. R. P. Perry, president of the bank. From that humble position he rose in favor with the bank and the general public, and on the resignation of Mr. Perry in 1928, he was chosen President. Mr. Krause has always been a public spirited citizen, and his activities in the Good Roads Program has been almost synonymous with his banking career. He has served as Chairman of the Road Committees since before the World War, and has been honored with the chance to attend the National Convention as state delegate.
Mr. Krause is of German descent, and his grandparents came to this country in 1854, locating on a farm near Prairie du Sac, where they resided for sixty years. Prior to coming to America the grandfather was a silversmith. Our subject' father, Gustav Edward Krause, was born Aug. 3, 1845, in Berlin, and accompanied the family here in 1854; he became a harness maker by trade, and also conducted a small store in Sauk City. His wife, whom he married, April 1, 1871, was Adelheid Brecht. She was born March 26, 1854. The Brecht family had a pottery factory in Baden, Germany, and the grandfather on maternal side, Mr. Laucs, was mayor of a small town. The United States immigrant on paternal side was John Jacob Brecht, who died at the age of seventy-nine years. He was educated in the Heidelberg University, but completed a course in an Ohio College, and entered the Evan. Lutheran Ministry. His last charge was a five year pastorate at Prairie du Sac. He was twice married, and Barbara Laucs, mother of his children, was his first wife. Adehleid Bretch, one of six children, who became the wife of Gustav Krause, and is now widowed (Gustav Krause died Aug. 11, 1919), resides with her children, part of the time in the home of her older son, our subject. Otto Krause is one of six children: Louisa, Otto, Anna, Gustav, Emma and Elisa.
Mr. Otto Krause was united in marriage on Nov. 30, 1905, in Winnebago, Ill., to Sarah Clarine Mellen. This lady, a native of Illinois, was a daughter of Adoniram Judson (born April 24, 1835 - died March 17, 1916) and Flora Maria (Swan, born June 3, 1839 - died March 17, 1916) Mellen. Her parents were married Oct. 2, 1866. Mrs. Krause is a graduate of Lake Forest College, and taught in the Reedsburg High School from 1901 until her marriage. Her parents were natives of Tompkins County, N.Y., and came to Illinois in 1857 and 1860, respectively.
Through maternal connections she is descended from Richard Swan, immigrant ancestor, and soldier of King Phillips's War. Robert, second in line of descent was also in Colonial Wars. The family, through John Swan's wife (John Swan, in direct line of descent) Susannah Eastman, take some pride in her bravery, which is cited in the Stonington, Conn. records. She pinioned one savage with a bake-spit, her only weapon, and saved her family. Among the early families intermarried with the Swans, the names of whom appear in Mrs. Krause's genealogy are: Denison, Gorhan, Miner, Acie, Holmes, Sturgis, Shepard, Wheeler, Ransom and Arnold. Some lines run back into the Tilley-Howland Mayflower line. Jabes Swan, Mrs. Krause's grandfather (born Aug. 28, 1811, died Jan. 4, 1884) married Sophia Chapel (born March 5, 1815 - died July 5, 1904.) The Chapel family were in Connecticut as early as 1653, and intermarried with the Atwells, Lewis, Lee, Latimer, Forsyth, Comstock, and Baker families.
Since their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Otto Krause have been continuous residents of Reedsburg. They are the parents of three children: Elizabeth Mellen, now attending Rockford College, Ill.; Helen Clarine, a Junior in the National Kindergarten College, Evanston, Ill.; and Frederick Otto, a senior in Elgin Academy, Elgin, Ill.
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