KRUGER, NICK, an enterprising and successful farmer of Sangamon County, is a native of the county, born near Glenarm, August 17, 1862, son of John A. and Barbara (Hargus) Kruger, both born in Germany, in 1832. The father was a farmer and he and his wife came to Sangamon County at an early date, locating near Chatham. When their son Nick was three years of age, they located in Rochester Township, where they lived seventeen years. Nick Kruger was educated in the public schools and lived on his father's farm until he began learning the trade of carpenter and wagon maker. He also learned black smithing, and for three years worked as carpenter for depots and tanks for the Wabash Railroad Company. Later he took up the occupation of farmer and gardener and has found this occupation profitable. He has always been industrious and active and has been successful through well directed efforts. He has lived at his present place, where he owns forty acres of land, for the last eleven years.
Mr. Kruger was married, in Springfield, January 7, 1888, to Mary C. Mohr, born March 7, 1863, daughter of William A. and Mary A. Mohr, natives of Germany, who came to America in an early day. Eight sons and one daughter were born to Mr. Kruger and his wife: Louis, John H., Bernhart S., Joseph C., Henry W., William A., Caroline, Charles, died at the age of three years and George, born in 1908. Mr. Kruger is a good friend and neighbor and has the good-will of all who know him. He has a fine family of children, of whom he is reasonably proud. He belongs to the Catholic church and to the Western Catholic Union; in politics he is a Democrat, and he takes a great pride and interest in the affairs of his community. He is the friend of progress and is much interested in the cause of the church and school. He is a reliable and useful citizen and has a good standing in the community.