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with the Lord, and the care of them is with the
Most High."'


|~~ REDERICK KRUEGER, the senior mem-
j>) ber of the firm of Fred Krueger & Son, is
I ^ one of the best known business men in the
northwestern section of the city, where he carries
on an extensive trade in coal and wood, hay,
grain and feed, at No. 803 West Chicago Avenue.
As his name implies, he is of German ancestry,
and he himself was born at Brunen, Mecklenberg-
Strelitz, Germany, August 22, 1844. His par-
ents, John and Caroline Krueger, determined, in

1868, to seek a new home across the water, and
with their five children set out on the long and
tiresome journey that ended at Chicago. Mr.
Krueger and two sisters are the sole survivors
of the family. The latter are: Mary, the widow
of Fred Krickow, and Fredericka, the wife of
Charles Koch. Both reside in Chicago.

Between the time of his leaving the parish
school and his emigration to America, Frederick
Krueger worked as a laborer, and his first em-



ployment after reaching this city was as a porter
in an ice house. He next went to work in
Walker, Oakley & Company's tannery. He re-
mained with that firm twenty-two years, and
thoroughly mastered all the arts and mysteries of
the tanner's trade. He was industrious, econom-
ical, sober and thrifty, and little by little he be-
gan to acquire capital. His first purchase of
real estate was on North Lincoln Street, where
he lived for more than twenty years. He resides
at present with his son and partner.

In March, 1891, he started in business on his
own account at Nos. 801 and 803 West Chicago
Avenue, in partnership with his son, Herman
Krueger, the firm name being Fred Krueger &
Son, the latter owning the property. This ven-
ture proved successful from the beginning, Mr.
Krueger bringing to its conduct and management
that keen, sound, business sense, that unfailing
energy and those sterling moral qualities which
have distinguished him through life. Not a little

of their success is also due to the careful business
management of the son . The latter was born and
reared in Chicago, receiving his preliminary busi-
ness training at Bryant & Stratton's Business Col-
lege. For three years before engaging in the coal
and feed trade he was in the real estate business.

In state and national affairs Mr. Krueger is af-
filiated with the Republican party, although on
municipal questions he is able to rise above par-

August 22, 1869, he was united in marriage to
Caroline Koch, who was born in Teschendorf,
Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany. They have two
sons, Ernst and Herman. The elder is a man-
ufacturer of copper and brass goods in Chicago,
his establishment being known as the Empire
Brass Works. Mrs. Krueger passed away Au-
gust 8, 1897. She was a member of St. John's
Lutheran Church, having united with that body
in 1897. All the members of her family are also
connected with the same church.


GlNTON JACOBSEN was born March 18,
LJ 1863, at Stubbkjobing, Island of Falsted,
/ I Denmark. His father, a butcher, was
named Jacob Jorgensen; his mother's maiden
name was Sophia Hansdatter. The latter is still
living at her old home, at the advanced age of
eighty years, but the father died when fifty-
seven years old. Mr. Jacobsen is the fifth of the
eight children born to his parents, and of this
large family six are still living.

After leaving school in his fifteenth year, young
Anton worked on a farm until he was seventeen,
and in 1880 turned his face toward the setting
sun, to seek a new home and better fortune in a
strange land. His first halting place in this
country was Racine, Wisconsin, and there and in

the adjacent country the first nine years of his
life in America were spent. In 1889 he came to
Chicago, and was married, September 10, of that
year, in this city, to one of his countrywomen,
Miss Annie Nielsen, who had come to the United
States two years before.

For a time he worked at cement paving and in
1892 Mr. Jacobsen was able to set himself up in
the milk business. His first location was at
Wentworth Avenue and Thirty-eighth Street.
From there he removed to No. 3721 Dearborn
Street. In 1895 he abandoned the sale of milk
and opened a saloon at the corner of Armour
Avenue and Thirty-eighth Street. He remained
there but a few months, and in September of that
year purchased his present establishment, The



Walhalla, at Wentworth Avenue and Thirty-
seventh Street. This he refitted and equipped as
a first class resort.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacobsen have three children,
May, Jacob and Olivia. He is a prominent and
active member of Walhalla, the members of the
order holding him in high esteem. For three
years he was its president. He also takes deep
interest in the Danish Brotherhood, to which he
belongs, and is a Forester as well, being a mem-

ber of Court General Thomas, Foresters of Amer-
ica. He is also active in the Saloonkeeper's As-

While employed at cement work he was a
member of the Cement Paver's Union, hold-
ing, at different times, the office of secretary,
treasurer and president. He has lost none of
his old time sympathy with the working men,
whose welfare he always stands ready to promote
and defend.


at Wermland, Sweden, June 10, 1853. He
comes of a well-known and widely respected
family. His father, Bengt Bengtson, was a grain
dealer, and is still living, at the age of eighty-one
years. His mother, Anna Maria Swanseu, is
also alive, having celebrated her seventy-ninth
birthday. Their seven children are also living,
the family circle having never been broken by
the angel of death. A brief mention of their
progeny will be found of interest. John August
spent eighteen years in America, but returned to
Sweden, where he now resides; Mary Sjoling,
of Stockholm; Per Adolph lives in Adolphina,
Sweden; Andres Theodor is also in his native
country, as is Johnson; Emil is a carpenter in

Charles G. Benson was the second child in
order of birth. His early educational advantages
were of the most limited sort, he having left
school to go to work upon a farm at the age of
ten years. When he was twenty he went to
Stockholm, where for nine years he was em-
ployed in a fish and game emporium. He came
to America in 1882, and, following the example
of many of his countrymen, set his face at once
toward Chicago. He remained in that city only

three days. Going to a place about one hundred
and fourteen miles distant, he hired out as a farm
hand, but returned to the city after six weeks.
In the following March he resumed farm labor at
Belvidere, Illinois. The employment lasted seven
or eight months, at the end of which time he
once more drifted back to Chicago. During the
next year he worked in the packing house of
Libby, McNiell & Libby.

At the end of that time, hard work and
economy had put a little money in his pocket,
while his reputation was of a sort to command
credit. The sum which he could command was
ridiculously insignificant, but he determined on
making a plunge. He opened a grocery and
market at No. 3200 Armour Avenue, on his own
account. Thanks to his own unwearied, personal
attention and to that fidelity to obligation which
has ever marked his business career, he suc-
ceeded, even beyond his anticipations.

At the end of seven years he sold out his busi-
ness and removed to Joliet, where within one year
he lost the accumulations of patient toil, through
unfortunate speculation. Coming back to Chi-
cago, he once more embarked in business, this
time at No. 915 Fifty-ninth Street, and remained
there three years. From that location he moved



to the corner of Fifty-ninth and South Halsted
Streets, where he continued until he opened his
present place of business (in 1897), at No. 5910
South Halsted Street. Little by little he gained
his first start in a commercial life, and step by
step he has recovered from the disaster which
had well nigh swept away his all. In both in-
stances he has had to rely upon his own effort,
integrity and pluck.

He was married, in 1888, to Anna C. Free-
burg, a Swedish maiden, who came to this coun-
try when a child of seven years. The issue of the
marriage has been four children, none of whom
are living. Mr. Benson comes of long lived an-
cestry. Not only did his parents attain extraor-
dinary age, but an uncle, at Stockholm, has
passed the limit of a century and is still active
and vigorous.


I I conspicuous member of the Danish-Ameri-
| | can colony of Chicago, is a patriotic citizen
of his adopted country, though he retains the
natural love of all intelligent people for the place
ot nativity. Like most of his compatriots, he has
worked his way to success by patient labor, thrift
and integrity.

Born January 10, 1862, atVejrumprHolstebro,
in the Province of Jutland, Denmark, he is the
third in a family of nine children born to his
parents N. C. Christensen and Anna Nielsen,
both of whom were natives of the same province.
His grandfather, Charles Skafgaard, was a veter-
inary surgeon. N. C. Christensen was a farmer
and blacksmith during his active life, and is still
living in his native place, having completed his
seventy-first year in September, 1899. On the
fifteenth day of the previous March he was
called upon to mourn the death of his faithful
life companion and helpmate. She was the
mother of nine children, three of whom died in
infancy. Another passed away at the age of
seven years. The eldest son, Niels C. Skafgaard,
was drowned in Denmark in 1887. Anton is
next in order of birth. A daughter, Karen, is
the wife of Jens Thomasen, residing in Denmark.

Christ C. is a blacksmith, residing at Dwight,
Illinois; and Carl M. C., the youngest, resides
with Anton.

The last-named was reared in his native place,
where he continued until he reached his majority.
From seven to fourteen years of age he attended
the public schools, according to the custom of
his country, and then entered upon a four-years'
apprenticeship to the trade of blacksmith. He
had worked as a journeyman only six months
when he enlisted as a private in the Danish artil-
lery service, in which he continued some sixteen
months. He was then forced to leave the army
on account of feeble health, and remained at
home one year, being nursed to recovery from
threatened consumption by the domestic remedies
prescribed by an old lady of the neighborhood.

In the spring of 1884 he came to America and
proceeded direct to Morris, Illinois, where he
found his first employment in digging tile ditches
on a farm. He continued in this line of employ-
ment two years or more, and subsequently spent
one year as a bricklayer. While residing at
Morris, September 12, 1886, he was married to
Miss Annetta M. Hansen, who is, like himself, a
native of Denmark, born April 8, 1864, in Sjal-



In June, 1887, he became a resident of Chi-
cago, which city has afforded him a home ever
since. After being idle about six months he se-
cured employment in the capacity of bartender
for J. C. Hansen, and continued with the latter's
successor a period of one and one-half years
altogether. Near the close of the year 1889 he
began business for himself at No. 508 Thirty-
seventh Street, and continued it there until Octo-
ber 4, 1892, when he sold out and was engaged
nearly two years as a contractor on cement work
for sidewalks and similar uses. August 8, 1894,
he repurchased his former business at No. 508
Thirty-seventh Street, and continued it there
until May i, 1897, when he removed to his pres-
ent location, corner of Armour Avenue and
Thirty-seventh Street.

Mr. Skafgaard stands high among his neigh-

bors, both socially and commercially. His com-
panionable nature has made him successful in
business and has led him to associate himself
with many social and fraternal organizations.
He is a prominent member of the Walhalla Soci-
ety and is a director and secretary of the board
of directors of the Walhalla Hall Association.
Since January, 1890, he has been actively iden-
tified with Lodge No. 35 of the Danish Brother-
hood, which was started in 1889. Beside being
a member of Heimdahl Singing Society and Sec-
tion No. i of the Socialistic-Labor party, he is
active in the Liquor Dealers' Protective Associa-

Mr. and Mrs. Skafgaard are the parents of five
children, all of whom were born in Chicago,
named in order of birth: Charles C. C., Andrew
C., John C., Elna C. and Arthur C.


September 14, 1841, in Schleswig-Holstein.
He calls himself and legitimately of Dan-
ish birth, the Duchy where he was born being
then a portion of the kingdom of Denmark. He
is the son of Peter Jorgensen, a Jutlander, and
Marie Jessen, who was born in North Schleswig.
His father was a farmer. Both his parents are
dead, his father passing away at the age of sev-
enty-five, and his mother at seventy-four years.
He is one of a family of four children, three of
whom are yet living (1899).

His boyhood was spent much after the fashion
of other Danish youths of his station, partly at
school and partly on a farm. At the age of
twenty-two years he enlisted in the Danish army,
serving six months in the war between Denmark
and Germany (1864), which resulted in the ces-
sion of Schleswig-Holstein to the country last

In 1867 he emigrated to America, and after a
brief period spent in Wisconsin, made his home
in Chicago. Here he learned the trade of brick
laying, through practical experience, and has
ever since followed that pursuit. He is not un-
naturally proud of the fact that his was the first
marriage solemnized after the great fire of 1871.
"His bride was Miss Charlotte M. J. Jensen, one
of his own countrywomen.

Seven children have been the fruit of this mar-
riage, six of whom are yet living: Peter, Anton
(who died in infancy), Tillie, Andrew, Mary,
Henry and Charlie. All of the living children
reside at home, and five were born at the present
residence of the family, No. 4002 Dearborn
Street. Peter is married, and occupies separate
apartments in the same building with his parents.

Through industry, sobriety and prudence Mr.
Jorgensen has attained a competence. Beside the
two-story frame building in which he lives (with


tenements in the rear) he has a lot in Hyde Park,
all of which he owes to his own effort and pluck.
He regards himself as being an old settler; for a
quarter of a century he has made his home on the
same corner where he yet lives.

Mr. Jorgensen and two of his sons are members
of the Danish Society Walhalla. He was one of
the directors of the organization at the time of the
building of Walhalla Hall, and is a stockholder
in that enterprise.


(T AMES JOSEPH McGRATH, for many years

I alderman of the Fourteenth Ward, former
G) member of the state assembly and senate,
and at one time acting mayor of Chicago, was a
native of County Wexford, Ireland. He was the
eldest of the seven sons and three daughters of
John and Bridget (McNamara) McGrath.

John, son of Thomas McGrath, was the owner
of what is considered in Ireland a large farm at
Coole, and was a man of influence in his neigh-
borhood. Bridget, the daughter of Michael Mc-
Namara, a farmer, was born at Coole. Another
daughter of Mr. McNamara was the wife of the
mayor of Waterford, who sent relief to the suf-
ferers from the great fire of 1871 in Chicago.
Michael McGrath, a brother of the subject of this
notice, a prominent land-leaguer, former com-
missioner and present collector of his native coun-
ty, now occupies the old residence of the Mc-
Namara family, which was built more than five
centuries ago.

When fourteen years of age, James J. McGrath
came to America and lived with his uncle on a
farm at Roundstown, New York, where he re-
mained four years, working on a farm in summer
and attending school in winter. After leaving
that place, young McGrath went to Pekin, Illi-
nois, where he learned the cooper's trade.

Settling in Chicago in 1860, he soon became
manager for a large firm of coopers at its factory
on Rawson Street, which he later purchased and
thus became one of the largest operators in his

line in the city. Mr. McGrath associated with
himself his brother, John, who was made man-
ager, and the firm continued in business until
l &73> when it was terminated on account of the
financial disasters that visited the country in that

Naturally gifted as a manager, Mr. McGrath
early became connected with the politics of Chi-
cago, in which he took an active part for many
years. In 1869 he was elected alderman from
the Fourteenth Ward, a position which he filled
until 1875, taking an active part in the measures
of that period, which had a strong bearing on the
prosperity of the city. During the absence of
Mayor Joseph Medill in Europe, Mr. McGrath
was presiding, officer of the council and acting

After his retirement from the council he was
connected with the county clerk's office eight
years, and was for the same period redemption
clerk in the recorder's office. He was elected to
the twenty-seventh general assembly of Illinois
and, following that, represented his district in the
state senate one term.

James J. McGrath was three times married.
His first wife, to whom he was married in Chi-
cago, was a Mary Gibbons, a native of Ballina,
County Mayo, Ireland. The children of this
marriage are: Nellie, now the wife of Thomas
Halliman, of Chicago; John T., president of the
board of promotions in the Chicago postoffice;
Kittie, Mrs. Joseph Haynes; Nannie and Thomas,



the latter a resident of Joliet, Illinois. Mrs.
McGrath died on Thanksgiving eve, of the year

In 1 88 1 Mr. McGrath took for his wife Mrs.
Balinda (Fay) Kerwin, daughter of John and
Ann Fay, and widow of Edward Kerwin. She
became the mother of four children, Irene,
Vernie. James J. and Madeline, and died in Oc-
tober, 1889. On the twenty-first day of October,
1891, Mr. McGrath was wedded to Miss Mary
Lonergan, a native of Buffalo, New York, and
daughter of Jackson K. and Eliza (Herbert)
I,onergan. J. K. L,onergan, also a native of
Buffalo, was an expert bookkeeper and did a
great deal of special work in Chicago. He was
killed by a train on the Chicago & Northwestern
Railroad in 1897. Mrs. McGrath was educated
at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Chicago.
She is a lady of fine appearance, an entertaining
conversationalist, and possesses many friends.
There are no children of this marriage.

Mr. McGrath visited Ireland in 1866, and sub-
sequently visited Ireland and the Continent,
making the tour of several of the principal
European countries. At the time of his death
Mr. McGrath was sixty-two years old, and was

the owner of a large amount of property on the
Northwest Side of the city. Twenty-nine years
ago he built the home which he occupied at the
time of his demise. This overlooks Wicker
Park, one of the prettiest breathing-spots of the
city, the corporate title to which he caused to be
perfected while he was an alderman.

For a period of forty-five years James J. Mc-
Grath was a resident of Chicago. In that time
he made a host of friends, and was never hap-
pier than when bestowing favors upon them.
He possessed a natural talent for politics, which
made him successful in public affairs, and the
Republican party had no more staunch supporter
than he. In religious faith a Roman Catholic,
he was so liberal that he became a member of the
Masonic fraternity. In his domestic relations he
was a kind husband and an indulgent father,
whose memory will long be cherished. With all
the calls upon his time, he still found opportunity
to indulge his love of study, and often read until
two or three o'clock in the morning. It is an
appropriate summary of his life to say that he
was an energetic and successful business man
and politician, a student, a steadfast friend, a
whole-souled, genial Irish gentleman.


QETER ANDRESEN. This old resident of

yr Chicago, now in his sixty-third year, was
[3 born at Hoir, Schleswig, Denmark, Decem-
ber 23, 1837. His father, Karsten Andresen,
was by occupation a laborer, and died in 1844,
while yet a young man of thirty-five years. His
father, the grandfather of Peter Andresen, was
also named Peter, an'd lost his life in the war of
1813. Karsten Andresen 's wife was Margareta
Ribe. She too has passed away, dying in her

native country at the extreme old age of eighty-
seven years. Karsten Andresen was the parent
of four sons and two daughters, but of this family
of six, only Peter and one daughter are yet liv-
ing. The latter is now Mrs. Christina Wind,
and still resides in the land of her birth.

Peter Andreseu is the third child in order of
birth. His school days ended when he was
fifteen years of age, and he was apprenticed to
learn the trade of a blacksmith. He served a



term of four years, and, at the end of that time,
began working as a farm hand, being employed
on a large farm near Tonderm for six years. He
first came to America in 1872, going to North
Manistee, Michigan, where he remained four
years, and then returned to his native country,
becoming foreman on the same farm which he
had left before emigrating.

After four years he again returned to the
United States, to seek a home and fortune. For
about four months he worked in a mine in Penn-
sylvania, and then came West, locating in Chi-
cago. His first employment here was in a stone
quarry in the West Division, and his next in the
stockyards. The latter employment continued
only two years, when he began to carry a hod,
which occupation he followed for some time. For
two years he worked for a cornice-maker. He
bought a team, and for a year drove a bakery
route, besides doing work in connection with the
building of sidewalks and other public works.
For about a year he was in the employment of
Mr. Wells, on Michigan Avenue, and in 1897
he accepted the position of janitor of the premises
at No. 3249 State Street, containing five stores
and twenty-one flats. April i, 1900, he took
charge of Walhalla Hall building.

In 1862, while yet living in Denmark, he was
united in marriage to Dorothea Mathieson. Mrs.

Andreson is yet living in Denmark, as she did
not accompany her husband to this country. She
resides in the village of Abel, in a home owned
by him. Two sons and three daughters have
been born to them. The sons, Andreas P. and
Karsten, live in Chicago, and have been in the
employ of Marshall Field & Company for the
past twelve years. The daughters were named:
Caroline, who died in 1889; Anna and Margareta.
The two living are residents of Denmark.

Mr. Andresen is vice president of the Walhalla
Society, and a stockholder and director in the
Walhalla Hall Society. He is a charter member
of the society, and is an active worker in both
organizations. It is unnecessary to emphasize
the fact that the Walhalla is one of the best and
strongest Danish societies in Chicago. It was or-
ganized in 1883, and has a present membership
of four hundred and fifty. In 1898 it paid out,
in benefits, the large sum of twenty thousand,
six hundred and eighty-eight dollars and sixty

Mr. Andresen is widely and favorably known
among the Danish-Americans of the city which
has been his home twenty years. He is unas-
suming and affable, of generous impulses and
kindly disposition, genial, whole-souled and up-
right, readily making friends, whom he retains
through the force and worth of his own character.


Gl NDERS J. LARSEN is a native of the City
LJ of Hjorreng, Jutland, Denmark, where he
I I was born August 4, 1861. Mr. Larsen be-
came a resident of Chicago in 1889. In this
city he has built up a prosperous business as a
baker. His father, Lars Jensen, was a milk

dealer, and still follows the same avocation in
the old country, having attested his loyalty to his
native land by serving as a soldier through the
war with Germany in 1864. His mother whose
baptismal name was Karren Jensen is also yet



Anders J. Larsen is one of a family of ten
children, of whom eight survive. In order of

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