Biography - William Kratzinger
WILLIAM KRATZINGER, employe of the Illinois Central Railroad and farmer, P. O. Anna, born December 17. 1832, in Darmstadt, Germany. His father, Johann H. Kratzinger, was born in 1797 in Germany; he died in 1849 in Chicago, Ill. He married Elizabeth Dietrich, born in Germany, where she died in 1845. She was the mother of William and Eva. Our subject was educated in Germany, and in 1847, he came to the United States with his father and sister, and settled in Chicago. In 1848, he went to Michigan City, where he clerked in a general store till 1851, when he returned to Chicago, where he commenced to work for the Illinois Central Railroad Company, as messenger, till the road was completed in 1855; then he was appointed conductor on the Southern Division, running till 1863, when he quit the road and went to farming in this county, near Anna. He also runs the steam pump on the Illinois Central Railroad. He has 125 acres of land on which he has a dairy. His residence is close to the noted Cave Spring. Mr. Kratzinger was married in 1855, in Jonesboro, to Mary C. Condon, of Jonesboro, she died in 1873, on Cave Spring farm. She was the mother of four children now living, viz.: Augusta, Harry, Richard and Mamie. Our subject was married a second time, August 28, 1878, in Hinckley, Ohio, to Mrs. Kate Griffin, born October 13, 1846, in Hinckley, Ohio. She was a daughter of William and Louisa (Marquette) Finch. She is the mother of Bert Griffin. Mrs. Kratzinger is a member of the M. E. Church. Mr. Kratzinger is a Knight of Honor and member of I. O. O. F. In politics, he is identified with the Democratic party.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 74.