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Biographical Sketch
of
Klaus Hereford Cattle Company
Doniphan County, Kansas

 

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The following transcription is from a 750 page book titled "Genealogical and Biographical Record of North-Eastern Kansas, dated 1900.  These have been diligently transcribed and generously contributed by Penny R. Harrell, please give her a very big Thank You for her hard work!

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Klaus Hereford Cattle Company.

This company consists of Fred, Joseph, and John Klaus.  Fred Klaus is one of the young and enterprising farmers and stock dealers of Wayne township, Doniphan county, and throughout his life he has been identified with agricultural pursuits.

His father, Jacob Klaus, was born in Germany, in 1829, and came to the United States when still single.   He located first in New York, where he worked at manual labor for a year and then again started westward, going to Tazewell county, Illinois.  For a few years he remained in that locality and finally became a permanent settler of McLean county, same state, where he carried on farming for some time.

He was married there to Miss Mary Widman, and met with creditable success as an agriculturist in Illinois, but owing to the rapid advancement in land values there he decided to take up his abode in Kansas, where the population was not so congested and prices were accordingly lower.

He therefore traded his McLean county farm for land in Doniphan county and took up his abode in Wayne township in 1875, continuing the active management of his farm until his eldest son arrived at an age that made him capable of assuming the management.

Jacob Klaus was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife on the 1st of January, 1889.  She died leaving the following named children: Kate, the wife of Joseph Gregory, of Wayne township; Fred, of this review; Mary, the wife of Fred Carpenter, of Denver, Colorado; Joseph and John. 

Fred Klaus was born in McLean county, Illinois, November 8, 1866, and received such educational advantages as are usually afforded farmers' sons.  He was reared amidst rural scenes and has always been identified with the interests and work of the farm.  After attaining his majority he assumed the management of his father's property and to stock raising he has given considerable attention.

He makes a specialty of the breeding of Hereford cattle, owning the registered bull Columbus 23rd, registered number 91,370, a half brother of Dale, from the Benton Goffart herd.  Columbus is from the Funkhouser herd at Plattsburg, Missouri.  Mr. Klaus has also four registered cows from the Scott, March and Funkhouser herds, and is meeting with good success as a dealer in cattle.

He also feeds and ships beef cattle, and the animals from his pastures command a good market price.   Joseph Klaus was born in 1874 and John in 1877, both in Illinois.  The Klaus family have been prominent in Doniphan county in connection with the cultivation of land and the raising of stock.

When the subject of this sketch came to Kansas, about twenty years ago, the property of the family consisted of only eighty acres, but through the combined efforts of father and sons their real estate holdings now aggregate five hundred and sixty acres.  Fred Klaus, of this review, is a very industrious and energetic young man, thoroughly trustworthy in all his business dealings and commanding universal respect for his well spent life.

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