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            The name of Kruger has been inseparably interwoven with the history of Truckee for more than a third of a century.  The wise system of industrial economics which has been brought to bear in the development of Truckee has challenged uniform admiration, for while there has been steady advancement in material lines there has been an entire absence of that inflation of values and that erratic “booming” which have in the past proved the eventual death knell to many of the localities in the west where “mushroom towns” have one day smiled forth with “all modern improvements” and practically on the next have been shorn of their glories and of their possibilities of stable prosperity.  In Truckee progress has been made continuously and in safe lines.  Mr. Kruger and his father before him have taken an active part in the early days of the development of the town.  His father became connected with its business interests and was active in the establishment of many enterprises which have been important factors in promoting the material welfare of Truckee.  Entering upon his business career here, the subject of this review has during the last decade, not only labored so as to win success for himself, but has contributed to the prosperity of the town by his promotion of many business concerns.

            His entire life has been passed in California, his birth having occurred in Placer County, on the 14th of April, 1871.  His father, William H. Kruger, was born in Germany and was a sailor by occupation.  For many years he followed the seas, prior to coming to California, but arrived in the Golden state in the early pioneer days.  Like many others who sought homes on the Pacific coast at that period, he engaged in mining for some time and in the ‘60s became identified with the Truckee Lumber Company and other important enterprises in Nevada County, and from that time until his death he was intimately associated with various commercial interests that brought to him a handsome competence.  His wife, whose maiden name was Mary D. Richeson, is a native of Pennsylvania and is descended from one of the old and influential families of the Keystone state.  She now resides in the city of Alameda.  By her marriage she became the mother of ten children, Eugene being the fifth in order of birth.

            The subject of this review obtained his education in the schools of San Francisco and was graduated in the Trinity school, in the class of 1890.  He soon afterward became identified with the business interests conducted by his father in Truckee.  He is now vice-president of the Truckee Lumber Company, one of the leading industrial concerns in this part of the state.  It was incorporated in 1870 and the magnitude of its business is indicated by the fact that two hundred workmen are employed.  Mr. Kruger is also manager of a general mercantile establishment owned by the Truckee Lumber Company, and is the secretary and one of the leading stockholders of the Truckee Electric Light & Power Company.

            On the 12th of October, 1898, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Kruger and Miss Sarah A. Greenleaf, a native of California and a daughter of John Greenleaf, of Santa Clara.  Their pleasant home is celebrated for its gracious hospitality and is the center of a cultured society circle.  Mr. Kruger is a member of the Dover Parlor, No. 162, N. S. G. W., and is one of the prominent and popular citizens of Truckee.  He is a young man of resourceful ability, of marked executive power, keen discrimination and sound judgment, and he carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes.  He displays great diligence and energy in the control of his extensive interests and has thereby become the possessor of a most handsome competence.  In all life’s relations he commands the respect of his fellow men and his life’s record has become an integral part of the history of Truckee.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 727-728. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2011  Gerald Iaquinta.





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