O. A. Kroos is the secretary of the J. M. Kohler Sons Company. This company does an extensive business in the manufacture of porcelain-enameled, cast iron sanitary ware, such as bath tubs, lavatories, kitchen sinks, laundry tubs, etc. The principal office of this company is located at Kohler, Sheboygan county, Wisconsin. Mr. Kroos was born in Sheboygan on the 24th of December, 188o, his parents being Max and Emma (Limprecht) Kroos. His paternal grandfather, William Kroos, who was a native of Germany, emigrated to America at an early date. In the year 1850, in the city of Sheboygan, he was united in marriage to Miss Theresa Winckelmeyer, also a native of Germany. On reaching this county William Kroos established himself in business as a dealer in all kinds of grain products.
Max Kroos, the father of 0. A. Kroos, was born in Sheboygan county on the 10th of August, 1855. He was educated in the public schools and also in the German Lutheran parochial schools. After completing his years of school life he became an assistant to his father in the conduct of his grain business. In 1884 he formed a copartnership with Mr. Beermann and the firm was known as Kroos & Heermann. In the same year this firm purchased a general merchandising and feed store, which is still being conducted on the original site. Then, in association with his son, Robert, he established a furniture and undertaking business on Michigan avenue. This is one of the finest stores of its class in Sheboygan. On the 4th of February, 1879, in Sheboygan, Max Kroos was married to Miss Emma Limprecht, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Moritz Limprecht, nee Ernestine Graff, both of whom were born in Erfurt, Province of Saxony, Germany, and emigrated to this country many years ago. Mrs. Max Kroos is a native of Sheboygan county. She is the mother of eight children.
0. A. Kroos was educated in the public schools of Sheboygan, and is a graduate of the business college of Sheboygan. He is now connected with one of the most reputable and well known manufacturing establishments of this city, the J. M. Kohler Sons Company, with which he occupies the very responsible position of secretary. This firm is one of the largest of its kind in the world, and its product reaches the open market in all parts of the globe. The skilful management of the business by its officers and their close attention to the details of their affairs have enabled this concern to keep abreast of the times and secured to them strength and ability to succeed in a highly competitive field of business.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL