Hon. Henry Krumrey is actively identified with agricultural pursuits in Sheboygan county, his home being in the vicinity of Plymouth, where he owns and cultivates two hundred acres of land. He is more widely known, however, outside of his immediate locality as a political leader, serving at the present time as a member of the state senate and as chairman of the republican state central committee. He successfully managed the state campaign of 1910 and so wisely did he conduct the business that the campaign was carried through with the expenditure of less than one-half the sum devoted to this purpose in former years. He has also done effective work for his party as a delegate to republican national conventions.
He was born February 3, 1852, on the old home farm in Plymouth township which is still his place of residence, and is today one of the finest farm properties in the county. His parents were Karl and Caroline (Doerlam) Krumrey, the former born in Neustadt, Rhenish Bavaria, Germany, October 29, 1816, and the latter on the 6th of January, 1821. Their marriage was celebrated November 24, 1842. Six years later there occurred the outbreak of a rebellion in the fatherland and Mr. Krumrey brought his wife and children to the United States, arriving in Sheboygan in 1849.
He had made his way direct to this county and on reaching his destination purchased two hundred acres of land in Plymouth township, constituting what has since been known as the Kromrey homestead. The land was then covered with a native growth of forest timber and was entirely destitute of improvements. In Germany the father had conducted a vineyard but in America his attention was given to general agricultural pursuits, and as the years brought him prosperity in the cultivation of his first tract he added to that place another tract of sixty acres. He early studied the political questions and issues of the day and gave his support to the democratic party until the organization of the new republican party, when he joined its ranks, continuously following its banners to the time of his death. He was somewhat active in local political circles and filled the office of supervisor and assessor in his township. On the 30th of June, 1870, he was injured in a runaway accident which caused his demise, on the 4th of July following. His wife also passed away in July, 1870. They were the parents of six children: Elizabeth, now the wife of William Kuhlmey, of Plymouth; Nicholas, deceased; Henry, of this review; Mary, who is living in Plymouth; Conrad, a resident of Neillsville, Wisconsin; and Louise, the wife of J. H. A. Lacher, of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
The birthplace of Henry Kromrey was an old log cabin which stood upon the farm that is the site of his present elegant residence, and there were still evidences of frontier life and conditions here during the period of his early boyhood. However, time and man wrought many changes, the Krumrey family contributing their full share to the work of development and progress. As a boy Henry Kromrey attended the public and German private schools of the neighborhood and when not busy with his text-books worked upon the farm with his father, following whose demise he and his brother Nicholas took charge of the farm which they cultivated until the time of its division. Henry Kromrey then purchased the interests of the other heirs in the home property and thereby retains possession of the old home place for which he has the deepest attachment by reason of the associations of his boyhood and youth as well as those of later manhood. The farm today comprises two hundred acres of very rich and valuable land and is splendidly improved with all modern conveniences and accessories. It is devoted to general agricultural pursuits and in addition to the tilling of the fields Mr. Krumrey deals quite extensively in stock. His residence is one of the finest homes in this part of the county and the other buildings upon the place are in keeping therewith.
Mr. Kromrey has an interesting family now pleasantly located upon this place. In 1879 he wedded Henriette Lintz, a daughter of Fred G. Lintz, of Sheboygan, who is a native of Germany who came to the United States about 1848 or 1850 and settled in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Krumrey have three children. Robert G., who was born October 7, 188o, is an electrical engineer who was graduated from the University of Wisconsin with the class of 1903 and is now practicing his profession in Beloit. Frances, born February 26, 1884, is the wife of Robert W. Albrecht, of Hartford, Wisconsin, and they have one daughter. Adelaide, born August 19, 1888, is at home. She is a graduate of the State University of the class of 1909 and for a time was successfully engaged in teaching school.
Visiting Mr. Krumrey on his farm and seeing his deep interest in all of the features of the business one would imagine that his entire time and attention were concentrated upon his fields and his stock, but those who know aught of his history tell of active, efficient and valuable service in public office. He has ever been an advocate of the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and his fellow townsmen, appreciative of his worth, elected him to several local positions. He served as supervisor, as town treasurer and also as chairman of the town of Plymouth, and then was called to still higher positions, being in 1900 elected a member of the general assembly. In 1908 he was again sent to the legislative halls of the state in his election to the upper house from the twentieth senatorial district. He always gave careful consideration to the questions which came up for settlement during his earlier service and his record at the present time is in harmony therewith. He is one of the active working members of the senate and one who has wielded a wide influence. In 1908 he served as a delegate to the republican national convention in Chicago from what was the sixth but is now the second district, and in 1910 at the platform convention he was unanimously elected chairman of the republican state central committee and as such managed the campaign of that year.
The control of political interests demands a leadership no less effective and no less brilliant than that of the general upon the field of battle. Without the right to arbitrary command he must so harmonize and unify forces as to secure the unified strength of his party in support of measures which he deems essential. Mr. Kromrey has demonstrated his ability for the task and at the same time he has never lowered his standards of citizenship or faltered in a patriotic devotion to a cause or principle which he believes to be right. He has the confidence and trust of even those opposed to him politically and throughout his native county he enjoys high respect and warm friendship without regard to political affiliation.
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