Kraus, Henry J., was born in Clarence, Erie county, N. Y., where the family has resided since the year 1806. Mr. Krans came to North Tonawanda in 1893 with the BuFfa1o Steam Pump Company; he was first employed as bookkeeper and cashier, then was placed in charge of the construction department and in 1895 was made general manager of the entire works. The plant of the Buffalo Steam Pump Company is located in North Tonawanda and covers five acres of ground; an average force of eighty skilled mechanics is employed. In 1888 Mr. Kraus married Georgiana McAllister of Kalamazoo, Mich., and they have one daughter, Nina Arville. Mr. Kraus's father, John Kraus, has been a prominent man in Clarence, was supervisor of the town for ten years and was elected to the Assembly in 1886. His grandfather, John Kraus, came from Germany early in the century and after locating for a time in Pennsylvania, finally settled in Bowmansville, N. Y.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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