Kraut, Harold John

Harold "Boge" Kraut, who was 102 at the time of this interview, hails from Calhoun County.  Early in his life Boge worked at an ice storage facility. He also worked shocking wheat, pruning apple trees, hauling apples to landings on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers for shipment to St. Louis, breaking ground with a team of horses, working in a rock quarry, owning a gas station in East St. Louis, and driving trucks. Following his service in the Navy during WW II, he returned to the farm, and also worked for the Soil Conservation Service, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture, all while raising seven children. His enthusiasm for life has resulted in a very full life. ​