Fred Krenzke has built up and is successfully conducting an extensive dairy business, which he started in 1901 and which has grown steadily since. He was born in Racine, February 20, 1876, a son of August and Minnie (Reinke) Krenzke, both of whom were natives of Pommern, Germany. In early life they crossed the Atlantic to the new world and became residents of Racine about 1868 or 1869, their marriage being celebrated in this city. The father is a wagon maker by trade, but during the past thirty years has been engaged in farming near Racine, conducting his place now as a dairy farm.
Fred Krenzke obtained his education in a parochial school conducted hi connection with St. John’s Lutheran church and through the period of his boyhood, youth and early manhood he worked with his father upon the farm, so that he became thoroughly acquainted with the dairy business. It was in 1901 that he opened his present dairy in Racine and in November, 1910, he established his present office at No. 1800 Douglas Avenue. The steady growth of his business places him among the leading dairymen of this section, for he now utilizes five wagons in the delivery of milk and handles seven hundred gallons per day. The utmost care is taken in regard to cleanliness and sanitation in connection with the dairy and the high quality of the product and honorable business methods on the part of Mr. Krenzke also insure a continuance of the liberal patronage.
In March, 1900, Mr. Krenzke was married to Miss Julia Schmidt, of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, who passed away July 18, 1905. On the 9th of May, 1909, he was again married, his second union being with Hattie Herzog. a daughter of William Herzog. a farmer of Racine County, who settled here at an early period in the development of this section of the state. By his first marriage Mr. Krenzke had a daughter, Freida, and by the second marriage there are two children, Paul and Marie.
The family attends St. John’s Lutheran church and in politics Mr. Krenzke votes independently, considering the capability of the man for the office which he seeks rather than his party affiliation. His entire life has been passed in Racine County and his life history is an open hook which all may read.