Lee County Biography


Rev. Michael B. Krug, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic church at West Brooklyn, entered upon his present charge on the 15th of September, 1912. He came to Lee county at that date and has since labored earnestly and effectively for the upbuilding of his church. A native of Germany, he was born at Rosenheim and acquired his education in Munich. He came to America in 1881, at the age of thirteen and a half years, making the trip all alone. Here he became a student in the college at Conception, Missouri, from which he was graduated when fifteen years of age. He was afterward employed in clerical capacity in connection with railroad interests and later engaged in farming until from his earnings he had saved enough money to enable him to follow out his plan of preparing for the priesthood, to which ho had determined to devote Ids life. He was ordained by Archbishop Feehan of Chicago in 1899 and since that time has had charge of various parishes. When he was assigned to St. Mary's church there was felt to be the need of a strong, courageous and determined man to promote its upbuilding and growth, and through his efforts splendid progress has been made and the church is now in an excellent condition both spiritually and financially. He is a very progressive man, a wide reader and deep thinker and his consecration to the work is manifest in the earnest, zealous manner with which he has promoted the interests of St. Mary?s church and parish.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.


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