Waterloo Region Generations
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Hartman Krug

Hartman Krug[1]

Male 1853 - 1933  (79 years)

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  • Name Hartman Krug 
    Born 4 Jun 1853  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Gender Male 
    Building 111 Ahrens St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Krug Furniture Factory - 111 Ahrens St. West 
    Occupation 1871  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Carpenter 
    Occupation 1871  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Carpenter 
    Residence 1871  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Lutheran 
    Residence 1871  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1880  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    joiner 
    Occupation 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Carpenter 
    Residence 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Roman Catholic 
    Occupation 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Manufacturer 
    Residence 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Roman Catholic 
    Occupation 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Furniture manufacturer 
    Krug Furniture Kitchener, Ontario about 1901
    Krug Furniture Kitchener, Ontario about 1901
    Krug Furniture
    Krug Furniture
    image from their 1913 catalog.
    Kitchener,KrugFurnture-BusyBerlin1897.jpg
    Kitchener,KrugFurnture-BusyBerlin1897.jpg
    H. Krug's Furnture Manufactory - From: Busy Berlin Jubilee Souvenir 1897, published by Berlin News-Record
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Manufacturer, Furniture 
    Residence 1911  67 Ontario St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Hartman Krug mansion
    The Hartman Krug mansion
    67 Ontario St. N., Kitchener, Ontario
    Residence 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Catholic 
    Occupation 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Manufacturer, Furniture 
    Residence 1921  67 Foundry St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Residence 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Roman Catholic 
    Died 10 Apr 1933  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Cause: Myocardial Failure 2 months-Hypertension 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    furniture manufacturer 
    Interesting building, business, furniture, life story, 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-24999 
    Buried Mount Hope Roman Catholic Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I24999  Generations
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2022 

    Father Johann Heinrich "Heinrich" Krug,   b. 7 Sep 1808, Eulersdorf, Grebenau Kr Alsfeld, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1853, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Mother Mary Sophia "Sophia" Schultz,   b. 27 Jan 1823, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1890  (Age 67 years) 
    Family ID F2556  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann Theresa Dunn,   b. 24 Jul 1860, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1950  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 1 Nov 1880  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 11
    Children 
     1. Rudolph W. Krug,   b. 12 Jan 1882, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Frances Mary "Fannie" Krug,   b. 7 Dec 1883, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1912  (Age 28 years)
     3. Henry Krug,   b. 1885, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Harvey Thomas Krug,   b. 11 Jan 1886, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1960  (Age 73 years)
     5. Elva E. Krug,   b. 19 Jun 1888, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1976  (Age 87 years)
     6. Marie Krug,   b. 13 Jul 1890, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1975  (Age 84 years)
     7. Henry Carl Krug,   b. 13 Jul 1895, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Hartman John Krug,   b. 2 Nov 1896, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1971  (Age 74 years)
     9. Florence M. Krug,   b. 7 Jun 1900, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1944  (Age 43 years)
     10. George Edward Krug,   b. 10 Jun 1901, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1902, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     11. Anna Gertrude Krug,   b. 30 Jun 1903, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F6378  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Krug, Hartman - formal portrait.jpg
    Krug, Hartman - formal portrait.jpg
    Hartman Krug abt 1912
    Hartman Krug abt 1912
    Photograph appeared in "Berlin, Canada: a self portrait of Kitchener, Ontario before World War One", under the caption: Member Separate School Board; of the H. Krug Furniture Co.

  • Notes 
    • From Krug website. Krug Inc. was founded in 1880 by Hartman Krug, a cabinet maker of German heritage, who had settled in the small community of Berlin, Ontario (now Kitchener) in the late 1870's.

      Hartman Krug had worked for several years in the wood-working trade until starting his own small factory. By the turn of the century he was manufacturing several product lines which included upholstered office chairs and hand carved residential furniture. The ever-growing demand for Krug furniture brought about the construction of a massive four story factory, which was built on the same site as the original.


      The factory covered almost two city blocks and was widely known as the largest of its kind in the British Empire. Craftsmen came from all over Europe to work in the facility, as well as many smaller woodworking shops in the area. Berlin had quickly become the furniture capital of Canada. Krug's attention to detail and quality was the force behind it's popularity within Canada. Steam-bent and hand-carved pieces were the trademarks of a company whose goal was to create an elegant and lasting product. Krug tables, chairs and sofas could be found in the finest establishments throughout Canada, as well as the homes of the famous, including Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald.


      By the 1930's, Krug was producing office and contract chairs and tables exclusively, and in the war years of 1939 to 1945, virtually all the company's production was for the Canadian government's war effort. In the post-war boom period, Krug's output grew rapidly to supply a market that was hungry for office furniture.


      By the 1960's many changes had occurred in the four story plant in downtown Kitchener. The implementation of new equipment and new procedures were required to keep up with booming sales. New product designs helped facilitate a much greater market share and Krug's entrance into the U.S. market in the mid 1970's seemed inevitable.
      It was evident by the late 1970's that Krug was growing out of its huge four story plant in Kitchener and in 1980, Krug purchased Imperial Furniture of Stratford, Ontario. Imperial was a manufacturer of residential and contract furniture and employed approximately 150 people at its large plant in Stratford. Krug immediately moved its large lumber and kiln-drying operations to Stratford and also began production of it's new traditional desk line there. The decision to move into the desk market was a huge undertaking and didn't come without some risk, but it would ultimately prove to be a key factor in Krug's current success. The successful traditional line made way for a new era at Krug. Several contemporary desk lines were designed and would begin full production the following year. A line of conference tables was also added to boost an already diverse product offering and reinforced Krug's mandate of keeping pace with the ever-changing needs of its customers.


      In 1984, Krug purchased a large, modern building on Manitou Drive in Kitchener and immediately relocated its warehousing and distribution operations to the new facility. A large veneer operation was put in place and over the next few years the Manitou plant became one of the premiere manufacturing facilities of desks in North America.

      Today (2005), the Manitou Drive plant in Kitchener is a state-of-the-art facility employing over 250 people. Equipped with high-tech machinery and a knowledgeable, hard-working staff, Krug manufactures product of the highest quality in an incredibly short period of time. The spacious head office is an immaculate showroom that showcases many of Krug's award winning designs. The original Krug plant in downtown Kitchener is thriving as well. Its four floors are equipped with the latest machinery which produce one-of-a-kind designs and expertly engineered chairs, occasional tables and conference room product. Krug is well represented in major centers throughout the United States and Canada. The current product offering is one of the best in the business and gives Krug representatives the unique ability to offer a wide range of solutions to the customer. With the flexibility to customize product, Krug continues to be an industry leader in providing environments which reflect the changing needs of today's high-tech workplace

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      A pioneer of Kitchener industry and known to the furniture trade throughout Canada, Hartman Krug died at his home in Kitchener after an illness of two years. He was in his 80th year.

      Head of the Krug Manufacturing Company, Mr. Krug's career was a vigorous and successful one since the time he started to lay the foundation for this business as a carpenter and a contractor's apprentice.

      He was born on a farm near New Dundee and in his early days became associated with Daniel Hibner in the furniture manufacturing firm of Krug and Hibner. In 1887 he founded his own company and managed it until 1930.

      When Mr. Krug opened his modest plant it was a frame structure, 40 by 60 feet and employed 15 men. Today it measures 90 by 100 feet with a floor space of 125,000 square feet, and in normal times employs 200 people.

      Growth of his business was due directly to his own efforts. In the early days he did his own sales work, and many of the leading hotels and business buildings across Canada are equipped with Krug furniture.

      In addition to his own business, Mr. Krug was a director of the Provincial Fire Insurance Company. He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

      He is survived by his widow, four sons, Rudolph, Henry, John and Harvey, of Kitchener, and four daughters, Mrs. Leo MacLachlan, Mrs. Gerald McHugh and Mrs. Harold Wurster, all of Windsor, and Mrs. William Roos, of Kitchener.

      One brother, Henry S. Krug, of Tavistock, also survives. One son and one daughter predeceased him.

      New Hamburg Independent Apr 14 1933 pg 8

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 1 Nov 1896.
      1 Nov 1896 The wife of Hartman Krug, in Berlin, a son.

    2. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-2 Page 2.

    3. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, A-2 pg 2.

    4. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 11233-80.
      Hartman KRUG, 27, joiner, Canada, Berlin, s/o Henry & Sophia, married Mary Ann Theresa DUNN, 20, Canada, Berlin, d/o William & Ann, witn: William WAINER, Fanny DUNN, William GERSTER & Catherine ANSTADT, all of Berlin, 1 Nov 1880 at Berlin (Rom Cath)

    5. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 53.

    6. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      Hartman Krug/ 1853-1933/ R.I.P

    7. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 28 Pg. 5.

    8. [S190] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1871, Div. 1 Page 48.

    9. [S190] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1871, Div. 2 Page 43.

    10. [S2264] Census - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1921, Sub Dist. 26 Page 9.

    11. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Sec. 5 Page 25.

    12. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, a-2 pg 2.

    13. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Jun 1853 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuilding - Krug Furniture Factory - 111 Ahrens St. West - - 111 Ahrens St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Carpenter - 1871 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Carpenter - 1871 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1871 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1871 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - joiner - 1880 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Nov 1880 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Carpenter - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Roman Catholic - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Roman Catholic - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Furniture manufacturer - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer, Furniture - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - 67 Ontario St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Catholic - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer, Furniture - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Roman Catholic - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Myocardial Failure 2 months-Hypertension - 10 Apr 1933 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - furniture manufacturer - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Roman Catholic Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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