David Krouse, of Ottawa, Illinois, is a native of the Keystone state,. and dates his birth in Luzerne county on the 27th of September, 1846. His forefathers were of German origin and were among the early settlers of Pennsylvania. His father, Joseph Krouse, married a Miss Huthmaker, and to them were born seven children, - all sons.
David's boyhood days were passed on his father's farm and in attend-ance at the public school, and when he was fifteen the great civil war broke; out. The next year, in 1862, at the age of sixteen, he enlisted as a member of Company G, One Hundred and Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers, under Captain B. G. Cooper. His army service covered a period of ten months, during which time he took part in the battles of Suffolk and Deep Creek, Virginia. He was then honorably discharged, and returned home and resumed farming.
In 1864 he served an apprenticeship with Charles Roth, of Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, in the gunsmith's trade, remaining with him three years, and in 1867 he came to Ottawa, working at his trade with H. P. Drunker for three years and the same length of time with D. S. Ebersol. Since then has been in business for himself.
At the age of twenty-six years Mr. Krouse married Miss Sarah A. Arnold, also a native of Pennsylvania, and their union has been blessed in the birth of three children, viz.: Jesse, Benjamin Franklin and Alice. Benjamin F. was in the late war with Spain, a member of Company C, Third Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
Politically, Mr. Krouse is identified with the Republican party, and by appointment filled for some time the office of receiver of the port at Ottawa. Socially he maintains membership in the Uniform Rank, Knights of Pythias, in which organization he was elected first lieutenant and afterward captain.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 149-150.