|Birth: ||Apr. 16, 1873, Germany|
|Death: ||Oct. 10, 1922|
The following was taken from "The city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922", Volume 4 edited by Clarence Monroe Burton, William Stocking, Gordon K. Miller. Known inaccuracies are in parentheses.
"Richard Kraetke is a prominent factor in the industrial circles of Detroit, Michigan as president of the Kraetke Brothers Company, which was established by him in 1911 and which has won an enviable reputation for tool work of the finest character. He was born in Germany, but was brought to the United States when a little lad of but four summers (age 9) by his parents, Louis Anton and Minnie (Nageborn) Kraetke, who established their home in Detroit. The public schools of this city afforded him his early educational privileges and he also attended the Lafayette Street Seminary, devoting special attention to study of engineering and toolmaking. After putting aside his textbooks he entered the employ of the Detroit Lubricator Company, with which he continued for four years, being made general foreman of the plant on attaining his majority. Severing his connection with that concern, he organized the Scherer Company, bicycle manufacturers. Subsequently he spent two years with Rapid Motor Vehicle Company, now General Motors Corporation. He next became superintendent for Caille Brothers and acted in that capacity for ten years. In 1911 Richard organized the Kraetke Bros. Company, tool makers and has continued as the company's president throughout the intervening decade. They are celebrated for their tool work, made all the tools for the Lincoln Motor Company during the World War, as well as jigs, fixtures, etc. and have the finest factory of its kind in Detroit. The plant, a square building sized one hundred by one hundred feet, was erected on Grand boulevard in the year 1917. Scrupulous cleanliness characterizes the tool factory throughout. Mr. Kraetke is familiar with every phase of the work, so under his able direction the business has grown and developed until it is now one of the largest and is of most profitable proportions and constitutes one of the leading industrial enterprises of the city.
October 15, 1902, Mr. Kraetke was united in marriage to Miss Theresa Foeltz, who always dispenses such gracious hospitality in their attractive home at 1470 Baldwin. In politics, Richard is a Republican, and in religious faith, a Lutheran, while his fraternal association is with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is a member of the Board of Commerce and of the Detroit Automobile Club and he is widely recognized as a very progressive, up-to-date business man and highly public-spirited citizen, whose cooperation can ever be counted upon to further municipal progress or promote the general welfare along many lines. As has been remarked, after all that may be done for a man in the way of giving him so many early opportunities for obtaining the requirements which are sought in the schools and in books, he must essentially formulate, determine and give shape to his own character, and this is what Mr. Richard Kraetke has done. He has persevered in the pursuit of a very persistent purpose and has gained a most satisfactory reward. His life is exemplary in all respects and he has ever supported those interests."
Louis Anton Kraetke (1841 - 1906)
Wilhelmine Caroline Amalie Nageborn Kraetke (1847 - 1902)
Helene Kraetke Fielder (1869 - 1943)*
Richard Emil Kraetke (1873 - 1922)
Ernest Maxwell Kraetke (1877 - 1932)*
William Louis Kraetke (1886 - 1958)*
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Record added: Sep 01, 2011
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