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Author: Paige Buck

A Century of Conservation

Posted by Paige Buck, Illinois Public Affairs Officer on May 31, 2016 at 10:02 AM
Harold Kraut holds an award presented to him in 1954 by Illinois Governor William Stratton, for his outstanding achievements in soil conservation.

Harold Kraut holds an award presented to him in 1954 by Illinois Governor William Stratton, for his outstanding achievements in soil conservation.

After Harold “Boge” Kraut returned home from World War II in 1945, he purchased his 144-acre farm for $125 down and a firm handshake as a promise to repay the balance. With that, he became a farmer.

Harold said he’d always had a knack for conservation. Maybe that came from growing up during The Dust Bowl, or perhaps from working on his parents’ orchard.

“As a little bitty boy, I played in the dirt with those animals up on the hill for years,” Harold recalls, talking about a little set of celluloid (plastic) farm animals he got for Christmas. “But I took care of those animals.” Read more >>

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