Anton Kraabel

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Anton T. Kraabel

Anton T. Kraabel (October 16, 1862 – June 17, 1934[1]) was a North Dakota Republican Party politician who served as the ninth and 11th Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota under L. B. Hanna and Lynn Frazier respectively. Kraabel also served in the North Dakota House from 1903 to 1904 and in the North Dakota Senate from 1905 to 1908.[2]

Biography[edit]

Anton T. Kraabel was born in 1862 in Øyer in the region of Gudbrandsdalen, Norway. When Kraabel was four years old, his family including his parents, two brothers and three sisters emigrated to the United States and settled near Coon Valley in southwestern Wisconsin. Two sisters were born to the family afterwards. At the age of sixteen, Kraabel started supporting himself by working on farms and in a sawmill. He later moved to North Dakota where he worked as a peddler, as a hotel manager and a lumber yard manager. Eventually, he settled in Clifford, North Dakota and began his career as a manager of a general store. In 1899, along with several others, he started the Clifford Bank. During this time, Kraabel was involved in local, county and state politics in North Dakota beginning as township clerk in 1888 and subsequently as township treasurer. He served in the North Dakota Legislative Assembly from 1903 to 1908; first in the House, and then in the Senate. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota in 1912, but was defeated in the 1914 Republican Primary. He ran again for the seat in 1916, and served for another term. In 1918, however, he once again lost the primary for his party.[3] After his political career, he served as a chair and member of several boards. He helped to organize the Traill County Telephone Company and was its president for twelve years. He married Maren Oline Oswald in 1892, and they had seven children; three girls and four boys. He died at the age of 71 in 1934 in Montana.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Articles on Death of Kraabel
  2. ^ North Dakota Blue Book, 1989
  3. ^ North Dakota Blue Book, 1913
  4. ^ My Life, by A.T. Kraabel (unpublished manuscript)
Political offices
Preceded by
Usher L. Burdick
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
1913–1915
Succeeded by
John H. Fraine
Preceded by
John H. Fraine
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
1917–1919
Succeeded by
Howard R. Wood