Herbert Krause

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Herbert Krause
Herbert Arthur Krause

(1905-05-25)May 25, 1905
Friberg Township, Minnesota
DiedSeptember 22, 1976(1976-09-22) (aged 71)
  • Historian
  • author
  • professor
Academic background
Alma materSt. Olaf College (B.A.)
University of Iowa (M.A.)
Writing career
Notable worksWind Without Rain, The Thresher, The Oxcart Trail
Notable awardsFriends of American Writers Award, 1939

Herbert Arthur Krause (May 25, 1905 - September 22, 1976)[1] was an American historian, author and college professor. He was born and educated in Minnesota and South Dakota, where he taught and wrote. He was the author of novels, plays, poems, essays, and reviews.[2] He also worked towards preservation of cultural heritage.


Herbert Arthur Krause, a third-generation German American,[3] was born on May 25, 1905 on a small farm in Friberg Township, Otter Tail County, north of Fergus Falls, Minnesota to Arthur Adolph Krause (a farmer and blacksmith) and Bertha Peters. He was educated at St. Olaf College (B.A., 1933) and the University of Iowa (M.A., 1935).[4]

He taught at the University of Iowa starting in 1938. After the success of Wind Without Rain, he moved to Augustana College (now known as Augustana University) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he taught in the English department and was director of the Center for Western Studies until his 1976 death.[5]

Career as writer[edit]

Krause was influenced by the writing of Ole Rolvaag, with whom he had hoped to study at St. Olaf but was unable to do so.[5] He wrote three novels, Wind Without Rain, The Thresher, and The Oxcart Trail, detailing the prairies of the American West. Herbert Krause won the Friends of American Writers Award in 1939 for Wind Without Rain.[6]

Death and legacy[edit]

Herbert Krause died of congestive heart failure in 1976, at the age of 71, in Sioux Falls.[1]

In 1978 he was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame, in the category of Education & Cultural Affairs.[7] The Herbert A. Krause Collection at the Center for Western Studies contains collections of his papers and correspondence.[8]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Neighbor Boy. (Midland House, Iowa City, Iowa: 1939)
  • Wind without Rain. (1939; rpt. Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Brevet Press, 1976)
  • The Thresher. (1946; rpt. Brevet Press. Sioux Falls, South Dakota: 1980)
  • Giant in the Wooded Earth; Minnesota centennial verses (St. Olaf College. Northfield, Minnesota. 1962)
  • The Oxcart Trail. (1954; rpt. Brevet Press, Sioux Falls, South Dakota: 1976)
  • Prelude to Glory: A Newspaper Accounting of Custer's 1874 Expedition to the Black Hills (Edited by Gary Olson. Brevet Press, Sioux Falls, South Dakota: 1974)
  • Birding in the Northern Plains: The Ornithological Writings of Herbert Krause (Ronald R. Nelson, Editor. The Center for Western Studies. 2008)
  • Poems and Essays of Herbert Krause (Arthur R Huseboe, editor. Center for Western Studies. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 1990)


  1. ^ a b Noe, Marcia (2001). "Herbert Krause". In Greasley, Philip A. (ed.). Dictionary of Midwestern Literature. Vol. One: The Authors. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. pp. 303–304. ISBN 978-0-253-33609-5. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  2. ^ Authors on the Map (South Dakota Council of Teachers of English) Archived 2009-04-13 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "From Bone Depth": German-American Communities in Rural Minnesota before the Great War on JSTOR
  4. ^ Krause was a noted author (Tom Hintgen. The Fergus Falls Daily Journal) [1][permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b Munger, Mark (2010). "Reading Herbert Krause". Cloquet River Press. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  6. ^ Huseboe, Arthur R., "Rølvaag and Krause, Two Novelists of the Northwest Prairie Frontier" (A Literary History of the American West. Texas Christian University Department of Education) [2] Archived 2009-03-25 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Herbert Krause". South Dakota Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  8. ^ The American West

Additional sources[edit]

  • Huseboe, Arthur R., Herbert Krause (Boise State University. Western Series No. 66, December 1985) available online via Western Writers Series Digital Editions
  • Paulson, Kristoffer E., Ole Rolvaag, Herbert Krause and the Frontier Thesis of Frederick Jackson Turner ( from Where the West Begins, edited by Arthur R. Huseboe and William Geyer, pp. 22–33, Center for Western Studies Press. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 1978)

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