Robert Kruger Colfax County, New Mexico

Robert Kruger, city marshal of Raton, who was formerly connected with industrial interests of the city, is a native of Hanover, Germany, and came to the United States in 1869. He was for eighteen years engaged in general merchandising at Mitchell, Illinois, where he conducted a good store, and later he carried on general farming in York County, Nebraska. On the 6th of January, 1896, he arrived in Raton, where he had charge of the throttle and steam pipes on the engines in the Santa Fe railroad shops. He there remained for four years and was recognized as a capable employee of the railroad company. In April, 1899, he was appointed marshal of Raton by Mayor Shuler and has filled the position continuously since, discharging his duties without fear or favor and with marked promptness and fidelity. He has also been street commissioner and sewer inspector and was elected constable for three different terms. Mr. Kruger is married and has a family of four grown children.

He is a member of Raton Lodge No. 865, B. P. O. E. He has gained a wide and favorable acquaintance during the ten years of his residence in Raton and has proved a very capable and trustworthy city official. Josiah A. Rush, proprietor and manager of the Rush Lumber Company, Raton, Colfax County, became a resident of this Territory in 1887. That year he located at Springer, as manager for Hughes Brothers' Lumber Company, and remained there until the fall of 1890, when he came to Raton, where he has since made his home. He continued as manager for Hughes Brothers till he bought them out in 1903, since which time the business has been conducted under the name of the Rush Lumber Company.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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