"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 627-28
John M. Krieg. Born on the farm adjoining his present home, on May 13, 1862, John M. Kreig has spent his life in the community which he now claims as home. He is a son of George L. and May A. (Wilhelm) Krieg, and it should be said that the father was born in Germany and came to the United States when he was about twenty years old. His wife was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but they were married in Lancaster township, Huntington county, Indiana, and this place continued to be their abiding place to the end of their lives.
To George and May Krieg ten children were born, eight of whom are now living. John M., whose name introduces this brief review, was born third in line, and he was reared on the home place, attending the Lancaster schools and thus gaining a slender knowledge of the three Râ€™s in his boyhood. He went to school three months in the winter until he reached his early teens, and all his summers were spent at work on the farm. He continued there as his fatherâ€™s assistant until he was twenty-one, when he launched out into independent farming. He had no capital, but he rented the place adjoining his fatherâ€™s, and there he applied diligently the principles he had learned and practiced while with his father. The result was a fair measure of prosperity, and in time he was able to buy the place, operating it nine years as a renter, before he felt himself able to buy it. The farm is one of one hundred and sixty acres and is situated about six miles south of Huntington, in Section twenty-three. It is a well kept and productive place, reflecting wholesome credit upon its owner.
Mr. Krieg married Mary Baston on February 14, 1884. She was born and reared in Lancaster township, and like her husband, had her education in the common schools of the district. Two children have been born to them. Clyde C., the eldest, a graduate of the Majenica high school, died at the age of nineteen years, and Mamie is the wife of Harmon Hoover. She and her husband make their home with Mr. Hooverâ€™s parents. All the family have membership in the Majenica Christian church, and Mr. Krieg is treasurer of the church, and otherwise active in its work.
Mr. Krieg is a Democrat in his politics, and though he has never taken active part in the public life of the community, his influence has been a healthy one, and has stood for progress and development. His progressive ideas have made themselves evident first of all in his home and in the management of his private affairs, and his farm shows some of the finest buildings in the township. As a general farmer and stock-man he is regarded as one of the most capable and prosperous men of the community, and rightly so.