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Klaus was born on December 30, 1829 in Prussia
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. He first came to Green Bay in 1849. In 1853, he married Appolonia Whiteson. They had four children. He later became the largest shingle
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buyer, manufacturer and trader in the United States
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during a period when Green Bay was the primary shingle market in the world. Klaus passed away on July 22, 1899 in Jamestown, North Dakota
As of the census of 2000, there were 15,527 people, 6,505 households, and 3,798 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,246.7 per square mile . There were 6,970 housing units at an average density of 559.6 per square mile...
Klaus was Treasurer of Green Bay from 1855 to 1856 and was later Treasurer of Brown County, Wisconsin
. After serving three terms on the City Council, Klaus was Mayor from 1868 to 1870.