Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Art Krenz
Arthur Robert “Art” Krenz was born in Middletown, Connecticut, around 1905. Most of the U.S. Federal Censuses recorded his estimated birth year as 1905. Krenz’s birthplace was on his marriage record and his middle name appeared in some copyright catalogs.
The 1910 census listed Krenz as the youngest of five Connecticut-born children whose parents were Louis and Annie, both “Russ-German” emigrants. Krenz’s father was a weaver at a narrow webbing factory. The family resided in South Farms Village, Middletown, Connecticut at 9 Douglas Avenue.
According to the 1920 census, the family lived in Cleveland, Ohio at 3274 73 Street. Krenz’s father was the proprietor of a grocery store. Information regarding Krenz’s childhood education and art training has not been found.
At some point Krenz moved to Miami, Florida where he was a staff cartoonist for the Miami Herald in the mid-1920s.
Krenz was a golf enthusiast who produced a number golf-related items for NEA.
The Owosso Argus-Press (Michigan), May 2, 1934, published this item: “Art Krenz, NEA Service sports cartoonist and golf writer has been granted a student pilot’s license to cut capers in an airplane, please omit flowers.”
Cuyahoga County, Ohio, marriage record had the August 3, 1934 marriage of Krenz to Hazel Shadoin.
In 1940 the couple owned their home at 4191 West 63rd Street in Cleveland. The census said they lived there in 1935, and Krenz had two years of college.
Krenz’s Knickname Kwiz was syndicated by AP Features and ran in the Bellingham Herald (Washington) beginning August 9, 1940.
In 1949 and 1950 Krenz produced books for the series, Stencil-Art, from the Bedford, Ohio publisher, Stencil-Art Publishing Company. Titles by Krenz include Stencil-Art: Book No. 1, Stencil-Art: Zoo, Stencil-Art: On the Farm, Stencil-Art: Holiday Book, Stencil-Art: Book of Patriotic Designs, and Stencil-Art: Symbols of Religion.
A 1959 Orlando, Florida city directory listed Krenz at 7032 Barby Lane.
Krenz passed away in May 1961, in Orange, Florida, according to the Florida Death Index at Ancestry.com. The Hartford Courant, July 10 and 11, 2015, published an obituary for Krenz’s son, Arthur Ludwig.
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