The University of North Carolina Herbarium
has found a single specimen collected by A. F. K. Krout,
an Obolaria virginica
collected on Haycock Mountain (Bucks County, Pennsylvania) in 1868. It is
signed, rather illegibly, “A. F. K. Krout.” As mentioned in John Harshberger’s
bio (below), most of Krout’s specimens are held by
the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (PH). Other herbaria which curate Krout’s specimens include: Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CM),
Clemson University (CLEMS), Field Museum (F), New York Botanical Garden (NY),
University of New Mexico (UNM). The exact disposition of the Lafayette
College (Easton, PA) herbarium, which also held many of Krout’s
specimens, is unclear.
F. K. Krout was born in the village of Line
Lexington, in New Britain Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, February 2, 1843.
was educated in the public schools of Bucks County, and received his Academic
Training at the North Wales Institute, in Montgomery County.
principal work has been teaching. He first taught in the public schools of
Bucks County, after which he held the position of Supervising Principal of
the following borough schools in Pennsylvania: Coplay, Lehigh County; Emlenton, Venango
County; Lehighton, Carbon County; Wyoming, Luzerne County.
June, 1883, he gave up teaching to become the Corporation Accountant and
Cashier for the Coplay Iron Company, a corporation owned principally and
controlled by Mr. E. P. Wilbur, former president of the Lehigh Valley
Railroad Company. This position he
held for five years, after which he resumed his professional work in the
borough of Emlenton. In 1876 he
appeared before the state Board of Examiners for the Normal Schools, passed
the examination successfully, and became an authorized teacher of didactics.
became a resident of Philadelphia in 1892, when he took charge of the
Business Departments of Temple College, Broad and Berks Streets, and of the
Union College of Business, Broad and Market Streets.
found much pleasure in pursuing a course of general studies in science and
language, and in 1877 Franklin and Marshall College recognized his industry
as a student, and conferred on him the degree of Master of Arts.
the confidence of the people at his permanent home in Coplay, he was frequent
called upon to fill positions of honor and responsibility. He was the first
commissioned Magistrate when that time became a borough, which office he held
from 1869 to 1890. He was Secretary of Town Council for 13 years and school
director five years.
judges of the courts frequently appointed him to serve on road juries and
commissions, and there are few townships in Lehigh County in which he was not
called to execute these appointments.
favorite study since 1869 has been botany. When not in the classroom he has
been out in the fields. When he came to Philadelphia he prepared himself
further in botany, by taking, for three years, the special course for
teachers in botany and zoology at the University of Pennsylvania. The work
done in the botanical line may here be mentioned:
“The Flora of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania,” in conjunction with Dr. William Herbst, the eminent mycologist, who is still a resident
of the County. The greater part of
Lehigh collection is deposited in the Herbarium of the Philadelphia Botanical
Club at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.
“The Grasses of Philadelphia,” 1898.
These were contributed to Dr. Thomas C. Porter’s Pennsylvania
Herbarium at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania.
“The cataloguing of the Bartonian Collection when
deposited with the Academy of Natural Sciences by the Philosophical Society
in 1897.” This collection contains the plants collected by Pursh on his memorable trips from Philadelphia to the
high mountains of North Carolina, and into the Great Lakes and the White
Mountains, in 1806 and 1807.
Krout is a member of the Biological Society and the
Pennsylvania Botanical Society at the University. At the Academy of Natural Sciences he is a
member of the Botanical Section, Microscopical and
Biological Sections, Philadelphia Botanical Club, the Pennsylvania
Mycological Society, and is now President of the Philadelphia Moss Chapter. 1
Abraham F. K. Krout
was married to Mary Catharine Moyer Krout
(1842-1921), and they had four children:
Mabel Olivia Krout (b. 25 December 1871);
Jacob Henry Krout (b. 16 May 1874 – d. 16 December 1918); Clarence A. Krout (b. 3 May 1883 – d. 12 September 1883); and Helen
Rachel Krout (b. 5 November 1885).3,4,5 Abraham F. K. Krout
is buried in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.3
1. Harshberger, John W. 1899. The
Botanists of Philadelphia and Their Work Philadelphia: T.C. Davis & Sons.
2. Harvard University Herbaria
database of botanists. Accessed on 14
November 2016. http://kiki.huh.harvard.edu/databases/botanist_search.php?mode=details&id=33573
3. Find a Grave. Find A Grave Memorial# 113700263, accessed on 14 November 2016. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Krout&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSob=n&GRid=113700263&
4. The Pennsylvania – German Society,
Philadelphia October 8, 1919. Volume
XXX: 29. Published by The Society 1924.
5. http://www.landofthebuckeye.net/p1295.htm#i67808 accessed on 14 November 2016.