This well known and representative business
man and financier of Nez Perces County is today holding
one of the most responsible offices within the gift of
the people of the County, that of sheriff, and he is
discharging the duties thus incumbent upon him with
efficiency and a display of uprightness and wisdom.
Alfred W. was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on July
29, 1859, being the son of Adolph W. and Anna W.
(Jacobs) Kroutinger. The father was a major in the
regular army for thirty-five years; was born in 1830 and
died in Idaho County, Idaho, in 1893. His ancestors were
military men in Germany; he came to the United States,
enlisted in the army and was retired in 1889. The mother
was born in England on March 3, 1842, and came to the
United States in infancy. Alfred was educated in the
Chickering Institute, in Cincinnati, and the Washington
University, in St. Louis.
In 1877, when our
subject was twenty years of age, he came with his
father, who had been ordered to quell the Nez Perces, to
central Idaho. He at once began bookkeeping for John P.
Vollmer & Company. Several years were spent in this
labor and then he was selected as cashier for the First
National Bank in Lewiston, and was later appointed
receiver in the United States land office by President
Cleveland, and served from 1892 to 1896. He was also
deputy auditor and recorder from 1884 to 1888, and the
last two years of this period he was city treasurer. In
1896 he acted as practicing attorney before the United
States land office and continued in that capacity until
1900, when he received the nomination on the Democratic
ticket for sheriff of Nez Perces County, and was
elected. He is still filling that office in a creditable
On May 3, 1881, in Lewiston, Mr.
Kroutinger was married to Miss Anna E. Vollmer, a sister
of John P. Vollmer, who had raised this sister after the
death of her parents. Mrs. Kroutinger was born on
November 11, 1864, at Indianapolis. Indiana; her brother
and sister are as follows: J. P. Vollmer and Mrs. Corine
Truscott. Mr. Kroutinger has no brothers or sisters. Our
subject and his estimable wife have become the parents
of one child, Anna L., who was nineteen years of age on
January 15, 1902, is a graduate of the high school at
Lewiston, and a very proficient musician.
Kroutinger is a member of the Masons. Scottish Rite
Chapter, and has taken all the degrees in that order but
one. He and his family affiliate with the Episcopal
Church. Mr. Kroutinger is active in politics and is also
a vigilant business man. He is in partnership with B. F.
Morris, one of the best known men in Idaho, and they
handle considerable real estate.
Source: An Illustrated History of
Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah,
Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical
Publishing Company, 1903