William R. Krafft
William R. Krafft graduated from Mechanics Institute In New York City and joined Michigan Bell Telephone Company.
He later became affiliated with the General Motors Corporation as Oldsmobile distributor for half of the state of
Conneticut, then General Manager of New Haven Buick until coming to Indianapolis where he became president
and owner of the Monarch Buick Company.
His was Chairman (1978) of the Board of Ryan Auto Parts, Monarch Motor Company, Inc., and the Indianapolis
Automotive Warehouse, Inc.
His civic activities include the Salvation Army Advisory Board, past presideint of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, and a
director of the Better Business Bureay, Conovention Bureau, and Sales Executive Club of Indianapolis. He is a founder
of Junior Baseball, the "500" Festival Associates, Junior Achievement, and the Indianapolis Zoo.
He is also a member of the Committees of One Hundred in Miami and Indianapolis, the Indiana Society of Chicago, and
the Advisory Council of Indiana Central University. Mary Helen Krafft was owner and operator of The Keys in Indianapolis
In 1977 they gave their lake cottage to Indiana Central University.
William R. and Mary Helen now (1978) reside in Bal Harbour, Flordia
William R Krafft Birth: 7 Sep 1902 Manhattan, New York Death: Apr 1983 Stuart, Martin, Florida Burial: Washington
Park North Cemetery Indianapolis Marion County Indiana married Mary Helen Gray birth 25 Nov 1916
Sue Della Kraftt married Addison H. King II
-- Kraft married George Voit
Sunny Kraftt (dau.)
Krafft Acres Farm
Route 4 Rochester (North of Leiters Ford, Aubbenaubee Township)
Krafttt's Chester White Swine WIn Top Honors
Chester White hogs entered at the Indiana State Fair this year from the Krafft Acres Farm, Route 4
Rochaster, won the Junior Gran Campion and the Reserved Grand Champion.
The farm is owned by Mr. and Mrs. William R. Kraftt if Indianapolis and South SHore Drive, Culver.
Jack Croy is the farm manager.
Seventeen additional ribbons were wond by Kraffy entries.
Winning swine are as follows:
February spring boar pig 1st, 2rd
Junior champion boar
Reserve grand champion boar
February sring sow pig 2nd
Reserve junior champion sow
February sprin boar 1st, 3rd
February spring gilt 2nd
Single Barrow (180-185 lbs) 1st
Reserve Champion boarrow (any weight)
SIngle barrow (weight 180-205 lbs) 1st
Champion barrow (any weight)
1963 Sep 18 - Citizen
Peter A Rudwolis of "The Keys" Restaurant is Culver Visitor
Peter A (Rudy) Rudwolis, manage of the famous Keys Restaurant at Indianapolus,
perennial winner of Holiday Magazine's only Indiana award for "Dining Distinction",
was a CUlver vistor on Monday
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Kraftt, Lake Maxinkuckee summer residents, own the
noted establishment on North Meridian Street in the Hoosier coital.
From their big farm here they supply "The Keys" with 2,000 Rock Corhish hens
annually as well as eggs and fresh vegetables.
Mr. Rudwolis was here to order several thousanf reprints of a feature story on
"The Keys" which appeared in the April issue of Indiana Business and Industry
Magazine. - 10 Jun 1959 - Citizen
Summer Lake Residents Prominent in 500-Mile Race Activities
Three Lake Maxinkuckee summer residents were might prominent in the Memorial
Day 500-mile race at Indianapolis.
Binford, 1880 East Shore Drive, is president of the United State Auto
Club which regulates the annual sports classic
Arthur B Lathrop,
1530 East SHore Drive, is the principal member of Racing associated, owner of the
ccar driven so wonderfully by Johnny Thomson who finished third
William R. Kraftt, 890 South Shore Drive, is the owner of Monoarch Buick Co. of
Indianapolis, which provided th snappy Buick pace car - 3 Jan 1959 - citizen
William R Kraftt Is Chairman of $350,00 Drive
||Announcement has been made of the appointment of William R. Kraftt,
president of Monrack Buick,Inc. of Indianapolis, as general chairman of the
building fund crusade for a new $350,00 0 Crossroads Rehabilitation Center
to replace the old one at 3001 N New Jersey St., Indianapolis
Mr. Krafft's Culver summer home is at 790 South Shore Drive and hie is a member
of the Lake Maxinkuckee Association. He also owna a farm in Fulton County...
CItien 10 Mar 1954|
Kiwanis Honors WIlliam R Krafft For Youth Work.
William R. Krafft, president of Monarch Buick Company of Indianapolis, was honored
recently by the Indiainapolis Kiwanis Club for his work among the youth of the city
Krafft, president of Junior Baseball Inc., from 1950 to 1954 and a driving force in placing
that organization on its feet, received a plaque from the club in recongnition of his
activities as head of Junior Baseball
The presentation was made by John Barney, city controller and acting, mayor. Krafft
served as president of the capital city Kiwanis Club in 1953
Mr. Krafft's summer home is at 790 South Shore Drive on Lake Maxinkuckee - 8 Jun 1955
WIlliam R Krafft, Lake Association Head, Vistis Cuban President
William R Krafft, Indianapolis Buick dealer and president of the Lake Maxinkuckee Association, Inc.
writes the Citizen this interesting note from Havanna Cuba:
I am spending a few days here on a Chamber of Commerce good will mission. Congressman
Charles B. Brownson of Indianapolis is also in the party.
President Batista of Cuba has a reception for us today at the palace.
I had a long personal chat with him. He is very fond of CUlver Military Academy and will send his
sons there again this summer. He is also thinking of enrolling them in winter school at CMA. I
was very much impressed with him. - 12 Dec 19556