To quote Howard Krug from his book A Century of Excellence, Krug Bros. & Co. Furniture Manufacturers, “It is clear that the Krug Bros. was conceived and operated as a “family” business – one that was held closely by two generations of male family members. They cherished this enterprise and maintained the required family harmony to ensure its ongoing success.”
Howard Krug graduated from the University of Toronto’s Forestry Program in 1926.
Howard joined Krug Bros. & Co. in 1925 and remained with the company for 62 years until the enterprise ended in 1987. He moved through every department of the business, beginning in the shipping department. He especially enjoyed working in design. He took over forest management (the purchasing of timer and logs and maintenance of the company woodlots) when John Krug died in 1937. On the death of his father in 1941, Howard became the company’s Chief Executive Officer and retained that position until the factory closed in 1987.
Howard was involved in the community, organizing and leading two boys’ clubs which did service work through the community. He was a member of the executive of the Ontario Furniture Manufacturers’ Association for many years, was a life member of the Bruce County Historical Society and an honourary member of the Bruce Genealogical Society and the Saugeen Filed Naturalists. He was also a charter member of the Bruce Trail Organization and supervised a crew from the Chesley area who travelled up the Bruce Peninsula to develop the portion of the Bruce Trial from Dyer’s Bay to Tobermory.
Nature and natural conservation was of extreme importance to Howard. When young, he built and erected nesting boxes for birds. In the 1930s, his chain of nesting boxes succeeded in re-establishing the population of bluebirds in the area of Chesley. Between 1960 and 1980, he also erected bluebird boxes in the northern part of the Bruce Peninsula, re-establishing their population there as well.
He also banded several species of birds, such as herring and ring-billed gulls, on the islands off the shores of the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island.
Howard Krug’s deepest and most abiding interest lay in the proper use and conservation of woodlots.