George R. Krebs

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
July 23, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 572-573

GEORGE R. KREBS has gained prestige as one of the able
and successful civil and mining engineers in his native state
of West Virginia, and maintains his home and professional
headquarters in the City of Charleston.

Mr. Krebs was born at New Martinsville, Wetzel County,
this state, on the 5th of March, 1872, and there he acquired
his early education. In preparation for his chosen pro-
fession he entered the University of West Virginia, in which
he completed a scientific course that included thorough in-
struction in civil and mining engineering, he having gradu-
ated as a member of the class of 1899, with the degree of
B. S. He forthwith became associated with railroad con-
struction service, and in 1899-1900 was resident engineer for
the White Oak Railroad, a branch of the Chesapeake &
Ohio Bailroad extending from Glen Jean to Oakwood. In
1901-2 he was identified with the construction of the
“Bend’s Scenic Railroad,” this work being one of the
most difficult ever attempted in railroad construction to
afford facilities for coal-mining operations in West Vir-
ginia. For two years Mr. Krebs was superintendent of
mines for the New River Coal Company, for which he had
charge of the construction of shafts, drifts, tipples, etc.
In 1910 he became junior member of the firm of Clark &
Krebs, which has developed a large and important pro-
fessional and constructive business in the domain of min-
ing engineering. In its operations the firm at times finds
it essential to employ numerous assistants, entailing a pay-
roll output of fully $8,000 a month.

Mr. Krebs is a member of the Alumni Association of the
University of West Virginia, in which institution he be-
came affiliated with the Sigma Chi fraternity, and he is an
active member of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, as
well as of the Lions Club of this city. In the Masonic
fraternity he has received the thirty-second degree of the
Scottish Rite and is a noble of the Mystic Shrine. His wife,
whose maiden name was Lettie Carr, is a daughter of the
late Dr. C. Carr, of Clay, Clay County. Mr. and Mrs.
Krebs have four children: Grenville R., Donnie, Mary Dean
and Helen. In the World war period Grenville R. Krebs
was in the aviation service of the United States Navy for a
period of three years. Mr. and Mrs. Krebs are affiliated
with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, being members
of the Humphreys Memorial Church. Mrs. Krebs is an
active worker in the Order of the Eastern Star. She has
served as secretary for the past eight years of that order.
She is also an active worker in her church and its various