I am a historical researcher investigating the life of General Felipe Angeles. Through this process I have learned a few things about his wife Clara Kraus which might be helpful for you.
1.) They had four children: Alberto, Isabella, and the twins, Julio and Felipe.
2.) Besides living in El Paso, she also lived for a time in Boston - this was in 1915 when her husband was involved in the heaviest fighting phase of the Mexican Revolution. While there, she sent the boys off to summer camp at Camp Katahdin Maine. During that summer, her husband was sent to the U.S. by his superior, Pancho Villa, to try to convince President Wilson to continue to support their faction. He came first to Boston, and spent some time with her there before going on to Washington. Although the General had a perfunctory grasp of English, Clara acted as his interpreter at a notable press conference held at Boston's Brunswick Hotel.
3.) At the time of her husband's execution (Nov. 26, 1919), Clara was living in New York City with her children. Her health had deteriorated by this time, most likely due to the extreme anxiety she continually suffered from due to fears for her husband's safety. Alberto and Isabella kept the news of their father's capture and trial from her because she was to fragile to accept the truth. She died just two weeks after the execution, apparently still in ignorance of the fact.
4.) She had a sister named Carmen Kraus Alvarez de de la Rosa, who was apparently with her and the children in New York City in 1919.
5.) There is a nice feature on her that was printed in the society pages of The El Paso Morning Times, Sunday, Sept. 19, 1915 which came from an interview done by Miss Gertrude Stevenson and originally published in "The Boston Journal." -Now I have the El Paso Newspaper piece but have never been able to find the Boston Journal article. My assumption is that it is exactly the same as the one in the El Paso paper.
-Now I have gathered a veritable mountain of information in the course of my research on General Angeles and these are the things which stand out the most off the top of my head regarding his wife, Clara Kraus. I am sure that I could unearth some more details on her, especially on her life in El Paso in 1915, but possibly other facts as well if given some time to do so. I don't have much on her background or on her courtship and marriage to the General and I am wondering if you would be able to help me out here. I am hoping eventually to turn all this into a biography of Felipe Angeles and get it published. If you could share anything, I'd be deeply grateful.
Sincerely, John M. Koelsch
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