A native of Silesia, Carl F. Kranz was raised in an orphanage and received his education in local schools. Later he studied at the University of Breslau, where he was ordained in the ministry. Kranz immigrated to the United States in 1869 and served for two years as the pastor of the Evangelical Church in Mishawaka, Indiana. In 1871, he was appointed head of the Evangelical Synod seminary in Evansville, Indiana. When the Synod of the Northwest merged with the Synod of the West, the seminary moved to join with Melanchthon Seminary in Elmhurst. Kranz was appointed the first president of the new (merged) Elmhurst Proseminary. He left Elmhurst in 1874 to be the minister of the Evangelical Church in Horn, Iowa. He died in 1885. (From an undated press release in the Kranz file).
The College has very little archival material from the Kranz period. This collection consists of biographical material and one handwritten document (a sermon?) written in German.