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Henry Kautz

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Posted: 27 Oct 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Kautz, Sechrist, Leedy, Bunker, Baker, King, Gillen, Flinn
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 393-394

The genial and accommodating postmaster of Andrews, is known by everyone in Huntington county, and too much cannot be said in his praise. He is one of those large hearted, enterprising citizens, the promoter of all good works; a fine specimen of that grand type of manhood to be found in every live village and to whose untiring efforts may be traced the proseprity (sic) of the commonwealth. Alert and watchful of the public interests, he is always among the first to respond, and in a manner which is sure to result in lasting good. Henry Kautz is a son of Frederick and Catherine (Sechrist) Kautz, and was born in Maryland, March 20, 1833. Parents and grandparents were born in Pennsylvania, and are no doubt of German origin. The paternal grandfather moved to Maryland and later to Ohio, at the time his son Frederick, the father of our subject, located in Huntington county, Indiana, in 1840. He had entered one hundred and fifteen acres of land in Jefferson township, about a mile east of Mount Etna, in 1835, and it was here he established his family.

Frederick Kautz and Catherine Sechrist were married ere they left their native state and they became the parents of eight children, three of whom died in childhood. Those who survive to-day are as follows: John, a graduate of the Cincinnati Medical College and also of the one located at Louisville, Kentucky, is now retired from practice after thirty years devoted to medicine, and is a prominent and honored citizen of Wabash; Rebekah married Isaac Leedy, and resides in Dora, Wabash county, this state; Daniel became a resident of Cedarville, Kansas, and took for his wife, Miss Hannah Bunker; Margaret also married and moved to Coffeyville, Kansas; and Henry, who is here represented.

Frederick W. enlisted in the Civil war and was a victim of brain fever, dying in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1852 they sold the farm in this county and purchased land in Wabash county.

Henry Kautz was reared on a farm, but unlike many boys of his day was given the advantages of a good, practical education, which has been of inestimable value to him through life. The first use he made of his education was in teaching school, an occupation he followed for nine years, meeting with flattering success. During the Rebellion Mr. Kautz enlisted in Company C, Captain Ford, One Hundred and Fifty-third Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served one year.

Mr. Kautz was joined in marriage April 19, 1855, to Miss Eliza Baker, and is the father of the following children, viz: Mary E., born in 1856, became the wife of John King, and now lives in Peru; J. A., born in 1860, attended college at Valparaiso, graduating from Butler College with the degree of A. M., afterward taking a post-graduate course in the same institution, editor and proprietor of the Kokomo Tribune, was married to Miss Inez Gillen, of Wabash, and is the father of four daughters; and Addie, who married James Flinn, of Peru.

Mr. Kautz was appointed postmaster of Andrews by President Harrison, and his administration has been one of almost perfect satisfaction to all factions. The service accorded the patrons has been of the best and he is deserving of great credit for the manner in which the work of the office is handled. Any improvement which will tend to increase the efficiency of the service is gladly welcomed and placed in operation, while his uniformly courteous and accommodating spirit has won him legions of friends who are stanch and true. He is prominent in Masonic circles holdg (sic) a membership in the Blue lodge, the Chapter and the Council. He is also active in religious work and has been superintendent of the Christian Sunday school for a number of years. Mr. Kautz held the office of postmaster four years under President Harrison's administration and is now on his second term under President McKinley, though having resigned his office during the Cleveland administration.

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