Ludwig Kautz "Lajos"
July 17, 1861 - Nov. 6, 1938
Lajos Kautz (7/3/1888 - abt 1888)
Janos Kautz (1/31/1890 - abt 1890)
Edwin Lucas Kautz (9/18/1891 - 8/20/1972)
Stephen Gregory Kautz (5/19/1893 - 5/22/1958)
Rose Eva Kautz (3/31/1985 - May, 1964)
John Kautz (6/23/1896 - 11/1976)
Victor Kautz (6/12/1898 - 11/20/1957)
Emery Kautz (4/10/1900 - 12/4/1976)
William Kautz (4/13/1902 - 1/1981)
Mary Margaret Kautz (7/20/1906 - 2/1/1994)
Margaret Theresa Kautz (3/11/1908 - 1984)
Ludwig was a craftsmen who prided himself on quality work. He believed in slow, methodical work, never sacrificing quality for speed. He was disenchanted by his work requirements in America, where speed is valued over quality. In Europe, Ludwig worked diligently 20 hours a day to support his family, but in America he found it difficult to work steadily because he felt little pride in his new work.
Ludwig, even though he was a sexton as a young man in his local church, was not a religious man. As a sexton, he witnessed the drunken stupor of a priest as well as other occurrences which disgusted him. He never returned to the church, except after retirement, when he did upholstery work at a convent.
Edwin remarked that even though his father would have an occasional drink, he never drank to excess or came home drunk.
Church Sexton (boyhood)
Upholsterer until 1923