As I mentioned in my article, A Wealth of Knowledge and Information, today I am focusing on my Kautz side of the family tree.
Charles Joseph Kautz, my great-grandfather, was born on October 7, 1892 in Dupage County, Illinois. He was the son of Christian L. Kautz and Anna Barbara Teiml Kautz. Charles was born on the Kautz Family Farm which was right on the Dupage and Kane county lines in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. In the photographs below, Charles is pictured as a child with his siblings. The first photograph, (left) was taken in approximately 1896. Pictured are: Charles (sitting), his half-brother Albert (standing left) and his half-brother Henry (standing right). In the second photograph (right) Charles is pictured with his sister, Helen in approximately 1903.
Here, Charles is pictured with many relatives in about 1910. This picture is taken at his parent’s dining room table. Include in the picture are: (L to R) Christian Kautz (Charles’ father), Henry and Frieda Kautz (Charles’ half brother and his wife), Anna Teiml Kautz (Charles’ mother), Charles Kautz and Helen Kautz (Charles’ sister)
On April 29,1916, Charles married Mellie Edith VanNess in Chicago, Illinois. Mellie is my great-grandmother. Below is the their wedding photo.
This photograph, taken approximately 1919 is on the Kautz family farm. Including in the picture are: Christian (Charles’ Dad), Lloyd (Charles’ brother in law), Charles holding his oldest son Raymond, Mellie (Charles’ wife), Anna Teiml Kautz (Charles’ mother) and four neighbor children.
The next two photographs, taken in the 1930′s include Charles’ family. The first photo (left) is Charles and Mellie with their sons William (left) and Raymond (right). The second photograph, taken by Charles, is of Mellie steering a boat with Raymond and William.
Charles was a carpet layer, a profession that both of his son’s followed his path into. This photograph of Charles and Mellie was taken at the wedding of their son William in 1950.
Charles died in August of 1963 of colon cancer and is buried with his family at Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois.