Biography of Louis E. Kahn
Napa County, CA Biographies





LOUIS E. KAHN.
Th Boy Scouts of America has become one of the best known organizations for work among boys in this country, and in its efficiency along its particular line it has no equal. The general purpose of the organization is to develop the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in scoutcraft and to teach them patriotism, courage, self reliance and kindred virtues. Thus the men who are devoting themselves to the promotion of this fine work among and for the boys of our country are building for the future.

Among the able, efficient and popular Scout leaders in this locality is Louis E. Kahn, the present Scout executive for Napa county and the southern half of Solano county. He was born in San Francisco in 1894 and is a son of Dr. S. S. and Ida (Elkus) Kahn. His father was a native of New York and there was educated, having graduated from the medical department of Columbia University. On coming to California he engaged in the active practice of his profession in San Francisco, where he remained until his death, which occurred in 1910. After coming to this state, he married Miss Ida Elkus, who was born in Sacramento, a member of one of California's most prominent and influential families.

Louis E. Kahn attended the public schools of San Francisco and Oakland, followed by two years in the schools of Switzerland. In 1910 the family moved to Oakland and there he took up work in Kahn's department store, where he remained for five years. After the United States entered the World war, he enlisted as a member of San Francisco Base Hospital, No. 47, with which he went to Camp Fremont. He was in service for two years, one year of which was spent in France, and on his return he received an honorable discharge. During the following three years he was employed as a salesman with E. Elkus. In the meantime he had become deeply interested in the Boy Scout movement and early in 1916 had actively identified himself with that splendid work. He came to Napa as Scout executive when the Napa troops were the only ones in his territory, but he has since organized and maintains flourishing troops in St. Helena, Calistoga, Benicia and Vallejo. He is deeply interested in this commendable work and has not only greatly stimulated the work among the boys themselves but has aroused a noticeable interest among the parents. Mr. Kahn is a member of the American Legion, the Rotary Club, the Grange, the Chamber of Commerce and the Napa Country Club, and he has gained a high place in the confidence and esteem of all who know of him and of the fine work which he is doing.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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