Louis Kast, whose death occurred in San Francisco on April 22, 1931, held a foremost position among the honored
and respected citizens of the community. He was a pioneer shoe merchant and manufacturer of this vicinity, and
in his later years he was engaged extensively in the insurance business.
Mr. Kast was born in Hamburg, Germany, in the year 1842. As a lad, he crossed the ocean to the United States, and
soon became identified with business affairs in San Francisco. Eventually, he entered the shoe business, and before
the fire of 1906 he owned one of the largest shoe stores in this city. He also erected one of the first shoe factories
in California; this was situated near the city of Napa. His holdings in San Francisco were largely destroyed by
the disastrous fire of 1906, however, and subsequently, after a period of voluntary retirement, he embarked in
the insurance brokerage work which he followed during the remainder of his life. Mr. Kast was a stanch, rugged
character, having combined within his make up the finest of Teutonic qualities. He conducted his business affairs
with rigid adherence to honorable principles and methods.
In San Francisco, on January 12, 1893. Mr. Kast was married to Mary E. Jones, a daughter of Dr. William and Catherine
(St. Clair) Jones, who were pioneers in the Mother Lode country of California, Dr. Jones was a native of Ireland,
while his wife was born in Lorraine, France. The latter's father served in Napoleon's army throughout its campaigns,
and was decorated by this great leader for bravery in action, Mr. and Mrs. Kast had no children born of their own
marriage, but their mutual love of children led them to adopt three daughters and rear them to womanhood. The family
residence is at 1126 Guerrero street in San Francisco.
Mr. Kast was the only surviving member of SS. Peter and Paul Benevolent Society of St. Boniface's Church. He was
always actively interested in philanthropic work, and his wife likewise shared his enthusiasm for the helping of
others. Mr. Kist's death followed by just a few days that of his brother in law, Dr. Charles E. Jones, a biography
of whom appears upon another page of this publication. An extraordinary friendship existed between these two men,
both of whom had so many personal characteristics in common, and it is an accepted fact that the death of Dr. Jones
hastened the passing of Mr. Kast.
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931
San Francisco, CA
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