Daniel Kautz has lived retired at Rowley since the spring of 1914, but still owns two hundred and forty acres
of rich and productive land on section 20, Cono township, where he successfully followed farming throughout his
active business career. His birth occurred in Germany on the 25th of April, 1849, his parents being Daniel and
Katherina (Stauffer) Kautz, who were likewise natives of that country. They emigrated to the United States in 1855,
locating first in New York and six months later making their way to West Chicago, Illinois, where the father was
employed as a section hand. In 1866 he came to Buchanan county, Iowa, and purchased and improved a tract of land
in Cono township, which he cultivated throughout the remainder of his life. His demise occurred on the 17th of
February, 1888, when he had attained the age of seventy two years, while his wife died July 12, 1887, at the age
of sixty nine.
Daniel Kautz, whose name introduces this review, was a lad of six years when he accompanied his parents on their
emigration to the new world and acquired his education at West Chicago. He was a youth of seventeen when the family
home was established in Buchanan county, this state, and remained on the home farm until his marriage. Subsequently
he took up his abode on his wife's farm of forty acres in Cono township and turned his attention to the further
cultivation and improvement of the property. Later he purchased eighty acres more and afterward bought a quarter
section of land, devoting his attention to general agricultural pursuits with excellent success until the spring
of 1914, when he put aside the active work of the fields and purchased an attractive residence in Rowley, where
he has since lived retired. His holdings embrace two hundred and forty acres of valuable land on section 20, Cono
township, and he is also a stockholder in the Farmers' Land Company of Waterloo, Iowa.
On the 20th of December, 1879, Mr. Kautz was united in marriage to Mrs. Magdalena (Pfaadt) Kaesser, a daughter
of Jacob and Magdalena (Kautz) Pfaadt, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father was a wool spinner in that
country and there spent his entire life, passing away in 1872, while the demise of the mother occurred in Buchanan
county, Iowa, in 1874. To Mr. and Mrs. Kautz have been born five children, as follows: Fred, who operates his father's
farm in Cono township; Minnie, the wife of Elmer Height, of Walker, Iowa; Ann, who gave her hand in marriage to
Eli Housholder, a carpenter residing at Rowley; and William and Frank L., who operate their father's farm. By her
first husband Mrs. Kautz had four children, namely: Lena, who is the wife of Martin Kress, a farmer of Cono township;
Henry, an agriculturist by occupation and a resident of Arlington; Edward, who makes his home in Oregon; and Charles,
who follows farming in this county.
Mr. Kautz gives his political allegiance to the democracy and has served as school director of Cono township for
a period of seventeen years, the cause of education ever finding in him a stanch champion. His religious faith
is that of the Presbyterian church, the teachings of which he exemplifies in his daily life. The period of his
residence in Buchanan county covers nearly a half century and his record is that of one of its most esteemed, substantial
and representative citizens.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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