Biography of Karl Kauf
Adams County, NE Biographies





Karl Kauf is the senior partner of the firm of Kauf & Binderspacher & Company of Hastings, controlling one of the important commercial and industrial enterprises of the city. Well defined plans, carefully executed, have led him forward to the goal of success and at the same time his business interests have been of a character which have contributed to the general welfare as well as to individual prosperity. He was born in Baden, Germany, on the 16th of March, 1862, a son of Jacob and Selma Kauf. The father, who was a farmer by occupation, has now passed away, but the mother is living at the age of eighty four years, having for forty one years survived her husband, who died in 1874.

Karl Kauf was educated in Germany and was a young man of eighteen years when on the 25th of September, 1880, he sailed for the United States. He located first in Newark, New Jersey, and afterward went to Massachusetts, where he remained for six months. Still later he became a resident of Nebraska City, where he spent three years working for one man. He afterward became a resident of California, where he remained for two years, and in 1887 he located at Hastings, where he formed a partnership with Mr. Rinderspaeher, since which time they have been associated in business. They started with very little capital and a two by four meat rack was sufficient for their stock of meat. They made it a rule that they would never incur indebtedness and to this day have strictly adhered. Their trade steadily grew by reason of their honorable methods and unfaltering enterprise and after six years they were enabled to purchase their present place of business a two story brick building now entirely devoted to their trade. They conduct both a wholesale and retail business in meats, shipping to various parts of the state, and they have the best equipped independent meat establishment in Nebraska, conducting their own slaughter house to which a private switch has been extended, having also their own ice house and employing twenty men. In addition to his other interests Mr. Kauf is a stockholder and director of the brewery, also of the canning factory at Hastings and is a stockholder in the foundry.

On the 9th of July, 1885, in California, Mr Kauf was united in marriage to Miss Selma Rinderspaeher, a daughter of Jacob Rinderspacher. To them have been born four children, namely: Mina, Marie, Selma. and Karl

Politically Mr. Kauf is independent, supporting men and measures rather than party. his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the German Lutheran church, in which he is serving as treasurer. He is a valued member of the Commercial Club and also belongs to the Sons of Herman, of which he was the first president and is now acting as treasurer. He is a most progressive man, recognized as a leader in the German-American circles of the city, and notwithstanding the fact that he had but twenty seven dollars when he arrived in the new world, he has worked his way steadily upward and is today one of the prosperous citizens and substantial business men of Hastings.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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