Biography of Dr. Francis Naulteus
Adams County, NE Biographies





Dr. Francis Naulteus, a well known representative of the medical profession in central Nebraska, practicing in Hastings, was born in Prussia on the 8th of October, 1835. Although he has now passed the eightieth milestone on life's journey, he still remains active in his chosen life work and is specializing in the treatment of diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat and has one of the best equipped offices for the practice of his specialty in Nebraska. His parents, Frederick Francis and Theresa (Wahnschaft) Naulteus, were also natives of Prussia, but the father died at the age of fifty six years, while the mother passed away at the age of sixty. He served in the army and he studied for the position of head forester. He spent his entire life in the forests, acting as inspector for many years, having an excellent position in the government employ. He had a fine home and was most comfortably situated.

After acquiring his elementary education Dr. Francis Naulteus continued his studies in the gymnasium at Mecklenburg, Saxony, and in the University of Halle. He studied medicine at Heidelberg and at Wurzburg and won his professional degree at Leyden, Holland. He afterward took post graduate work in 1886 and 1887 at Berlin, specializing in the treatment of diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat. He entered upon his military career in 1857 and after a year's service with the volunteers became a lieutenant of the Twenty seventh Regiment of Mecklenburg Infantry in 1859. In 1864 he served with the Prussian troops against Denmark and in 1866 with the Prussians against Austria. In the former war he was wounded in the leg and in the war with Austria was wounded in the knee. He did not lay off from duty, however, but, his wounds having been bandaged, kept on with the army. On the 2d of July, 1866, in recognition of his bravery, he was advanced to the rank of captain. Some years before this, or in 1857, he had served for six months in the hospital service and from 1866 until 1870 he was military physician with the rank of captain.

In the latter year Dr. Naulteus came to the United States, landing at New York. In 1873 he settled in New Orleans and later removed to Council Bluffs, where he engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery until 1878, during which period he served as examining surgeon for the pension board and for the Berkshire Life Insurance Company. While in Toledo, Ohio, in 1872 he was naturalized and has ever been a most loyal American citizen.

On the 30th of April, 1878, Dr. Naulteus came to Hastings to recuperate from a four weeks siege of diphtheria which had occurred in Council Bluffs. He had slept only two hours in four weeks and his health was badly broken under the strain. Pleased with Hastings, he decided to locate here and has since remained save for the years 1886 and 1887, which he spent in post graduate work in Berlin. When he removed to Hastings it contained a population of about three hundred people. There were no sidewalks and no improvements of any noticeable nature. About one third of the population were thieves or robbers and everyone carried a gun for self protection. He here entered upon the practice of his profession and has maintained a foremost place in the ranks of the medical fraternity of central Nebraska. He does not believe in operations except in extreme cases, and in two hundred and fourteen appendicitis cases which he has treated since 1904 he has never felt it necessary to operate in a single instance. He has always been a thorough student and has done a great amount of research work. He is the author of a Medical Compendium and has written considerable for the medical press.

In 1859 Dr. Naulteus was united in marriage to Miss Fredericka Hesse, a native of Prussia whose father was a whiskey manufacturer of Germany. She passed away in 1903, at the age of sixty seven years, leaving a son, Alfred Francis, who is a graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, resides at Deadwood, South Dakota, is married and has two children. On the 6th of August, 1904, Dr. Naulteus was again married, his second union being with Miss Emma Weitstein, who died the same year. For his third wife he chose Miss Julia Budnek, by whom he has a son, Francis William Armin. Her father served as a soldier in the German army and after emigrating to the United States became an agriculturist of Crete, Nebraska.

Dr. Naulteus has had no political aspirations and has filled no public offices. His religious belief is that of the Catholic church. He belongs to the Sons of Herman, which he aided in organizing, and he is well known in Masonic circles, having taken the degrees of the blue lodge, the Royal Arch chapter, the Royal and Select Masters, the Knights Templar and the Consistory. He holds membership also with the German Veterans and the German Landwehr Verein, which he aided in organizing and of which he was captain for four years. His is indeed a notable career. Few men of his years are as active, but he has ever kept alert and in touch with the progress of the times and is yet giving out of the rich stores of his wisdom and experience for the benefit of others.

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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