Biography of Frederick Cheistopher Lautz
Erie County, NY Biographies

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Lautz, Frederick Christopher Martin, Buffalo, son of William and Elizabeth (Hiemenz) Lautz, was born in Rimborn, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, March 5, 1846, and when seven years old came with his parents to Buffalo, where he received a public school education. During the Rebellion he served in the 81st N. Y. Vols. Afterward he engaged in the soap business with his father, in which he has since continued, being now a member of the Lautz Brothers & Co., one of the largest and best known soap manufacturing concerns in the United States. Mr. Lautz was also one of the founders of the, Niagara Starch Works and of the onyx works of the Lautz Company, and is a member of the Niagara Stamping and Tool Company. He is a life member of the German Young Men's Association, which he served as president from 1881 to 1884, and under his administration the first music hall was built, and after that was burned in 1885 he was instrumental in erecting the present structure. He has been one of its real estate commissioners since 1883, and for five years was chairman of the board. He is also a life member of the Buffalo Library, the Buffalo Historical Society, and the Fine Arts Academy; one of the organizers and a life member of the Buffalo Orpheus; an organizer and a member of the Buffalo Catholic Institute; and a trustee of the Buffalo Homoeopathic Hospital. His chief characteristic, however, is his earnest and generous devotion to music. He is pre-eminently the patron of the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, which he started in 1888, and which has since been maintained through his liberality. In fact, he has made up deficits year after year in the accounts of the organization, and has been to Buffalo what Colonel Higginson has been to Boston. He is gifted with a fine voice, has been the solo barytone in St. Paul's church for many years, and on many public occasions of a patriotic nature has sung "The Star Spangled Banner." He was also an organizer of the Buffalo Musical Association. He is president of the Ellicott Square Bank, was an originator of the Ellicott Square Building and is vice-president of the Ellicott Square Company, and is president of the Shaker Heights Land Company, which presented to the City of Cleveland, Ohio, 279 acres of land, valued at over $400,000, for park purposes. He is also a promoter and the treasurer of the PanAmerican Exposition for 1899, an organizer and one of the first directors of the Ellicott Club, and a director of the Buffalo Club. In every capacity Mr. Lautz has exhibited marvelous ability, great energy and enterprise, and unyielding integrity and devotion. He was married in 1874 to Miss Amelia K., daughter of John and Augusta Trageser, of New York city and they have three daughters.


Source:
Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Trumen C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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