Obit: Kautsky, Ernest V. (1865 - 1915)

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----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 10/14/1915

Kautsky, Ernest V. (21 JUN 1865 – 13 OCT 1915)

Dr. Ernest V. Kautsky, on of our prominent citizens, died at his home at 11:30 o’clock Wednesday evening, Oct, 13, 1915, of splenic leukemia, after an illness of several months. The doctor has not been in the best of health for the past two years, but attended to his dental work and other duties until two or three months ago. We will endeavor to get the necessary data for a complete obituary in next week’s issue.

The funeral will be held from the residence, Friday afternoon. Interment in Colby Cemetery.

(Follow on in 10/21/1915 Colby Phonograph)

Dr. Ernest V. Kautsky, who death was announced in last week’s issue was born in Milwaukee, June 21, 1865. When a small boy he moved to Burlington, Wis., where he spent the most of his boyhood and early manhood. He attended the common and high school at that place and afterward choosing dentistry as his profession, spent considerable time in offices at Milwaukee and Chicago. In 1885 he came to Marshfield where he practice his profession for a number of years, during which time he went to Chicago to better perfect himself in the art at the Chicago College of Dental Surgery, from which place he graduated in March 1892.

In 1890 he was united in marriage to Miss Carrie Sexton of Wautoma, which union was bless with four children, all of whom are living.

About 14 years ago, Dr. Kautsky, wishing to have a rest from the close confinement to which his duties subjected him, moved to Colby and purchased the mill of Paul Umhoefer at Cherokee, where he carried on the lumber business until about a year ago, besides operating his mill he has practice his profession at different times. He also acted as manager of the Colby Cheese Box & Silo Co. for one year. One of the enterprises in which he took a great interest was Elmbrook Farm, just outside the city limits. He started this farm a few years ago, and stocked it with high grade Guernsey cattle. It is a model in every particular and stands as a monument to his works.

The funeral was held at the residence last Friday afternoon, attended by a very large crowd, many of whom came from Marshfield and other places. The simple service was conducted by Rev. R.R. Braddick. The funeral address was given by Dr. Wahle of Marshfield, who has been a very close friend and associate of the deceased. He gave a review of his life and set forth his character as one which had been very exemplary. Those who knew the doctor intimately could vouch for the truth of every statement he made.

Dr. Kautsky was a good example of a self made man. His whole life was a struggle. He struggled to overcome the first obstacles from necessity and after these had been surmounted and he could see his way clear for a livelihood for himself and family he labored continually for the betterment of existing conditions.

His interest in education was very manifest, he having served as an officer of both the district and high schools and as a mark of respect the flags of the city schools were place at half mast on the day of the funeral, the high school students marching in a body to the funeral.

The remains were laid to rest in Colby Cemetery. In the immediate family he is survived by his wife and four children, Emil J. at home, Marie, who is attending Lawrence College and Ruth and Helen at home.

The citizens of our city and surrounding country mourn with the bereaved family for the loss of a good man.



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