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Re: William E Kurtz


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 8/27/2017 at 00:05:36

In Response To: William E Kurtz (Julia)

I did some looking for you. Interestingly, there were two men named William Kurtz born on August 20/August 30, 1889. William E. was born in Black Hawk County, Iowa and William F. in Germany. William E. Kurtz died in Portland, Oregon on July 14, 1940. William F. Kurtz died in Rock County, Minnesota on May 10, 1992.

Here is information on the William E. Kurtz you are seeking. Hope it helps.

1900 Census: Fox, Black Hawk, Iowa; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 14;

William Kurtz, age 10, born August 1889 in Iowa
Father's Name August Kurtz, age 45
Father's Birthplace Germany
Mother's Name Mena Kurtz, age 40
Mother's Birthplace Germany
married 18 years;
Siblings: (all born in Iowa) Frank Kurtz, 15; Lizzie Kurtz, 14; Mary Kurtz, 12; Josephine Kurtz, 9; Carl Kurtz, 7; Henry Kurtz, 5;


August Kurtz
February 17, 1855 --– April 22, 1919
Born - Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Died -- Dewar, Black Hawk, Iowa
Buried: Calvary Cemetery in Waterloo, Iowa

Family of August Kurtz Awaits Word of a Soldier Son

Funeral arrangements for August Kurtz, whose death occurred yesterday afternoon, the result of injuries received when he was knocked down and run over by his own automobile Monday afternoon, have not been completed but await word from a son, who recently landed in America with the thirty fifth division.

Mr. Kurtz was born in Baden, Germany, Feb. 17, 1855, and came to America at the age of 18. After a six months' residence in the east, he came to Black Hawk County, Iowa, locating on a farm, near Gilbertville. After having operated five different farms in this county, he retired, moving to Waterloo about four years ago.

When 25 years of age, he was united in marriage to Wilhelmina (Minnie) Falk, who, with nine children, survives. The children are: John K., Jesup; Frank, Waterloo; Mrs. Matt (Betty) Thomas, Gilbertville; Mrs. Mike (Mary) Erpelding, Jesup; William K., who is in service and recently landed in America with the thirty-fifth-division; Mrs. Joe (Josephine) Ortner, Dunkerton; Charles, Henry and Clara, at home. All efforts to locate the son in the service had proved futile up until noon today and it is thought he is en route to a western camp for discharge.

Mr. and Mrs. Kurtz had started for Dunkerton to visit their daughter, Mrs. Ortner, who is now recovering from a serious illness, and because of the condition of the roads, had turned back and were just this side of Dewar when the accident occurred. Mr. Kurtz left the car to crank it when the machine started up, knocking him to the ground and running over his body. The car continued down the road, crossed a ditch and climbed over a fence, and was finally stopped by a farmer after circling around in a pasture several times. Mrs. Kurtz, who was in the car, was unhurt, but is suffering from severe mental shock.

The remains were prepared for burial at the O'Keefe & Town Mortuary and later taken to the home, 216 Logan Avenue. Funeral services will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church, of which decedent was a member. Definite particulars concerning the service will be announced later.

Waterloo Evening Courier -- Waterloo, Iowa
Wednesday, April 23, 1919

Wilhelmina (Falk) Kurtz
March 17, 1861 --- April 16, 1945
Born - Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Died: Dunkerton, Black Hawk County, Iowa
Buried: Calvary Cemetery in Waterloo, Iowa

Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Church, Barclay Township, for Mrs. August Kurtz, 84, resident of Black Hawk County since 1867, who died at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Casper (Clara) Ortner, Dunkerton, Ia. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Waterloo, Ia. Death was caused by a heart ailment. Mrs. Kurtz had been ill for the past year.

Born in Baden, Germany, Mar. 17, 1861, Minnie Falk came to America when she was six years old and settled with her family in Fox Township, Black Hawk County. On Feb 1, 1882, she was married to August Kurtz at Gilbertville. Ia. Mr. Kurtz died 26 years ago, while the family was residing at 216 Logan Avenue, Waterloo.

Survivors are four sons, John, Independence, Ia., Frank, Cedar Falls, Ia., Charles and Henry, Route 3, Waterloo; three daughters, Mrs. Casper (Clara) Ortner, Mrs. Mathias (Elizabeth) Thomas, 216 Logan Avenue and Mrs. Mike (Mary) Erpelding, Jesup, Ia.; one sister, Mrs. Fern Wilson, 724 Vine Street; 24 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Preceding her in death were her husband, one son, William, Portland, Ore., and one daughter, Mrs. Joe (Josephine) Ortner, Dunkerton.

The body will be taken to the Ortner home from Parker & Son funeral home at Jesup Monday afternoon, where it will remain until time for the services.

Waterloo Daily Courier -- Waterloo, Iowa
Tuesday, April 17, 1945

1920 Census: Alderbrook, Clatsop, Oregon; T625, Roll 1492; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 68

William E Kurtz
Age: 30
Birthplace: Iowa
Home in 1920: Alderbrook, Clatsop, Oregon
Roomer at the Halco Hotel
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Occupation: Steam Fitter at Lumber Mill

1940 Census: Seaside, Clatsop, Oregon; Roll: T627, Roll 3356; Page: 81A; Enumeration District: 4-40

Name William E. Kurtz
Age 50
Birthplace Iowa
Marital Status Married
House Number 715
House Owned;
wife - Guelda Kurtz, 49, born Washington

1930 Census: Seaside, Clatsop, Oregon;
Roll: 1941; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 35;

William E. Kurtz
Birth Year: abt 1890
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Iowa
Marital Status: Married
Address: 320 3rd St
Age at First Marriage: 30
Occupation: Commercial Salesman at Security box Company
Veteran: World War I
Household Members:
William E Kurtz 40
Guelda Kurtz, wife, 39, born ca 1891 in Washington

Guelda Sharp Kurtz
[Guelda Sharp Grow -- maiden name]
Birth Date: 31 July 1890
Birth Place: Walla Walla, Washington
Father: Ralph Grow
Mother: Emma Irene Hodges

Guelda S Kurtz (nee Guelda S. Grow)
Death Date: 4 August 1957
Age at Death: 67
Death Location: Walla Walla, Walla Walla, Washington

Oregon Marriage Index
February 9, 1920 -- Clatsop County, Oregon
William E. Kurtz to Gulda Sharp

Oregon Death Index:
William Kurtz
Death Date: 14 July 1940
Death Place: Portland
Spouse: Guelda
Certificate: 2333


The Oregonian -- Portland, Oregon
July 16, 1940

small obituary -- only mentions wife Guelda and Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Portland.

Roster of the Men and Women who served in the Army or Naval Service (including the Marine Corps) of the United States or its Allies from the State of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918:

William E. Kurtz
Birth Date: 20 August 1889
Military Date: 29 March 1918
Military Place: Minot, North Dakota
Army Number: 2,560,405
Enlistment Type: Inducted
Inducted or Enlistment Place: Ward County, North Dakota
Registrant: Yes
Parents Origin: of German parents
Occupation: Farmer
Comments: inducted at Minot on March 29, 1918; sent to Camp Dodge, Iowa; served in 163rd Depot Brigade, to April 20, 1918; Company F. 139th Infantry, to discharge. Grade: Private 1st Class, Sept. 1, 1918; overseas from May 3, 1918, to April 24, 1919. Engagements: Offensive: Meuse-Argonne. Defensive Sectors: Gerardmer (Alsace); Grange-le-Comte (Lorraine). Discharged at Camp Dodge, Iowa, on May 2, 1919, as a Private 1st Class.

There were two William Kurtz individuals born on the same date --- one in Black Hawk County, Iowa and one in Germany.

William E. Kurtz is NOT William F. (Fred) Kurtz

William F. (Fred) Kurtz
SSN: 472-40-9519
Last Residence: Luverne, Rock, Minnesota
Born: 20 August 1889 in Germany
Died: 10 May 1992 in Minnesota

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