|Birth: ||Dec. 19, 1830, Poland|
|Death: ||Apr. 25, 1903|
Naphtaly was born in Lissa (Leszno), Poland the 19th of December 1830. His father, the scholar Joshua Heschel Kuttner and mother Hanchen Banner were originally from Wreschen (Września), Poland. Around 1830, his father settled in Lissa, where he acted as preacher, then around 1850, he became assessor of the rabbinate and rabbi. From his father Naphtaly was a descendant of Naphtali Cohen, chief rabbi of Posen and great grandson of the Rabbi Judah Loew Ben Bezazel, the Maharal of prague.
At the age of 23 (14 ?, incertitude about the date), he left home and secured passage on a sailing vessel bound for the port of New York. In that city he served an apprenticeship as a hat and cap maker, first with L. Liebes & Company, later becoming a designer. In 1856 he married Amelia Bush and soon after he yielded to the lure of the west and with his wife came to the Pacific coast by way of the Isthmus of Panama, settling in San Francico. In that city he was naturalized on the 28th of October 1868 and in the early 1870's became a pioneer merchant who established businesses in Osaka and other ports of Japan (According to his grandson Edgar C, Levey). He was one of the first white men to engage commercially in Asia. He also pioneered mercantile business in Lima, Peru. According to his son, Dr. Louis Kuttner, in 1871 he journeyed to Chicago, where he established a large furniture store. Like many other residents of Chicago, he lost all his possessions in the memorable fire which occurred in October of 1871. His four sons aided in supporting the family until the spring of 1873, when the family returned to San Francisco. Napthaly was then engaged in the stamping, picking and embroidery business until his death on the 25th of April 1903 at the home of one of his daughters in Oakland. He was survived by his wife of 47 years Amelia and six children, Edward, Anna Samuels, Theresa Levey, Henry, Louis and Maurice Kuttner. He is buried in the Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma, CA.
Source for this biography :
- Lars Menk for his research on Naphtaly's ancestors
- History of San Francisco, Dr Louis Kuttner Biography
- Edgar C. Levey for his information given to the California State Library
- Larry Kuttner for his tremendous research on the Kuttner family
Eternal Home Cemetery
San Mateo County
Created by: Stephanie Schiller
Record added: Nov 30, 2011
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