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Jacob "Jake" Kuhrts
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Birth: Aug. 17, 1832, Germany
Death: Jan. 29, 1926
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Los Angeles-Statewide County CA Archives Biographies.....Kuhrts, Jacob August 17, 1832 - January 29, 1926
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Source: California and Californians, Vol. IV, Published 1932, Pages 70 - 71
Author: The Lewis Publishing Company

JACOB KUHRTS. It would take a Robert Louis Stevenson, a Cooper or a Dana adequately to chronicle the romantic life of the late Jacob Kuhrts, sailor, stage-driver, miner, merchant, whose ninety-three years were crowded with episodes of danger and daring. From a small boy "before the mast," unwittingly stowaway on a pirate ship, to early California days with its Indian fights, its gold rush, its vigilante war against banditry and lawlessness, his life was brimful with adventure, from which he emerged a courageous citizen and a prominent personality in the civic life of Los Angeles.

In his later years he had looked out upon a great city, a magnificent community of nearly a million people, a center of culture and commerce known round the world, and from that scene he was able to recall by personal recollection and memory a little pueblo typically Spanish in architecture and traditions, from which the great City of Los Angeles grew during his lifetime.

Jacob Kuhrts was born in Germany, August 17, 1832, and died in Los Angeles January 29, 1926, at the age of ninety-three. When he was twelve years of age he shipped on board an English vessel at a German port, and subsequently from England made voyages extending to South America, Australia, China and other foreign countries. He followed the sea five years, and at the termination of his voyage from China to San Francisco left the vessel in 1848 and settled at Monterey, then one of the important towns of California. For a time he was employed at the Mission Dolores. Later in the same year came the news of the gold discoveries, and he was one of the first to reach the mines in Placer County. He had the varied experiences and adventures of the pioneer seekers of wealth in that locality.

Mr. Kuhrts in 1857 came south to the little town of Los Angeles, and his first business here was in charge of a transportation line between Los Angeles and Slate Range, near Death Valley. It was while engaged in this work of transporting supplies from Los Angeles to the mines in Death Valley that he was attacked on several occasions by Indians and outlaws. Mr. Kuhrts' own story of these Indian attacks was most interestingly told in his "Reminiscences of a Pioneer," written at Los Angeles October 2, 1906.

In 1866 Mr. Kuhrts opened a general merchandise store and continued as a merchant for ten years, but after 1878 lived practically retired. A conspicuous feature of his citizenship was the fact that for all his varied services to the municipality he never accepted an office for remuneration. He was sincerely interested in the growth and welfare of the community and contributed in many ways to laying the foundations on which the greater city of modern times was built. From 1875 to 1889 he was a member of the Los Angeles City Council, and during the last year of his term was president of the council. He served as chief of the old volunteer fire organization, and when a paid department was established he accepted the post of fire commissioner. He was also a member of the police commission.

Mr. Kuhrts was a prominent Mason, being a member of Pentalpha Lodge No. 202, A. F. A. M., Los Angeles Commandery No. 9 of the Knights Templar, the Scottish Rite Consistory of the Southern Jurisdiction, and was a charter member of Al Malaikah Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He was also the last surviving charter member of Turnverein Germania, and belonged to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Jacob Kuhrts married at Los Angeles in 1865 Miss Susan Buhn, and they had completed sixty years of married life before he died. Mrs. Kuhrts survives him. Their three children are: George J. Kuhrts, a native son of California, who is president and general manager of the Los Angeles Railway Corporation, Mrs. Grace Karstens and Edward H. Kuhrts.

Source: USG Archives Bio
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Lincoln Heights LA
Sixty Years
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and: Los Angeles County Biographies - Jacob Kuhrts

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  Susan Buhn Kuhrts (1848 - 1929)
  Emily Kuhrts Krempel*
  George Jacob Kuhrts (1869 - 1932)*
  Henry W Kuhrts (1883 - 1969)*
  Grace Kuhrts Karstens (1884 - 1985)*
  Edward William Kuhrts (1889 - 1956)*
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Inglewood Park Cemetery
Los Angeles County
California, USA
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Record added: Nov 08, 2010
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Jacob Jake Kuhrts
Added by: Pat McArron
Jacob Jake Kuhrts
Added by: Pat McArron
Jacob Jake Kuhrts
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