Rudolph Klotz was born on May 3, 1832 in Berleberg, Prussia. He was confirmed in the Lutheran church in that town. He left Germany at the age of 19, With three of his brothers--Fred, Dan and John--he sailed around the Horn to reach California. John and Rudolph made their way to the town of Shasta, where they engaged in the butcher business.
In 1853, Mr. Klotz acquired property on Millseat Creek and soon bacame
the owner of a sawmill which he converted to a sash and door factory. This
was the beginning of a vast lumber empire which he built up and to which
he also added cattle raising. The Eureka Mill, which he and Sylvanis Leach
owned, became the head of the vast flume that carried lumber to Tehama
County where the Sierra Lumber Co. became the Daimond Match Co. of later years. He was also an able carpenter and built several large and beautiful homes for his family and his father-in-law.
He was married in 1861 to Anna Elizabeth, the oldest daughter of William
W. and Anna L. (Evans) Smith. Nine children were born to this union.
|Phillip||b. 1862||died in infancy|
|Anna Elizabeth||b. 1865||m. 1st John McIntyre
m. 2nd Louis Voight
|Harry Frederick||b. 1867||d. 1879|
|Emma Delphine||b. 1869||m. 1st Grant Isreal
m. 2nd D. J. Fitzgerald
|Mary Anne (Mamie)||b. 1872||m. 1st Myron Bidwell
m. 2nd Platt B. Elderkin
|Henrietta||b. 1874||m. 1st Ernest Smith
m. 2nd Harry (Had) Hall of Bloody Island
|Caroline (Carrie)||b. 1876||m. Willard (Wid) Hall|
|William Frederick||b. 1878||m. Cora Dunham|
|Catheryn Belle||b. 1882||m. Charles (Chick) Currier|
Before his death at McCumber Flat, in 1885, he had served as a State legislator and was known to be an astute business man as well as a good friend and neighbor, whose obituary read: "No more honest, trustworthy, industrious, and economical man ever lived than Rudolph Klotz."
After her husband's death, Mrs. Klotz married Homer M. Maxwell and moved to San Francisco, where she died on January 8, 1921.
From this large and historic family, two grandaughters, eight greatgrandchildren and fifteen great-great grandchildren survive.
Source: Shasta Historical Society