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||Gelatin print on cabinet card of Mathias M. Kitz.
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||Bust view portrait of Mathias M. Kitz. He wears a dark suit with windsor tie. This is the image that was used to make the crayon portrait P2004.42. There are instructions written on the back for the size of the portrait and use of crayon.
Mathias M. Kitz was born on March 28, 1833 in Duisdorf, Bonn, Prussia (Germany). He was 19 years old when he immigrated with his parents, two sisters and brother to the Unites States in 1853. Mathias settled in Oshkosh in 1857. He manufactured furniture in Oshkosh and continued to make furniture until his business was destroyed in the 1875 fire. He then became a foreman in the sash and door department of the Jones & Foster plant. He later established a cigar box factory at the corner of East Irving Avenue and Jefferson Street. His two sons, George A. and Martin H., continued his cigar box business when Mathias retired in circa 1910. Mathias Kitz died at the age of 83 in his home at 311 Main Street on September 4, 1922. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery.
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Small Commercial Enterprises
Clock & watch making
Clocks & watches
||Mathias M. Kitz
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