Edwin and Rupert Kautz Family Scholarship


Margaret Mary Watson was born on October 20, 1910, in Omaha, NE, to James P. and Mary Alberta Watson. She moved to Iowa in the early 1920s. Later in life Margaret attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Davenport and graduated with a nursing degree in 1932. Upon graduation, Margaret worked at Mercy Hospital, now Genesis West, for three years. From 1935-1937 she was employed as a private nurse in the Davenport area. She married Edwin T. Kautz on November 27, 1937 and moved to the Kautz family farm in Buffalo, IA. The 300-acre farm was originally purchased by Edwin’s father and mother, Theodore and Carolyn Kautz, in 1880. The Kautz farm consisted of livestock, grain, a 35-acre orchard with apple, cherry, plum, and peach trees, a 2-acre vineyard, and a vegetable truck farm.

Edwin Kautz, the youngest of eight children (five boys and three girls) operated the Kautz farm and orchard along with his brother, Rupert Kautz, and his sister Claire Kautz. Edwin headed the orchard operation with the help of his wife, Margaret. Rupert handled the livestock and grain portion of the farm and Claire tended to the chicken operation on the farm. She also ran a weekly freshly churned butter and egg route. Upon the death of Edwin in 1967, Margaret leased the farm ground and buildings, but remained living in the farmhouse.

The Kautz family members were parishioners of St. Peters Catholic Church in Buffalo. Theodore and Carolyn Kautz donated the ground for the church to be built, along with additional ground for the Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

For more than nine decades, the Caroline Kautz family, Rupert, Claire, Edwin, and Margaret were very caring, sincere people who were active in their community. They assisted their friends and neighbors with support in many ways over the years. Edwin and Rupert were officers and directors with the Buffalo Savings Bank for three decades, providing financial support in the community.

The Edwin and Rupert Kautz Family Scholarship is awarded on a rotating basis between students at Assumption High School and St. Ambrose University. Scholarship recipients from Assumption must be parishioners of either St. Peters Catholic Church in Buffalo or St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Davenport. Ideal candidates should be in good academic standing, exhibit a sense of community involvement, and demonstrate that they have a promising future ahead of them. 

"It's amazing how something small can become something great. It blossoms from people caring."

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