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Circa 1910 photo of Henry Kettenburg (& wife Caroline W. Koop?), Winters, CA
Posted by: Paul Peterson (ID *****2235) Date: February 11, 2010 at 20:04:54
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I purchased the subject undated studio portrait of an elderly couple, identified on the back of the mount:

"Mrs. H. Kettenburg,
Winters Cal."

The back of the mount also bears a studio stamp, but it is illegible.

The photo is actually a montage of a woman wearing a shawl seated on the left side and a bearded man wearing a shirt embroidered with flowers and the initials "H. K." seated on the right side. Whoever printed this image evidently did so from two different negatives and he/she drew a line with black ink outlining the woman's head and body and the drapery behind her, and also drew in the bottom edge of her skirt and left foot.

I found a biography of Henry Kettenburg published in "History of Yolo County California," by Tom Gregory, et al., Historic Record Company, Los Angles, CA (1913). This account states that following the victory of Prussia in the "Seven Weeks' War" of June and July 1866, Henry Kettenburger, Sr., a member of a family prominent in German politics, encouraged his male relatives to immigrate. His son Henry Kettenburg, born 5 Apr 1860 in Germany, arrived in New York on 5 Jun 1875, on the ship S.S. Donau. He eventually joined an uncle, Richard Kettenburg (immigrated 1857), in Colusa Co., CA, from whom he learned farming. For 12 years, Henry bored over 500 water wells around Winters, Dixon, Woodland, and through Berryessa valley. For his own farming, he first purchased 55 acres, and then 60 more, in and around Winters. He specialized in apricots, peaches, prunes, plums and almonds. He also grew wine grapes. In partnership with Mr. Prescott, he installed a pumping plant for irrigation of his orchards and alfalfa.

In San Francisco, on 30 Aug 1884, Henry Kettenburg married Caroline W. Koop, born Jul 1865 in Germany. I found the Kettenburg family listed in the 1900, 1910, and 1920 Census data for Winters, Yolo Co., CA. At the time of the 15 Jan 1920 enumeration, Henry was widowed and resided at 46 Edwards Street with two sons (Henry William Kettenburg and Elmer J. Kettenburg), while a married daughter (Caroline D. Kettenberg) and her family resided at 29 Edward Street.

Caroline gave birth to 9 children, 6 of who were living at the time of the 23 Apr 1910 enumeration. I found a record of some of their birth dates (but no names) in "Winters Vital Statistics, 1876-1904," compiled by Dolores McLean from two newspapers published in Winters. Combining these data and records available on, I came up with the following list of the couple's children:

Henry William Kettenburg, b. 22 Nov 1886, d. 25 Mar 1981

Caroline D. Kettenburg, b. Feb 1889

unnamed daughter, b. 15 Feb 1890

unnamed daughter, b. 8 Aug 1891

Elsie A. Kettenburg, b. 9 Jun 1892

Clarence F. Kettenburg, b. 17 Aug 1895

Elmer J. Kettenburg, b. 4 Jul 1902 (a twin)

Ethel C. Kettenburg, b. 4 July 1902 (a twin)

unnamed son, b. 27 Jul 1904, d. 27 Jul 1904

In 1893, Henry was elected a trustee and officer of a newly organized congregation in Winters known as the German Evangelical Congregation. He was also a member of the Lutheran Church at Dixon, and a Republican on progressive lines.

Contact me if you are interested in viewing and/or acquiring this photo.

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