Gabriel M. Kutz: Pioneer Jewish Manufacturer of Shoes in San Francisco

Gabriel M. Kutz

Gabriel M. Kutz, Shoe Manufacturer of San Francisco

Gabriel M. Kutz, shoe manufacturer of San Francisco

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Gabriel M. Kutz was born in Bavaria in 1840.


Along the way

When Gabriel M. Kutz came to the United States, he was first attracted to Idaho, where he engaged in merchandising.

A few years later he relocated to California.



Kutz selected San Francisco as his new home.

He established himself in the jewelry business, and later as a tobacconist.

Success was assured when he made another change, becoming a shoe manufacturer under the name of Kutz & Moore.

The business developed rapidly, and he was actively engaged in it until his death.



Gabriel M. Kutz was a life-long Republican, although generally not active in politics.



Kutz was a member of Congregation Emanu-El.

Temple Emanu-El of San Francisco, #WS1986

Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco, #WS1986


Gabriel M. Kutz  was a member of the International Order of B’nai B’rith and other organizations concerned with charity.


Kutz married Miss Caroline Goldman in 1872.

Their 3 children were Mrs. Simon Kohn, Milton, and Jesse.


Gabriel M. Kutz died in 1895 at the age of 55.


  • Martin A. Meyer, The Jews of San Francisco (San Francisco: Emanu-El, 1916).

David Epstein is curator of this Gabriel M. Kutz exhibit  ======================================

Jews in the News

— About This Time —

University of California — 1872

The Hebrew language in our State University — At the last session of the Regents of the State University of California the following memorial, asking that instruction be provided in Hebrew, was presented by some of our co-religionists:

To the Regents of the State University of California,


The undersigned, who have sons attending the State University, would esteem it a great favor if you would provide, even though in a moderate way, for instruction in Hebrew in your institution. The numbers of Israelites on this coast is numerous, and among all of our faith there is a strong predilection for this ancient tongue, whenever any of us seek to acquire a liberal education. The expense of instruction in Hebrew, as we propose, would be but trifling.

Respectfully submitted,

S. May    Mrs. R. Heyneman

Chas. L. Preble     S. Hirschfelder

N. Newmark     O. S. Lang

M. Levy

The petition was referred to the committee on instruction. We hope that the efforts of the above-named to make our holy language a subject of study at the University, will be crowned with success.

— The Hebrew, San Francisco, May 31, 1872 [WSJHQ 2/4]