WALTER FUERST HUTHSTEINER.
Bearing an old family name that is honorably identified with Tell City
almost from the time of its beginning, Walter Fuerst Huthsteiner,
banker, manufacturer, civil engineer and progressive, broad-minded
citizen, is one of the outstanding business men of this section of the
state. His interests are extensive and important and some of these,
from their germination in Tell City's early village days, have
expanded side by side with the city's growth.
Mr. Huthsteiner was born
at Tell City, Perry County, Indiana, September 23, 1876, and is a son
of Gustave and Paulina (Webber) Huthsteiner. His father, who was born
in Germany, April 5, 1844, was brought to this country by his parents
at at an early age, the family settling at Cincinnati, Ohio. Gustave Huthsteiner was among the earliest residents at Tell City, where he
arrived at the time of the Swiss colonization movement, the community
being named in honor of the Swiss patriot, William Tell. Mr.
Huthsteiner from modest beginnings rose through industry and keen
judgment to be one of the leading citizens of his adopted place. He
was one of the founders of the Tell City National Bank, in which he
was a heavy stockholder, and was interested largely in a financial way
in the insurance business. A man of great foresight and
progressiveness, he was a leader in movements that assisted the little
town to grow and prosper, and in his death, which occurred February 1,
1902, Tell City lost one of its most valuable and highly respected
citizens. He married Paulina Webber, whose father, John Webber, was
one of the early settlers of the Swiss community, and died in 1881.
Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Huthsteiner: Eugene, deceased,
who married Amalia Fricke, of Tell City; Ella, who married Charles F.
Herrmann, the latter now deceased, and has five children; Edward, of
Tell City, who married Dora Wittmer and has two children; Robert, who
married Hedwig Duenwig, resides in El Paso, Texas, and has four
children; Alfred, who married Dora Ahlf, resides at Pittsfield,
Massachusetts, and has two children; and Walter Fuerst, of this
review. The mother of these children, Mrs. Paulina (Webber)
Huthsteiner, died December 25, 1883. In August, 1885, Gustave
Huthsteiner married Louisa Ludwig. To this union were born five
children: Hans, of Schenectady, New York, who is married and has two
children; Gustave, of Cleveland, Ohio, has three children; George, a
captain in the United States Army, is married but has no children;
Louis, of Kingston, New York, has two children; and Helen, wife of
Harry A. D. O'Connor, of New York City, has no children.
Walter F. Huthsteiner
attended the public schools. Tell City at that time had no high school
and, after finishing the work of the grades he attended the Weiley
High School at Terre Haute for one year and had one year of work in
Indiana State University. At this time he received an appointment to
West Point Military Academy; but after one year left that institution
and entered the Rose Polytechnic Institute at Terre Haute. Here he
completed his work in civil engineering in 1901. During his years in
the Rose Polytechnic, while he stood only a little more than average
in his academic work, being on the honor roll once, he was especially
active in extracurricular movements. He was captain of the football
team, captain of the track team, president of the Athletic
Association, president of the Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic
Association, which included all the larger schools in the state, and
president of his class and of the Student Council.
On leaving college Mr.
Huthsteiner became an employee of the Tell City National Bank, as
assistant cashier, with which he has been identified for thirty years.
He was made cashier upon the death of his father, and beame president,
an office he still holds, in January, 1919. In 1906 he became
identified with the Tell City Furniture Company as president, and in
1924, upon the death of his brother, Eugene Huthsteiner, became active
manager as well as president of the company, positions he still
retains. In addition to the above he is president of the Tell City
Creamery Company, president of the Knott Manufacturing Company,
secretary and manager of the Tell City Canning Company and a member of
the board of directors of the Citizens National Bank of Evansville. On
January 1, 1931, he was elected a director of the Louisville branch of
the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis. He is also treasurer of the
Tell City Hotel Company, operating one of the most popular hotels in
A friend of the public
schools, he has done much to raise educational standards at Tell City
as president of the local board of education. He served one term in
the City Council, although he has never sought public office.
Politically he is a Democrat. Fraternally Mr. Huthsteiner is a York
Rite Mason, is a member of Hadi Temple of the Mystic Shrine at
Evansville and also belongs to the Knights of Pythias. His religious
connection is with the Episcopal Church. Mr. Huthsteiner is the
foremost business man of the community, and has lived up to the
splendid traditions of the family, the members of which have long been
the backbone of the city's prosperity.
For an adequate picture of
his character as a business man and citizen. some other items showing
his unselfish service to the community should be noted. During the
World war he served as chairman of the Liberty Loan organization of
the county. Much of the population of the county was strongly
pro-German in character. There was only a weekly paper for publicity,
with poor roads to facilitate meetings in the county, and under these
circumstances it is highly creditable to the energy and understanding
of the committee that each quota assigned was over subscribed, so that
an indispensable service was rendered to the nation at that time. The
record of the committee still remains unrecognized by any of the usual
patriotic memorials given to those who served their country in time of
Mr. Huthsteiner also
served as a director of the Tell City Chamber of Commerce for twenty
years, and for two years was its president. In this connection he has
been very active in efforts to secure new industries. He has also
fathered the good roads movement in Perry County for over twenty
years, and his part in this work has made his name known throughout
Mr. Huthsteiner married
Miss Edna L. Clark, whose father, Charles R. Clark, was a pioneer
settler and pottery manufacturer of Cannelton, Indiana. To their
marriage were born two children. Dorothea, who lives at Tell City, and
Walter Clark Huthsteiner, who was graduated from the Staunton Military
Academy at Staunton, Virginia, in the class of 1931. He had the honor
of being fourteenth cadet in military rank in a corps of over 500
boys, holding the rank of lieutenant.
here for photo of Gustave.
here for photo of Walter.
INDIANA ONE HUNDRED AND
FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT Vol. 3
By Charles Roll, A.M.
The Lewis Publishing Company, 1931