|Adolph Kuttroff, Dyestuff Pioneer
Adolf Kuttroff, a prominent German-American, and philanthropist and a pioneer in the dyestuff industry, was born on May 23, 1846 in
Suiz, Wuerttemberg, Germany. He came to the United States in 1860. He entered the business of Adolphus Keppelman, an importer of
dyestuffs and textiles, and became American agent for A. Poirrier of Paris, one of the major French dyestuff manufacturers of that
The next year he founded with William Pickhardt the firm of Pickhardt & Kuttroff, which represented the French concern until 1876.
Mr. Kuttroff and Mr. Pickhardt also acted as American agents of the Badische Anilin and Soda Fabrik of Ludwigschafen, Germany,
and when Mr. Pickhardt died in 1894, the firm continued under the same name until 1899. The concern was incorporated in 1900
when Karl Pickhardt, a brother, joined the company.
In 1906 the name was changed to Continental Color and Chemical Company. It was dissolved the next year and became the
Badenese Company of New York, with Mr. Kuttroff as president. This concern was liquidated in 1917, but the heads of the firm
continued business under the name of Kuttroff, Pickhardt & Co. In 1925 the General Dyestuff Corporation was founded, with offices at
230 Fifth Avenue, in which Mr. Kuttroff acted as chairman of the board of directors. The next year he retired from business, but
remained a director.
Mr. Kuttroff was the first to import chemically produced dyestuffs, which at that time were comparatively unknown here. He was one
of the oldest members of the German Society of New York, to which he had belonged since 1875. He was a former vice president and
president of the Isabella Home, 190th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, and became honorary president of that institution in 1934.
He was active is the administration of the Lenox Hill Hospital, serving as president of the board of trustees in 1910-14. He was a
member of the Liedercranz and German Press Clubs of New York, a director at the former German Savings Bank and a director of the
Guardian Life Insurance Company.
Kuttroff died on March 23, 1936 at his home at 1009 Park Avenue. His wife, whom he had married in Stuttgart in 1872, died in 1904.
He was survived by his sons Edwin, Arthur and Percy Kuttroff, and his daughters Lilly Bruun, Bertha Ruckgaber and Clara Cassebeer.
The funeral was held on March 25, 1936 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Holy Trinity, 65th Street and Central Park West. Burial
was in Woodland Cemetery, Staten Island.
Source: "Adolph Kuttroff, Importer, Dead", New York Times, March 25, 1936.