Benno A. Katthain (1834-1903)
Born in Prussia, came to Mich. in 1860, piano turner
History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883
Benno A. Katthain was born in Schlessin, Prussia, March 27, 1834. In 1860 he moved to Saginaw City and engaged in the band. I861 he entered the Fourteenth Michigan Infantry as musician. After serving three years and six months, was honorably discharged, and enlisted in 1865 in Hancock Veteran Corps; served one year, received his discharge at Washington and returned to Saginaw City. In 1868 he came to Bay City and engaged in the music business, which he still continues at his residence, corner Sixth and Jefferson Streets. Mr. Katthain received 160 acres of land, near the St. Louis Railroad, for his services during the war. He was also a member of the Knight Templar Band.
Histoic Pianos. Steinway & Sons piano built in 1879, model A-1 Brazilian Rosewood, grand serial # 41137. An inscription on the soundboard show that instrument was located in Bay City, MI and an inscription inside the keyslip shows it was tuned in the late 1800s by "Professor Benno Katthain" who was a noted tuner in Bay City, MI near the turn of the century.
1866-67 Directory, Bay City, MI Kattain, Benno - muscian, res. 415 6th
1872 - Michigan Marriages: Bay City, Bay, Mich. Date: Mar. 17, 1872.
Groom: Benno Kattain, b. 1834, Prussia
Bride: Vanderwood, Katharina, b. 1840, Holland
1903 - Michigan Deaths: Bay City, Bay, Mich. Death on Nov. 7, 1903, of Benno Kattain, b. 1834, Prussia, piano tuner, son of Thomas Kattain.