Charles August "Gus" Kay


CHARLES AUGUST "GUS" KAY was born May 17, 1884 in Balje, Germany and was the fifth son to immigrate to the United States settling in San Francisco, California.

Charles was more commonly known as "Gus" to his family and friends.

Gus was quite the entrepreneur when it came to real estate. He purchased the land where Hunters Point is now, outside of San Francisco, after World War II and put Army barracks there, renting them for housing. He had 60 units.

Census: 1900, resided in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey. His name is listed as August Kuchintsski and immigrated in 1900.
Census: 1910, resided in San Francisco, married with two children.
Census: 1920, resided at 1580 8th Ave. San Francisco, owned home. Naturalized in 1905.
Census: 1930, resided in Berkeley, Alameda County, California with wife, Adele and son, Carl, Jr. They lived across the street from Adele's brother, John Bredehöft.

Name Change: June 16, 1921, from Koschnitzki to Kay.


ADELAIDE "ADELE" BREDEHÖFT, more commmonly known as Adele, was born October 23, 1885 in Germany, the daughter of Lutje Bredehöft who was born October 21, 1838 in Selsingen, Hannover, Germany and Rebecca Wilshusen, who was born May 22, 1854 in Sandborstel, Hannover, Germany. Adele immigrated to the United States in 1902.


Gus met and married Adele on August 24, 1907 in Santa Clara County, California and had two children:

I. CARL WILLIAM KAY was born July 25, 1908 in San Francisco, California and died August 11, 1997 in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California.
Name Change: 1921, Koschnitzki to Kay
Carl married ANN BURTIS on October 9, 1936 in Colusa, California, who was born September 18, 1910 in California and died March 19, 1993 in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California.
Carl and Ann had two children:


II. EDNA GERTRUDE KAY was born August 9, 1909 in California and died May 8, 1972 in San Francisco, California.

Edna married WALTER MCQUESTEN, SR. who was born May 26, 1900 in Berkeley, Alameda County, California and died December 23, 1965 in Alameda County, California. He was the son of Leroy Napoleon McQuesten better known as "Captain Jack", who has been called the "Father of the Yukon" and "Yukon Jack". Captain Jack was born in Littlefield, New Hampshire on September 07,1836 and died September 04, 1909 in Berkeley, Alameda County, California. Walter's mother was Katherine (Satejdenalno) James who was born in 1860, Kokrines, Alaska and died in Berkeley, California in 1921 or 1915.

Edna and Walter had three children.

born March 07, 1933 and died in 1935.

In the 1910 Soundex for California, Gus and his family are recorded as:

Name Status Color Age Birthplace KOSCHIWTZKY Carl A. H W 26 GER Adelhick W W 24 GER Carl W. S W NR CALIF Etna D W NR CALIF
Many errors were done by the census takers, for at times they misunderstood letters of a word for another. Besides their last name being misspelled, Adele's and daughter Edna's were also misspelled.

Name Change: 1921, Koschnitzky to Kay

Gus died January 19, 1973 in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California.

Adele died February 25, 1984 in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California.