SOME NOTED KLAUTKY ACHIEVEMENTS/EXPERIENCES
MR. EWALD KONRAD KLAUTKY
Seen as the prime European ancestor to the whole Guyana-born Klautky clan. He was a land surveyor by profession. Came to British Guiana in the 1890’s as part of League of Nations (which preceded the UN) team to try to demarcate disputed territory between British Guiana and Venezuela. He is also credited with being the first person to survey and cut a new cattle trail between 1900 and 1905 from Apoteri in the Rupununi (now Region 9) to the intermediate Savannahs in the Berbice area (now Region 6).
MR. CLAUDE HUGH KLAUTKY a.k.a. “Uncle Jack”
Son of Ewald. Considered as the patriarch of the Klautky clan. Founder of the “C.H. Klautky & Sons” timber firm, partly in response to heavy demand for Greenheart timber (the world’s hardest) used to build the Panama Canal early in the 1900’s. Fought with British troops in the 1939-45 war and received a life-threatening wound. Married Malali-born indigenous woman Christina Maude Ashby at the Malali Anglican Church, Upper Demerara River (now Region 10). Five sons, Dick, Claude, Robert, John, and David were born from this Union. He was an elder at the Christian Brethren Churches of Guyana.
MRS. CHRISTINA MAUDE KLAUTKY a.k.a. “Aunt Chris”
Wife of Claude Hugh. Regarded as the matriarch of the Klautky clan. Her Akawaio half-brother the legendary “Buddy Rich”, was a well-known bush tracker of the Great Falls area, Upper Demerara. Despite standing at no taller than 4 ft. 7 ins., she was widely described as “a giant of a woman”, mostly because of her “business finesse”. The general efficiency with which her husband’s logging company was run is attributed to the fact that she was the de facto boss of the business, since the right leg of her husband “Jack” was decapitated by a rolling greenheart log after the 1939-45 war, and he couldn’t work. Though not having a formal education herself, she was dedicated to her sons’ education. Three of the five became Doctors. A vocational educational institute, possibly named in her honour, might be built in her home village of Malali sometime in future.
DR. DICK KLAUTKY
Eldest son of “Aunt Chris” and “Uncle Jack”. A surgeon by profession. He was one of three Doctors who founded the Medical Arts Centre (MAC) private hospital in Guyana. Amongst his prominent patients was Guyana’s indigenous hero Mr. Stephen Campbell, whom he treated before his death at the MAC on 12th May, 1966. He’s also believed to be Guyana’s first indigenous pilot, flying a Mooney aircraft in 1950, when he was 21 years old. He later owned a private plane which he flew across the Atlantic Ocean & Caribbean Sea to/from Guyana and his Massachusetts, USA home several times in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
MR. CLAUDE KLAUTKY a.k.a. “Uncle Ned”.
Second son of “Aunt Chris” and “Uncle Jack”. Inherited the timber business, which has since been re-titled “Mariabo Timbers Ltd.”,of 47 Miles Village, Region 10, a community he founded in 1980. Despite being “the non-Doctor among the Doctors,” he was nonetheless also nicknamed “the Greenheart Doctor”, and “the Skipper”. Amongst structures built or rehabilitated in Guyana where “Uncle Ned’s” wood was used include the Pegasus Hotel, Timehri Airport terminal building, John Fernandes wharf, the Stella Maris Primary School, and bridges along the McKenzie/Soesdyke highway, to name a few. He was a member of the Central Demerara Lions’ Club. He also added his name to the anti-dictatorship advocacy of the late 1970’s/early 1980’s. In August 1979, he fearlessly co-signed a “prominent citizens’ petition” to have a UN-supervised free and fair general elections in Guyana at a time when a creeping (and creepy) dictatorship was taking over the country.
DR. ROBERT KLAUTKY
Third son of “Aunt Chris” and “Uncle Jack”. He was on a shortlist of track and field athletes named to represent British Guiana at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, but didn’t “make the cut”. An anesthesiologist by profession. He worked at the McKenzie hospital in the late 1960’s. As a member of the McKenzie Jaycees in 1970, he supported the suggestion by Pastor Albert Fiedtkou of Malali that the aboriginal word “Mashramani” which means “a celebration after a successful fishing or hunting expedition” be the name for Guyana’s carnival. “Mashramani” was officially recognized eversince. Due to his love for sports, particularly running, cricket, football and rugby, he applied to migrate to Australia and New Zealand in 1971 but was apparently denied, since it was said he was classified as “non-white”. The next option was North America, where he worked at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit from the 1970’s until his retirement in the 1990’s.
MR JOHN KLAUTKY
Fourth son of “Aunt Chris” and “Uncle Jack”. He worked at the British Guiana Customs Department before his horrible death at age 22. He was trying to climb the slippery Marriabo Hill, near Wabra Cabra creek, Upper Demerara, in 1957, with a brand new Ford tractor when it capsized on him, pinning him down. His tragic death was believed to have caused much grief to all his friends and family, his parents in particular. Both parents never recovered from repetitive bouts of illnesses eversince. His mother and father passed away in 1971 and 1989 respectively.
DR. DAVID KLAUTKY a.k.a. “Big Doc”
Fifth son of “Aunt Chris” and “Uncle Jack”. A Civil Engineer by profession. He’s credited with conceptualizing the landmark “Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary (MMA/ADA) drainage and irrigation scheme at Onverwagt, in Region 5 in the 1980’s. He was a member of the Guyana Association of Professional Engineers (GAPE). He was the Civil Engineer responsible for the rehabilitation of several public schools, such as St. John’s College in 2005, among several other major structures throughout Guyana.