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Henry Harold Schnautz, Sept 24, 1910 - Jan 1, 2010, was born in Waco,
Texas. His family had roots in Evansville, Indiana and moved back to rural
Westside Evansville in 1920 where they operated a farm. Henry graduated
from Central High School and attended the University of Evansville. He
was an elementary teacher in a one-room schoolhouse for 3 years.
In the 1930's Hank worked construction in Evansville, and became involved
with labor unions. Always an idealist, he became a charter member of the
Socialist Workers Party in 1937. He was a bodyguard for Leon Trotsky when
he was assassinated in Mexico in 1940. He stayed in Mexico as bodyguard
and aide for Trotsky's widow until 1943, when he entered the U.S. Army
and was sent to Europe.
After touring Europe with Patton's 3rd Army, he was stationed in Nuremberg
after the war. Discharged in 1946, Hank moved to New York, where he worked
as a dockworker, and was a photographer and artist. In the 50's, Henry
became involved with charity work for the Apache Indians and he became
friends with historian Eve Ball. From New York he sent many truckloads
of donated clothes to the Apache reservation. A practicing portrait artist,
Henry donated many of his paintings of Apache chiefs when he visited the
reservation. They are still on display today at the St. Joseph Apache
Mission in Mescalero, New Mexico.
In the 1960's Henry moved home to the family farm with his mother. There
he indulged his passion for history and researched the migration of ancient
people, among many other subjects. Those who visited him at his home will
not likely forget his ability to speak with humor and enthusiasm on nearly
any period of history. Henry shared what he had with charities as diverse
as his own interests.