Henry Tauber

Henry Tauber

12/1/1909 - 29/5/2001

Raced a self-modified Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 in Europe with considerable success in the early 1930s.

Henry Tauber was born in Batavia, Java, (Jakarta, Indonesia) of Swiss parents. His father had moved to Java in 1875 and owned a company that imported guns and munitions and exported batik fabrics and spices to Europe until the family returned to Switzerland in 1911.

Tauber began working in the late 1920s as a journalist in Nice, France, after which he worked in Brussels, Belgium, and attended the London School of Economics in England.

In 1929, as a young man, he purchased a company in Zurich, Switzerland, that imported Alfa Romeo automobiles from Italy. He began a successful race car driving career in 1930 and won many races throughout Europe, including the prestigious German Grand Prix on the Nurburgring in 1932.

In 1934, he began working in the wool and leather business for his future father-in-law, Ernest Bauman, in tanneries owned by the family in Vich and Tarassa, Spain.

He married the former Verena Bauman on Jan. 22, 1936, in Kusnacht, Switzerland, after which they immigrated to Gloversville. His wife, Verena, died in Gloversville on Aug. 22, 1990.

Tauber traveled extensively and established business relationships throughout the Middle East and East and West Africa during his leather business career.

Locally, he was one of the early members and commodore of the Mayfield Yacht Club. He joined the Eccentric Club in 1936 and was president in 1960. He was active in the Gloversville YMCA and the Fulton County Republican Party, and he was a director of City National Bank in Gloversville from 1959 to 1984.

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