Gutleben was born in Fontanelle, Nebraska in 1883 where he attended a country school as a boy. He attended college at the University of Nebraska where he obtained an education in engineering. After migrating to California in 1905 he created the contracting firm of Gutleben Brothers. Gutleben began working for J.H. Pomeroy & Co. in 1934 after Gulteben Brothers ceased operations.
Gutleben's record as a bridge designer is highlighted by a beautiful collection of reinforced concrete arch bridges throughout the California coast and in the Los Angeles area. Gutleben also played a significant roll in the construction of the arch structures and approach spans to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Source: Online Archives of California, Gutleben Collection, 1916-1959, # 2342-2379