Goetz evidently finished compulsory Volksschule, common school, early as evidenced by his signed Lehrvertrag (Apprenticeship Contract) at age thirteen. How Karl was originally introduced to Master engraver Johannes Dominal is not evident at this time but documents in our possession show an agreement was drawn up where Dominal would take Karl as an engraving apprentice for a period of four years beginning February 1, 1889.
Normally the father of the apprentice was required to sign the Lehrvertrag as the legal representative but his father had died from diptheria seven years earlier. In lieu of the father, the mother would sign but there is little, if any, mention of Karl's mother anywhere. Either she was unwilling, or unable, to sign a contract with substantial mutual service fees attached and payable. The signee was Karl's grandmother, Frau Rosalie Goetz (§5).
As mentioned, a mutual service fee (Lehrgeld, §3) of 150 Marks, paid with 50 Marks down and 50 Marks due each of the following two years, was assessed by Dominal for taking Karl in and to pay for his room and board, furnished tools, laundry, etc., for the period of the contract. Dominal responsibilties were to provide comprehensive instruction for Karl's mastery of engraving, sick insurance, and furnishing materials and ample time for Karl to complete his journeyman pieces prior to the contract expiration.