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Robert Beutel (1866-?)
Born in Banks (Bay City), Mich. Engage in fishing, packing and shipping business.

1892 Bioography. (Added Dec., 2009)

Portrait and Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan, 1892


This well-known business man of West Bay City, is engaged in the wholesale fish business and also carries on packing and shipping. He has a convenient and commodious location with a good dock and excellent facilities for cold storage. Mr. Beutel is not only one of the most successful men of Bay City, but a thorough gentleman, well informed on the topics of the day. He was born in Banks, Bay County, May 7, 1866, and is a son of William, and grandson of Jacob Beutel, both of whom were born in Prussia. The father was a weaver and was established in the city of Berlin, where he was married, and it was in 1850 that he came to America and located on the St. Clair River in Michigan.

The family home was in that vicinity for two years, and later they removed to Bangor, where the father was engaged as a laborer. About the days of the Civil War he began the business of fishing, and from that time has made it his chief branch of business, and has made marked success thereof. He owns a fishery of two hundred acres at Quanacassee, on Saginaw Bay, and there carries on a flourishing business.

The good wife of William Beutel and the mother of our subject, was known in maidenhood as Augusta Wolf, and she was born in Germany, in 1825. The father is a sturdy Republican in his political views, and both he and his good wife are devout members of the Lutheran Church, in which faith they have brought up their children. Seven are now living of the numerous family of ten, and our subject is the youngest of the number.

Robert Beutel was educated in the common ward schools of Bangor, and then attended Devlin's Business College. From his earliest boyhood he was familiar with the work of the fishery, and between the ages of sixteen and twenty was engaged in fishing with his father. In 1886 he started in independent business, renting a place and engaging in wholesaling, packing and shipping fish, and in 1891 he bought two hundred and seventeen feet of frontage, and built a dock which extends the full length. He built the fish-house, which is a two-story building, 40x80 feet in dimensions, in which he carries on his packing, and his cold storage warehouse is 24x70 feet; he also has a commodious ice house, and other buildings. He packs from fifty to three hundred barrels a day, and ships to the South, East and West, having an established trade from ocean to ocean and as far South as the Gulf.

Mr. Beutel owns the island known as Little Charities, about five miles out in the Saginaw Bay, which he rents for fishing purpose. He also owns some real estate in the city, and a pleasant residence on Marchand Street. The lady who presides with grace and dignity over his house, became his wife in West Bay City in 1891. Her name is Gertrude, and she is a daughter of Dr. J. H. Whitehouse, of West Bay City. She was born in Midland, in 1874. Mr. Beutel is prominent as a member of the Knights of Pythias, and in his political views is a stanch and sturdy Republican.

Additional Notes.

    1880 Census West Bay City, Mich.

  • Beutel, William, b. 1823 Germany
  • Augustine, wife, b. 1825 Germany
  • Children: Amelia, Tinus, Lena, Robert, Albert.

    1891 - Michigan Marriages. (West Bay City, Mich.)

  • Date: Jul. 15, 1891.
  • Groom: Robert Beutel, age 25, West Bay City. Merchant; Parents: William Beutel and Augusta Wolf.
  • Bride: Gertie Whitehouse, age 17, West Bay City; Parents: Joseph Whitehouse and unkown.
  • Offical: C.H. Morgan, minister of the Posel
  • Witnesses: Arthur Whitehouse (Flint) and Lena Buetel (West Bay City).

    1900 Census West Bay City, Mich.

  • Beutel, Robert, b. May 1867 Mich., retail coal dealer.
  • Gertrude E., wife, Sep. 1872 Mich.
  • Alice G., daughter, Aug. 1892 Mich.
  • Arthur W., son, Nov. 1894 Mich.
  • Floyd R., son, Jan 1900 Mich.
Related Pages/Notes

Sketch: Robert Beutel

Related Pages:
Beutel, August F. Brother
Beutel, C.F. Wm. Father
People Referenced
Beutel, Albert (bro.)
Beutel, Alice G. (dau.)
Beutel, Amelia (sis)
Beutel, Arthur W. (son)
Beutel, Floyd R. (son)
Beutel, Jacob (g-father)
Beutel, Lena (sis.)
Beutel, Robert (subject)
Beutel, Tinus (sis.)
Beutel, William (father)
Whitehouse, Arthur
Whitehouse, Gertrude (wife)
Whitehouse, Joseph H. Dr.
Wolf, Augusta (mother)
Subjects Referenced
Albion, Ontario
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Bangor, MI
Banks, MI
Berlin, Germany
Charity Island, MI
Devlin Bus. College
Midland, MI
Quanacassie, MI
Saginaw Bay, MI
St Clair, MI
West Bay City, MI
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