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Edward A. Eickemeyer (1826-1895)
Born in Westerof, Hanover, Germany. Settled in Bay City in 1854, engaged in construction.

1905 biography. Added Oct., 2009.

Histories of Bay County, Michigan - Augustus H. Gansser, 1905.


Edward A Eickemeyer, deceased, whose portrait accompanies this sketch, was one of the best known citizens of Bay City, Michigan, coming to it in its early days, casting in his fortunes with its pioneers, and devoting years of energy and activity to its growth and advancement. Mr. Eickemeyer was born February 26, 1826, at Westerof, Hanover, Germany, and was a son of Frederick Eickemeyer.

The grandfather of our subject was a mill owner in Germany, and both he and his wife passed their entire lives in that country. Frederick Eickemeyer, our subject's father, was a carpenter by trade and he and his wife both died in Germany. Edward A., the eldest of the family of three children, was the only member to come to America. A brother and a sister are both deceased, the former, Karl Eickemeyer, dying in the West Indies, and the latter in Germany.

The late Edward A. Eickemeyer came to America in 1854, a young man equipped with an excellent education and skilled in a trade which made him immediately independent. He selected the little hamlet of Bay City, Michigan, where a few pioneers had hardily built a few huts on the borders of the forest, recognizing the future possibilities of a village so wisely located as to natural advantages. One of the first contractors and builders here, he became one of the leaders, the artistic homes and the stately structures for educational purposes and religious worship, which make this a notably beautiful modern city, attest his mechanical skill and stand as enduring monuments to his memory. He erected all the business blocks between Adams street and Washington avenue; a number of the elegant mansions on Center avenue; a preponderating number of the school buildings; Bethel German Lutheran Church on the corner of McKinley and North Madison avenues; the magnificent Pierce home and the residence of Hon. Theodore F. Shepard, in West Bay City; his last piece of fine work being the beautiful mansion of George W. Ames, the prominent real estate and insurance man, of Bay City. Until 1886 Mr. Eickemeyer resided on the corner of Sixth street and Washington avenue, and then removed to the handsome modern residence at No. 519 McLellan street, which has continued to be the family home.

Mr. Eickemeyer was married first, in 1854 to Frederika Keester, who died January 3, 1868, leaving four children, namely: Henry, a contractor of Bay City, who married Bertha Patenge and has four children: Sophia (Mrs. William Patenge), who is the mother of eight sons and one daughter; Lizzie, who resides at home; and Dorothy, who died age 15 years. On June 26, 1868 Mr. Eickemeyer was married to Sabine Dencke who was born June 12, 1842, in Hanover, Germany, and came to America to join her brother August in Frankenlust township, Bay County, in 1867. Five children were born to this union, viz.: Ernestine (Mrs. McRae), of Portland, Oregon, who has two sons; Johanna lives at home; Edward C., of Bay City, who married Carrie Wagar and has two children; Frederick, who married Grace Palmer and resides in Unionville, Michigan; and Herbert, who is a student in Columbia University, at Portland, Oregon. Mr. Eickemeyer died September 3, 1895. By the terms of his will he placed the management of his large interests in the hands of his widow, who is a lady well qualified for such an important trust.

Politically, Mr. Eickemeyer was a stanch Republican in national affairs, but in local matters he reserved the right to exercise his own judgment. He was no office-seeker, but took a deep interest in securing good men for the administration of city a affairs. He served on the School Board, but held no other official position. He was a charter member of Bethal German Lutheran Church, and through life one of the most liberal supporters.

Additional Notes.

    1883 - Directory, Bay City, Mich.

  • Eickmeyer, Edward grocer 702 N. Washington, res n s 6th l e of Washington.
  • Eickmeyer, Edward A builder, res 307 6th.
  • Green Ridge Cemetery (German Lutheran) Southweest corner of Tuscola Plank road and Twelfth street. Edward Eickemeyer, proprietor. Residence, 307 Sixth. George D. Seaman, Sexton.

    1890 Directory, Bay City, Mich.

  • Eickemeyer, Edward A. - carp., res 519 N McLellan.
  • Eickemeyer, Ernestine J. - bkkpr M Kinney, bds 519 N McLellan.
  • Eickemeyer, Henry carp., res 417 S Madison Ave.

    1900 Census, Bay City, Mich. (417 Madison Ave.)

  • Eickemeyer, Henry head, b. May 1857, Mich., contractor.
  • Eickemeyer, Bertha wife, b. Jan. 1858, Germany.
  • Eickemeyer, Henry L. - son, b. Nov. 1882, Mich.
  • Eickemeyer, Dorothea daugher, b. Aug. 1885, Mich.
  • Eickemeyer, Gertrude daughter, b. May 1892, Mich.
  • Eickemeyer, Erma daughter, b. Jul. 1890, Mich.
  • Weber, William uncle, b. Nov. 1832, Germany
  • Patenge, Wilhelmina - mother, b. Feb. 1830, Germany.
Related Note & Pages

Edward A. Eickemeyer

Related Pages:
Ames, George W.
Seaman, George D.
Green Ridge Cem.
{Cemetery Map}
People Referenced
Ames, George W.
Dencke, August
Dencke, Sabine (2-wife)
- Dorothea (g-dau.)
- Dorothy (dau.)
- Edward A (subject)
- Edward C. (son)
- Erma (g-dau.)
- Ernestine (dau.)
- Frederick (father)
- Frederick (son)
- Gertrude (g-dau.)
- Henry (son)
- Henry L. (g-son)
- Herbert (son)
- Jonanna (dau.)
- Karl (bro.)
- Lizzie (dau.)
- Sophia (dau.)
Keester, Frederika (1-wife)
McRae, Mr.
Palmer, Grace
Patenge, Bertha
Patenge, William
Patenge, Wilhelmina
Pierce, Mr.
Seaman, George D.
Shepard, Theodore F.
Wagar, Carrie
Weber, William
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Columbia University
Frankenlust, Bay Co.
Green Ridge Cemetery
Portland, OR
Unionville, MI
West Bay City, MI
Westerof, Hanover, Ger.
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