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Louis Hine (1872-)
Prominent Bay City business man in brewing, lumbering and banking.

1915: Historical bio. (Added, Dec., 2008)

The History of Michigan, by Charles Moore (1915)


The secretary-treasurer and manager of the Phoenix Brewery at Bay City, Louis Hine has a record of business accomplishments that rank him among the resourceful men whose united enterprise has moved Bay City from the small city to a place among the most flourishing industrial centers of the middle west. Bay City is his birthplace and he has had a loyal interest in all its development, not only on the purely commercial side, but in behalf of those improvements and adornments which make for civic pride, comfort and duty.

Born April 5, 1872 in Bay City, Louis Hine is a son of Theodore and Fredericka (Walke) Hine. Both parents were born in Germany, and both were brought at an early age to this country. The mother came when two years of age, and her parents first settled near Fort Wayne, Indiana, and then in the vicinity of Owosso, Michigan, where her father took up a farm but died soon afterwards. Theodore Hine was sixteen years old when he came to America, and from New York City soon afterwards moved to Michigan, where the family located near Freeland. Grandfather Henry Hine lived in Michigan for many years and died in 1872. Theodore Hine and wife were married in Bay City in 1871, where he engaged in the retail meat business and conducted it successfully until 1886. After that he was in the lumber business, and is now living retired at the age of seventy-nine. The five children of the family were: Louis; Julius, who is in business in Ohio; Fredericka, teacher of Latin and German in Bay City; and Mrs. J. H. K. Humphrey, whose husband is a quartermaster in the government service at Panama.

Louis Hine, the oldest of the family grew up in Bay City, attended the local schools and finished with a course in the Bay City Business College. He then began working for his father in the meat business, and continued in that line until 1897. In that year he assisted in the organization of the Phoenix Brewery Company, and as secretary-treasurer and manager has kept this industry up to a high standard. Some years ago the plant was entirely destroyed by fire and for two years no business was done. Mr. Hine then took active charge of the concern, and the plant now is one of large proportions, employs thirty expert workmen and does a large bottling and shipping business to all parts of the state.

Mr. Hine is vice president of the Hine Lumber Company, of Bay City, is a director in the People's Savings Bank of Bay City, and a stock holder in a number of other well known local concerns. In public affairs, great credit should be given to his work in behalf of public parks in Bay City. He served on the park commission for a number of years, and has always taken the lead in this line of public improvements. Mr. Hine is a Mason, and belongs to the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is a trustee of the German Reformed Church at Bay City.

At Bay City on November 25, 1896, Mr. Hine married Miss Wilhelmina Kohler, a daughter of John Kohler, now deceased. They have three sons: Theodore Hine, born at Bay City in 1901, and attending school. Louis F. Hine, born in 1903, and also a school boy; and Gustavus E. Hine, born in 1905, and in school. Mr. Hine takes much interest in outdoor life and spends his summers in a delightful cottage on the bay shore.

Additional Notes.

    1896 - Michigan Marriages: West Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Louis Hine born 1872, Bay City, son of Theodore Hine and Fredericka Walke, married Nov. 25, 1896, to Minnie Kohler, born 1872, Bay City, daughter of John Kohler and Augusta Wenzler.

    1901 - Michigan Births: West Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Theodore Hine born June 26, 1901, son of Louis and Minnie Hine.
Related Pages & Notes

Louis Hine, 1907

{1903: Phoenix Brewery}

Related Links:
Hine, Gustavus uncle
Kaiser, Julius
Phoenix Brewery
People Referenced
Hine, Fredericka (sister)
Hine, Gustavus (son)
Hine, Henry (g-father)
Hine, Julius (bro.)
Hine, Louis (subject)
Hine, Louis F., Jr. (son)
Hine, Theodore (father)
Hine, Theodore (son)
Humphrey, J.H.K. Mrs (sister)
Kohler, John
Kohler, Wilhelmina (wife)
Walke, Fredericka (mother)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay City Bus. College
Ft. Wayne, IN
Freeland, MI
German Reformed Ch.
Hine Lumber Co.
New York, NY
Owosso, MI
People's Savings Bank
Phoenix Brewery
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