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Julius Kaiser (1860-)
Prominent in early brewing business in West Bay City, officer in Phoenix Brewing Co.

1905: Historical bio. (Added, Dec., 2008)

History of Bay County, MI, by Augustus H. Gansser, 1905


Julius Kaiser, vice-president and superintendent of the Phoenix Brewing Company, whose brewery is located in Bay City, West Side, is an exceptionally good business man, a practical brewer and is also one of the city's enterprising citizens. Mr. Kaiser is of German birth, born May 1, 1860, in Gommersdorf, Tauberbischofsheim, Baden, and is a son of John Adam and Juliana (Baier) Kaiser.

The father of Mr. Kaiser was born in 1834 in the town of Baden, Germany, named above. He followed agricultural pursuits all his life, dying on his homestead, July 12, 1904. His seven children were: Charles, of Bay City; Florian, of Mount Pleasant, Michigan; Joseph Peter, a brewer with the Champion Brewing Company, of Detroit; Julius, of the Phoenix Brewing Company; Ludwig, of Saxony, Austria; August, who is living on the homestead farm; and Mary, a Sister of Charity at Manheim, Baden. Both the father and mother of this family were devout Roman Catholics.

Our subject completed the common-school course in his native locality and enjoyed two years instruction at the gymnasium. He then learned the brewing business and followed it at various points until 1882, when he came to West Bay City where his brother, Joseph Peter Kaiser, was already established. He went to work for the Bay City Brewing company and in 1883 became foreman for the West Bay City Brewing Company and remained with that organization until the Phoenix Brewing Company was formed.

The beginning of the business, which through many changes has developed into a great industry known as the Phoenix Brewing Company, was as far back as 1865, when John Rosa established a primitive brewery upon the establishment's present site, and operated it for about 10 years. He then took in Andrew Fink as a partner and the firm became the West Bay City Brewing Company. Mr. Fink remained four years and then John Kohler and Jacob Knoblach became proprietors and the business was continued under the same name. They conducted it from 1882 until 1896, when the brewery was destroyed by fire. In 1898 the Phoenix Brewing Company was organized and it bought the property. The plant consists of four-story brick building, soot house, one racking room and one wash house 34 by 90 feet; boiler room, with two boilers, each having 100 degrees high pressure and a bottling department with dimensions of 80 by 32 feet. The capacity of the plant is 25,000 barrels a year. A large quantity of export and keg beer goes north. Six teams are in constant requisition. The business is one of the prospering ones of Bay City, West Side, and is backed by plenty of capital. The president of the company is Frank H. Mohr, Louis Hine is secretary and manager and Julius Kaiser is vice-president and superintendent. Mr. Kaiser has full charge and oversight of the manufacture of the product, his practical knowledge of all the details of brewing making his service very efficient and insuring the uniform grade of the goods as well as their healthful purity.

Mr. Kaiser was married in West Bay City to Minnie Bronke, who is the daughter of August Bronke, and they have a family of five children: Hattie, Ludwig, Minnie, Julius Jr., and Edward.

Mr. Kaiser is connected with these organizations: Arbeiter Unterstuetzung Verein, Maccabees and Brewery Masters' Union.

Related Pages & Notes

{1903: Phoenix Brewery}

Related Links:
Bay City Brewing Co.
Hine, Louis
Phoenix Brewing Co.
People Referenced
Baier, Juliana (mother)
Bronke, August
Bronke, Minnie (wife)
Fink, Andrew
Hine, Louis
Kaiser, August (sister)
Kaiser, Charles (bro.)
Kaiser, Edward (son)
Kaiser, Florian (bro.)
Kaiser, Hattie (dau.)
Kaiser, John A. (father)
Kaiser, Joseph P. (bro.)
Kaiser, Julius (subject)
Kaiser, Julius, Jr. (son)
Kaiser, Ludwig (bro.)
Kaiser, Ludwig (son)
Kaiser, Mary (sister)
Kaiser, Minnie (dau.)
Knoblach, Jacob
Kohler, John
Mohr, Frank H.
Rosa, John
Subjects Referenced
Baden, Germany
Bay City, MI
Bay City Brewing Co.
Champion Brewing Co.
Detroit, MI
Manheim, Baden
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Phoenix Brewing Co.
Roman Catholic
Saxony, Austria
Sisters of Charity
West Bay City, MI
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