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Jacob Knoblauch (1831-1896)
Owned the West Bay City Brewery, married Mary K. Guethlein in Ohio.

1892 biography. - Added Apirl, 2011.

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan (1892)


Jacob Knoblauch, proprietor of the West Bay City Brewery, has had charge of that enterprise since 1883, buying it at that time from John Kohler and organizing the West Bay City Brewing Company. The old plant was entirely taken down and rebuilt, and the new brewery now has a capacity of 12,000 barrels a year, and gives employment to ten men. The product is sold mostly to the city trade, with which the house has a large connection. A view of the brewery appears elsewhere in this volume.

Mr. Knoblauch was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, February 18, 1831. In his native land he received his education and learned the trade of a carpenter and joiner. At the age of twenty-one he came to America, and first located in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked at his trade. He was there married to Miss Mary K. Guethlein on the 13th of September, 1853.

On August 31, 1856, Mr. Knoblauch came to Bay City and located in what was then known as the village of Lower Saginaw. At that time it was heavily timbered and no streets were laid out. He built a small house, which he enlarged as he was able, working first at his trade and afterward securing contracts which he carried out. He finally bought the planing mill of Thomas Carney, and there manufactured sash, doors and blinds, carrying on that business for some seven years. He then took the position of foreman for Smith & Wheller, and while with them superintended all inside work of the Westover Opera House.

In 1876 Mr. Knoblauch was elected County Treasurer, and held that office for two years. In 1879 he was chosen City Treasurer, and was re-elected at the expiration of his term of office. He has also been Supervisor for a number of terms. In 1883 he bought an interest in the brewery, which represents a capital of $50,000, and of which he is now sole proprietor. He also owns two hundred acres of land in Kawkawlin Township, and property in Fraser Township. He has erected a fine residence at the corner of Madison Avenue and Third Street, and holds considerable estate. He is a member of the Arbeiter and Arion Societies.

Mr. and Mrs. Knoblauch have a family of seven children living, namely: Catherine, wife of George Szyporski, a merchant tailor of this city; Ross; Josephine, who is principal of the Fifty Ward public school; George, a machinist in Sacremento City, Cal.; Mary, who is Mrs. Arnold Nachtweith, of Saginaw; Wilhelm; and Oswald F., who is with his father in business.

Additional Notes.

    1893 Directory Bay City, Mich.

  • Knoblauch, George, lab, res s s Filmore pl 2 e of Annie.
  • Knoblauch, Jacob, lab, 2135 4th ave.
  • Knoblauch, Jacob, Pres West Bay City Brewery, res 1110 N Madison ave.
  • Knoblauch, Miss Josephine B, principal Woodside School, bds 1110 N Madison ave.
  • Knoblauch, Oswald F., blk West Bay City Brewery, bds 1110 N Madison ave.
  • West Bay City Brewery, Jacob Knoblauch Propr, 8th n w cor Water (West Bay City)

    1896 Michigan Deaths (Bay City, Mich.)

  • Jacob Knoblauch, born in 1831 Germany, married, died Nov. 14, 1896.
Related Note & Pages

Jacob Knoblauch

West Bay City Brewery


Related Pages
None at this time.
People Referenced
Carney, Thomas
Guethlein, Mary K. (wife)
Kohler, John
Knoblauch, Catherine (dau)
Knoblauch, George (son)
Knoblauch, Jacob (subject)
Knoblauch, Josephine (dau)
Knoblauch, Mary (dau)
Knoblauch, Oswald F. (son)
knoblauch, Ross (son)
Knoblauch, Weilhelm (son)
Nachtweth, Arnold (s-inlaw)
Szporski, George (s-inlaw)
Subjects Referenced
Aurtemburg, Germany Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Cincinnati, OH
Fraser Twp., Bay, MI
Kawkawlin Twp., Bay, MI
Lower Saginaw, MI
Sacremento, CA
Saginaw, MI
Smith & Wheller Co.
West Bay City, MI
West Bay City Brewery
Westover Opera House
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.