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George Kolb & Sons: Frederick & Adam.
Owners of Kolb Brewery in West Bay City, MI.

Biography of George Kolb (1827-1892). - Added Nov., 2010.

History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883


George Kolb is a native of Germany, born in 1827, followed farming till 1852, when he came to America and went to Fort Atkinson, where he resided two years. In 1854 he came to Bangor and worked in mills and on farms till 1870, when he opened a brewery in West Bay City, which he continued until his son Frederick and his son-in-law Morris Westover, took the business which they are still running. Under Mr. Kolb's management the business has increased from 500 barrels of beer per year to 6,000, and in the hands of Kolb & Westover to nearly 8,000.

Additional Notes.

    1880 - Census: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Kolb, George - .b 1827
  • Margaretha, wife - b.
  • George, son - b.
  • Adam, son - b.

    Michigan Deaths: West Bay City.

  • George Kolb Sr., age 65 (b. 1827 Germany) died Sept. 19, 1892

Biography of son, Frederick (1850-1917). - Added Nov., 2010.

History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883


Son of George Kolb, was born in Germany in 1850, and in 1852 came to America with his father, and has shared with him in trials, hardships and success, and is to day a partner in the brewery above mentioned. Married Amelia Ross, of West Bay City, in 1874; they have three children.

Obituary 1917 - Contributed by Patrick Cain, Mar., 2011.

The Bay City Times, May 28, 1917, Page 3, Col.2,

Frederick J. Kolb, age 66 years, died Sunday morning at Mercy hospital.

Mr. Kolb was born in Germany June 1, 1850, and came to this country with his parents at the age of two years settling in Wisconsin. He came to Bay City two years later and has resided in Salzburg since. He was married to Amelia Rosa in October 1885. Besides his wife he is survived by six children. Mrs. Frank Potter, Clara M., Matelda, Carolyn and Moritz Kolb of this city, and Mrs. C. W. Brady of Detroit, also two brothers, George and Adam and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Westover and Mrs. Margaret Gunterman also of this city. The funeral will be held from the residence, 1908 South Wenona avenue, at 2 o’colock Thursday afternoon. Interment at Elm Lawn.

Obituary of wife, Amelia. - Contributed by Patrick Cain, Mar., 2011.

The Bay City Times- 1933, March 21, 1933, Page 3, Col. 2

Mrs. Amelia Kolb, a lifelong resident of Bay City and the widow of the late Frederick Kolb, died this morning at her home 1908 South Wenona avenue, following a lingering illness. Surviving are one son, Moritz; five daughters, Mrs. Frank Potter, Mrs. W. C. Smith, and Carolyn Kolb, all to Bay City; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and three great grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters. Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. W. B. Jarman officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn cemetery.

Addition Notes.

    1875 - Michigan Marriages: Salzburg, Bay, Mich.

  • Date: Oct. 20, 1875.
  • Groom: Johann Frederick Kolb, b. 1850 Germany
  • Bride: Emile Katherina Rosina Rose, b. 1857 Bay City

    1900 Census: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Kolb, Fred - b. 1850 Germany
  • Emilie, wife - b. Apr 1857 Mich.
  • Moritz C., son - b. Sep 1876 Mich.
  • Minnie, dau., - b. Apr 1878 Mich.
  • Clara, dau. - b. May 1884 Mich.
  • Carolina, dau. - b. Jun 1897 Mich.

Biography of son, Adam (1867-?). - Added Nov., 2010.

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1892.


Adam Kolb, a member of the firm of Kolb Bros., Brewers, located on Fitzhugh Avenue, between Sixth and Seventh Streets, is a native of Salzburg, Mich., where he was born January 15, 1867. He is the son of George Kolb, Sr., for whose sketch see the biography of George Kolb, Jr. Our subject received his education in this city, after which he attended the High School, from which he was graduated in 1886. Subsequently he formed a partnership with his brother and bought the brewery of M. Westover, which was at the time of purchase only a frame building with a capacity of eight thousand barrels per year. In 1890 these brothers rebuilt, putting up a large brick structure with a basement and three stories, which now has a capacity of sixty thousand, but only making thirty thousand and increasing as they have demand.

This firm has one of the finest offices in the city, it being finished in hard pine. They sell mostly to local customers. Mr. Kolb is one of the members of Board of Water Works of the city, but he does not dabble in politics, as he has enough else to do.

The subject of this sketch was united in marriage with Miss Mary Brenner, of West Saginaw, October 29, 1890. They are the parents of one child, whom they have given the name of Lena.

Mr. Kolb and his wife reside in a fine and capacious residence at No. 906 Center Street, where they dispense a gracious hospitality. Socially our subject is a member of the Arbeiter Society, of which he is the present Treasurer.

Additional Notes.

    1887 - Directory: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Kolb, Adam, driver Salzburg Brewery, res s e cor Washington and 7th.
  • Kolb, Frederick, saloon, n w cor Au Sable and State nr 23d Street Bridge, res same.
  • Kolb, George Jr., saloon and Cigar Mnfr, 113 Midland, res same. (married Ella Ford)
  • Westover, Emil, laborer Salzburg Brewery, res w s State road 1 s of 6th.
    Westover, Morris, Propr Salzaburg Brewery, s e cor Washington and 7th, res Washington 2 s of 8th.

    1890 – Michigan Marriages: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Date: Oct. 29, 1890
  • Groom: Adam Kolb – b. 1867 Mich., son of George Kolb and Margaret Klaus. Bride: Marie D. Brenner – b. 1870 Mich., daughter of Wm. Brenner and Mary Ortner.

    1900 – Census: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Kolb, Adam – b. Jan 1867 Mich.
  • Mary, wife – b. Oct 1870 Mich.
  • Lena, dau. - b. Oct 1891 Mich.
  • Marie, dau. - b. Aut 1893 Mich.
  • Louis, son – b. Dec 1896 Mich.

    1913 – Journal of Education, Vol. 89.

  • Michigan, Bay City – Adam Kolb, retired business man has deeded a tract of twenty acres to the board of education to be used as an athletic field.
Related Notes & Pages

Adam Kolb

Frederick Kolb

George Kolb

Related Pages
Kolb (Salzburg) Brewery
Westover, Morris
People Referenced
Brady, C.M.
Brenner, Marie D.
Brenner, William
Ford, Ella
Jarman, W.B. Rev.
Klaus, Margaret (wife)
Kolb, Adam (son)
Kolb, Carolina (g-dau)
Kolb, Clara M. (g-dau)
Kolb, Frederick (son)
Kolb, George (Subject)
Kolb, George, Jr. (son)
Kolb, Lena (g-dau)
Kolb, Louis (g-son)
Kolb, Marie (g-dau)
Kolb, Minnie (g-dau)
Kolb, Moritz C. (g-son)
Potter, Frank
Orner, Mary
Rose, Amelia
Smith, W.C.
Westover, Emil
Westover, Morris
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Columbus, OH
Elm Lawn Cemetery
Franklin Co., OH
Kolb Bros
Salzburg, MI
Salzburg Brewery
west Bay City, MI
West Saginaw, MI
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