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Eugene Zabst (1854-?)
Born in Greenfield, Ohio, moved to Essexville in 1882, then to West Bay City.

1892 biography. (Added May, 2010)

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1892.


The industries of the Saginaw Valley have been worthily represented and greatly developed by this gentleman, who is conceded to be the finest and most practical horse-shoer in Bay City, and has met with unusual success at his trade, of which he has made s special study. He has the largest assortment of shoes in the Valley and carries on an exclusive horse-shoeing business, doing the work in the most skillful manner, and making a specialty of shoeing fast and driving horses. His practical knowledge of his business, the accurate attention paid by him to all orders, and the uniform reliability of his dealing, have secured for him a prominent place in the confidence of the community, and a prosperity which grows steadily from year to year.

The ancestors of Mr. Zabst were of German origin, his grandfather, John Zabst, having emigrated to America early in this century and located in Ohio, where he died at the age of eighty-seven years. Jacob, the father of our subject, was born in the Province of Alsace, Germany, and was brought to America at the age of eighty years. In his mature years he was united in marriage with Clementia A. Page, a native of Ohio and the young couple settled in the Buckeye State, whence they afterward removed to Indiana. The father engaged in farming when a lad, but later learned the trade of a blacksmith, which he still follows in Toledo, Ohio. A brother of our subject, William E., resides in Bay City, and has an established reputation as one of the finest professors of music in Michigan.

Our subject was born in Greenfield, Ohio, August 20, 1854, and was reared to manhood in various places when he accompanied his parents to Elkhart, Ind., and later returned with them to Ohio, and from there to Peru, Ind. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to learn the blacksmith's trade, serving an apprenticeship of six year. Next he went to Sandusky, Ohio, where for three years he was apprenticed to a practical horse-shoer, and has since made a special study of that line of work. In 1882 he came to Essexville, Bay County, where he entered the employ of J. R. Hall, and remained with him six years, having charge of his horses in Alger, Arenac County.

The year 1888 marked the arrival of Mr. Zabst in Bay City, where he embarked in business on the corner of John and Catherine streets. He has the finest establishment of the kind in West Bay City, and indeed in the Saginaw Valley, and can do anything in his line, making a specialty of doctoring the diseased feet of horses. He owns his place and has by the exercise of sound business judgment and economy become well-to-do. In his politics he is a staunch Republican, believing the platform of that party best adapted to the progress of our nation. In all his enterprises Mr. Zabst has had an efficient helpmate in his wife, who prior to her union with him was known as Miss Emma Russell. Mrs. Zabst was born in Erie County, Ohio, where her marriage took place. She has become the mother of one son, Burt, who is the finest cornet player in the United States, considering his age, which is only thirteen years. He plays the most difficult solos with perfect ease and wonderful skill, and his artistic genius has won for him a wide-spread reputation.

Additional Notes.

    1877- Ohio Births: Margaretta, Erie.

  • Bert Eugene Zabst born on August 18, 1877, to Eugine Zabst & Emma Russell.

    1880 Census: Margaretta, Erie, Ohio.

  • Zabst, Eugene b. 1855 Ohio
  • Emma, wife b. 1859 Ohio
  • Burt E., son b. 1878 Ohio

    1889 Directory: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Zabst Bros (Eugene and Frank O Zabst), blacksmiths and horsehoers n w cor John and Catherine.
  • Zabst, Eugene (Zabst Bros), res Hurley blk.
  • Zabst, Frank (Zabst Bros), res e s Center 2s of John.
  • Zabst, Wm E, musician, bds Hurley blk.

    1893 Directory: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Zabst, Eugene horseshoer, 405 E John, res 207 S Dean.
  • Zabst, Frank O blacksmith, 109 S. Catherine, res 205 S Center.

    1900 Michigan Marriages: Bay City.

  • Date: September 5, 1900.
  • Groom: B. Eugene Zabst, b. 1887 Ohio., parents: Eugene Zabst & Emma Russell.
  • Bride: Elizabeth Anders, b. 1880 Canada, parents: Louis Anders & Mary Beebe.

    1900 Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Zabst, Frank O. - b. Mar 1860 Ill., blacksmith
  • Caddie, wife b. Dec 1862 Mich
  • Bertha, daughter b. Jul 1886 Ohio
  • Flossie E., daughter b. Dec 1888 Mich
  • Harry F., sone b. Jun 1892 Mich
Related Note & Pages

Hall, Jerry R.
Zabst, William E. bro.
People Referenced
Anders, Elizabeth (d-inlaw)
Anders, Louis
Beebe, Mary
Hall, Jerry R.
Page, Clementia A. (mother)
Russell, Emma (wife)
Zabst, Bertha (niece)
Zabst, Burt E. (son)
Zabst, Cadey Mrs.
Zabst, Eugene (subject)
Zabst, Flossie (neice)
Zabst, Frank O. (bro)
Zabst, Harry F. (nephew)
Zabst, Jacob (father)
Zabst, John (g-father)
Zabst, Wm. E. (bro)
Subjects Referenced
Alger, MI
Arenac Co., MI
Alsace, Germany
Bay City, MI
Elkhart, IN
Erie Co., OH
Essexville, MI
Greenfield, OH
Hurley block
J.R. Hall Mill
Peru, IN
Rhine, Germany
Saginaw Valley
Sandusky, OH
Toledo, OH
West Bay City, MI
Zabst Bros.
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