|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1858|
|Death: ||Feb. 13, 1906|
DEATH OF ARTHUR R. BOERNER
Ozaukee county Loses Its Leading Business Man.
In the death of Arthur Richard Boerner, of Cedarburg, which occurrence on Monday forenoon, June 7th, Ozaukee County loses its leading business man and the community an able, upright and progressive citizen. His death closes a remarkable career of business activities replete with many accomplishments and vicissitudes.
The death of Frederick Boerner, an Ozaukee County pioneer, in 1878 left a large family, of whom Arthur R. Boerner was the eldest, then twenty years of age. The estate consisted of a farm and small store in the city of Cedarburg. Arthur R. with the assistance of Gustave A. was really the founder of the large Boerner stores of the present day, located at Cedarburg, Port Washington and West Bend, which are incorporated under the name of the Boerner Bros. Co., of which Arthur R. Boerner was president. It was the genius of Arthur R. Boerner, who, realizing that a divided house can not stand, kept the family interests intact and laid the foundation for large thriving mercantile establishments which bear the name of Boerner Bros., as well as assisting materially in the prosperity and up building of many other industrial enterprises.
The first offshoot of the Boerner store was established in Saukville. In charge of Henry C. Boerner, which, however, soon removed to Port Washington and is now, the largest store in Ozaukee County. Later another store was established in charge of Oscar F. Boerner at West Bend.
One of the big enterprises of which the deceased was a prominent factor is the Gilson Manufacturing Co, of Port Washington. Mr. Boerner invested in the company when it was a small concern of twelve of fifteen hands and had the pleasure of seeing the institution grow to its present large proportions. While Mr. A. R. Boerner was not a director of the Gilson Manufacturing Co, he was always very active and deeply interested in its affairs. His brother Theodore A. Boerner, is secretary and treasurer of the company. Mr. Arthur R. Boerner was a director in the Gilson Manufacturing Co. Ltd., of Guelph, Canada.
Besides the above mentioned business concerns, Mr. Boerner at the time of his death was postmaster at Cedarburg, treasurer of the Ozaukee County Agricultural Society, Chairman of the Republican County Committee, President of the Boerner Bros. Mfg. Investment association, vice-president of the Riverside Creamery of Saukville, treasurer of the Five Corners Creamery in the town of Cedarburg, and was also interested in a number of other Ozaukee County business enterprises.
In public spirit, in steadfast friendship, in indefatigable industry and painstaking care of the many details connected with these various enterprises few can claim a better record and none have excelled. His life has been a shining example of noble generous deeds. He was a liberal contributor to everything of a public nature. No man will be more missed in this county than Arthur r. Boerner. His advice was sought on all matters relating to the general welfare, owing to his faculty for rising above personalities and local jealousies, and men of this character are too few in number to pass away without a universally feeling of regret and a deep sense of loss to the community.
Arthur R. Boerner was born January 28, 1858, at Cedarburg, Wis. He was married February 25, 1886, to Herminie Sonnenberg, of Frankfort, Germany, who died in 1907. The surviving children are: Arthur R. Boerner Jr., now with the Gilson Manufacturing Co., Port Washington, Herman, William, Helena, Eugene, Robert, Alfred and Charles. The sympathy which goes out to the children in their affliction is too deep to be expressed in words.
The brothers and sisters are Gustave, Albert and Miss Ida, of Cedarburg, Henry and Theodore, of Port Washington, and Oscar and Mrs. A. J. Quirin of West Bend.
The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon, June 10th, at Cedarburg; the services were conducted by the English Lutheran Church of that place and Ozaukee Lodge No. 17 P & A.M., of which Mr. Boerner was a member. The Port Washington members attended in a body going to Cedarburg on the two o’clock interurban car. The funeral was largely attended by friends from all parts of the county, a numerous delegation also being present from Milwaukee and other cities. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.
Hermine S. Boerner (1866 - 1907)*
Created by: Glenn & Kathy
Record added: Sep 22, 2011
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