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Balthasar Kreischer
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Birth: Mar. 13, 1813
Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Death: Aug. 25, 1886
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA

Entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist and immigrant born in Hornbach, Germany (Bavaria) where he learned the mason, building and brick-making trades from his father. He arrived in New York on June 4, 1836, the year after the Great Fire which burned over a third of New York City, and went into the brick-making business. Starting in 1845, his specialty was bakers' ovens but after discovering rare clay beds in New Jersey and Staten Island, he began manufacturing fire bricks, a product in high demand and only imported from England. B. Kreischer & Sons Fire Brick Manufactory became a huge financial success making him a millionaire quickly. By 1873 the factory was moved from Manhattan's Lower East Side to the far eastern shore of Staten Island where he discovered the coveted rare clay bed. After the quick and exponential growth of the factory, the town was renamed Kreischerville. Kreischer begat seven children; sons Edward, George and Charles continued the business which operated until about 1927. His daughters were Fredericka, Caroline, Catherine and Louisa, the last of whom married Albert Steinway. But for Balthasar Kreischer's entrepreneurial nature, Steinway & Sons, the famous German-American piano makers, would likely not be known today as he gave a then-unknown Henry Englehard Steinway $75,000 to start a piano manufactory. Kreischer was one of the promoters and directors of the Staten Island Railway Company, a member of the first German Masonic Lodge established in the US, an original Trustee of the Dry Dock Savings Bank and an active member of the Association of Improving the Condition of the Poor of New York. In 1883 he built and gave to the congregation St. Peter's German Lutheran Church in Kreischerville (now Charleston), Staten Island. The contribution he made to building and fire safety in New York City during the Industrial Revolution is as durable as the very bricks he made. Buildings cloaked in his product exist today in Staten Island, Astoria and Ridgewood, New York.
Balthasar Kreischer is buried in historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn with his wife and their descendants in one-sixth of a large plot he bought with his dear friends and fellow immigrants on September 21, 1849, each of whom met success fortified only with entrepreneurial spirit and German tenacity: Peter Kauth (flour and coal), Andrew Schilling (spirits), Philip Schaefer (beer), August Finck (beer) and Franz Ruppert (beer).
--- K. Jacob Ruppert, New York/New Orleans. 
Family links: 
  Caroline Haenchen Kreischer (____ - 1853)*
  Mathilda Zumburger Kreischer (1825 - 1877)*
  Henry B Kreischer (1843 - 1849)*
  Fredericka P Kreischer (1846 - 1908)*
  Louise Albertina Kreischer Steinway (1848 - 1926)*
  Charles C. Kreischer (1850 - 1917)*
  Alfred Kreischer (1858 - 1863)*
*Calculated relationship
Green-Wood Cemetery
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Plot: Hands-Around Monument, Section 25, lot 3440
Created by: K. Jacob Ruppert
Record added: Dec 14, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8183096
Balthasar Kreischer
Added by: K. Jacob Ruppert
Balthasar Kreischer
Added by: K. Jacob Ruppert
Balthasar Kreischer
Added by: K. Jacob Ruppert
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Balthazar-------- Please know that you and your family are always on our minds. Just today I stood in front of Charles' house with a newspaper reporter who wanted to know all about you and your wonderful town. Kreischerville lives on- a great legacy to...(Read more)
- Tina K
 Added: Sep. 10, 2008
Rest in great peace and eternal happiness Mr. Kreischer.
- W. R. L.
 Added: Aug. 11, 2007

- Lorraine Blake
 Added: Feb. 10, 2007
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