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John Birkenstock
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Birth: Oct. 12, 1845
Hessen, Germany
Death: Apr. 13, 1910
Delaware County
Indiana, USA

Muncie Evening Press; Apr. 13, 1910; pg. 1, col. 7 & pg. 5, col. 7:


One of the Promoters of Muncie Brewing Co. and Brewmaster of the Institution


Widely Read and Traveled, and Was a Linguist of Ability.--Funeral Here, Interment in Philadelphia.

A few minutes after his wife and son had left his bedside at 5 o'clock this morning, Col. John Birkenstock died at his home, 613 West Willard street. Death was due to organic heart trouble, and came suddenly and so quietly that Mrs. Birkenstock and son, who were in an adjoining room which was practically open to the sick room, were not aware of it for a few minutes. At the above hour, Mr. Birkenstock began a peaceful sleep, after suffering considerable pain during the night, and the attentive wife and son, thinking this a good sign, quietly left the room. A few minutes later, Mrs. Birkenstock, who could command a view of her husband from her room, noticed that his head was drooping upon his breast, and she called to her son. When the latter crossed the room to where his father was reclining in a chair, the fact that death had come was discovered. Mr. Birkenstock had made no sound and had not awakened.
The household was aroused and a physician summoned, it being thought possible that the patient might be resuscitated, but all efforts in this direction were of no avail. The death of Mr. Birkenstock was a great shock to the family which had expected him to recover, although he had been seriously afflicted and had been forced to remain in a chair for nine weeks. A post-mortem examination will be conducted Thursday morning, Mrs. Birkenstock desiring to know what disease attended the death of her husband. According to the arrangements which were made today, the funeral services will be conducted in the residence Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. Mr. Estel, pastor of the Lutheran church officiating.

Interment in Philadelphia.

After the funeral services, the body will be placed in the receiving vault at Beech Grove cemetery where it will remain until the arrival of relatives. Later, it will be taken to Philadelphia, where interment will be made in the family burial ground near that city. There survive him the widow, Mrs. Gertrude Birkenstock; a daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Milke of Kingston, Jamaica, and two sons, John Birkenstock, Jr. of Salt Lake City, and Jacob Birkenstock of this city. Other relatives live in Philadelphia and other eastern cities.
Mr. Birkenstock was well known in Muncie, as well as Philadelphia, in lodge circles. He was a Mason of the thirty-second degree, being a member of Allen lodge in Philadelphia. He was also a member of the Muncie lodge of Elks, which organization will have charge of the funeral services. The decedent was likewise affiliated with the German Benevolent association of this city and a member of post 8, G. A. R. at Philadelphia. Representatives of the various organizations of which he was a member in Muncie and others will be in attendance at the funeral.
The Birkenstock family came to Muncie several years ago and the deceased was one of the chief promoters of the Muncie Brewing company and was one of the heaviest stockholders. He was well known as an expert brewmaster and previous to his coming to Muncie from Allentown, Pa., was recognized as the oldest active brewmaster in the United States. He was a learned scholar, being master of several languages and an extensive traveler. He had made a number of trips to the Danish West Indian islands and other southern countries previous to settling in this city.

Interesting History.

Col. Birkenstock was born 65 years ago in Hesslaunstraut, Germany, and when 12 years of age come to America with his father in one of the early sailing vessels, the trip requiring almost two months. His father settled in Philadelphia and he learned the cooper trade. During the war he enlisted in the Forty-sixth New York infantry and served one enlistment. He later returned to Philadelphia, where he was married and became a brewmaster. He was identified with one brewing company there for a period of 25 years. He was recognized as an expert throughout the east, and his judgment was often consulted when new industries of this character were installed. Later he went to Allentown, Pa, where he remained for several years prior to coming to Muncie. He was of a very patriotic nature and after the war ended was instrumental in the organization of the Philadelphia G. A. R. post. He was formerly a commander of the organization.
Mrs. Milke, the daughter, living in Jamaica, as well as her husband, are well known here, they having paid Muncie a long visit three years ago previous to a trip through European countries. Mr. Milke is a jewelry merchant in Jamaica, and trades extensively with the tourists of all parts of the world. It is expected that Mrs. Milke will come to Muncie in the near future and that other relatives will then be notified after which the body of Mr. Birkenstock will be removed to Philadelphia for interment.

Family links: 
  Catherine Elizabeth Scholl Birkenstock (1844 - 1919)*
  Mathilde Birkenstock (1870 - 1870)*
  August Birkenstock (1871 - 1871)*
  Jacob Birkenstock (1871 - 1924)*
  John Fredrick Peter Birkenstock (1873 - 1952)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Vernon Cemetery
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Pennsylvania, USA
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