|Birth: ||Dec. 28, 1845|
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 1915|
Son of Jacob and Nancy Bronnenberg, was born in Richland township, Madison County, Indiana, December 28, 1847. His boyhood was spent upon a farm, where he assisted his father during the summer and attended the district schools during the winter. Here he laid the foundation for a practical business education, which he subsequently completed in the graded schools of Anderson. Afterwards he taught school several terms, but desiring more congeial employment, he accepted a position in a dry goods store of Mr. C.D. Harb, of Anderson, where he remained some time. He was afterwards appointed Dueputy Recorded and served in that capacity up to 1870, when he retired, and soon after embarked in the mercantile business, which he pursued for a short time. He afterwards purchased a livery stable, and successfully conducted that business up to 1872, when he sold out and engaged in the timber business. This business he gave up in a short time, and engaged in mercantile pursuits, in which he continued up to 1877, when he engaged in the manufacture of heading on an extensive scale. He remained in this industry for a period of seven years, during which time he disbursed not only large sums of money for material, but to a large number of men to whom he gave employment. The last year his factory was in operation his business amounted to ninety-six thousand dollars.
In the spring of 1879, Mr. Bronnenberg was elected a member of the city council, to which position he brought a business experience that was of great importance and benefit to the city. Largely through his instrumentality the affairs of th city were placed in a thorough, systematic condition, and its interests given an impetus which has placed it among the first cities of the State in material prosperity and enterprise. He retired after serving one term.
Bad health compelled him to retire temporarily from active business along in 1883-4, but in 1885 he was chosen by the stockholders of Doxey's Music Hall to superintend the building of that splendid edifice. After it had been completed, he commenced the erection of one of the largest and finest business blocks in Anderson. This building was finished in the spring of 1887, and is known as the Bronnenberg block. It is a credit not only to its owner, but an ornament to the city.
In the spring of 1887 the natural gas era of Anderson commenced. The discovery of an apparently inexhaustible supply of that useful fluid in Anderson gave new life and energy to all kinds of business enterprises. Mr. Bronnenberg was among the first to discover its great importance to the welfare of the city, and as an individual, as well as a member of the Board of Trade, has ben untiring in his efforts to induce manufacturers and capitalists to invest their means in Anderson. He is one of the original promoters of the Citizens Natural Gas Company, and its Superintendent. Too much praise cannot be said of the men who organized this company. They are public benefactors, and as such will be held in kindly rememberance.
On the 6th of July, 1875, Mr. Bronnenberg was united in marriage to Miss Annie B. Gregory, of Rising Sun, Indiana. Her father was a journalist and at one time a Representative in the State Legislature. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Bronnenberg, whose names are as follows: Pearl, Stella, and Hugh.
Mr. Bronnenberg is a prominent Mason, and belongs to Anderson Commandery, No. --, K.T. He is also an Odd Fellow, and a member of the Improved Order of Red Men in Anderson. He was for many years a member of the Madison County Agricultural Society, and the President of that organization for seven of the most prosperous years of its existence. In politics Mr. Bronnenbeerg is a Democrat and prominent in the councils of his party. He is a member of no religious denomination, but his predilections favor the Presbyterian faith. He is eminently practical in his ideas and methodist, and possesses great energy. He is a superior manager in business affairs, and a safe counselor. Sincerity and perseverance are two of his prominent characteristics and whatever he undertakes he usually accomplishes. "Honor bright" with all men, his honesty and integrity have never been brought into question. He is a representative citizen in every respect, and one of which any community could feel proud.
("Those I have met or Boys in Blue" Samuel Harden Sept 1888, Anderson, Indiana)
Jacob D. Bronnenberg (1813 - 1891)
Nancy Agnes Coburn Bronnenberg (1821 - 1892)
Anna B Gregory Bronnenberg (1856 - 1920)*
Rea "Pearl" Bronnenberg Jones (____ - 1905)*
Stella M. Bronnenberg (1878 - 1901)*
Hugh Bronnenberg (1881 - ____)*
Infant Son Bronnenberg (____ - 1844)*
Henry Jacob Bronnenberg (1845 - 1915)
Barbara Jane Bronnenberg East (1851 - 1931)*
Frederick Benton Bronnenberg (1858 - 1902)*
Plot: East Maplewood/Section 11
Created by: Sharon Benefiel Palmer
Record added: Oct 06, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21986707