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Peter David "Pete" Bihn
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Birth: Mar. 12, 1860
Erie County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 16, 1919
Jefferson County
Texas, USA

"My grandfather was the manager of the Crosby House Hotel, which was a very nice hotel, when Spindletop came in. They said horses came in the lobby and it was just wild." --Agnes Bihn Terry

P.D. Bihn Dies Suddenly at Crosby

Peter D. Bihn, for thirteen years manager of the Crosby House and one of the best-known hotel men in the west, died suddenly Thursday morning at 10:15 o'clock from acute indigestion. Mr. Bihn was born in Buffalo, New York, and would have reached his 59th birthday on 12 March. Mr. Bihn, who resides with his family at 1198 Calder Avenue, had reported for duty Thursday morning as usual, but soon after arriving at the hotel complained of feeling ill. He laid down to rest, as was often his custom, but his condition steadily grew worse and a physician was hastily called. All efforts to give him relief failed and at 10:13 o'clock he closed his eyes as if going into peaceful sleep and passed away.

Mr. Bihn had spent his life in the hotel business, becoming connected with the Union Pacific hotels while a young man. He managed hotels for this company at Sydney, Nebraska, and Green River, Wyoming, before taking charge of the Edison Hotel at St Louis. It was while managing the Edison that he and Mrs. Bihn were married.

About fifteen years ago he became connected with the Hageman-Kidd Hotel Company, taking charge of the Phoenix at Shreveport. Thirteen years ago he came to Beaumont and took over management of the Crosby.

Mr. Bihn was one of the most persistent boosters for Beaumont the city ever had and his wide acquaintance among the traveling public placed him in position to do a world of good for the upbuilding of the city. He was popular with all classes and his jovial disposition and kindly solicitude for the comfort and welfare of guests made him a host never to be forgotten. So interwoven had he become with the life of the city that news of his death crested profound shock to people in all walks of life.

Mr. Bihn had been a sufferer from acute indigestion for a number of years, experiencing a severe attack about six weeks ago. From this he never fully recovered and frequently complained of pains. Besides his widow and son, Eugene E. Bihn, who resides in Beaumont, Mr. Bihn is survived by two brothers, M.J. Bihn of New York and Joseph N. Bihn of Donaldson, Iowa. A nephew, Walter Bihn, is connected with the Vanderbilt Hotel at New York. While he has relatives in Missouri, New York State, Iowa, and Colorado, he had expressed a wish to be buried in the Masonic Cemetery in St. Louis, but funeral arrangements will not be made until his brothers can be communicated with. Eugene E. Bihn, the only child, is connected with the Gulf National Bank of Beaumont.
--Beaumont Journal, 16 Jan 1919

P.D. Bihn, Veteran Hotelman, is Dead: Crosby House Manager Succumbs to Attack of Acute Indigestion

Peter Daniel Bihn, twenty years manager of the Crosby House and eighteen years connected with hotels at St Louis, Missouri, and Shreveport, Louisiana, died in a guest room of the Crosby Thursday morning at 10:15 o'clock from a sharp attack of indigestion. Mr. Bihn was 59 years of age, a familiar figure in the lobby of the Crosby, and traveling men in every state of the union knew him. He will be buried in Magnolia Cemetery today at 3 o'clock. Mr. Bihn is survived by his widow, Mrs. Laura Swanson Bihn, and a son, Eugene E. Bihn. Religious services will first be conducted at the Crosby House and Masonic honors will be given him at Magnolia. Mr. Bihn first suffered from a severe attack of indigestion in November of 1918. Recurrent attacks followed until the fatal one of early yesterday. Mr. Bihn, a Mason and Rotarian and a personal friend of hundreds of people in Beaumont, arrived in Beaumont in 1906 from Shreveport, Louisiana, where he was manager of the Phoenix Hotel in the Louisiana city. In St. Louis, Missouri, he for a length of time conducted the organization of the Hotel Stratford. His twelve years' service in Beaumont added to the years in Shreveport and St. Louis, gave him one of the widest acquaintances with thousands of men who make hotels.

"We shall miss him more than I can tell you," said Mrs. Agnes Hageman yesterday. Mrs. Hageman is of the Hageman-Kidd Hotel Company, operating the Crosby, and she had known Mr. Bihn for over thirty years. In the lobby of the Crosby after Mr. Bihn's death was announced, and where he had greeted so many friends and guests with a smile and a kindly word, no one missed him more than his old-time friend, Capt. George W. Kidd, who had been associated with him in the operation of the hotel. Friends. of Mr Bihn were genuinely sorry, too that he had not lived long enough to hear of the promotion of his son, Eugene E. Bihn, to assistant cashier of the Gulf National Bank. The promotion of young Bihn was made in the afternoon, just a few hours after his father's death. Friends had talked with Mr. Bihn a few hours before his death and his appearance was as usual.

The whole city received the announcement of his death in genuine sorrow. He loved the city and rejoiced in the rapid strides it has made as the pivotal point of Southeast Texans.
--Beaumont Enterprise, 17 Jan 1919

Funeral of PD Bihn

The funeral of PD Bihn, late manager of the Crosby House, was held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the family and friends of the popular hotel man attending the last sad rites. The funeral was under direction of the Pipkin and Brulin Undertaking Company and took place from the Crosby House, interment in Magnolia Cemetery.

Religious services were held at the Crosby House at 3pm, conducted by Rev. E.P. Kennedy of the Central Presbyterian Church. Knights of Templar escorted the body to Magnolia Cemetery where services were conducted by the Beaumont lodge of Masons.

The pallbearers were: P.B. Doty, E.J. Diffenbacher, J.J. Nathan, T.S. Reed Jr., B. Deutser, and Sidney Mayer. Honorary: Capt. George W. Kidd, Dr. W.W. Cunningham, C.E. Walden, Capt. W.C. Tyrrell, Col. W.S. Davidson, and B.R. Norvell.
--Beaumont Journal, 17 Jan 1919

Family links: 
  Magdelana Himmelsbach Bihn (1822 - 1906)
  Laura Josephine Swanson Bihn (1862 - 1942)*
  Eugene Erastus Bihn (1892 - 1976)*
  Peter David Bihn (1860 - 1919)
  Joseph N Bihn (1866 - 1934)*
*Calculated relationship
1860 - 1919

Knight Templar Cross: IN HOC SIGNO VINCES is a Latin rendering of the Greek phrase "ἐν τούτῳ νίκα", en touto nika, meaning "with this as your standard you shall have victory."
Magnolia Cemetery
Jefferson County
Texas, USA
Plot: Bihn
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Peter David Pete Bihn
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