|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1851, England|
|Death: ||Jun. 4, 1919|
Source- History of Dakota Territory IV, By George W. Kingsbury, 1915
George Holmes Bronte, a capitalist and pioneer resident of Pierre, has been connected with the capital city for almost a third of a century, having taken up his abode there in 1882. England claims him as a native son, his birth having occurred in Yorkshire, December 18, 1851, his parents being Robert and Maria (Holmes) Bronte. The father, who was a saddlery and harness manufacturer, died when his son George H. was but a year and a half old. The latter attended the common schools of his native county and at the age of seventeen years ran away from home, taking passage to New Zealand, where he remained for about a year and a half at Christ Church. He later went to New South Wales, Australia, where through the succeeding three or four years, he followed the business of a trader among the sheep camps. In 1874, he returned to England on a visit but again he heard and heeded the call of the west and the following year came to America, intending to cross the country on a return trip to Australia, thus completing a journey around the world. However, while visiting an aunt he formed the acquaintance of Miss Jennie E. Daubner, and this circumstance led to his becoming an American citizen. He sought the lady's hand in marriage and in October 1875, the wedding ceremony was celebrated at the home of her parents, Joseph and Rebecca (Holmes) Daubner, of Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Not long afterward, Mr. Bronte purchased a farm near Toledo, Ohio, where he resided until 1882, when he came to Dakota territory, locating at Pierre. The following year, he returned to Ohio for his family. He began investing and dealing in city property and his keen sagacity was displayed in the success which attended his undertakings in that direction. His ability also lead to his selection for various public offices, and he served as commissioner of streets, city marshal, justice of the peace and member of the board of education. In all of these different capacities he rendered valuable service and his effective efforts were seen in the city's progress and improvement. He was one of the most prominent and efficient workers in the entire
campaign for the location of the capital at Pierre and to him no small credit is due for the fact that that city became the center of state government. He was one of the first to select the north side as a place in which to build a home and has lived to see this become the finest residence district of the city.
In 1893, he removed to Chicago, where he entered the real-estate business and later he became interested in the manufacture and sale of duplicating machines. He was appointed western sales manager of the Neostyle Company, having the sales management for a large group of western states. In connection with his son, Loron H. Bronte, he became a large stockholder and was elected one of the directors of the South Side Savings Bank of Chicago. He is still interested to a considerable extent in real estate in that city, but in 1907 he retired from active business and returned to Pierre to reside permanently, devoting his
time to the care of his various private interests.
In 1908, Mr. Bronte was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who passed away on the 17th of March of that year, and their only son, Loron H., met a tragic death by drowning on the 17th of October, 1913.
On the 1st of January 1914, Mr. Bronte wedded Mrs. Florence J. Daubner, of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Bronte recently purchased a home in Pierre, beautifully located on the heights on the north side of the city.
Mr. Bronte belongs to Pierre Lodge, No. 17, A. F. & A. M.; to Pierre Chapter, No. 22, R. A. M., to which he demitted from Normal Park Chapter, No. 210, of Chicago; and Pierre Commandery, No. 21, K. T. Motoring and travel, both in America and abroad, constitute his chief recreation. Although largely deprived of educational advantages in his
youth, extensive reading, travel and contact with the world have made him an exceptionally well informed man with broad and enlightened views of life, its opportunities, possibilities and purposes. Industry, conservation of his resources, good business judgment and a close conformity to the highest ethics of commercial transactions have been the salient factors in his growing success and prosperity, while his individual worth has made him one of Pierre's most prominent citizens.
Jane "Jennie" Daubner Bronte (1842 - 1908)
Loron H Bronte (1874 - 1913)*
Prairie Home Cemetery
Plot: Sec G, Blk 64, Lot 1, Sp 5
Maintained by: Andrea
Originally Created by: Angie Robinson
Record added: May 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52615235
A very enlightening and helpful biography for my family tree. His widow, Florence Bronte, moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in the 1940's and died there around 1951.|
Ronald G. Gadzalinski
Added: Sep. 28, 2015