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 John F. Betz

John F. Betz

Birth
Germany
Death 16 Jan 1908 (aged 76)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Summit 387
Memorial ID 11688056 · View Source
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Brewer. He started as an apprentice in a brewery in 1844, and in 1855 he established his own brewery. John F. Betz then came to Philadelphia in 1867, working at the Gaul Brewery. He bought it in 1880. In that same year he built a state of the art brewery. Gaul had only brewed ale and porter; Betz introduced lager beer. He also invested in Philadelphia real estate. His beer garden at Riverside above the Wissahickon Creek on the Schuylkill River was so popular that steamboats brought patrons up the Schuylkill from Fairmount Dam. His contemporaries claimed that Betz's Best was a lager that rivaled Bavarian imports. His brewery at Fourth and Callowhill Streets was one of the nation's largest breweries until it closed during Prohibition. The Betz brewery reopened after Prohibition and remained in business until 1939. Though a Lutheran throughout his life, he was made a Chevalier of the Order of St. Gregory by Pope Leo XIII. His first wife was Sybilla Caroline Betz. He was later married to Anna Helene Berroldinger. Before his death he disposed of his property among his wife, two adult sons, and two minor children to avoid the any conflicts over his will.


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Gravesite Details Betz's is the largest mausoleum in West Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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  • Created by: rjschatz
  • Added: 5 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11688056
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John F. Betz (8 Apr 1831–16 Jan 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11688056, citing West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by rjschatz (contributor 46560566) .