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 Charles Stegmaier

Charles Stegmaier

Birth
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death 11 Aug 1906 (aged 84)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Stegmaier Mausoleum
Memorial ID 24126689 · View Source
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Charles Stegmaier was born in Gmund, Wurtemberg, Germany, on October 7, 1821, where he learned the art of brewing. At the age of 27, having been brewmaster at several large local breweries, he sailed for America, arriving in New York in 1849. He quickly found employment with Engle & Wolf brewery in Philadelphia, and then with the Louis Bergdoll brewery. Charles formed a short-lived partnership with John Reichard of the Reichard & Weaver brewery, and came to Wilkes-Barre in 1851. This business association produced the first lager beer brewed in the Wyoming Valley.

A longer partnership was formed in 1851 when Charles met Catharine Baer, daughter of George C. Baer. Charles and Catharine were married on January 4, 1852. The couple had six children - Charles Jr., Christian, Anna, George, Louise, and Fred.

In 1857 he formed a partnership with his father-in-law to build a small brewery. The new Baer & Stegmaier Brewery was opened in 1863 and lasted until the Panic of 1873.

Charles entered the hotel business for two years before buying another brewery. Forming a partnership with his son, Christian, he successfully increased business and repurchased the Baer & Stegmaier Brewery in 1880. They built a new brewhouse and storage facility in 1894, increasing annual capacity to 300,000 barrels. By the standards of the time, this was an extremely large brewery, and they incorporated the firm in 1897 as the Stegmaier Brewing Co. Charles, who continued active management of Company affairs until 1902, operated the firm with his sons, Christian, Fred and George.

Like other philanthropically minded entrepreneurs, Charles invested in the Wilkes-Barre community. A public-spirited citizen, he contributed a significant portion of his income to the organized charities of the Wyoming Valley.

Charles died of general debility at his daughter's home in Los Angeles, California, on August 11, 1906. He left an estate valued at $4 million.


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  • Created by: Star Kline
  • Added: 23 Jan 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24126689
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Stegmaier (7 Oct 1821–11 Aug 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24126689, citing Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Star Kline (contributor 46964248) .