Henry “Heinrich” Birren

Henry “Heinrich” Birren

Steinsel, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Death 10 Nov 1880 (aged 68)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 57835693 · View Source
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Founder of PA Birren & Sons Funeral Homes. Born in Luxembourg, he Married Anna Katherine Faber in 1844. The couple immigrated to the United states in 1845. First settling in New York, then moving east to Chicago.

After seeing a funeral procession, Henry decided to begin constructing wagons for funerals. In 1859 his first establishment was opened. That original location burnt during the Great Chicago Fire. Mr. Birren re-built his business and PA Birren & Sons remained a family run business until 1985 when his Great Grandsons Alex and Robert sold the business.

Mr. Birren was also the father of artist Joseph P. Birren and Grandfather of expert color consultant Faber Birren.


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  • Added: 28 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 57835693
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry “Heinrich” Birren (10 Aug 1812–10 Nov 1880), Find a Grave Memorial no. 57835693, citing Saint Boniface Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by LN (contributor 46594703) .