Franz Ruppert

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Franz Ruppert

Death 30 Sep 1883 (aged 71)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Lot 3437, Section 25
Memorial ID 6151967 · View Source
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Franz Ruppert (aka Francis Maxmillian Ruppert), as well as being one of the oldest German citizens of New York at the time of his death, was the first German malt dealer in New York City and was the progenitor of one of the greatest American brewing dynasties, Jacob Ruppert Brewing Co. Franz immigrated in 1836 or 1842 (records reveal both) to New York City from Göllheim, Germany. Göllheim is a municipality in the Donnersbergkreis, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, situated north of the Palatinate forest, approximately 15 miles west of Worms. He immediately went into the grocery business. Afterwards, he established a malt-house which prospered so well that in 1851 he, along with his brother Valentine and others from the old country, bought the old Aktien Brewery in Manhattan's Midtown and renamed it the Turtle Bay Brewery. Turtle Bay Park, extending to the East River was connected with the brewery for the use of excursion parties and where many of the German regiments camped during the Civil War before proceeding to the fields. In 1869 he sold the brewery but his family still operated the park. His son and daughter-in-law, Jacob and Anna Gillig-Ruppert, had opened his own brewery on the Upper East Side (Yorkville) of Manhattan. His grandson, Col. Jacob Ruppert, Jr., also became a notable brewery magnate and was owner of the New York Yankees baseball team.

Franz lived nearly his entire life at his home on East 44th Street with his wife, Wilhelmina Zindel-Ruppert (d. 3.9.1865) and later, he eventually retired to a river-front house in Astoria with his second wife, Sophia Gick-Ruppert (d. 1917). He was the oldest member of Trinity Lodge No. 14, Herrman Lodge of Odd-Fellows, German Aid Society and of the Brewers' Association.

On Sunday, September 30, 1883, Franz lost his fight to Bright's Disease (kidney failure) from which he was suffering since the preceding February.

Franz is buried in historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn with Wilhelmina and Sophia and the descendants of his second marriage in one-sixth of a large plot he bought with his dear friends and fellow immigrants on September 21, 1849, each of whom met success amored only with entrepreneurial spirit and German tenacity: Peter Kauth (flour and coal), Andrew Schilling (spirits), Philip Schaefer (beer), August Finck (beer) and Balthasar Kreischer (bricks).

--- K. Jacob Ruppert, New York/New Orleans.

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  • Added: 3 Feb 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6151967
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Franz Ruppert (16 Nov 1811–30 Sep 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6151967, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by K. Jacob Ruppert (contributor 46512274) .