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 Wilhelm Joseph (William) Peter

Wilhelm Joseph (William) Peter

Birth
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death 10 Jun 1918 (aged 86)
Union City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Burial North Bergen, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 7641670 · View Source
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William Peter, founder of the great beer brewing plant of The William Peter Brewing Company Incorporated, of Union Hill now Union City, New Jersey, fled from Achern, Baden, Germany, where he was born, March 16, 1832, to escape the persecution he would have been subjected to as the son of one of the leaders of the Revolution of 1848-1849, against Prussian domination. He fled from Germany while serving his apprenticeship in the brewing trade. He then set sail to America with his mother Maria Antonia (Hof)Peter, four sisters and brother-in-law Max Frech, on the sailing vessel Gallia and arrived in New York on September 14, 1850. He then started a brewery in 1859 in West New York, New Jersey then moved to Union Hill, New Jersey. He developed his business rapidly and became the "best by test" beer in the country. He also had talent for painting, hundreds of landscapes and pictures in still life adorned his studio and the picture gallery of his home. The artist Max Eglau was his master, he had seen sketches and urged Mr. Peter to take up the brush in place of the pencil. William Peter died in 1918 and at that time had the largest funeral in New Jersey history, every famous brewer attended. William Peter married three times, his third wife having been Mrs. Sophia (Vogel) Bertram. Her daughter by her first husband married August Peter his son, his second wife was Mrs. Caroline (Appeli) Ohlenschlager and his first wife was Magdalena (Jaeger).


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  • Created by: Gregory Speciale
  • Added: 1 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7641670
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wilhelm Joseph (William) Peter (16 Mar 1832–10 Jun 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7641670, citing Flower Hill Cemetery, North Bergen, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Gregory Speciale (contributor 31762373) .