Anna Maria <I>Hartig Krug</I> Schlitz

Anna Maria Hartig Krug Schlitz

Death 20 Jan 1887 (aged 67)
Burial Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 8865393 · View Source
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Anna Maria Hartig was born in Germany. Her first husband was Georg August Krug and her second husband was Joseph Schlitz. 

Anna Maria and August were married in 1840 in Miltenberg, Germany.  August came to Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1848 and in 1849 opened a restaurant and saloon on Juneau Avenue.  He brewed his own beer in the basement of his Kilbourntown home, enough to supply the saloon and restaurant.  Because of no refrigeration, beer was only brewed in colder months.  He brewed about 150 barrels during the first year.  When business was prospering, Anna Maria joined him from Germany. 

In 1850, Georg Krug, August’s father, and eight-year old August Uihlein, August’s nephew, came to visit them.  On their passage to Milwaukee, they survived the sinking of the S.S. Helene Schlomann.   Krug’s father gave August $800, so he sold his restaurant and began construction of a full-time brew house, called the August Krug Brewery.  He built Milwaukee’s first underground vaults for the storage of beer.   August Uihlein remained in Milwaukee, lived with them and attended school in Milwaukee.

In 1850, August also hired four employees including Joseph Schlitz, a twenty-year-old bookkeeper, who was born in Mainz, Rheinhessen, Germany in 1831.   Joseph Schlitz’s father was a wine and beer broker who taught his son the intricacies of both business and brewing.  As a bookkeeper, Joseph helped to expand the business by buying horses, wagons, brewing equipment.  By 1853 the brewery produced 300 barrels of beer. 

Anna Maria’s first husband, August Krug died on December 30, 1856, seven years after his brewery opened.   Joseph Schlitz assumed the role of brewery manager.  In 1858, two years after August died, Joseph Schlitz married Anna Maria, who was twelve years his senior.  By 1859, the Schlitz Brewing Company produced and sold approximately 2,000 barrels of beer.

In 1875, her husband, Joseph Schlitz, traveled to Germany and was lost at sea in a shipwreck off the coast of England on a steamer, The S.S. Schiller on May 7, 1875.  A likeness of the steamer can be seen on the front of the Schlitz monument.

Anna Maria then had her five nephews on August Krug’s side of the family, the Uihlein brothers, run the Brewery.   August Uihlein helped lead the company to its fame.   When Anna Maria died in 1887 at age 68, complete ownership of the company went to the Uihlein brothers.

Bio by Anita Pietrykows

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  • Created by: Charles Haig
  • Added: 2 Jun 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8865393
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anna Maria Hartig Krug Schlitz (9 Oct 1819–20 Jan 1887), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8865393, citing Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Charles Haig (contributor 46552166) .