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Gettleman Brewing Company
Compiled and Edited by Michael R. Reilly,
GETTELMAN, Adam, a resident of Wauwatosa, and president
and treasurer of the A. Gettelman Brewing company, was born in Germantown,
Washington county, Wis., April 27th, 1847. His father, Peter Gettelman, was a
native of Germany, a farmer by occupation, and, with the thrift so often
exemplified among people of his nationality, prospered in material matters, and
at the time of his death was in very comfortable circumstances. A. Gettelman's
mother, whose maiden name was Catherine Holl, was also a native of Germany, and
the worthy companion of her prosperous husband.
A. Gettelman received his education in the
public schools of his native place, which seem to have been efficient, as he had
no other school training, and as he seems to have there [image: ADAM GETTELMAN.]
laid the foundation of a successful business career. After leaving school he
began, in November, 1865, an apprenticeship at the brewing business, and
mastered all departments of beer-making; so that when the company was
established for the control of the Menomonee brewery he was placed at its head.
This company has attained a prominence among Milwaukee breweries as the
manufacturer of a superior quality of beer, for its "natural process bottle
beer" and for its "hospital tonic." While the plant is by no
means as large as some of Milwaukee's notable breweries, it is steadily making
its way toward the front rank among establishments of the kind, and is doing a
large and prosperous business.
Mr. Gettelman was married November 24th,
1870, to Miss Magdalena Schweickhart. Six children have been born to them, the
eldest of whom, Katie, is married to Albert J. Kraatz, and Mr. Gettelman is now
a grandfather. The other children are Misses Emma, Amanda, Elfrieda and Masters
Willie and Frederick, and a very happy household they form.
Other Reference Sources: American
Breweries II by Dale P. Van Wieren; The Register of United States
Breweries 1876-1976, Vol. I & II, by Manfred Friedrich & Donald
Bull; The Pabst Brewing Company - The History of an American Brewer by
Thomas C. Cochran; Breweries of Wisconsin by Jerry Apps; Badger
Breweries: Past & Present by Wayne L. Kroll.; Men of Progress.
Wisconsin. (pages 115-149) A selected list of biographical sketches and
portraits of the leaders in business, professional and official life. Together
with short notes on the history and character of Wisconsin.
Some Göttelmann history: (Researched by Donald Joseph Schulteis with
assistance from Emmy (Jung) Kinkead and Donna (Gettelman) Kleinmann)
Peter and Katherine (Holl) Göttelmann
Peter Göttelmann married Catherine Holl about 1836 in the old country, Hesse-Darmstadt.
To this union were born Jacob in 1837 and Katherine in 1840. It is reported in a
family publication that Peter, Catherine, their son and daughter, and
Katherine's father Jacob Holl emigrated to the new world arriving in Milwaukee
and on to the Township of Germantown. On 1 November 1841 we find Peter and
Catherine purchasing 80 acres of land in Township 9 North, Range 20 East,
Section 26 identified as the W1/2 of the NE quarter. A land patent was issued
for this land on 3 March 1843. The land today would be identified to the
southeast corner of Mequon and Pilgrim Roads. Catherine's father, three days
before had purchased 160 adjacent acres to the west in Section 27 known as the
NE quarter. We also find Jacob's wife Maria and their son Jacob Jr. in
Germantown at this time.
In the Township of Germantown were born their sons Peter, Ludwig, Adam, and
Johannes and a second daughter Elizabeth. Peter died in 1887 and Catherine in
1883. Both are buried in St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery in Menomonee
Falls under the name Gettelmann.
The family name changed over the decades. Upon entry to the United States you
will find it as Göttelmann. In 1892, plat maps show it as Goettelmann but more
likely you will see it as Gettelmann. In 1915 it had become Americanized to
Gettelman and by which spelling we know the family today.
Jacob, the first born in 1837 in Hesse-Darmstadt, had a falling out with his
father and departed the homestead when he was 24 years. He was known to have
lived in Iowa and Arkansas. Jacob married and to he and his wife were born five
children the last named Lawrence. His wife died in 1882. Sometime after leaving
the homestead, Jacob changed his name to Ilea and in 1889 he died and was buried
in Huntington, Arkansas. For many years the father Peter and later his brother
Adam had attempted to find him and reconcile the situation but to no avail. On
his deathbed, Jacob asked his youngest son Lawrence to contact the family and
let them know he had died. It was at this time Jacob's family became aware of
their father's birth name. A grave marker was erected by his brother Adam with
the inscription reading Jacob Ilea Gettelman.
Their second child was Katherine born in 1840 in the old country.
Peter was their first child born in the Township of Germantown in 1843, married
in 1868 to Charlotte Jung, daughter of Johann Jung and Eva Marie Borngasser, at
Christ Evangelical Church in Dheinsville. To this family were born: Katharine
1868-1869; Justine Lina who married William Schuckmann; Johannes who married
Anna Hubenthal; Philipp who married Amanda Rosener; Adam; Eva who married
William Wetterau; Jacob who married Helen Severenz; and Louisa who married
Charles Wiskershen. The homestead land passed into the hands of his son Peter
Jr. In 1915 it was in the hands of his grandson John Gettelman and by 1929 was
no longer in Gettelman hands. Peter died in 1896 and Charlotte in 1912. Both are
buried in St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery, Menomonee Falls.
Son Ludwig, the fourth of their children, was born in 1846. He was also known as
Lewis. Ludwig married Bertha Petzold, daughter of Andreas and Justine Petzhold
of the Town of Granville. In 1873 we find the family owning a farm along Mequon
Road located a quarter mile west of the Gettelmann homestead. A plat map would
have 80 acres identified as the W1/2 of the NE quarter in Section 27 along with
an adjacent 40 acres to its west known as the SE quarter of the NW quarter. The
80 acres had belonged to his grandfather Jacob Holl. To this family were born:
John who married Ida Kolb; Louis who married Emma Hahndorf; Louisa who married
George Pritchard; Peter who married Katie Henrich; Katherine who married
Marshall Connors; George who married Elsie Kletti; Edward who married Anna Klug;
Ira who married Anna Umhoefer; Henry who married Maria Dhein, daughter of
Phillip and Elizabeth (Schowalter) Dhein, and who together established a farm in
Dheinsville at the southwest corner of Maple and Holy Hill Roads. (a portion of
this Dheinsville farm remains in the hands of Gettelman descendants); and the
twins Alvina and Alfred. Ludwig died in 1912 and Bertha in 1932. Both are buried
in Last Home Cemetery, Germantown.
In 1892 Ludwig's land had been divided and was in the hands of his sons Lewis
and Peter. In 1915, Lewis' land had passed on to Edward and Peter's land to Ira.
Edward remained in possession of his land in 1929 while Ira's land, at that
time, was no longer in Gettelman hands.
Adam was their fifth child and born in the Township of Germantown in 1847. He
married Magdalena Schweickhardt, daughter of Georg, in 1870 and to them were
born: Katherine who married Albert Kraatz; Emma who married Mr. Steinman; Amanda
who married Mr. Wollaeger; William; Frederick who married Louise Starke;
Elfrieda who married Herbert Currie; and Johannes. Adam went on to take over
control of the Schweickhardt Brewery (1877) and renamed it A. Gettelmann and
later A. Gettelman Brewing Company, Milwaukee. William succeeded his father as
the brewery director (1925), then came his son Fred (1929) and his sons Fred
(1939)/Tom(1941) assuming the duties. Adam died in 1925 and was buried under the
Next came Elizabeth in 1849 followed by Johannes, the last child of Peter and
Katherine. Johannes was born 1855. In 1880 he married Mary Graf, daughter of
Georg and Mary, and to them were born five children: Elsa Maria in 1882 who
married Edward Schmidt; Juliana Christine in 1884 who married Henry Pickhardt;
G. Maria in 1886, Josephine in 1887 who married Chester Henrizi; and Helena
Louise 1890-1893. Johann died in 1915 and his wife Mary had died in 1886. Both
are buried in St. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery in Menomonee Falls under
the name Gettelmann.