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Index to Wisconsin Brewery and Related Articles
   

 

Local History Index - Index to Wisconsin Brewery and Related Articles

Wisconsin Breweries 1835-c1850

Compiled and Edited by Michael R. Reilly, copyright Nov 2012

Last Revised 01/11/2016

Primary sources for listing - American Breweries II by Dale P. Van Wieren, 1995; and American Breweries by Donald Bullfinch, 1984; and The Register of United States Breweries 1876-1976 by Manfred Friedrich and Donald Bull, 1976. Also: Badger Breweries: Past and Present by Wayne L. Kroll, 1976; and "Breweries of Wisconsin" by Jerry Apps, 1992.

   Note:  The following listing are only those Wisconsin breweries opened within the 1835 to 1850 time period. Some listed under c1850 may actually have been 1851 or later. The Year at the end of most listings is the year to which the brewery survived; it may also indicate the year in which a change of ownership too place, so be sure to check that year for further possible information.

At the end of this listing is a special insertion of Sussex/Lisbon Township, Waukesha County brewery and taverns for added consideration.


1835

Mineral Point - John Philips Brewery (east of the end of High St) - ? [First Wisconsin Brewery in Michigan Territory]


1836

Elk Grove - Rablin & Bray Brewery -1850 (then some unknown lessee) [First Wisconsin Territory Brewery]


1840

Milwaukie - Herman Reuthlisberger, German Brewery (425 Virginia & Hanover Sts) - 1841

Milwaukie - Stolz & Krell (aka Krill) (Water St. bet Knapp St & Ogden Ave) - 1848

Milwaukie - (Richard G.) Owens, (William) Pawlett & (John) Davis, Milwaukee Brewery (222 Huron St., now Clybourne St., east of the river) - 1845

Ok Historians - Did Richard G. Owens provide Milwaukee with ale prior to 1840? See the ad from 1838.

50 BARRELS OWENS'S SUPERIOR SUMMER BEER, just received, and for sale low, by WM. BROWN & CO.

May 30, 1838

source: Milwaukee Sentinel June 16, 1838, page 3 of 4.

Could this be a Richard G. Owens's product, who lived in Buffalo prior to coming to Milwaukee in 1837, then made another trip early in 1838 returning 3 months later?

This comes from the article "Birth Of Milwaukee's Brewing Industry Is Interesting Story", source: Milwaukee Journal, March 19, 1916. But it also says he was engaged as a "millstone maker" at this time period. I couldn't find any other "Owens" operating a brewery at this early date. I had asked in an earlier post if anyone knew where Milwaukee/Wisconsin Territory got its beer/ale supply from other than Mineral Point/Green Bay. 50 barrels had to have come via the Great Lakes - Buffalo, NY had breweries operating in 1838.

 


1840s

Milwaukie - John Hess -?


1841

Milwaukie - Baker, Eagle Brewery (n.e. corner 8th & Prairie (now Highland) Sts) - 1843; Note: Though Baker built the brewery building, there is no evidence that he, himself, brewed any beer.

Milwaukie - J. B. Maier, Lake Brewery - 1844

1842

Milwaukie - Conrad Muntzenberger (moved to Kenosha 1847) - 1847


1843

*Southport Brewery - The subscribers have now got the above establishment in full operation, and are prepared to supply Southport and the adjacent country, with Ale, Strong Beer, and Family table Beer: warranted equal to any made in the country - Also, Yeast of the best quality, always on hand. n B Cash paid for Barley at the Southport Brewery. SPICER & CO., Southport, January, 1843. Source:  Southport Telegraph | South Port, Wisconsin | Tuesday, January 17, 1843 | Page 3

    *Not listed in reference materials

Milwaukie - Miller & Pawlett, Eagle Brewery - 1844

Milwaukie - David Gipfel, Union Brewery, Weiss Beer (417 Chestnut St) - 1849


1844

Milwaukie - Miller & Hanson, Eagle Brewery - 1848

Cedarburg - Engels & Schaeffer (n.e. corner Riveredge & Water Sts)

Milwaukie - (Jacob) Best & Co. (Sons: Jacob, Jr., Charles, Lorenz, Philip), Empire Brewery (917 Chestnut St. (now Juneau Ave)) - 1853

Milwaukie - Francis Neukirch, Lake Brewery - 1848


1845

Milwaukie - Owens & Pawlett, Lake Brewery - 1850

Monroe - Bissinger - 1848

Sauk City - Matthias Leinenkugel - 1870


1846

Milwaukee - Johann Braun, City Brewery -1852

Watertown - William Anson, Watertown Brewery (foot of 1st St) - 1855


1847

Kenosha (Southport) - Conrad Muntzenberger (6 North Main & Water Sts) (came from Milwaukie) - 1873

Port Washington - Jacob Moritz, Lakeside Brewery (419 Lake St) - 1870

Sheboygan - Gutsch Bros. (Leopold, Franz & Anton) (1012 New York Ave & Water St)

Watertown - John Jacob Hoeffner, Red Brewery (100 Cady St) - 1854

Notes:

Daily Sentinel And Gazette | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Saturday, February 27, 1847 | Page 2

A PEDLER'S BOX LOST-- On Saturday evening last, between 5 and 6 o'clock, in going from M. New Kirk's Brewery, on Walker's Point to the City Hotel...

YEAST -- At the Milk Depot is Eagle Brewery Yeast for sale. feb21 E. HATHAWAY.

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Daily Sentinel And Gazette | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Thursday, March 25, 1847 | Page 2

BEER, BEER--F. Wardner has 1-2 and 1-4 bbls Eagle Brewery Beer, constantly on hand. Feb. 17, 1847 w

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Daily Sentinel And Gazette | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Thursday, June 03, 1847 | Page 2

EAGLE Brewery--Eagle Ale in whole and half bbls, constantly on hand, and for sale at the store of the Subscriber, 176 E. Water St. L. Blossom june2

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Daily Sentinel And Gazette | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Friday, July 23, 1847 | Page 2

WANTED --A good Teamster --Also an experienced Cooper for making beer barrels. None but men who understand their business need apply. Enquire at the Eagle Brewery. L. Blossom. July 24, '47.

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Milwaukee Sentinel And Gazette | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Wednesday, August 11, 1847 | Page 4

GOOD BARLEY Wanted!--Farmers having yet a surprise of good barley, are hereby notified that we pay 50 cents CASH a bu. when delivered at our Brewery Establishment on Chestnut st. 3d ward, on top of the Hill. BEST & CO. Brewers, Milwaukee, je45-8w w

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Daily Sentinel And Gazette | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Thursday, October 28, 1847 | Page 2

HOPS, HOPS---Growth 1847, of superior quality, for Brewers and Distillers use--for sale at the Eagle Brewery, Milwaukee, by L. Blossom.


1848 [First State of Wisconsin Breweries]

Lisbon, Town of - Weaver & Simms  - about 1884. See history Sussex (Lisbon Township) Brewery History

Madison - Adam Sprecher (651/653 Williamson & Blount Sts) - 1859

Milwaukee - Alonzo Blossom, Eagle Brewery - 1852

Milwaukee - (Francis) Neukirch & (C. J.) Melms, Menominee Brewery (Virginia & Oregon Sts) - 1859

Milwaukee - Henry Stolz, Union Brewery (110/123 Ogden Ave) - 1850

Monroe - John Knipschlit - 1867 (Don't have a knip shit - saying?)

Racine - (Frederick) Heck & (John) Brown, City Brewery (8th St & Western Plank Road) - 1851

Sheboygan - Jacob Muth (Michigan Ave between 14th & 15th Sts) - 1852

Two Rivers - Edward Mueller, City Brewery (1608 Adams St) - 1871

Watertown - Charles M. Ducasse (Emmet St) - c1850

Watertown - August Fuermann (100 Jones St) - 1853


1849

Fond du Lac - Jacob & Charles Frey (Macy & Division Sts) - 1880

Fussville - Adolph Birkhauser - 1850

    Note: American Breweries doesn't mention an ownership change in this brewery. Read:

Burning of Fuss' Brewery

The brewery of John Fuss, at Fussville in the town of Menomonee, was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night of last week along with the adjoining residence, and Mr. Fuss and his family narrowly escaped destruction from the devouring element.

The family were in bed and asleep, and by the merest chance Mr. H. Fuss, a brother of the brewer happened to see the flames, and rushed into the house in time to warn the occupants and allow them to escape without being singed.

Both the residence and brewery were totally destroyed with a loss of about $6,000. We did not learn whether the property was insured or not

Waukesha Freeman | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Thursday, February 19, 1874 | Page 3

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Manitowoc - Charles Hottelman (Marshall & 9th Sts) - 1865

Manitowoc - William Rahr, Eagle Brewery (south side of Washington St bet 6th & 7th) - 1880

Milwaukee - Chas. W. Gipfel, Union Brewery - 1892

Milwaukee - August Krug - 1858

West Bend - Balthasar Goetter (East side River St between Ash & Beech) - 1851


1850

Fort Atkinson - George Lewis (West Milwaukee St) -1851

Huelsburg - John Huels -1865

Milwaukee - Charles Best, Plank Road Brewery (Wauwatosa) - 1851

Milwaukee - William L. Hopkins & Co. (Martin St between Market & Fish) - 1855

Milwaukee - Richard G. Owens & Co., Lake Brewery - 1864

Milwaukee - (Henry) Stolz & (E) Schneider, Union Brewery - 1862

Milwaukee - Taylor & Bro., Lake Brewery - 1851

West Bend - Christopher Eckstein (West side River St between Ash & Beech) - 1860s


c1850 (This could be late 1840s to early 1850s; doesn't include those listed as 1850s)

Beaver Dam - Thomas Young

Berlin - Oscar B. Caswell

Buttes des Mortes - C. Clenk

Cassville - Seitz & Co.

Cedarburg - August Runge

Cedar Creek - A. Lekner

Cold Springs - Marshall & Co.

Germantown (South Germantown until 1912) - J. Schlicht (Goldendale Rd, south of Freistadt Rd) - 1860

Grafton - J. B. Steinmetz - 1875

Jefferson - Stephen Neuer (East Racine St. opposite Marion St) - 1874

La Crosse - (Jacob) France, Eagle Brewery (1301 LaCrosse St) - 1862

Madison - John Rodermund, Madison Brewery (Yahari Canal, Sherman Ave. & Lodi Rd) - 1875

Menasha - Hall & Loescher - 1870s

Milwaukee - (Christopher) Bast & (John) Klinger, Wisconsin Brewery - 1861

Mineral Point - James Argall - 1884

Mineral Point - Gillman Bros., Wisconsin Brewery - 1870s

Neenah - J. Lachrman - 1870s

Oshkosh - Adolph Andrae, Lake Brewery (Ceape St) - 1860s

Oshkosh - Christian Kaehler, Bush Brewery, 160 Algoma Blvd - 1880

Oshkosh - Leonard Loescher, Oshkosh Brewery (River & Frankfort Sts) - 1880

Prescott - C. Haeffner - 1866

Ripon - W. R. Pearson - 1870s

St. Lawrence (Addison) - Benedict Zeigelbauer - 1890s

Sauk City - Conrad Deininger - 1860s

Shullsburg - Philip Marx, Shullsburg Brewery - 1860s

Taycheedah - Paul Hauser - 1870s (listed as Hauser & Dix (Portland St near Division, Fond du Lac in American Breweries by Donald Bullfinch, 1984)

Waupaca - John M. Schroeck (Main St near Brandon Road) - 1863


Sussex (Lisbon Township) Brewing History

The Sussex Brewery at 36 Main Rd Emsworth PO10 8AU, United Kingdom‎ (probably nothing like what our old brewery looked like).

"Very many will remember the first turkey-shoot that came off in this town, and very likely the first in the county. In 1839, David Bonham got the turkeys, and men came from far and near and had a big time. Among other preparations made for the event, Bonham went with Thomas Redford to Milwaukee for a keg of beer. In coming home over the rough roads the beer got so shook up, that it burst out the bung, and it was not drank by turkey-shooters." source: The History of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, 1881, Page 770

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BREWERIES

Primary sources for listing - American Breweries II by Dale P. Van Wieren, 1995; and American Breweries by Donald Bullfinch, 1984; and The Register of United States Breweries 1876-1976 by Manfred Friedrich and Donald Bull, 1976. Also: Badger Breweries: Past and Present by Wayne L. Kroll, 1976; Wisconsin's Frontier Farm Breweries, 1830's - 1880's, by Wayne Kroll, 2005; and "Breweries of Wisconsin" by Jerry Apps, 1992. The History of Waukesha County, Wis., 1880" .

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Bernard Hephen 1850s - Note: Couldn't find any personal information using Ancestry.com Search, nor at the Waukesha County Museum Research Center [Nov 27, 2012]. Source: American Breweries II by Dale P. Van Wieren, 1995.

Bernhard W. Hephen, source: Wisconsin's Frontier Farm Breweries, 1830's - 1880's, by Wayne Kroll, 2005. Note: Diff in spelling by sources.

Note: After searching through the property deed records at the Waukesha County Register of Deeds office on November 28, 2012, I found no evidence of property purchase transactions occurring between Mr. Hephen and any Weaver, Stone, or Boots individual. His name isn't given at all within this first Vol of Abstract Title 1-19. Further searching into Milwaukee County kept records of the period may provide more information, there is a a time period, 1843 - 1850, where no transactions are provided in Vol of Abstract Title 1-19.

[Richard] Weaver & [Stephen] Stone, 1850s - Note: 1850 Census, Lisbon, Stephen Stone is a farmer as are brothers, Richard and William Weaver. Source: American Breweries II by Dale P. Van Wieren, 1995. [The reason I've inserted [Richard] Weaver & [Stephen] Stone is the 1860 Fed Census lists both as a "Brewer".]

William Weaver & James Stone, source: Wisconsin's Frontier Farm Breweries, 1830's - 1880's, by Wayne Kroll, 2005.

Note: It was assumed that Stephen Stone was the family member involved in the brewery, not brother James. William Weaver first listed here by Kroll; it was thought to be he because of Ephraim Boots marrying his daughter...but.

Notes:

1860 Census, Lisbon, Stephen Stone, age 41, is a Brewer; no Boots in area.

1860 Census, Lisbon, Richard Weaver, 32, Brewer, England

1860 Census, Lisbon, William Spink, 58, tavern keeper, England

1860 Census, Lisbon, Ephraim Boots is a carpenter and married to Eleanor Stone. Edward and Henry also carpenters.

Note: The brewery, which stood about one-half mile north of the mill [Sussex Mills], on the road from Sussex, was first built by Stephen Stone just north of Maple and Main {then North St.} (Sts.)] about 1855. In 1861, Mr. Boots became the proprietor. Twelve years after, in 1874, Mr. Boots had the misfortune to lose the old brewery by fire. In 1875, it was rebuilt.

Source: Ephraim Boots, Sussex Brewery in the 1800s Photos from the collection of Sussex Village Historian Fred H. Keller, Sussex Sun, May 15, 2012

Note: On March 9, 1860, Ephraim Boots, a carpenter by trade, entered into an agreement with James Weaver, to operate Mr. Weaver's saw mill, and acquiring said mill after providing Mr. Weaver two years worth of sawn lumber from the saw mill.

Apparently the deal fell thru, or maybe Mr. Boots sold the mill assets to purchase the brewery in 1861-62?

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Ephraim Boots, aka Ephraim Boots & Co., aka Sussex Brewery; c1870-1880. Source: Wayne Kroll identifies the brewery simply as "Ephraim Boots". American Breweries II by Dale P. Van Wieren, 1995 ids as Ephraim Boots, aka Ephraim Boots & Co., while Fred H. Keller and "The History of Waukesha County, Wis., 1880" also call it the "Sussex Brewery".

Note: 1870 Fed Census, Lisbon, lists Ephraim Boots as a "Brewer". His father Edward and brother Henry are "Carpenters".

Note: 1880 Lisbon, Ephraim Boots, age 49 is listed as a "Brewer" ; his father Edward, "Works in brewery".

Notes: from Fred H. Keller article:

Ephraim Boots was born Jan. 7, 1831, in Sussex, England. When he was 19, [1850] he followed his extended family to Sussex-Lisbon. He soon married the slightly older Eleanor Weaver [born Sept 3, 1829, in England]. She was the first daughter and second child of William Weaver Sr. and his wife, Mary Smith.

Boots went to work for brewer Stephen Stone. He took over ownership of the brewery in 1861-62 and ran it until 1882 [Note: 1880 Lisbon, Ephraim Boots, age 49 is listed as a "Brewer" ; his father Edward, "Works in brewery"].when he went to Janesville, Wis. to open the Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. branch agency there. Stone had probably made English-type ales, porters and stouts, but Boots appears to have converted to German-style lager, using locally grown barley and hops.

Note: Whether Boots went to work at the brewery for either Richard Weaver or Stephen Stone isn't clear; what is certain is he entered into an agreement with James Weaver on March 9, 1860, in which he agrees to operate Mr. Weaver's saw mill, agreeing in an "Articles of Agreement" that he will operate said saw mill, and provide James Weaver with the first 50,000 ft of lumber in the year 1860, then again in 1861. After which time, Mr. Weaver will quit claim the saw mill over to Mr. Boots. {So is Ephraim Boots only managing the saw mill and working part time at the brewery? I would think he would have had to spend some time at the brewery since Richard Weaver and his wife Rhoda sold the brewery to him on October 21, 1861 [see Abstract Title 1-19, vol 27, page 342]. James Weaver and his wife Elizabeth are also selling 2.4 acres to Mr. Boots on this same day [Vol 27, page 343. Meanwhile there are alos transactions going on between the Weavers and Stephen Stone, and not until June 24, 1864 does Stephen Stone transact the property over to Mr. Boots Later in 1869 or thereabouts, there are several property transaction made to correct previous ones.

Question - What was James Weaver going to do with 100,000 ft of lumber?

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August 3, 1864

Ephraim Boots sells brewery and dwelling house (a percent interest?) to Samuel Stocker, ref: Waukesha County Abstract of Title 1-19 32-189.

Samuel Stocker, a native of Switzerland, started off as a farmer turned wagon maker, then carpenter. Boots probably sold him an interest in the brewery and/or the saw mill. Samuel never lived in the Sussex area, nor showed any apparent interest in brewing beer.

Feb 8, 1869, Ephraim sells to Bernard Hasler, ref. Waukesha County Abstract of Title 2-19 30-168; then in 38-617 Boots is selling to Samuel Stocker and P. Bast.

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GOOD BEER - Mr. E. Boots, of the Sussex Brewery, is now furnishing lager beer to several retail dealers in this village (Waukesha), and all pronounce it a first class article.

Note: Waukesha Plaindealer | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Tuesday, November 16, 1869 | Page 3

[Boots was producing enough product to transport and distribute it to retailers, miles away. Up to 1869 Boots, like prior brewers, brewed ales. Was it the property sale to Bernard Hasler (Bernhard W. Hephen?) the person responsible for his conversation to lager brewing?]

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The following are added newspaper entries adding more details about Ephraim Boots and the Sussex Brewery.

Tamarack Land and Timber For Sale. The subscriber has 34 acres of well timbered Tamarack Land, located on the north-east quarter of the southeast quarter of section ten, of Lisbon, which he will sell at a bargain, or will sell the Timber only, E. Boots, Sussex, Nov. 1869. [Note: Mr. Boots was involved in other financial ventures. This parcel may have belonged to his father-in-law, William Weaver, at one time. William had a 40 acre parcel next to it in Sec 11.]

Note: Waukesha Plaindealer | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Tuesday, November 16, 1869 | Page 3

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The brewery is prominently placed on an 1873 property plat map, but has almost disappeared in the 1893 edition, appearing there unlabeled. (The extended Boots family is still there, though.) By the late 1890s, the Boots Brewery was out of business.

Stories have it that Boots had some cellars below his brewery. They had vaulted ceilings lined with thick limestone rock. There was a constant temperature around 54 degrees according to early accounts. The late Jerome Mudlitz said in the 1920s, when he was a kid, that he played in these cellars with his childhood friends. He mentioned two entrances. One in the brewery and another from the outside. He estimated they were 25 feet below the ground and completely lined with Lannon stone. Its rounded ceilings were 10 feet high, and the facility was 150 feet long.

In a side note, Ephraim served as the Master of the Sussex Ashlar Lodge from 1880-81.

Source: Ephraim Boots, Sussex Brewery in the 1800s Photos from the collection of Sussex Village Historian Fred H. Keller, Sussex Sun, May 15, 2012

also

"Sussex Brewery once flourished But quality slowed the hopping firm" by Cynthia Dennis, of The Journal Staff, The Milwaukee Journal, November 27, 1980, page 31 and 34. Contribution from Fred H. Keller.

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The brewery cooled and stored beer barrels in its basement-cave. Jerome Mudlitz used to roam the area around the brewery in his early youth and remembered the destroyed brewery and the "deep Lannon-stone arched caves" [More than one?].

Most of that brewery’s sales went through the Boots-owned tavern that stood where Sussex Auto, N64 W23936 Main St., is today. In August 1857 it was called the Stone Tavern.

In the 1930’s, local businessman Alfred Otto built a Lannon-stone house on the site of the former brewery, whose address today is W239 N6638 Maple Ave., or owned in 2012 by:

Adolph & Leona Becker, Irrevocable Family Trust aka A&L Becker Family LLC, 7282 Vine St, Po Box 236, Lannon, WI. 53046.

Legal Description: PT SW1/4 SEC 23 T8N R19E COR N 1450.39 FT THE BGN N89 deg 46'E 334.11 FT N 64.82 FT S89 deg 46'W 125.40 FT N 15.84 FT N62 deg 44W 234.80 FT S 189.17 FT to BGN 0.829 AC DOC # 3690454 & DOC# 3690455

Property Value 2012: Total $172,500.00

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The caves were accessible from both the brewery and an outside entrance, he said, but when Alfred Otto built a home on the site in the 1930s, the caves disappeared. The caves were cool, he said, down in the 50s both summer and winter because they were so deep.

People from those days say the demise of the brewery was hastened by the coming of the railroads, which brought superior beers from the great Milwaukee breweries.

A Wisconsin beer-bottle collector, Henry Hecker, stated in 1981 that he had been trying for years to get a Boots Beer bottle or clay crock jar, but ultimately came to the conclusion that the beer had never been bottled, only sold in barrels, and that none of those had been saved.

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Jos. Dvorak 1880-1884, Note: In 1880 Fed Census there are numerous Jos. Dvoraks [most orig from Bohemia or Czechoslovakia], none living in Waukesha County, nor any Jos Dvorak being in the brewery business. Source: American Breweries II by Dale P. Van Wieren, 1995.

Note: After searching through the property deed records at the Waukesha County Register of Deeds office on November 28, 2012, I found no evidence of property purchase transactions occurring between Mr. Dvorak and any Weaver, Stone, or Boots individual. His name isn't given at all within this first four Vols of Abstract Title 1, 2, 3, 4-19.

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Waukesha Free Press, February 7, 1891: The old brewery having been sold, they are dismantling it and tearing a part of it down, and selling the material.

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Waukesha Freeman | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Thursday, August 31, 1911 | Page 5

W. J. Brown is adding another story to part of the old brewery by taking off the old roof and putting a hip roof in its stead.

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TAVERNS

Note: A Democratic Assembley District convention...will be held at the Stone Tavern, in the town of Lisbon...

Waukesha County Democrat | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Wednesday, August 19, 1857 | Page 2; also listed same in 1859.

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1850 Census, Lisbon. Sam Butler, 57, Massachusetts ?, Tavern Keeper

1870 Census: C. Williamson, age 54, b. 1816 in England is a "Saloon Keeper", Wife is Sarah age 60 who keeps house.

Note: Richard Weaver and William Weaver are listed as "Hop Merchant"

Note: August Henschel, age 47, from Germany is a "Potter"; did he make clay bottles?

1848 (Caswell's Tavern) Note: W. W. Caswell was born about 1806 in Canada and lived in Merton with his wife Caroline and two (?) children. In 1850 he's listed as living in Merton and being a "Tavern keeper".

Broke into my inclosure on the last day of October, in the town of Lisbon, a pale red Cow five years old, some white on the briskett and has a bell on. The owner is requested to prove property, pay charges and take her away. Inquire at Caswell's Tavern. JAMES NICKELS, Lisbon, Nov. 6, 1848

Waukesha Democrat | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Tuesday, November 14, 1848 | Page 3

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FOR SALE

A neat stone cottage, two stories high, with 3 acres of land, 18 miles from Milwaukee on the Lisbon plank road. It is suitable for a private dwelling, and well situated for keeping a public house. Apply on the premises to: W. M. Spink.

Waukesha County Democrat | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Wednesday, August 23, 1854 | Page 3

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Known as "Spink's Tavern"

Waukesha County Democrat | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Wednesday, April 15, 1857 | Page 2

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There was a Fred G. Boots, probably a relative, who had a mini saloon on Main Street in Sussex where today Strobel's Sussex Auto is located. In time, this became too small and Fred Boots built a multi-story saloon and home across Main Street where the parking lot sits for Tony Maroni's Pizza today. The name of the saloon was Boot's Saloon and also Peace and Plenty Saloon.

Note: Frederick Grant Boots, b. 1864 in Waukesha County, son of Henry Boots. In 1880 Fed Census, Town of Lisbon, his father was a "Saloon keeper", and Fred was a "bar tender".

Source: Ephraim Boots, Sussex Brewery in the 1800s Photos from the collection of Sussex Village Historian Fred H. Keller, Sussex Sun, May 15, 2012

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April 1883 - Ephraim Boots is in Waukesha Freeman newspaper's delinquent tax list. See next entry.

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Article on Schlitz Brewing Co growth; talks about Ephriam Boots opened the Schlitz branch agency there in 1882. He receives "beer in refrigerator cars, which are owned by the company" then supplies the trade in the Janesville area

Janesville Gazette | Janesville, Wisconsin | Saturday, June 20, 1891 | Page 3

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Ephriam Boots, who resides at 155 Linn Street, had narrow escape from death after his Blatz Brewing Company delivery wagon was hit at the North Western railway tracks crossing.

[Mr. Boots left Schlitz, who successfully sued him for breach of contract, and went to work for Val Blatz]

Janesville Daily Gazette | Janesville, Wisconsin | Monday, March 11, 1901 | Page 5

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In 1905 he's an agent for the Miller Brewing Co.

Janesville Daily Gazette | Janesville, Wisconsin | Wednesday, January 04, 1905 | Page 2

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Note: In the 1930’s, local businessman Alfred Otto built a Lannon-stone house on the site of the former brewery, whose address today is W239 N6638 Maple Ave.

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Waukesha Freeman | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Tuesday, January 17, 1865 | Page 3

Ad - WAUKESHA BREWERY

The undersigned having again commenced to Brew, os ready to fill all orders for Beer with promptness and despatch, at the market price. Bottle Beer constantly on hand. H. A. Meyer., Waukesha, Dec. 5, 1864.

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Waukesha Plaindealer | Waukesha, Wisconsin | Tuesday, August 21, 1866 | Page 3

Suicide at Sussex - On Tuesday Inst, Mr. Jeremiah Stone, an old resident of Lisbon, committed suicide at the village of Sussex, by taking strichnine. He went to McDonald's store that morning, and purchased ten cents worth of strichnine. From there, he went to the brewery where it is supposed he took it.

He lived about two hours after swallowing the fatal dose. We learn that upon occasions he has exhibited simptoms of insanity. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss.

In the following recreation of his death - Ephraim Boots, owner of the brewery said, "supposing him to be in a drunken fit, took him up and helped him into the slaughter house, along side of the brewery, and put some clothes under his head for a pillow, and left him there to sleep it out. About 2 o'clock he went in to see him, and he was just struggling his last. J. M.

-'You must not' take any of that yourself." "Oh, no," liŁ said,- "they don't • want me up there," pointing his hand upward to Heaven', and went off from there to the brewery, kept by Mr. Boots, where he asked for some beer. Mr. Boots would not give him any, as he thought he was under the influence of liquor. While Mr. Boots was making a fire out doors, .Jerry came and put ;a piece of paper into the fire and went and set down. After a little he said "Good bye, Boots, I am going to die,' and commenced to tremble and shake for a. few moments, then appeared to be sensible for a while, but soon commenced to shake again.— After a little he lay down on his face. Boots told him to go in the shade. "So long," he said,


page 746

The brewery, which stands about one-half mile north of the mill, on the road from Sussex,
was first built by Stephen Stone. In 1862, Mr. Boots became sole owner. Twelve years after,
in 1874, Mr. Boots had the misfortune to lose the old brewery by fire. In 1875, it was rebuilt
as it now is.

    Note: So far no newspaper account of the day recalls these events. It may be that the 1880 book editor mistakened the Feb 1874 Fussville brewery fire?

pages 976-77

E. BO0TS, proprietor of the Sussex Brewery ~ P. O. Sussex- is a native of Sussex C0-1 E115‘;
he was born Jan 7, 1331 ; in 1850, he came to this country and located in the town of Lisbon, Waukesha Co., Wis., where he married Eleanor Weaver, daughter of William Weaver, Sr., an old settler of Lisbon. Mr. Boots and wife are members of the Episcopal Church; Mr. Boots is an enterprising citizen and a good business man ; he became proprietor of the Sussex Brewery in 1861, and has done a successful business since that time.

Source: History of Waukesha County, Wis., 1880

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