old Born Brewery which eventually came to be owned by Gerhard Lang.
to be said, in jest of course, that the city firemen "loved to run
to brewery fires," and I possess a comic picture of a fanciful scene
at a brewery fire,- certainly as jolly as an old-fashioned husking bee
The "remains" of the old Born Brewery at the southwest corner
of Genesee and Jefferson were recently razed and removed.
I remember going out there in the early' 80's with Alex W.Bohne, to see
good old Nicholas Bohne and his lamented son Sig (both long since dead),
in the then newly-installed bottling works of the Lang Brewery, for Mrs.
Philip Born was then dead and Gerhard Lang, her son-in-law, was then running
the brewery. That was before the big brewing plant at Jefferson and High
Streets was started. As a matter of fact I was an occasional visitor there.
and the handsome and athletic young book keeper was Edwin G.S. Miller.
who shortly married one of Mr. Lang's worthy daughters and later became
the very popular and successful head of the greatly enlarged brewing plant.
At the time, I was greatly interested in the daily feat of the heavyweight
collector employed there and I wrote a story about him in the Sunday TIMES,
of which I was then city editor. This old time collector weighed 300 pounds
and boasted that he consumed a one-eighth keg of beer every day. This
was confirmed by the brewery attaches and Mr. Miller laughed when he told
of the man's folly. It was apparent too, that the collector was "as
sober as a judge" and I never saw him "under the influence of
any intoxicating beverage." But one day, not long after my introduction
to this brewery freak, the unfortunate man dropped dead. The doctors said
it was from fatty degeneration of the heart.
let me give you a bit of history. When Philip Born was running it, 'way
back in 1858, there were many incendiary fires here, and on the morning
of January 13, 1858, Born's Brewery was destroyed by fire and it communicated
to a large copper shop adjoining, which made a fierce and dangerous fire.
The loss was over $30,000 and the firemen had to get their water at Spring
Street, for there were no water service pipes beyond Spring Street at
was greatly interested in the daily feat of the heavyweight collector
employed there ...This old time collector weighed 300 pounds and boasted
that he consumed a one-eighth keg of beer every day..."
was stated that a firebug started the fire and Mayor Timothy T. Lockwood,
M.D., offered a reward of $250 for the arrest and conviction of the firebug,
but the reward was never claimed. The brewery was rebuilt.
Gerhard Lang became one of our foremost citizens. In 1878, when Solomon
Scheu was mayor, Mr. Lang was a 6th ward alderman, his ward colleague
being August Baetzhold, the veteran distiller of Michigan and Cypress
streets. Later he became chairman of the Erie County Democratic general
committee and a mighty fine and popular leader he proved to be. It was
at that time that he bought and occupied the splendid Brayley mansion
at the southwest corner of Main and Tupper streets, and that immensely
valuable property is still owned by the Lang estate. Without a doubt the
property is worth ten times what Mr. Lang paid the James Brayley estate
Long before James Brayley built that mansion (now looking a bit weather-beaten)
Judge Samuel Tupper, in the first decade of the 19th century, bought the
lot at the southeast corner of Main and Tupper streets for $5 an acre.
Tupper Street is named in honor of the pioneer judge.