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Mayor Philip Ludwig Breithaupt 

Mayor Philip Ludwig Breithaupt[1]

Male 1827 - 1880

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  • Prefix  Mayor 
    Birth  8 Nov 1827  Allendorf, Kurhessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Business  Eagle Tannery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eagle Tannery 
    Immigration  Nov 1843  Buffalo, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Business  1854  Breithaupt Leather Co., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration  1861  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Elected Office  1866  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Councillor - Mayor - Berlin 
    • Years Served: 1866-68, 1875, 1876 (Deputy Reeve), 1879-80 (Mayor)
    Business  1867  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Berlin Tannery 
    • from: Gazetteer and directory of the County of Waterloo. 1867
    Elected Office  1867  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Councillor - Waterloo County 
    Elected Office  1867  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Deputy Reeve - Berlin 
    Occupation  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Tanner 
    Religion  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Evang. Assoc. 
    Historic Building  1872  25 Maynard Street, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Built by Louis Breithaupt as a rental residence for John Klippert. John puchased the property in 1887. It is a two story brick residence now (1978) made into a duplex. In 1978 it was listed as in very good condition.
    Historic Building  1874  108 Queen Street North, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Sonneck House 
    • Named "Sonneck" this house was built in 1874 as a leased residence by Louis Brethaupt. Two stories and made of brick it is one of the last homes in Kitchener, owned by Louis Breithaupt's eldest son, Louis Jacob and was purchased upon his marriage. Strong Italianate features reflect Breihaupt's American architectural background. It contained some of best stained glass in the city. In 1978 it was recorded as being in very condition.
    Elected Office  1876  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Councillor - Waterloo County 
    Family Photograph  1876 
    Historic Building  1876  190 Victoria St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Owned originally by Louis Breithaupt was built as a rented home. It is a two story brick home. In 1978 was listed as in very good condition and much altered.
    Elected Office  1879  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Mayor - Berlin 
    Died  3 Jul 1880  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8, 9
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Historic Building  30 King St. E., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    3 story brick, commercial 
    • Destroyed by fire 27 Mar 2011, constructed by Louis Breithaupt in 1862. Originally constructed as the American Hotel.
    Name  Louis Breithaupt 
    Residence  166 Adam Street, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-37247P 
    Buried  Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I37247  Generations
    Last Modified  13 Apr 2017 

    Father  Liborius Breithaupt,   b. Abt 1800, Of, Allendorf, Kurhessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1851, Buffalo, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Catherine Goetze,   b. CALC 19 Oct 1801, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1887, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F33987  Group Sheet

    Family  Catharine Hailer,   b. 16 Aug 1834, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1910, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  8 Feb 1853  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Mayor Louis Jacob Breithaupt,   b. 3 Mar 1855, Buffalo, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1939
     2. William Henry Breithaupt,   b. 25 Jan 1857, Buffalo, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1944
     3. Mayor John Christian Breithaupt,   b. 27 Feb 1859, Buffalo, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1951
     4. Caroline Margaret Barbara Breithaupt,   b. 1861, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Melvina Emilia Breithaupt,   b. 8 Feb 1864, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Ezra Charles Breithaupt,   b. 1865, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Daniel Edward Breithaupt,   b. 1868, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Albert Liborius Breithaupt,   b. 3 Nov 1870, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1955, Honey Harbor, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Catharine Louise Breithaupt,   b. 3 Dec 1872, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1886, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Frederick Adolph Breithaupt,   b. CALC 25 Mar 1875, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1883, Cleveland, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F13816  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Louis Breithaupt
    Louis Breithaupt
    Louis Breithaupt
    Louis Breithaupt
    From: Official souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912
    Louis Breithaupt
    Louis Breithaupt
    From: Official souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912

  • Notes 
    • Louis Breithaupt, mayor of Berlin, and one of the most successful business men in the town, was a son of Liborius and Catherine (Goetze) Breithaupt, and born in Allendorf, Kurhessen, Germany, on the 8th November, 1827. He received a common German education; partially learning his father's business, that of a tanner, in the old country, and in November, 1843, came with the family to the United States, settling in Buffalo, N. Y., the next spring. There they built a small tannery on Seneca street, at the " Hydraulics," making it of slabs, and commencing to tan sheep skins on a very moderate scale, subsequently purchasing other lands, and rebuilding and enlarging from time to time. Thus father and son continued to operate together until 1851, when Liborius Breithaupt died, and Louis carried on the business awhile alone without changing the firm's name, which was simply L. Breithaupt. In 1852, Jacob F. Schoelkoff became the partner of our subject, and in 1855 they purchased a tannery at North Evans, sixteen miles from Buffalo, and managed both tanneries until 1861, when Mr. Breithaupt sold out his entire interest, and settled in Berlin. Four years before this date he had started a tannery here, in company with his brother-in-law, Jacob Wagner, who died in the spring of the next year (1858). Finding it difficult and unsatisfactory to manage his business in Canada while residing in Buffalo, he concluded to concentrate all his capital here, and to make Berlin his home.

      Mr. Breithaupt commenced operations here with thirty-two vats, adding from time to time until he has one hundred and forty-four vats; and while we are writing this sketch he is preparing to double this number, and is erecting a drying house, with a capacity for 1,000 sides a week.

      With his present facilities he is doing a business of about $120,000 a year. There is no more enterprising manufacturer in the lively town of Berlin none whose excellent business capacities have been better rewarded.

      In addition to his tannery and his large brick house in a six acre lot, on the outskirts of the town, Mr. Breithaupt owns the great three story American House block, which has ten stores besides the hotel, and several of the finest residences in town, not to mention other property scattered here and there.

      He takes much interest in any public enterprise calculated to build up the town, and holds, at this time, the office of provisional director of the Waterloo, Wellington and Georgian Bay railway, projected continuation of the Grand Trunk road from Waterloo.
      He has held successively the office of town councilman, deputy reeve, and mayor, being at this time at the head of the municipality of the town, and having an eye watchful of its interests.

      Mr. Breithaupt is a member of the Evangelical Association, a trustee of the same, and one of the most liberal supporters of religious and charitable organizations in town.

      February 8, 1853, he married Miss Catharine Hailer of Berlin, and they have had ten children, nine of them still living. The parents are taking great pains to educate the children and to fit them for spheres of useful labor.

      Mrs. Breithaupt is a daughter of Jacob Hailer, a native of Baden, Germany. He left the old country in 1829, and after spending one year in Baltimore, Maryland, came to Canada, and settled where the town of Berlin now stands. That was just fifty years ago. He built the fifth or sixth house in the place, and followed the wheelwright business till a few years ago, his specialty being spinning wheels and reels. He is in his 76th year, and somewhat deaf and infirm. His wife is also living, and quite smart and active. Mr. Hailer is a prominent member of the Evangelical Association, and has long been an officer of the same.1a

      1aThe Canadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Ontario Volume, 1880

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      Louis Breithaupt, who started the first tannery in Berlin in 1857, at one time used the services of Abraham Lincoln, then a Springfield, Illinois lawyer.

      The fifth generation of Breithaupts in the tanning industry, he was associated with his father in business in Buffalo. During one of his trips to Canada to buy sheepskins, he met and eventually married Catherine Hailer of Berlin. In 1861 they came to Berlin to reside and later moved into a spacious home named Waldeck. A number of their descendants became distinguished and famous citizens.

      Breithaupt's life was one of unremitting activity and indomitable perseverance. His tannery was destroyed by fire in 1867 and again in 1870 but he rebuilt and continued to develop a large business. He was called the "first citizen of Berlin" for his work in furthering the growth of the town and his municipal activities, including two years as mayor.2a

      2aWaterloo Region Hall of Fame

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      Past two decades have seen many King Street blazes


      KITCHENER Sunday's fire at the Stag Shop lengthens the list of blazes that have punched holes in Kitchener's downtown streetscape in recent years.

      "Regrettably, older buildings sometimes have some of these difficulties," Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr said. "We want to obviously maintain the character of the core," Zehr said. "It's fairly representative of the downtowns of the cities in our province and our country." The building housing the Stag Shop at 30 King St. E. is part of a block that dates from 1862, when it was constructed by Louis Breithaupt. The building is no stranger to fire, having been heavily damaged in a blaze in February 1995.3a

      3aThe Waterloo Region Record 27 Mar 2011

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      Louis Breithaupt, Mayor, 1879-80.

      The late Louis Breithaupt was born in Germany in 1827. Migrated to Buffalo, N. Y. in 1842, where he engaged in business. On a visit to Berlin he met Miss Catherine Hailer, to whom he was married in 1853. He established a leather business here in 1857, which was followed by the establishment of a tannery. Through successes and reverses, he built up a large business. In fostering the growth of his adopted town and in the extension of its interests, he was foremost. At the time of his death in 1880, he was in his second year as mayor of Berlin. He was termed its foremost citizen.4a

      4aOfficial souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912, Berlin, Ontario, The German Printing and Publishing Co

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      Louis Breithaupt & Co
      ., Tanners, Queen Street, Berlin, Ont. - The largest and most important tannery and leather house in Ontario is that known as the "Eagle Tannery," owned by Messrs. Louis Breithaupt & Co., of Berlin. This business was established in 1858 by the late Mr. Louis Breithaupt, and in its inception was not, comparatively speaking, of large proportions, but on account of the superior quality of the leather manufactured, and the persevering energy and enterprise of the inceptor, it rapidly developed, extending in volume year by year, until it reached its present immense proportions. On the decease of the founder in 1880, the business was carried on under the management of his tree sons, Mr. Louis J., Mr. William H. and John C. Breithaupt, under the direction of the executrix and executors. The said L.J. and W.H. are the executors, their mother, Mrs. Catharine Breithaupt, being executrix. The sons are young men, but understanding the heavy responsibility resting upon their shoulders, and being gentlemen of sound common sense and more than ordinary business ability, have not only maintained the former standing of the firm but have materially developed it; and finding that it was necessary to increase their production to fill orders, it was found necessary to build a new tannery, and so a large and substantial structure was erected at Penetanguishene, on the shores of Georgian Bay, where hemlock bark could be obtained in sufficient quantities for their requirements. This new tannery manufactures Spanish sole leather only and is one of the largest of its kind, and is said to be the model tannery of the Dominion, having a capacity for turning out 700 sides per week. The tannery there is fitted up with all the latest and most improved machinery and appliances known to the trade. The tannery in Berlin has a capacity of 1,000 sides per week of sole and harness leather, peerless calf, peerless veal kips, prime upper, etc. The firm also at their warehouse on Queen Street carry all kinds of foreign leathers, shoe findings, tanners' tools etc. They sell both wholesale and retail, and being themselves manufacturers as stated, are always prepared to give the best value, both in quality and prices, of any leather house in the Dominion.5a

      5aIndustries of Canada Historical and Commercial Sketches Hamilton and Environs 1886

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 28 Jun 1883.
      21 Jun 1883 Frederick Adolph Breithaupt youngest son of L. Breithaupt, died in Cleveland, Ohio at age of 8 years, 2 months & 27 days. The boy was visiting in Cleveland with his mother a few weeks became ill & died ? He was buried here, with many people in attendance

    2. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      East: Zur zartlichen Erinnerung an unseren / innigst geliebten Gatten und Vater / Louis Breithaupt / geb. den 8 Nov. 1827 / gest. den 3 Juli 1880 / Gottes Wille geschehe / und an unsere vielgeliebt / Mutter / Catharina Breithaupt / geb. den 16 Aug.1834

    3. [S107] Book - The Canadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Ontario Volume, 1880.

    4. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 54.

    5. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 8 Jul 1880.
      July 3, 1880 Louis Breithaupt died in Berlin at age of 52 years, 7 months and 25 days.

    6. [S1450] Waterloo County Councillors A Collective Biography.

    7. [S872] Book - Historic Building Inventory - Kitchener.

    8. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), Apr. 22, 1886.
      Apr. 14, 1886 Catharine Louise Breithaupt, youngest daughter of the late Louis Breithaupt, died in Berlin at age of 13 years, 4 months and 11 days.

    9. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 8 Jul 1880.
      July 3, 1880 Louis Breithaupt died in Berlin at age of 52 years, 7 months and 25 days.

    10. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 8 Nov 1827 - Allendorf, Kurhessen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Nov 1843 - Buffalo, Erie, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Feb 1853 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - 1854 - Breithaupt Leather Co., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1861 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Councillor - Mayor - Berlin - 1866 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Berlin Tannery - 1867 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Councillor - Waterloo County - 1867 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Deputy Reeve - Berlin - 1867 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Tanner - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Evang. Assoc. - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - 1872 - 25 Maynard Street, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - Sonneck House - 1874 - 108 Queen Street North, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Councillor - Waterloo County - 1876 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - 1876 - 190 Victoria St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Mayor - Berlin - 1879 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Jul 1880 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - 3 story brick, commercial - - 30 King St. E., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 166 Adam Street, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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