Surname: Brehm

Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, NY

In this volume will be found a record of many whose lives are worthy the imitation of coming generations. It tells how some, commencing life in poverty, by industry and economy have accumulated wealth. It tells how others, with limited advantages for securing an education, have become learned men and women, with an influence extending throughout the length and breadth of the land. It tells of men who have risen from the lower walks of life to eminence as statesmen, and whose names have become famous. It tells of those in every walk in life who have striven to...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph B. Brehm

Joseph B. Brehm, vice president of the Brehm Brothers Company, was born in Burlington. April 9. 1879, and acquired his education in the parochial schools. Throughout his business career he has been connected with the enterprise which now claims his attention, for when his textbooks were put aside he began assisting his father, and in 1909, when the business was incorporated under the style of the Brehm Brothers Company, he became one of the stockholders and after his father’s death he was elected vice president and still continues in that capacity. Mr. Brehm is a member of the Roman Catholic Church and his political allegiance is given to the Democratic Party, but he has no desire for office and concentrates his energies upon his business affairs and personal interests. He is one of the well known young business men of Burlington, highly esteemed by...

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Biography of Albert M. Brehm

Albert M. Brehm, secretary and treasurer of the Brehm Brothers Company, was born in Burlington in 1874 and secured his education in the parochial schools, in the Burlington high school and in the Valparaiso (Ind.) Business College. He assisted his father in business until 1893 and then entered the employ of the Bank of Burlington, in which he continued for over six years, when failing health obliged him to make a change. In 1899 he again became associated with his father in business under the firm style of B. Brehm & Sons and took charge of the National Express business, the firm being agents for that corporation. He then continued in outside work until his father’s health failed, when he took charge of the inside work and as one of the officers of the company has since been active in directing the policy and activities of the business. On the 21st of April, 1903, Albert M. Brehm was married to Miss Catherine Lehrman, of Silver Lake, Wisconsin, a daughter of Joseph H. Lehrman, a representative of one of the old families of Kenosha County. Mr. and Mrs. Brehm have four children: Harold, Lawrence, Margaret and Eugene. In addition to his other interests Mr. Brehm is a director of the Bank of Burlington, with which he has been associated in one way or another since 1893, being today the oldest...

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Biography of William Frank Brehm

William Frank Brehm, president of the Brehm Brothers Company at Burlington, was born August 21, 1870, in the city in which he still resides, a son of Bernard Brehm, mentioned elsewhere in this work. Spending his boyhood days in Burlington, William F. Brehm attended the parochial and public schools and when a lad joined his father in the draying business, working in the summer seasons and attending school in the winter. When sixteen years of age he made his first trip to buy horses and the first pair which he purchased were prize winners at the Walworth County fair the previous year. The trip was a successful one and gained the confidence of the father in the son’s business judgment and ability. After this trip he was given a free hand and he has continued buying since that time, remaining always the buyer for the firm, his investments representing from fifteen to twenty thousand dollars annually for draft horses. His ability in judging draft horses is widely acknowledged and he has been called upon to act as judge in a number of public horse shows. When twenty-one years of age he was admitted to a partnership in his father’s business under the firm style of B. Brehm & Son and later they were joined by his brothers, Albert M. and Joseph B. William F. Brehm held the record for...

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Biography of Bernard Brehm

Bernard Brehm was closely identified with the business interests and civic progress of the city of Burlington for a period of nearly sixty years. He was born in Baden, Germany, in 1844, the son of Frank and Agnes Brehm, also natives of Baden, and with his parents, brother and sister, came to America in 1854, reaching Burlington by ox team from Racine. The father, Frank Brehm, was a weaver and musician and engaged in various occupations until his death in 1889, having survived his wife for five years. Bernard Brehm received but a limited education, but being possessed of a shrewd mind and a sterling integrity he early acquired a business education, in the school of experience, which enabled him to build up a prosperous business and to acquire a comfortable share of this world’s goods. In early life he learned the shoemaker’s trade, but, ill health forcing him to seek other employment, in the year 1868 he purchased a team and engaged in the draying business. From this small beginning he developed the large and successful business to which he later admitted his sons. W. F., Albert M. and Joseph B. The great secrets of his business success were “energy” and “efficiency.” No job was too small or too large for him to undertake, and the smallest order received the same prompt and careful consideration accorded to the...

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