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shall be very glad indeed to arrange for an inspection of our building. If you see fit to accept this invitation, we shall very much appreciate a reply from you."

THE PRESIDENT:-Mr. Kendall, are you ready to report for the Condolence Committee?


MR. KENDALL:-Mr. President and Gentlemen: In fulfilment of the sad duty imposed upon us, we have to announce that the following named members of this Association, our beloved friends and co-workers, have passed to their final rest since our last annual convention:

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The roll of our dead for the past twelve months is a long and particularly afflictive one. We have no need to bespeak for it your deepest sympathy, bearing as it does the names of only too many of

our friends and associates, beloved by us and honorably distinguished in all the relations of life.

Our grief is tempered by the reflection inspired by their worthy and useful lives. Indeed, the mere recital of their names is itself a eulogy, calling up as it does a gracious memory of our departed brothers. Unstinted was the measure of loyalty and service which they gave to this Association. We mourn the loss of their fraternal aid and sympathy, and we are proud to recall their probity in business, their high character as citizens, their manly and endearing virtues in social life and in the domestic circle.

Impressive were the tributes paid to our deceased friends in their home communities, where in truth they had "builded better than they knew" in the love and esteem of their fellow citizens. To such as these we may well hope and believe death is not a defeat but a victory-not the end of all things, but the opening of a higher sphere of usefulness.

No name in this roster of our dead will evoke more sincere grief than that of Joseph Theurer, who died at his home in Chicago in May last. Mr. Theurer was one of the most popular and influential members of the brewing industry. His personal friends were legion and they were to be found in many parts of the country and in every walk of life. Eminently successful in business and most happy in his home relations, there will be many to regret that the span of his useful and beneficent life was not further extended. To him in its literal sense might be applied the oft-quoted lines—

None knew him but to love him,

None named him but to praise.

Mr. Theurer served for two years as President of the United States Brewers' Association, and as an official in different capacities of the Illinois State Brewers' Association and the Cook County Brewers' Association. He was married in 1880 to Miss Emma Schoenhofen, the eldest daughter of the late Peter Schoenhofen, and leaves, besides his widow, two sons and two daughters to mourn his loss.

An honored pioneer of the brewing trade was Peter Doelger, of New York, who passed away in December last, at the patriarchal age of eighty-one years. The name of Doelger has been identified with the brewing of beer in Bavaria and this country for several

generations. His father was widely known as a brewer in the village of Kleinwallstadt, in the Province of Oberfranken, Bavaria, where Mr. Doelger was born on March 3, 1832. He is survived by his wife, three sons and five daughters. Mr. Doelger typified the virtues of the sturdy German stock to which this country is indebted for the founding of the brewing industry. He was actively benevolent but unostentatious in works of charity. He was a member of the Catholic Club of New York and of numerous German societies and fraternal organizations. In 1910, at the Fiftieth Convention of this Association, he was elected an honorary member.

Another honored pioneer of the brewing trade was Joseph Liebmann, of New York, who died last March at his home in that city. Mr. Liebmann was born in Aufhausen, Wurttemberg, the son of a brewer, Samuel Liebmann, who sent him to the United States in 1854, when Joseph, then twenty-one years old, began work in a small brewery in Williamsburg. The family followed him, and father and sons co-operated in extending their business until it became one of the largest of its kind in that part of the country. Mr. Liebmann was active in the politics, charities, commercial and social life of Brooklyn for many years, having served in the Board of Education, also as President of the Bushwick Savings Bank, and as a Director of the Kings County Trust Company. In 1876 and 1893 he was Commissioner for the brewing industry at the World's Fairs in Philadelphia and Chicago, respectively. Local organizations of the New York and Brooklyn brewers repeatedly elected him a member of their various boards of officers and for a number of years he was a Trustee of this Association.

Still other veterans in this roll of our dead are Peter Schwab, of Hamilton, Ohio, a leader at once in business and public affairs; Nicholas Thomas, of Dayton, Ohio, who was at the time of his death perhaps the oldest brewer in the country, being in his eighty-eighth year; James Everard, aged eighty-four, an Irishman by birth, and for many years one of the leaders of the brewing industry; Henry Birkenhauer, of Newark, New Jersey, aged seventy-seven, one of the foremost brewers and most esteemed citizens of his home city; William B. Beasley, aged seventy-eight, of Waukegan, Illinois, whose father was a pioneer ale brewer of the West; Jacob Betz, aged seventy, of Walla Walla, Washington, to whom that City is indebted for much of its development, and which he served as Mayor and Councilman; Peter Fortune, aged seventy-eight, of Chicago,

another Irishman conspicuously successful in the brewing industry, who also gave a good account of himself in public office.

Charles C. Schmidt, of Wheeling, West Virginia, who died as Mayor of that City in his fifth consecutive term, offered a splendid type of the successful brewer, honored and beloved by his fellow citizens. He was one of the most charitable of men and did much towards the upbuilding of his home city.

Notable also among our dead is Thies Jacob Lefens, who for fourteen years was Secretary-Treasurer of the Conrad Seipp Brewing Company, until its plant became the property of the Chicago Consolidated Brewing and Malting Company in 1892. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, March 4, 1846, and came to Chicago in 1865. He leaves his widow, who is a daughter of Conrad Seipp, and four children. Mr. Lefens was President of the United States Brewers' Association from 1889 to 1891, discharging the duties of the office with great wisdom and ability. He was elected an Honorary President in 1904, and his memory will be cherished as that of a man who did much to advance the liberal cause in this country.

Max E. Bernheimer, of the Bernheimer and Schwartz Brewing Company, New York, died with painful suddenness on the eve of this convention. He was the last survivor of the three sons of Emanuel Bernheimer, who organized the Lion Brewery. His widow and two sons survive him. Mr. Brenheimer deservedly ranked with the leaders of our industry and was a most loyal supporter of this Association.

August W. Woebken, aged sixty-five, of the Bergner & Engel Brewing Company, Philadelphia, died in that city last November. A Trustee of this Association whose ripe wisdom and self-effacing devotion will be sorely missed from our councils, it is with uncommon grief that we record his demise. Mr. Woebken had attained an honorable prominence among the business men of Philadelphia and stood high in the esteem of the whole community.

We might go on to speak in like strain of not a few other names in our list of dead, which seem to call for special tribute. But this is needless, for in our deep sorrow and sense of bereavement we make no invidious distinction. Our tribute of love and grief is not divided. Your Committee would beg leave to submit the following resolution, with the request that it be adopted, according to custom, by a rising vote:

RESOLVED, That this Association mourns with profound grief

the members named in its Roll of Dead for the past year; and that the Secretary be directed to convey to the relatives of our departed friends a suitable expression of our sympathy and condolence.

Respectfully submitted,

N. W. KENDALL, Chairman









Committee on Condolence.

THE PRESIDENT:-You have heard the report of the Condolence Committee. I beg you to adopt the same with a rising


This report was adopted in the manner signified by the President.

THE PRESIDENT:-The next in order will be the report of the Committee on Resolutions.

MR. GARDINER:-I will ask Mr. Fox to read the report.


THE SECRETARY:-The Committee on Resolutions, John Gardiner, Chairman, Percy Andreae and Louis B. Schram, present the following report:

Your Committee on Resolutions has had no resolutions submitted to it for consideration.

We learn with deep regret of the illness of Mr. Anton C. G. Hupfel, the honored Treasurer of this Association, who has served us so faithfully; and also of the illness of the Financial Secretary, Mr. Charles A. Schultz, and we extend to them our best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery.

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