John F Wiessner - Baltimore MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 39° 16.760 W 076° 40.796
18S E 355101 N 4349120
Quick Description: There were already about 21 brewers in Baltimore when John F. Weissner, a Bavarian native, opened his brewery in 1863 on rural two acres on what is now Gay Street. It is said that Union soldiers passing through the area looked for free thirst quenchers.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 7/7/2020 1:08:08 PM
Waymark Code: WM12REW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bear and Ragged
Views: 4

Long Description:
He is buried at Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore MD in Section O, Lot 129-132. According to cemetery staff the Weisner Monument is the largest monument in the cemetery.
From Dying to Tell Their Story: Cheers to John F. Weissner's towering family monument in Loudon Park Cemetery. John F. Weissner, Sr. 1831 ­- 1897 John F. Weissner, Jr. 1859 ­- 1906 The Weissner family’s tombstone towers over its neighbors in Loudon Park Cemetery. You can see the sculptures, garlands, epitaphs, urns and columns from every direction. Did the Weissners’ impact on Baltimore warrant such a splendid memorial? Since the family owned one of Baltimore’s most successful breweries and were hugely influential in building the city’s German community, many would say “yes.” In addition, the Weissner Brewery building has been saved, renovated and is currently in use by Humanim, a thriving nonprofit social service agency. There were already about 21 brewers in Baltimore when John F. Weissner, a Bavarian native, opened his brewery in 1863 on rural two acres on what is now Gay Street. It is said that Union soldiers passing through the area frequently looked for free thirst-quenchers. At $2.00 per barrel, Weissner beer was expensive and reflected its owner’s insistence on high quality. To achieve that, he welcomed fellow German immigrants as employees. Soon a thriving German neighborhood developed in the area. Weissner took civic duties seriously and was a member of the Odd Fellows, the Baltimore Liederkranz chorus and the Zion Church. Soon, Weissner Brewery produced 20,000 barrels of beer each year. The neighborhood became a place for both work and fun. Neighbors gathered in nearby Schuetzen Park for hotly competitive marksmanship contests, archery, bowling, dancing and children’s activities. Of course, beer and German food were mainstays. Festivals held on the grounds attracted thousands. In 1887, Weissner built a Victorian-style plant at what is now 1701 Gay Street. Beer production eventually surged to 100,000 barrels a year, thanks to modern inventions such as ice machines and steam kettles. The property housed all of the essentials of a brewery business: a boiler house and engine room to produce steam; stock cellars, a beer garden; bottling houses; a cooperage shop; and several office buildings. The Weissner family’s three-story townhouse, surrounded by a brick and cast-iron fence, stood across the street. It was built to accommodate both family as well as newly arrived workers from Germany. As he aged, John Weissner, Sr. groomed his sons to take over, emphasizing not only the business side of the trade but instilling civic responsibilities to the neighborhood that he valued. The Brewery was eventually renamed as John F. Weissner and Sons.

Date of birth: 12/14/1831

Date of death: 1/1/1897

Area of notoriety: Other

Marker Type: Monument

Setting: Outdoor

Fee required?: No

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Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Not listed

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