Spring cleaning usually involves discarding items that have been packed away occupying space for many years. Tools, fishing tackle, hunting supplies, old boxes of photos, newspaper clippings, and business documents just to name a few. During the summer as William Thede was cleaning his garage area, he navigated through some papers that were being disposed into the wood stove. As he was working through the pile, some of these papers were just leaving his finger tips into the stove when he stopped. These papers looked different than the others. Upon a closer look, he found a set of 1935 architectural drawings for the Bottling House addition! What could have been lost forever was recently turned over to this website archives and will be posted in a future article once they have been researched and scanned.
Of the remaining six people known to have worked at the Sebewaing Brewing Company, until a few days ago, six were still with us. Lloyd E. Bolzman, 90, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Tuscola County Medical Care Facility in Caro. While employed at the brewery, he worked in the Bottling House and performed other various tasks on and off-site in the buildings owned or leased by the brewery. Lloyd was one of the more versatile brewery employees and would often cover for the approximate seven volunteer fireman who had to leave the brewery when the fire whistle sounded.
He was born April 9, 1924, to the late Ernest and Elsie (Thede) Bolzman. On Aug. 10, 1946, he married Evelyn (Dubs) at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Linkville.
Lloyd enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing. He was a life member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kilmanagh, serving on different church boards during his life time.
Lloyd is survived by his wife of 67 years, Evelyn; his children, Lois (Rodney) Bohn and Dale Bolzman of Sebewaing; two grandchildren, James (Jennifer) Bohn of Sebewaing and Bradley Bohn of Nashville, Tennessee; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and LeEtta Bohn of Sebewaing; his sister, Ruth Bernhardt; brother and sister-in-laws Henry and Ava Gies, Dorothy Hafner, Ruth Heck, May Deering, Shirley Dubs, Val Dubs and Wilbert Dubs.
Lloyd was preceded in death by an infant son, Dennis Lloyd; his parents Ernest and Elsie Bolzman; in-laws Bert and Hazel Dubs, Raymond and Frances Bolzman, Doris and Herschel Gruehn, Luella and Roland Irrer, Joseph Bernhardt, Omar Hafner, Raymond Heck, Delyle Deering, Jim Dubs, Bill Dubs, Betty and Nelson Dunn and Bette Dubs.
Canned beer makes its national debut in 1935. The Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company worked with the American Can Company to deliver 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale in Richmond, Virginia. Ninety-one percent of the drinkers approved and further production was approved. Continue reading
This website has had some recent publicity in the Michigan Thumb area and Huron County. On June 5th, a brewery label was provided from the website to help promote a story about the return of a batch of commemorative Golden Pheasant beer to the 2014 Sebewaing Annual Sugar Festival. The festival was this past weekend on June 13th-15th. The article from the June 5th Huron County View is to the left. Click on this article to see it in a larger format. A big thank you to John Bonke of the Huron County View for taking the time to inquire with me.
The United States Brewers Foundation and the Michigan Beer Association were promoters of American breweries. These organizations worked with newspapers and media companies to promote the consumption of beer in Michigan and throughout the United States. Continue reading