Koehler, Henry, Sr., n.d.


Portrait of Henry Koehler, Sr., n.d.

A first generation immigrant, Henry Koehler, Sr., belonged to the first wave of successful nineteenth-century German-American entrepreneurs in the cities of the Upper Mississippi River Valley. In 1849, upon completing a three-year apprenticeship as a master brewer in Mainz, he immigrated to the United States, where he quickly found work in the American beer industry. He went on to operate successful breweries in Fort Madison, Iowa; St. Louis, Missouri; and Davenport, Iowa. From: One Hundred Years of Brewing: A Complete History of the Progress Made in the Art, Science and Industry of Brewing in the World, Particularly During the Nineteenth Century. Chicago, IL: H.S. Rich & Company, 1903, p. 354.