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Term: Falk, Franz Lorenz 1824 - 1882

Definition: pioneer brewer, b. Miltenburg, Bavaria. He became a master brewer at 24, migrated to the U.S. and, via Cincinnati, to Milwaukee in 1848. He worked in various Milwaukee breweries until 1856, when he joined Frederick Goes in establishing the Bavarian brewery in Wauwatosa under the name of Goes and Falk. In 1866 Falk became sole owner, changed the firm name to the Franz Falk Brewing Co., and built it into one of the largest breweries in the area. Falk had a large family and several of his sons rose to importance in the Milwaukee region. CLARENCE RUDOLPH FALK, b. Milwaukee. He graduated from Harvard (B.A., 1893). He studied law at Harvard for one year, and in 1901 joined his brother, Herman W., in the Falk Co., becoming secretary-treasurer. He served in the quartermaster department during World War I, and from 1918 to 1933 in the ordnance department of the Officers' Reserve Corps. He fostered early commercial aviation and attempted to make Milwaukee an aviation manufacturing center. A prominent industrialist, he served as a director with several large Milwaukee corporations, and in official capacities with many aviation, educational, musical, and philanthropic organizations. FRANK R. FALK, b. Milwaukee. He began his career as a bank messenger, and at 21 joined his father in the brewing business. He served in executive capacities with the Franz Falk Brewing Co., the Falk, Jung, and Borchert Brewing Co., and the Pabst Brewing Co. until his retirement in 1902. He was prominently identified with the Milwaukee Musical Society, the National Saengerbund, and the Milwaukee Advancement Association, and was active in state Democratic politics. HERMAN WAHL FALK, b. Milwaukee. He was educated in the German-English Academy, Milwaukee and the Allen Military Academy, Chicago. He was at first identified with the Falk breweries but, shortly after their acquisition by the Pabst Brewing Co. in 1892, he abandoned brewing in favor of heavy manufacturing. In 1895 he organized the Falk Manufacturing Co. (which later became the Falk Co. and, after 1921, the Falk Corporation), manufacturers of street rail-way materials, heavy machinery, and castings, and pioneers in the development of power transmission devices. He was president of this firm (1895-1940), and chairman of the board (1940-1947). He was also a director of several large corporations, including the Heil Co, and Allis- Chalmers, and was president of the Falk Investment Co. and the Hope Investment Co. OTTO HERBERT FALK, b. Wauwatosa. He was educated in the German-English Academy at Milwaukee, Northwestern College at Watertown, and graduated from the Allen Military Academy in Chicago (1884). He served in the Wisconsin National Guard (1886-1895) and (1899-1911), retiring with the rank of brigadier general. He was state adjutant general (1893-1895), and in this capacity played a prominent role in reorganizing the Wisconsin National Guard. Also prominent in industrial circles, he organized the Wisconsin Milling Co. (1893), one of the largest corn-products mills in the nation. He served as president (1913--1932) and chairman of the board (1932-1940) of the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Co., and was an officer or director of numerous other corporations, manufacturing concerns, and banks. He held office on the Milwaukee Public Safety Commission, the Fire and Police Commission, and the Merchants' and Manufacturers' Association. Dict. Amer. Biog., Suppl. 2; E. B. Usher, Wis. (8 vols., Chicago, 1914); F. L. Holmes, et al., eds., Wis. (5 vols., Chicago, 1946); WPA field notes.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

98 records found

Faast, Benjamin F. 1884 - 1948
Fairchild, Col. Cassius (18291868)
Fairchild, Gov. Lucius (1831-1896)
Fairchild, Hiram Orlando 1845 - 1925
Fairchild, Jairus Cassius 1801 - 1862
Fairchild, Thomas E. 1912
Falge, Louis 1861 - 1918
Falk, Franz Lorenz 1824 - 1882
Falk, Harold Sands 1883 - 1957
Fallows, Samuel 1835 - 1922
Farley, Chris 1964 - 1997
Farnsworth, William 1796 - 1860
Farrar, Charles Samuel 1826 - 1903
Farrington, Edward Holyoke 1860 - 1934
Farrow, Margaret A. 1934
Farwell, Leonard James 1819 - 1889
Fassett, Norman Carter 1900 - 1954
Father Solanus Casey (1870 - 1957)
Favill, Stephen 1823 - 1906
Faville, John 1847 - 1927
Favre, Brett Lorenzo, 1969 -
Feinberg, Milton
Feingold, Russell D. 1953
Felder, Emma 1927 - 2008
Fenenga, Melmon Jacob 1858 - 1933
Ferber, Edna, 1885-1968
Fergus, Scott C. 1955
Ferrall, R. Michael 1936
Ferry, George Bowman 1851 - 1918
Fiedler, Otho August 1873 - 1948
Fields, Daniel B. 1952
Fifield, Samuel S. 1839 - 1915
Fillmore, John Comfort 1843 - 1898
Finch, Asahel Jr. 1809 - 1883
Fink, Albert 1867 - 1950
Finney, Frederick Norton 1832 - 1916
Finns in Wisconsin
Fire Nation
Fischer, Daniel 1952
Fish, Carl Russell 1876 - 1932
Fish, Irving Andrews 1881 - 1948
Fish, Ody J., 1925 --
Fisk, Theodore 1859 -
Fitch, Charles W. 1819 - 1899
Fitch, Grant 1859 - 1940
Fitzgerald, Jeff 1966
Fitzgerald, Scott L. 1963
Five Nations Confederacy
Flannigan, Allen J. 1909
Flemish Bastard
Flintrop, Richard A. 1945
Flynn, Gerald T. 1910
Flynn, James T. 1944
Fogo, William Montgomery 1841 - 1903
Folle Avoines, Fol Avoine, Folle Avoine
Fontanne, Lynn 1887 - 1983
Ford, Winifred 1876 - 1957
Forsyth, Thomas, 1771-1833.
Fortis, Louis G. 1947
Foster, Carlton 1826 - 1901
Foster, Edward Augustus 1829 - 1902
Foster, Nathaniel Caldwell 1834 - 1923
Foti, Steven M. 1958
Four Legs, Ho-Chunk chief, dates unverified
Fourier, Charles, 1772-1837
Fowler, Chester Almeron 1862 - 1948
Fox Indians
Fox, Albert Charles 1878 - 1934
Fox, Thomas P. 1946
Frackelton, Susan, 1848 - 1932
Frame, Andrew Jay 1844 - 1932
Frank, Glenn 1887 - 1940
Frank, Kurt A. 1945
Frank, Louis Frederick 1857 - 1918
Frank, Michael 1804 - 1894
Frankfurth, William 1829 - 1891
Franks, Jacob 1760 - 1840
Fraser, Thomas 1820 - 1893
Fratney, Frederick 1815 - 1855
Frear, James Archibald 1861 - 1939
Freehoff, William Adolph 1889 - 1950
Freese, Stephen J. 1960
Freethinkers in Wisconsin
French in Wisconsin
Frey, Frank Jacob 1859 - 1937
Frick, William Keller 1850 - 1918
Friedman, Oliver Albert 1893 - 1957
Friend, Jacob Elias 1857 - 1912
Frisby, Leander Franklin 1825 - 1889
Friske, Donald 1961
Fritschel, Herman Lawrence 1869 - 1957
Froehlich, Harold V. 1932
Frost, William Dodge 1867 - 1957
Fry, Rupert F. 1871 - 1935
Fuller, Margaret, 1810-1850
Fuller, Oliver Clyde 1860 - 1942
Fullsavoines
Fusseder, Francis 1825 - 1888

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