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Name Frank BALDER64
Birth 17 November 1849, Kanitz, Silesia, Prussia64
Death 17 November 1889, St. Cloud, Stearns Co., MN64
Burial 19 November 1889, St. Cloud, Stearns Co., MN64
Occupation Owned A Brewery In St. Cloud, Stearns Co., MN & Fireman At The Old Little Giant Engine Company64
Cause of death Typhoid Fever64
Father Carl F. BALDER (1820-1897)
Mother Maria RATTER (1820-1895)
1 Dorothea ECKEL64,133
Birth 25 September 1857, Addison, Washington Co., WI135,72
Death 16 August 1934, St. Cloud, Stearns Co., MN72
Burial 18 August 1934, St. Cloud, Stearns Co., MN135
Father Heinrich ECKEL
Mother Juliana (?)
Marriage 29 November 1874, Addison, Washington Co., WI64,92
Children Clara M. (1876-1916)
Frank R. (1878-1920)
William J. (1880-1940)
Louis Carl (1882-1942)
Notes for Frank BALDER
At the time of the July 1st, 1870 U.S. Federal census, Frank was 20 years old and living in Ward 6 of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois at the home of Armand and Johanna Balder and their four children. The house was valued at $4,500. Frank was working as a beer brewer, Armand (age 45) was working as a carpenter, and Armand's son William (age 15) was working as an apprentice druggist. Both Frank and Armand indicated that they were from Prussia, Johanna was from Hungary, and all Armand's and Johanna's children were born in Illinois. [Source: 1870 U.S. Census, Chicago Ward 6, Cook Co. Illinois, Roll M593-201, p. 378]

Frank's marriage record indicates he was a beer brewer in Mayville, Dodge County, Wisconsin. From Neal Degner, Germantown, WI June 2000

At the time of the 1880 federal census, Frank was 30 years old and living with his wife Dora and their two children, Clara (age 4) and Frank (age 2), in St. Cloud, Stearns County, MN. Also living with them were Lina Stamonn (age 18), a servant, and Charlie Novak (age 48), Henry Richter (age 21), John Gaffka (age 22) and Jacob McGeyor (age 22), laborers. Frank was working as a brewer at the time. [Source: NA Film No. T9-0634, p. 442B]

"FRANK BALDER, of the firm of Balder & Weber, Brewers, was born in Prussia, on the 17th of November, 1849. He came to America in 1870, first settling in Chicago, where he remained two years, thence to Napierville, Illinois, one year, after which he came to St. Cloud, but only remained five months; going to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and remaining five years. In 1878 he returned to St. Cloud, and became a partner with A. Thierse, in the brewery business, which partnership continued until the 1st of February, 1881, when his present partner, Nick J. Weber, purchased Mr. Thierse's interest. Mr. Balder was united in marriage with Miss Dora Eckel, on the 29th of November, 1875. Their children are, Clara M., Frank R., and William F." -- from "History of the Upper Mississippi Valley," St. George Township (1881)

Frank Balder was a member of the Little Giant Engine Company of St. Cloud. The first meeting of the department was held at the courthouse in 1864. In November of 1865 the first company of real firefighters was organized, and a small hand pump -- the "old Prince" machine -- was purchased secondhand from St. Paul. Over the years the city fire department continued to grow by moving from an old barn for storage of the equipment to its own headquarters. In 1871 they bought two bells and by 1873 the city had bonds issued to buy a first class Hanneman hand engine and 600 feet of hose. In 1878 the Hook and Ladder Company was organized with a farm wagon, a set of old ladders, and men to man the equipment. When the water works system for the city was completed, Hose Company No. 1 was created with a fine cart and 1,000 feet of hose. Hose Company #2 was organized in 1886.135

Three children of Mr. Frank Balder are sick with measles. "City Items", 16 Jul 1884, St. Cloud Times newspaper clipping.135

A sidewalk is being built on the street running from the Court House north, and will be completed to Balder and Weber's brewery in a few days. "City Items", 16 Jul 1884, St. Cloud Times newspaper clipping.135

Clara, the oldest child, married in 1898, the two oldest boys, Frank and William worked for the brewery for a time and then enlisted in the 13th Company M Minnesota Volunteers in the Spanish American War and the Philippine Insurrection. While they both survived, their health was not good. Louis, Clara and mother Dora wrote letters to the boys during their military service.

(Connie Balder Mickolajak talks of visiting her great-grandfather's grave:) "After much searching... I found Franz's headstone. Most of the carving is worn away and the top cross is missing. Apparently, these early burials were in another cemetery not too far from either the brewery and Holy Angel's Catholic Church. A couple of years after Franz was buried, the entire cemetery was moved -- coffins and stones -- by wagon through the city of St. Cloud. They were reburied in Calvary."

St. Cloud City Directory: Breweries:

"Frank Balder, proprietor, is located on Eighth ave north between Fifth and Sixth streets, has a daily capacity of 25 barrels and has one of the largest and finest brick malt houses in the state. A force of eight men is employed the year round. Mr. Balder also runs his own cooper shop and has bottling works in connection with the brewery, where two barrels of his own make of beer are bottled daily. A fine spring supplies an abundance of pure water."135

Frank Balder's Obituary:

"On November 17, 1849, Frank Balder was born at Schlesien, Prussia. On November 17, 1889, he died at his home in this city. Mr. Balder was first a resident of St. Cloud in 1878, when he was foreman in Enderle's brewery. From here he went to Milwaukee as foreman of a big malt house there, but returned to St. Cloud in 1878 and bought an interest in a brewery here. He was successful in his business, which increased rapidly, and three years ago he bought out his partner and afterwards controlled it alone. For two years or more, however, his health had not been good, and when attacked by typhoid fever recently he was not able to rally. Mr. Balder served one term, from 1881 to 1883, as alderman from the Fourth ward, was a member of the old Little Giant Engine Company, and was a pleasant, companionable man who made many friends and few enemies. He leaves a wife and four children. The funeral occurred on Tuesday forenoon and was largely attended, the fire department, on invitation of the exempt members of the department, following to the grave the body of their former comrade, in full uniform with emblems draped in crepe.

Frank's second obituary:



Mr. Frank Balder Died on His Fortieth Birthday,
from an Attack of Typhoid Fever.

"Tuesday morning, shortly after 11 o'clock, Frank Balder ceased to finally struggle against the inevitable and quietly passed away. His demise occurred on his fortieth birthday, he having been born November 17, 1849 at Schleslien, Prussia, Germany. During the past year his health had not been the best, and when an attack of typhoid fever overtook him recently his constitution was not strong enough to stand the ordeal.
"As will be seen from the above, Mr. Balder was a native of Germany, where he learned the brewing business, previous to his arrival in America twenty-six years ago He first came to Milwaukee, where he served in the capacity of foreman in the malt department of the Phillip Best Brewing Company. In 1877, he came to St. Cloud and formed a partnership with O. Thierse for the purpose of establishing a brewery. Thierse subsequently sold his interest to Mr. N. J. Weber and the firm was known as Balder & Weber, until three years ago when Mr. Balder bought his partner's interest in the establishment. In his business Mr. Balder was very successful and only a few weeks ago had completed extensive improvements for a steam process of brewing.
"The deceased married Dorotha Eckel in 1874, who survives him with four children, three boys and one girl. His parents are yet alive and at present residents of Duelm, Benton county, where also five of his brothers and two sisters make their home. These, together with a host of friends, remain to mourn the death of a man in the prime of his life, when he has reached a point where he might rest and reap the fruits of his labors and then repair to his rest content and happy in the knowledge of 'work well done.'
"The funeral takes place tomorrow morning from the Cathedral, and the fire department will probably attend in a body."

German Obituary translated by Wendy Abbot:
"The embittering Death, to which we all have to pay tribute however near or far into the distance, has made a selection _______ ___________________ __________. Today__________________________. Tomorrow he demands a _______ _______child and even those in the strong age of manhood must follow him when he announces the hour of parting. Recently brew master Franz Balder had to follow him from here on Sunday morning around 11 o'clock. At that hour when the sad announcement of the departure of our fellow citizen Franz Balder was spread about; he, who for several years _____________________, he rests now under the earth and (which ___________are again on the serious words mentioned,) which so often have rung in our ears, that Death will surely come, the exact hour is uncertain, in which we must follow his call. The deceased was born on the 17th of November in Schlesien in Germany, therefore he should have celebrated his 40th birthday on the day of his death. In the old homeland he dedicated himself to matters of brewing. In the age of 23 he immigrated with his parents and siblings to America and continued here to build on foundations with untiring industry, which he had laid on that side of the ocean and he brought his vocation here far here that he was able to enjoy the distinction as a brewer of the best reputation and everywhere he served he brought honor to himself and his workers.
"As a young boy he worked for many years in the Enderle Brewery [also in St. Cloud], in Milwaukee, where he was the foreman of the Malting department of the Phillip-Best Brewing Company. [This is now Pabst, as Pabst married Best's daughter and the brewery passed to him]. He was employed there for years. Since St. Cloud had become his favorite place and because it offered him a good opportunity to become independent he returned in that year back to St. Cloud, became a part of the company business with the brewery owner at that time, Thierse. Later he was in business with Mr. Richard J. Weber, who took over Thierse's part of the brewery in a business agreement and (Mr. Balder) has continued this extensive brewing business for three years under his own name. Mr. Balder enjoyed the best success in his business, to which the beautiful building (brewery) which was constructed under his guidance will bear witness for today and for a long time to come. Shortly before his death, he laid out note worthy improvements, so that Balder's Brewery in reality can be observed as one of the best equipped in the state. After a lot of hard work and worry the deceased could have enjoyed a peaceful evening in his life, but death stepped in. During the last year of his life he was more or less suffering; in an afflection typhus finally set in and this placed an end to his untiring existence
"In 1874 the deceased entered into blessed Matrimony with Derothea Erkel[Dorothea Eckel -- the family must have Americanized the name]; from the happy marriage issued four children who justified their fondest hopes. His parents and seven of his siblings live in Daelm, Benton Co. On Tuesday morning a large circle of friends along with his survivors mourned the early death of the deceased, whose earthly shell was carried out from the cathedral to his last place of rest under the auspice of the fire department -- he was a member of the "Little Giant Company". A large funeral procession moved behind the casket, as an indication that they could demonstrate this last honor to a good, hard-working, esteemed German citizen. May he now rest from his many earthly labors, may he find the peace which the world can not give, may the judge of all judges grant him the blessed judgment that has been promised. To the sad widow and the four little ones, to whom common sympathy is brought, should the "Northstar" herewith its deep sympathy."

["As a note: The German speaking head of the Stearns County Research Center told me that Duelm -- spelled Daelm in German and pronounced originally as Dilm, was a town in West Phalia." -- Connie Balder Mickolajak ]135

An article in the St. Cloud Daily Times, Friday, March 15, 1907
'Two Big Realty Deals - CD Sschwab Buys the Searle Block Frank Mattock Purchases Old Balder Brewery.'
The Brewery Deal
John McElroy today received a telephone message from Frank Mattock, of Pillsbury, Minn., that he had closed a deal for the purchase of the Balder brewery property in this city, and that it was expected that his partner would be in the city this afternoon to make the final arrangements for the transfer of the property. Mr. Mattock is the gentleman who is interested in the proposition of putting a woolen mill in this city and this is what the building is to be used for.
The deal was brought about through the efforts of the Commerical Club.
The structure is located on the north side, and is considered especially well adapted to the manufacturing business. It has remained idle for years and is somewhat run down, but the gentlemen who have bought the building expect to make all kinds of improvements.
The business is owned by the Chas. Powell estate, and it is understood that the price paid for it was $3,000.135

An article in the St. Cloud newspaper August 18, 1919 stated:
'Members of Little Giant Engine Co. of St. Cloud, Names found in the Belfry of Hose House.' Apparently while the old fire hall belfry was being torn down, the workman discovered the names of the members of the Little Giant Engine Company [formed in 1882]. The firemen of the era prepared a list and will place it in the belfry of the new belfry which was being built. The name of Frank Balder [brewmaster] was on the original list of 1882. Also among the names of the successors to the Little Giant Co of 1886 were Robert Balder and Nic Weber [Balder's partner]. On Franks' funeral day the entire membership, in full uniform, turned out for his funeral at Holy Angels Cathedral."135
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