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Putnam
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Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 11:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

from Page 647 of History of Monroe County, Michigan: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, its People, and its Principal Interests

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Fred M. Kressbach. The present popular and efficient incumbent of the office of city clerk of Monroe, Michigan is Fred M. Kressbach, who is well kown in Monroe county, where he was born and reared and where he has resided during the greater part of his life time thus far. He is a business man of shrewd ability and keen forsight and as a result of his fair and honorable methods and sterling integrity of character he became a candidate for the office of city cerk, to which important position he was elected for the first time in 1910.

Fred M. Kressbach was born at Monroe, Michigan, October 1, 1869, and he is a son of John and Judith (Baier) Kressbach, the former of whom was born at Wuertemburg, Germany, and the latter of whom claims the same place of her nativity. John Kressbach passed his boyhood and early manhood in Germany, where he attended school until his fourteenth year, when he entered upon an apprenticeship to learn the wagon-maker's trade. After thoroughly familiarizing himself with the work of his trade he traveled as a journeyman, visiting a number of interesting European cities. In 1854 he emigrated to the United States, landing in New York city, whence he went directly to Monroe, Michigan. Here he entered the employ of Mr. Spalding, for whom he worked on a farm for a salary of eight dollars per month. Subsequently he was employed for several years by Jacob Kull as blacksmith. And in 1868 he assumed charge of the Detroit Wine Company, which prominent concern has its headquarters at Monroe. He had the care of the above wine company from 1868 until 1888, and during that score of years he acquired the knowledge of an expert in the art of conducting vineyards and manufacturing grapes into wine. His quality of wine became very popular and was highly recommended for its brilliant color and, superior clarity and unusual richness of taste. As wine-maker he held prestige as one of the best in the entire state. He was a man of fine intellect, upright and honest in all his intentions and ever commanded the unqualified confidence and respect of all with hom he had dealings. His death occured in 1888 and his death was mourned throughout the section ...



The federally subsidized railroad was a job-maker for Kressbach.

(Message edited by putnam on March 27, 2008)
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Tiorted
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Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 11:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

the reason for this post is what?
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Bigb23
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Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 11:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"The federally subsidized railroad was a job-maker for Kressbach."

Maybe?
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Putnam
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Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 11:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I should have included this from deeper in the quotation (available at the link provided):

quote:

... Upon completing his education he (Fred) entered the employ of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Company, working in the freight office of that concern, in this city, for a period of fifteen years. ...

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Jrvass
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Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 1:57 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Fred's dead? I didn't even know he was sick!

I would have sent him a card.
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Ed_golick
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Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 7:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Loved the movie. Phoebe Cates is hot!


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Lowell
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Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 9:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

From what I know of Putnam, I will guess this is about [Michigan?] wine. How did I do?
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Putnam
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Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 9:56 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah, I just thought it was a neat story, from a local history and wine perspective both. Also, I dig the naked promotional phrasing ("He is a business man of shrewd ability and keen forsight and as a result of his fair and honorable methods and sterling integrity of character he became a candidate for the office ") ... call it nostalgia. But really, it's not that different in substance than what you read nowadays.

Also, there's the immigration story, which I imagine being repeated all around me in the southwest D.

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