Biography of Charles Reissig


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CHARLES REISSIG, wholesale and retail florist, was born in Hamburg, Germany, August 20, 1818, and after leaving school was employed for a short time at the trade of boilermaker. In 1836 he went to Rio Janeiro, South America, and entered the employ of the Brazilian Government as boilermaker, which position ho filled two years, aud was subsequently employed in the Brazilian Government Navy Yards for two years, afterward for five years in the employ of the Brazilian Steam Packet Company as a boiler maker. In February, 1845, he left Rio Janeiro for New York, and from there went to Geneva, Wis. Not finding an opening there for his business, he walked to Chicago, arriving in the spring of 1845. Two years later he opened a steam boiler and engine factory, and built up a very large business, giving employment to some 200 men, he built the stand pipe for the city water works erected in 1854; also built, in the same year, for the waterworks a large reservoir on Adams Street, and in 1858 erected one on the North Side and another on the West Side, besides considerable other public work. In 1869 he disposed of his manufacturing business. Mr. Reissig in 1856 built a small green house at his home, on West Sixteenth Street, and began to cultivate plants for his own pleasure, but grad nally enlarged his prennses, and in 1860 embarked in the wholesale and retail plant business, and now has extensive business premises in Chicago. In 1873 he built five large green-houses at Riverside, and transferred his plants to that place. He has ten large green-houses, in which are 50,000 square feet of glass, 16,000 feet of four-inch pipe. and $700 worth of fnel is required annually to keep the atmosphere in these binidings at a proper temperature. His place is known throughout the surrounding country as Reissigs Exotic Gardens. Mr. Reissig in former years took an active interest in the political matters of Chicago. The subject of this sketch was married in Chicago, in 1872, to Mary Becker, and the union has been blessed with five children Flora, Rose, Lily, Charles and Daisy.

History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.