HENRY BREUNICH - After a varied and successful business career in Manhattan, Henry Breunich established himself
in The Bronx, where he is widely known as a constructive citizen. He is one of the old and highly respected members
of various Masonic bodies.
Henry Breunich was born, January 11, 1849, in Grunstadt, Rhine Pfalz, Bavaria, son of Hieronymus and Julia (Krieg)
Breuniclt. The father, born in Eisenberg, Rhine Pfalz, died November 11, 1911, in his eighty third year, after
more than sixty years of residence in the United States. He had a dairy business on Rivington Street. His wife,
born November 15, 1824, in Grunstadt, Germany, died in her ninetieth year. The family came to the United States
when Henry Breunich was an infant and lived on the lower east side of New York City.
The boy attended school on Rivington Street and the new building on Broome Street, under Principal Martin, until
his parents sent him to a private school on Market Street, which was conducted by Dr. Dulon, father in law of General
Franz Siegel, the celebrated German patriot These private lessons so speeded the boy's education that he completed
his studies and was able to go to work at the age of fourteen as a hat salesman in the store of George Hewison,
on Chatham Street. After two years there, he entered the employ of Goedel and Goedecke, wholesale silk merchants,
of Murray Street, and remained with them for five years. His next change was to a business venture of his own.
He bought a half interest in the hat business of Pfister, the Hatter, and the firm prospered under the name of
Pfister and Breunich, at the corner of Eldridge and Grand streets until Mr. Ereunich became sole proprietor. After
four years, he established a wholesale California wine business at No. 81 Essex Street, which he conducted for
four years. His next venture, a coal and wood yard on Eighteenth Street and Avenue C, into which he finally took
a partner, Mr. Miller, prospered for a time under the name of Miller and Breunich. Finally Mr. Breunich sold his
interest to Mr. Miller, who as sole owner operated the business, and soon thereafter Mr. Breunich opened a coal
yard at Cannon and Stanton streets, which flourished there until his retirement in 1912. Since that date he has
occupied himself with his property and private affairs in The Bronx.
Mr. Breunich is a member of Germania Lodge, No. 182, Free and Accepted Masons, of the Knights Templar, and since
1872, has been affiliated with the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He belongs also to the Polar
Star Lodge, No. 119, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
On March 19, 1870, in New York City, at the First German Presbyterian Church, Madison and Montgomery streets, Henry
Breunich was married (first), by Rev. Dr. B. Krusi, to Philippina Kraemer, daughter of Joseph and Philippina Kraemer.
Born in Hesse-Darmstadt, she died in 1891. Mr. Breunich married (second), January 8, 1893, Emma Fauerbach, who
died in 1916, survived by three children: Emma Henrietta, born December 4, 1893; John Thomas Wiles, born December
29, 1894, married to Grace Burt and they have children: Marian, Jean. and John Thomas, Jr.; Wright Dusenberry Pownall,
born February 21, 1897; who married Emma Mangers. Mr. Breunich married (third), November 26, 1917, in New York,
Emily Straisslin, an old schoolmate, daughter of James Straisslin and Caroline (Lange) Straisslin, and widow of
Charles W. Kenneway, by whom she had a child, Charles. Mr. Breunich's children by his first wife were: 1. Julia
Wilhelmina, born April 6, 1871, married Frederick Sparrenberger, an officer in the United States Medical Corps
at Fort Mussila, Montana, by whom she has a child: John Henry Sparrenberger. 2. Hieronymus, born March 12, 1874;
married Anna Louise Aursi, and they have two children: Oneta and Paul. 3. Joseph Charles, born December 18, 1876;
married Anna Polinsky, and they have children: Joseph Charles, Jr., Dorothy, and Otto Arthur. 4. Jacob Groebel,
born in 1878; married Madeleine Neisel, and they have a child, Katherine. 5. Henry Breunich, Jr., born October
27, 1881; married Minnie Schwendeman, and they have children: Henry (3rd), and Theodore. 6. Frank Fiefe, born March
26, 1884; married Isabell Verilac. 7. Philippina Breunich, born November 13, 1886. 8. Otto Theobald Breunich, born
June 19, 1890; married Virginia Ebel and they have a daughter, Virginia Alice, born May 27, 1920.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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