Biography of William Simon


Simon, William, Buffalo, proprietor of the well-known John Schusler Brewing Company, was born in Benchen, Baden, Germany, May 22, 1853, and received a public school education. As a boy he was employed in his father's brewery. When eighteen he came to America, and after working at the cooperage trade for a short time in Morrisania, N. Y., settled in Williamsville, Erie county, where he was connected with different breweries for six years. He then became foreman in the brewery of Conrad Decher at East Boston, Mass., but one year later removed to Buffalo, where he has since resided. Here he was braumeister for George Rochevot and afterward for George Roos, and for eight years was braumeister and superintendent for Gerhard Lang, and later revisited Germany for his health. Returning to Buffalo in 1888 he formed a copartnership with Mrs. Susan Schusler, widow of the late John Schusler, and took charge of the famous Schusler brewery. In October, 1894, Mr. Simon became sole proprietor. This brewery was established on Broadway in 1852, and in 1854 was removed to the corner of Emslie and Eagle streets, where it now occupies nearly an entire block. Its capacity is about 100,000 barrels of beer annually. In 1873 Mr. Simon married Theresa Bronstetter, of Germany, and they have two sons and three daughters.

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