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Brüne ancestors - From Bontkirchen (Sauerland),
moved to Glashütte i. Sachsen and then to Köln

History

(Village of Bontkirchen
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  Jobst Brüne and his wife Eizabeth Füllegrab, mentioned in Bontkirchen around 1660/1670, are my oldest traced Brüne ancestors to-date.
     

(Church Johnsbach
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Johann Christoph Brüne, born in the nearby village of Messinghausen is the son of Johannes Christophorus and of Elisabetha Schmid, from Bontkirchen.

Great-grandson of Jobst Brüne, Johann Christoph settles in Johnsbach near Glashütte i. Sachsen around 1815-1820.

     

(Markt 4 in 2006
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His son Ernst Anton owned a grocery store in Glashütte i. Sachsen. He was also Treasurer of the "Spar- und Vorschußvereine G.m.b.H." (founded in 1860) in Glashütte until 1899. He lived (and had his store) in the House located at Markt No 4.

Below a summary of the careers of my grand father Fritz and his father Conrad Brüne.

If you have more information or even pictures... please write to me !


Conrad Brüne

Conrad Brüne

Conrad Benno Brüne
Born 19 Oct 1853 in Glashütte i. Sachsen
Died 22 Jul 1931 Langebrück i. Sachsen.

Conrad married Eugenia Selma Lydia née Haude on 22 Mar 1890 in Dresden.
Born 14 Oct 1863 Christburg
Died May 1945, Langebrück i. Sachsen.

Pictured with his father Ernst Anton Clemens Brüne and 3 of his 5 children: (left to right : Fritz, Helmut and Herbert). Picture probably taken around 1901-1902.

 

Director of the Radeberger Exportbier Brauerei

Conrad wanted to become beer brewer. His father did not have any money to pay for his studies, Conrad's eldest brother, Emil, advanced the money.

Conrad left Glashütte in 1886, to join a small brewery in Radeberg (founded in 1866), first called "Brauerei zum Felsenkelle", then as of 1885 renamed into "Radeberger ExportbierBrauerei". He started there as Master brewer.

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After Conrad joined the brewery, it produced a Pilsner type of beer called "Böhmisch".

Success was immediate and contributed to a rapid and important growth. The brewery, renamed again as "Radeberger Pilsner" was exporting throughout the world and in particular to the USA.

Conrad was promoted Director of the brewery in late February 1897 and admitted to the board of directors before September 1898. After the merge with the Deutsche Bierbrauerei AG.

In May 1903 he became member of the board of the new entity until his retirement in 1923 where he was then elected to its supervisory board until his death in 1931.

     

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The brewery success was such that King Friedrich August von Sachsen asked to visit the brewery.

On the 21st of August 1907, a large tent was raised behind the brewery. Conrad's daughter Erna read a Poem for his Majesty and Conrad lead the King through the factory visit.

Conrad became a "Königlichen Kommerzienrat" in 1911.

He also developed the "Dreihorden-Malzdarre" as it is called and took out a patent on it from German Patent Office. In 1911, the "Darre System Patent Brüne" as it was called officially, was installed in the tower of the brewery.

Newspaper articles published at the time the King of Saxony visited - August 21st, 1907
(Source : Radeberger Exportbier Brauerei - Archives)

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...Am Eingange der reichdekorierten Brauerei, die nach der Dresdener Straße zu von einem aus großen Lager-und Transportfässern errichteten Triumpfbogen flankiert wurde, begrüß ten Sr. Majestät die Mitglieder des Vorstandes und des Aufsichtsrates der Brauerei und zwar von ersterem die Herren Direktoren Brüne und Matthias von letzterem die Herren Kommerzienrat Georg Arnold Consul und Kommerzienrat Reichel und Regierungsrat a.D. Ehszescineki. Nachdem Sr. Majestät in ein für Hofe der Brauerei errichtetes geschmack volles Zelt geleitet worden war, sprach das liebreizende Töchterchen des Herrn Direktors Brüne, Fräulein Erna Brüne einen poetischen "Willkommensgruß", von Herrn Professor Oertel verfaßt, welcher folgenden Wortlaut hatte:

Willkommen Herr in uns'er Heimatsflur!
Du kennst sie ja, Du hast sie oft durchzogen,
Du weißt, sie zeigt bescheid'ne Reize nur; nicht Merresflut, nur Korn und Wipfel wogen; nicht stolz umrahmt Dich Hochtgebirgsnatur, nur Hügel wölben sich in sanftem Bogen.
Heut'eile nicht, heut hemm Deine Schritte und rast'ein Weilchen froh in unsrer Mitte

Willkommen Herr, in uns rer Heimatstadt! Am Heiderande schien sie weltverloren, kein Dom, kein Prunkbau fand hier seine Statt. Arm lag sie vor der reichen Hauptstadt Toren. Doch blieb sie's nicht. Denn der Gewerbefleiß hat, Sie sich zu seinem Lieblingssitz erkoren, Wo Arbeit und Erfolg sich glücklich einen; Ein Bild von Deinem Sachsenland im Kleinen.

Willkommen, Herr, der Werkgenossenschaft! Hier, wo sich hundert fleiss`ge Hände regen, wo tausendhändig die Maschine schaffl, der gelben Gerstenfelder Aehrensegen, veredelt durch des Hopfens würz'ge Kraft, in flüssig Gold geschäftig umzuprägen. Dem Du geruhtest - uns zu hohen Ehren An Deinem Tisch ein Plätzchen zu gewähren. Auch unser Herz gewannst Du, wie es Dir, Allüberall, wo Du nur warst, gelungen, "Wir lieben Dich" so ist es eben hier, aus treuer Männer Munde Dir erklungen, "Wir lieben Dich" so sei' s gesagt von mir, mit diesem Strauss auch für die Schar der Jungen: So mögen denn die Jungen wie die Alten, Dich und Dein Haus für immer lieb behalten.

Nachdem der König der Sprecherin einige liebenswürdige Worte der Anerkennung gesagt und einen Strauß prachtvoller Rosen aus ihrer Hand entgegengenommen hatte, hielt Herr Kommerzienrat Arnhold eine Ansprache.

...Am Eingang desselben begrüßte und empfing den Monarchen die Geschäftsleitung, der technische Direktor Herr Brüne, der kaufmännische Leiter Herr Matthias und der Vorsitzende des Aufsichtsrats, Herr Kommerzienrat Arnhold aus Dresden. Der letztere richtete an den Hohen Gast einige Begrüßungsworte und teilte mit, daß die Geschäftsleitung eine Stiftung von 10.000,-- M zum Wohle ihres Personals errichtet habe.

Am Pavillon überreichte das Töchterchen des Herrn Direktor Brüne Sr. Majestät einen Blumenstrauß unter Aussagen eines sinnigen Poems... Die Direktion der Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei bildet z.Zt. Herr Direktor C. Brüne und Herr Direktor E. Matthias und steht ersterer schon seit über 23 Jahren an leitender Stelle des Unternehmens...

Conrad retires and dies accidentally

("Langebrück House"
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Conrad Brüne retired on November 1, 1923 in Langebrück where he had purchased a comfortable property and lived until a stupid but fatal accident - missed a train steps - took him away July 22, 1931.

January 2006 - A building of Radeberger Pilsner bears the name of Conrad Brüne
(Source : "Ein Firmenporträt" - the Radeberger Pilsner Brewery).

("Conrad Brüne Haus"
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The company currently employs around 250 people on its site of Radeberg. At the beginning of 2006, it inaugurates for its personnel a new "social" building named "Conrad Brüne Haus", honouring one of its historical leaders that significantly marked the history of Radeberger Pilsner.

Conrad Brüne, Master-brewer and later Director of the "Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei" brewery from 1886 to 1923, is regarded as one of the craftsmen that gave its worldwide reputation.

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Fritz Brüne

Fritz Brüne  

Fritz Heinrich Brüne
Born 18 Oct 1893 in Radeberg i. Sachsen
Died 31 Jan 1974 in Königtsein i. Taunus

Fritz married Carmen Johanna Martha née Stulz on 2 Dec 1919 in Radeberg i. Sachsen.
Born 29 Jan 1901 in Radeberg i. Sachsen
Died 6 Jul 1983 in Heidelberg

Conrad Brüne (1853 - 1931), Kommerzienrat and Director of the Radeberger Exportbier Brauerei buys* his sons Hellmuth (1890 - 1975) and Fritz (my grandfather, 1893 - 1974) the Glas factory Gebr. Eibenstein Glashüttenwerke Gmbh in Bischofswerda, known as "Brüneglass Bischofswerda" for telegrams and G.E.B as logo.

The manufacturing program focuses on glass for electrical lamps.

* Herbert Friedrich, friend of Hellmuth Brüne, was also a large shareholder when it came to buying the Eibenstein factory. This family was a wealthy socks manufacturer in Chemnitz.

(Click to enlarge pictures of the Eibenstein - then Brüne Glashütte)

Here a few more photos of this factory, then and until probably the 1980's. In June 2006 all was just ruins and desolation. See here another article (in german) about this company.

In 1942, the young brother of Fritz and Hellmuth becomes Director of the Factory, which then counts around 151 workers - a number that will continuously fall until the stop of the production on April 30, 1945.

Among their suppliers, the chemical factory "Gebr. Cüppers" of Dresden, founded by the brothers Fritz and Wilhelm Cüppers in the late 1890s. The son of Fritz, Fritz Jr., became a friend of Fritz Brüne, and forced to leave Radeberg at the end of the 2nd world war (39-45), ended up staying for his retirement years with his wife Thea in the apartment available in the house of Fritz Brüne in Königstein i . Taunus.

As for the company, later lead by the descendants of Fritz Cüppers (Hellmuth, Steffen and Nicolaus) as the Cüppers Chemie GmbH in Radeberg, specialized in enamel, eventually went bankrupt in the 2000s. In 2011, the site hosts a company specialized in recycling.

Herbert Brüne and his "right arm" Bachmann worked on restarting the production between June 25, 1945 until December of that year, with the help of 10 employees. On October 30, 1945, the Soviet military administraion (SMAD), seized the company's capital.

Production restarts in January 1946 with over 150 workers. On June 30, 1946, the business was expropriated and placed under the Supervision of the Land of Sachsen.

Fritz left for Bavaria to shelter his family from the Russians, leaving his brother Hellmuth (or Herbert?) to manage their businesses.

Hellmuth (or Herbert?) was able to retain management of the business until 1948 when the local authorities decided to appoint Bruno Bachmann as Director of the"VEB Gebr Eibenstein Bischofswerda".

Fritz, 56 and Hellmuth, 59, started from scratch and built a new factory "Brüne Glas" in Porz bei Köln, soon joined by their younger brother Herbert, 47 on a leased land.


 

(Click to enlarge picture. From left to right : Fritz Brüne, Klaus Brüne son of Fritz behind the unknown lady, Hellmuth Brüne, 2 far right gentlemen unknown)

Fritz and his brothers retired in the late sixties, leaving the next generation to co-manage the factory. Fritz moved with his wife to Köngistein i. Taunus spending a few well deserved relaxing years, before his death in 1974.

 

(Click to enlarge pictures of the Brüne-Glas logo and view of the factory in Porz)

As to the factory, the land lease coming to an end as well as other economical and competition related issues forced its closure in 1971. In the good years it counted up to 400 employees. The land has since be reclaimed and the factory replaced by appartment buildings.

Here the cover page of one of their catalogs:


Genealogy tree of the first 7 known Brüne generations


Sources

  • The descendants Ernst Anton Brüne, family archives and "Ahnenpass"
  • Marco Schröder (Dresden) - GGG Nephew of Johanna Christiane Schröder, second wife of Ernst Anton Brüne. Marco published in January 2008 the excellent 101 pages "Die geschichte unserer Familie"
  • Archives from the "Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei" company thanks to the kindness of M. L. Hiller, Verkaufsdirektor.
  • "Biblioteksjournal" der Christian Weisse - Bibliothek Zittau (Dipl Ing D. Mauerhoff)
  • Dr F. J. Lahme

Other links

Bontkirchen
- Brilon.de

Messinghausen

Messinghausen
- Brilon.de

Glashütte

Glashütte
- Official site
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Site of Daniel Schütze
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Johnsbach b. Glashütte i. Sachsen

Bischofswerda Bischofswerda
- Bischofswerda
Porz-am-Rhein Porz am Rhein
- Porz am Rhein b. Köln