1903 Baltimore Butcher Association Elects Officers
First Butcher in Baltimore was a German Lutheran by the name of Andrew Steiger
Adam Appel (to 1893)
Mr. Appel was a native of Germany. He came to this country with his parents in 1854. They came to Baltimore and were well respected and admired butchers. Their business grew rapidly. Adam worked with his father until 1872 when he opened his own butcher business and was located at the Hollins Market. He stayed at the market for twenty years…actually until his death in 1893.
Mr. Appel was a moral man and honest. His business grew and his circle of friends widened as well.
He married Alary Hoehn, also a
native of Germany. Ms. Appel took over
the business upon the death of Adam. There
were no children.
Binkert's Meat Products, LLC
In 1953, Egon Binkert and his wife Jrmgard immigrated to the United States from Erzingen, a small town in Germany bordering Switzerland. He worked for a local butcher in Baltimore until 1964, when he and Jrmgard started their own business manufacturing sausages, lunchmeats, salamis and hams in the Black Forest tradition.
Initially the products were delivered mostly to D.C and Northern Virginia to the many flourishing German restaurants and delis in the area. In 1980, Egon bought a commercial lot on Philadelphia Road in Rosedale and built a larger facility there. This enabled the addition of a retail store to the USDA inspected manufacturing plant. The Binkerts were well-liked and active members of the various German Clubs in the Baltimore-Washington area, and never missed a German Day, Oktoberfest or cultural event in their many years together running “the butcher shop”.
Egon and Jrmgard retired in 2000, both at the age of 81. Their only daughter Sonya and her German-born husband Lothar Weber took over the business that year and have been fortunate to be able to watch the business’s popularity grow. Besides old and new restaurants, hotels and specialty stores, they also supply local organizations and schools for their fairs, parties and Oktoberfests. The store has expanded to include imported grocery items from Germany. Binkert’s patrons are varied; many locals and neighbors frequent the shop, as well as customers from bordering states who arrive with coolers to take the goodies back home. In addition, Binkert’s is also online, shipping sausages and other German delicacies all across the country.
The shop is located at 8805 Philadelphia Rd. Their phone is 410-687-5959.
[Information was supplied by Sonya Binkert Weber]
John Blöcher (1-18-1863 to 7-26-1929)
Henry Blöcher (1-11-1875 to 7-12-1951)He learned the trade in Baltimore from another well-known butcher, Ruppersberger. He opened his own shop on December 2, 1886 at 2801 Layfayette Avenue. This plant became a model ‘slaughterhouse’. He also operated a stall at the Cross Street Market.
He married Pauline Repp on June 28, 1887. Together they had four children, three daughters and one son.
He was well respected in business as well as in the German community. He was a member of the Sincerity Lodge 181, Merchant’s Council 576; Unkel Bräsig Verein; President of the Mechanics Exchange Fishing Club and a member of the Metzger Verein #1 of Baltimore.
Henry Blöcher was born in Wallau, Hesse-Darmstadt and was the brother of John. He came to the U.S. in 1891 and learned the butcher trade from his brother. In 1901, Henry opened his own shop at Riggs Avenue and Monroe Street.
Henry married Elizabeth Kepp on june 12, 1900. Together they had two sons, only one surviving to adulthood, John, Hr.
He was also a member of Sincerity Lodge 181 and the Metzger Verein #1 of Baltimore. He was a member of the Grocers Association a
John & Henry are buried at Western Cemetery
Bloecher & Shaaf
Their shop was located at 250 Hollins Street. Both principals served as Master Masons of Sincerity Lodge, Henry in 1910 and Wilhelm in 1915.
Conrad Bodenbender (3-9-1855 to 8-2-1919)
C. Bodenbender was born March
9, 1855 in Kurhessen and learned in his
native country the Meat Business.
In 1872, he came to
Baltimore and worked his trade for 22 years ago. His butcher
shop was located on Harford
Road and Mr. Bodenbender also had a stall in the Belair market. He was
president of the Butchers Singing
Group (Metzger Gesangerein), a member of the Butchers Association, No. 1 of Unkel Brassig
Verein and Kurhessen
He was married to Mary
Louise Marquardt (1860-1938). Together they had two
children Wilhelm George (1887-1907) and Mary Katherine. They are buried at Loudon Park Cemetery
William Schluderberg (9-29-1839 to 4-5-1921)
Thomas J. Kurdle (1856 to )
The company was founded in 1858 by German immigrant William Schluderberg. William and his brothers Conrad and George all purchased land in Highlandtown to open butcher shops. Several years later, he and three brothers began their pork butchering business son old ‘Butcher’s Hill’ in Canton. As business increased he founded the Schluderberg Meatpacking Co. at Bank and Third Street. Esskay was a result of a merger in 1919 between his meatpacking company and that of Thomas J. Kurdle. The plant moved to Fifth and Philadelphia Rd. It was one of the largest in Baltimore. It was incorporated as Schluderberg-Kurdle Co., but soon became known as Esskay…which was a result of the combination of the first part of the principals last names (S and K).
William Schluderberg was born in 1839 in Hessen, Germany. He immigrated with his mother and step-father in 1851. Also immigrating were his brothers Conrad (worked with his brother in the meat business), Henry (butcher died in 1893) and George. He married Sophia (Falk) and together they had nine children, three of which survived to adulthood. He was a large property owner in the Highlandtown area at one time having over 40 rental properties in the area. He was a Republican, a member of the Butcher’s Association and a member of the Canton German Lutheran Church. He was a director of the American Bank. William Schluderberg served on the Board of Directors for the German Union Fire Insurance Company. The 1930 Federal census has the family living at 1029 Third Street in Highlandtown (ED12; District 52). His obituary (Baltimore Sunpaper 4/6/1921) states that the services were conducted by Rev. John Fleck of St. John's Lutheran Church, assisted by Rev. Paul A. Schinatz, Pastor of the Fifth Reformed German Church. His obituary also states that he was be buried from his home on Park Heights Avenue and Clarks Lane.
He and his wife Sophia are buried at Oak Lawn Cemetery.Thomas Kurdle
The 1930 census has Thomas Kurdle living at 2818 Ailsa. He was 74 years old and living with his wife, Margaretha who was 68 years old. The census states he was born in Bohemia, as were his parents. Margaretha was born in Maryland, but both parents were born in Bavaria. The 1920 census has them on what appears Aliceanne Street and has his time of arrival as 1854. In 1910 they were at 3809 Eastern Avenue. It also states his year of immigration as 1878.
Their slogan, which became quite famous was “Taste the difference quality makes”. They also served as the primary sponsor for ‘Sam and Friends’, which was a base and start for Jim Hensen and his puppets. They were also one of the few companies involved in Sports Marketing and for many years were a sponsor of the Baltimore Orioles, the Naval Academy and the Ironbirds.
They built their main plant in 1919 and throughout the years made many additions. They were one of the first meatpacking companies to provide training to their employees as well as a library, insurance, a credit union, etc. The plant kept many people in the area employed.
The company was acquired by Smithfied Foods in 1985 and operate as an independent operating division of Gwaltney and Smithfield Packing. They ceased production at their East Baltimore Company in 1992.
Esskay website: http://www.esskaymeat.com/history.html
According to the 1922 Packers Enclyclopedia: Wm. Schluderberg-T. J. Kurdle Co.—Baltimore and 6th Sts. President, W. F. Schluderberg; Vice-President, Joseph Kurdle; Secretary, Theo. Schluderberg; Treasurer, Albert Kurdle; General Manager, W. F. Schluderberg; General Superintendent, A. M. Eastman. Employes, 400. "Esskay." Products- Sausage—Fresh and smoked. Pork products, "Esskay"; lard, "Esskay," "Oriole"; compounds, "Southern Rose," "Pearl." Branches—1727 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Md., and Roanoke, Va. Also exports.
John A. Gebelein
John A. Gebelein (10-14-1868 to 10-20-1943)
John Gebelein lived on Castle Street in 1920. He was 51 at the time and owned and operated a pork packing business. He was born in Maryland to German parents. He and his family lived on Sulgrave Avenue in 1930. The name of his company according to the German Citizens of Baltimore (1929) was the J.A. Gebelein Company and was located at 725 N. Castle Street. His son Andrew took over the business and is listed at 731 Castle Street in the 1930 federal census.
According to the 1922 Packers Encyclopedia- 725-743 N. Castle St. Individual ownership. Sausage—Fresh and smoked. Trade Mark—"Castle Brand." Retail
Market—One at Bel Air Market.
He married Anna E. (1869-1949) and together they had two children, Paul (1894-1925) and Catherine (Helmbright 1895-1975). They are buried at Loudon Park Cemetery.
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