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E. HABICH, THE BOSTON BREWER
aka "The Author Conundrum", an examination of an unexplained past event
Here are some interesting facts on a part of the Habich family which emigrated to the US in the 19th century.
Who was E. Habich?
German; Male; Zeitstrahl 1818 - 1901
Also known as Habich, Edward; Habich, George Edouard
He was a selfmademan, brewer, inventor, collector of drawings and paintings,
patron of the arts and archaeology, freemason.
Born as Georg Eduard Habich, on 7.7.1818 in Veckerhagen,
as the second child of eight children from August Heinrich Habich
(1792-1837) and his wife Louise, born Louise Quentin zu Thedinghausen.
He emigrated to France and then to Boston, USA.
Edward Habich made a large fortune within a few years with the production of high-quality beer and, upon his return to Germany,
became a respected patron of the arts.
The Beginnings and Brewery success
E.Habich went from his native Germany to Paris in 1840 to pursue language studies.
On April 6, 1841, following the tradition of his brother Georg Evert,
and uncle and his grandfather, he became a freemason in the Johannisloge of Pythagoras to the three Streams,
In 1845 he went with borrowed money to New York.
From then on he called himself Edward Habich,
"an American citizen of Boston and Washington".
Among other things here tried there to make a living, was the production and sale of
"cheap ultramarine" colors (together with his business partner George Tiemann).
He also learned to manufacture cigars and worked with the British tea merchant "Grinnel, Mintum & Co".
The production method for synthetic ultramarine color had been developed by his brother,
but Edward failed to make a commercial success of it in New York and lost his entire capital.
Bankrupted, E. Habich went to Haiti to find his luck, were he founded the company "Kelly & Habich".
Despite contracting a fever he stayed there for several years before returning to New York in 1849.
Upon his return he traded as a coffee merchant and married his wife Amalie Elisabeth Dedolph in 1852.
This is when E. Habich became successful with his brewery.
Habich was the first Boston Brewery to make Lager beer in the 1850’s.
A Habich “Norfolk” Brewery,
was active from 1874 to 1902,
located at 171 Cedar Street.
Edward and his wife had a son named Henry William Habich in 1856.
In genealogical records Edward Habich is listed as George E Habich.
Genealogical tracing of relatives can start from this point.
The archaeological excavations on Samos by Dr. John Boehlau in 1894,
which were financed by Edward Habich,
are probably his greatest merit for posterity.
A poem from the time goes:
"Friend Habich, however, chooses the best,
He keeps the ancient remains,
Because he is the father of the dig."
The German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (1822-90) had a similar career as Habich,
becoming wealthy as a merchant.
Schliemann suggested to Edward to go on digs with him in Asia Minor.
On Habich's reply that he had a wife and children,
Schliemann replied: "Leave them behind!"
He did not.
E. Habich modestly remarked that the best thing about him were his friends.
Habich & Co. Norfolk Brewery prospered and traded until 1902, one year after his passing.
Edward Habich passed away on 12. September 1901 in Kassel, Germany.
The Author Conundrum
How did a man's name get on a book in 1842, which he most likely didn't write?
When I was working in London in Fleet Street,
for a company called "Fermaprint" I once went for a walk near Old Holborn.
As I strolled through the bustling streets in the typical London drizzle,
taking in the sights and sounds of the area, I came across the reading room of the British Library at the Museum at Holborn.
The core of the Library’s historical collections is based on a series of
donations and acquisitions from the 18th century.
I decided to get out of the rain and take a look inside,
having the idea that there might be a book of interest to me.
I saw a map at the entrance hall, showing the layout of the library to visitors.
The layout of the library struck me as looking very much like a keyhole.
The picture shows the layout of the "British Museum Library",
where I walked into in the 1980's.
I went to the help desk and was admitted as a researcher,
after I told them I did research on the Habich family,
as this library was not open to the general public.
Then I looked through the printed catalogue of books.
And sure enough, I found an entry for the name Habich.
As I was waiting whilst the book was being retrieved,
I met an American visitor and we started talking.
I told him I had found a book on slavery in the library catalogue from 1842,
and the writer was named E. Habich.
He saw my visitor pass, which also stated my name as E. Habich.
The man was incredulous at this,
hastily wished me all the best and said we would me me again in the next life.
Afterwards, I went inside the library.
I picked the book up at the central collection point and took it to a reading desk.
Supposedly, an ancestor of the Habich family went to the US, and wrote a book about slavery,
titled "The American Churches, the bulwarks of American slavery."
The book does not deal with the churches role in the struggle against slavery, as one first might assume,
but instead the book implies that the churches were instrumental in keeping the people enslaved...
I believe to recall that the edition of "The American Churches" that I was given,
had the name "E. Habich" printed on the cover, as the author of the book. But that can be a false memory.
Today, in 2016, I cannot verify this information, as all online editions of the pamphlet have a blank space.
In many cases, the name "Birney" is handwritten under the line "By an American".
Furthermore, I believed the edition I saw, was from Newburyport in 1864.
This was significant to me at the time, as it would have been exactly 100 years before my birth.
I already had a fairly formed opinion on reincarnation.
And the place of publication, Newburyport 1842, "new bury port"
I had interpreted as the place of my previous departure, or passing.
What is puzzling today, after I have researched the supposed author of the book,
is, that it does not appear that E. Habich did ever write the book.
Instead, the book is credited in some online resources to James G. Birney,
a well known American writer and presbyterian minister,
who was a famous for his stance and campaing on the abolition of slavery.
Ref. James G. Birney: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_G._Birney
It is now the question,
how did the name E. Habich come to be catalogued as the author in the British Library?
And why did I find this particular oddity?
The obvious answer is, I was looking for a book with my name on it.
There is a strong possibility that James G. Birney did not want to claim authorship of the book,
because he was a presbytarian minister himself.
So instead, he got someone else to put his name on it,
to have the book deposited in the British library.
As E.Habich was a freemason it would have been in his interest to advance the
equality and brotherhood of all men and women.
He would have been 24 years old when the book was published, but at the time, he was not in America.
"The American Churches, the bulwarks of American slavery." complete book on:
The abolitionist James G. Birney: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_G._Birney
George Habich genealogical research: : https://www.myheritage.de/names/george_habich
Portrait Edward Habich (by Kleinschmidt) Date: 1885 - 1890
Full-portrait sitting on a red plush armchair in black jacket, pale-violet trousers,
light vest and white shirt, with black-yellow striped necktie and glasses.
"Hessian freemasons in exile and commerce", by Siegfried Lotze.
An investigation into the bourgeoisie by the example of the network around the Habich family in the 19th century:
Giovanni Morelli: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Morelli
Archaeologist Johannes Boehlau: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Boehlau
Zeigen und/oder Beweisen?:
Die Fotografie als Kulturtechnik und Medium des Wissens,
by Herta Wolf, 21. Nov. 2016, https://books.google.de/books?id=ugqyDQAAQBAJ
The auction catalogue of the Habich collection from 1892 is listed here: https://archive.org/details/gemldde00kuns
The old auction catalogue is sometimes sold on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hDb1bd
Trade Names for the brewery at 171 Cedar Street, Boston, Massachusetts:
1874-1888: Edward Habich (171 Cedar Street)
1888-1901: Habich & Co., Norfolk Brewery
1901-1902: Massachusetts Breweries Co., Habich Brewery,
closed in 1902