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Biography of Frederick Bleike

Excerpted from History of Texas, together with a Biographical History of the Cities of Houston and Galveston, Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1895

Frederick Bleike was born in Westphalia, Germany, November 4, 1828, and is a son of Theodore Bleike and Wilhelmina Hense, who were natives of the same place, and who immigrated with their family, including the subject of this sketch, to Texas, landing at Galveston November 20, 1850, aboard the ship Reform after seven weeks out from Bremen. They settled at Galveston, as did also their sons and daughters, most of whom were then grown, and here spent the remainder of their lives. Frederick Bleike learned the trade of a carpenter in his native country, and pursued it there for some years before his removal to Texas. Taking it up in this place after settling here, he has followed it steadily ever since. During the late war he was a volunteer in the Confederate army, serving in Cook's regiment of heavy artillery and participating in the battle of Galveston. Toward the close of the war, he was in the ordnance department, and saw but little service. Mr. Bleike had performed military duty before coming to this country, having served two years in the Prussian army. On January 15, 1853, Mr. Bleike married Theresa Berkenbusch, a native of Westphalia, Germany, and a daughter of Francis and Theresa (Gerken) Berkenbusch, who immigrated to Texas, settling at Galveston in 1856. The offspring of this union was five children: Theresa, born February 8, 1854; Frederick W., born January 5, 1856; Charles A., born January 18, 1860; Annie L., born April 24, 1863; and Joseph F., born April 12, 1865. Theresa was married to William Callahan, who is now deceased, leaving her three children, - William, Theresa, and Alexander. Frederick W. is single, and resides in Chicago, Illinois, where he is successfully engaged in the insurance business, and has three children, - Zorey, Charles B. and Octoine. Annie L. is the wife of E. E. Baldinger, of Galveston, and has two children, - Frederick and Edwin (sic - should be Edward). John F. married Edvig Laave, of New Orleans, Louisiana, resides in Galveston, and has two children, - Olin W. and Roger Mills. Mr. Bleike, with his family, belongs to the Catholic Church.

Owner/SourceBob Mueller
Date5 March 1988
Linked toFrederick Peter BLEIKE

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