Bleyer Family, 1880 – 1987

Title: Bleyer Family, 1880 – 1987
Call Number: Mss-2746
Bulk: .3 cu. ft.

Historical Note:

Henry Bleyer was reputedly the first German settler within the limits of the City of Milwaukee.  He arrived in 1837 and earned his living as a cabinet maker.  His sons became intimately identified with Milwaukee’s newspaper trade.  Henry W. Bleyer served as reporter and city editor for the Milwaukee Sentinel from 1868 to 1913.  Herman Bleyer worked for many years with the Evening Wisconsin and also served as secretary for the Harbor Commission for over a dozen years.  Herman’s twin brother Julius also pursued a career with the Evening Wisconsin.  Julius’ son Lloyd G. Bleyer obtained a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1912 and began working for the Rex Chain Belt Company.  He continued his affiliation with the firm until he retired in 1960.  Lloyd passed away in June 1969, the last male member of the Bleyer family.


The records consist of obituaries/memorials, school-related material, programs, company histories, clippings and other material that provide information relating to the families’ ties to the press, to Herman’s marine interests, and Lloyd’s  Masonic activities.

Administrative Note:

The collection was processed on February 20, 2003 by Kevin Abing.

See Also:

Photos: M-187 and OS#2233-2234

Bleyer, Henry W.

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Photocopies of a bill from the Newhall House, 1880

Memorial from Old Settlers Club, 1922

Newspaper clipping re: Henry Bleyer and William Strothman, 1899

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Bleyer, Herman

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Obituaries/memorial (3), 1924

“Harbor Development at Milwaukee,” Ports and Waterways, Oct.-Nov. 1924

Clipping re: Steamship Milwaukee, n.d.

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Bleyer, Julius

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Menu, Testimonial Dinner for Julius and Herman Bleyer, 1901

Reunion Program, Milwaukee University and 7th Ward High School, 1919

Program, Milwaukee School Board Dedication Exercises, 1896

Letter/Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Hyde Edgerton, 1920

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Bleyer, Lloyd

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Diploma, 1st District School, 1901

Commencement Program, East Division High School, 1905

Commencement Program, University of Wisconsin, 1912

Roster, Wisconsin Lodge No. 13, Free & Accepted Masons, 1926

50th Anniversary Booklet, Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, Free and Accepted Masons, 1894

100th Anniversary Booklet, Wisconsin Lodge No. 13, F & AM, 1947

Program, Past Masters’ Night, Wisconsin Lodge No. 13, F & AM, 1943

50th Anniversary Booklet, Rex Chain Belt Company, 1941

Program, Chain Belt Company Open House, 1948

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Miscellaneous Material

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Milwaukee: A Picturesque and Descriptive Account of the Present Mercantile and Industrial Interestes and Advantages of the Metropolis of Wisconsin, 1903

Milwaukee: A Salute to Yesterday and Today by Phil Drotning, 1946

150th Anniversary History of Milwaukee Sentinel, 1987

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