Title: Broich/Muegge Families Collection
Reference Code: Mss-3336
Inclusive Dates: 1920 – ca. 2015
Quantity: 000.03 cu. ft.
Location: Sm Mss
Abstract: Hugo Broich was born in 1831 in Prussia. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1856 and eventually settled in Milwaukee, where he found work as a photographic painter. He learned the photography and lithography trade, and by 1861, he had a studio of his own. In 1861, he moved into a spacious photography studio on Spring Street (later Grand Avenue and now W. Wisconsin Avenue) across from the Plankinton House. In addition to prospering as a businessman, Hugo married Hedwig von Cotzhausen, a member of a prominent Milwaukee family, in 1857, and they had four children. Hugo passed away in 1905 after being struck by a street car.
One of Hugo and Hedwig’s sons, Franz Joseph Oscar (b. 1871) married Marie Elise Herrietta Muegge in 1905.
Scope and Content: the collection consists of a family tree, photocopies of naturalization papers, marriage and death certificates, and an article regarding the life of Hugo Broich. There also is a newspaper clipping regarding Lillian Muegge and a 1920 graduation program from Hi-Mount School for Elizabeth Broich.
Access and Use: No restrictions
Notes: Processed by Kevin Abing, March 2016. Photos, see M-235