Michael Schiml was born on August 4, 1825 in Reglasreuth, near Baireuth, Bavaria, Germany. He was the last of eight children by his parents Christopher and Mary (Kamer) Schiml.
John and Michael Schiml started the J. & M. Schiml Brewery in 1852 on the corner of Wayne and Hickory streets. The first lager beer of Montgomery County was believed to have been made there on December 13, 1852. A cousin of the Schiml’s who was a brewer brought the stock yeast necessary for making it from Boston, Massachusetts. The first year the brewery made 1,200 barrels of lager beer.
The original brewery building was only 28’ x 50’ but it was enlarged upon a little each year. On September 5, 1858, John died and Michael took over the entire business.
In July 1881, a fire destroyed a stable and its contents, including four horses, the roof of the ice house, and over 3,000 bushels of malt. Michael took the disaster in stride, enlarging the brewery to 38’ x 140’, and three stories high, plus building an ice house in connection capable of storing 1,500 tons of ice. Both of the buildings were made of brick, with cellars underneath. At the time of the fire the brewery was turning out 4,400 barrels of lager annually, but the new building had the capacity to double that amount. The building with its underground cellars was the key for the lagering process as it required a longer aging period than other beers.
Michael gave the business over to his son Andrew and his son-in-law Frank J. Bucher in 1889. Michael continued to operate the malting portion of the plant until his death October 12, 1892.
Michael Schiml died on October 12, 1892 at the age of 67. He is located in Section 110 Lot 2751.
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