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THOMAS HEBERER'S PAGE:
Thomas Heberer Was a pioneer in the truest sense of the word.
A native of Darmstadt, Starkenburg, Hessen, which is now part of Germany.
He was born in a world of turmoil. War had broken out in Europe and it was safer to venture a trip to America then to stay in Europe.
Thomas and his Brothers crossed the Atlantic to the New World.
According to a Credible source (Teri Bromley) they arrived in Baltimore Maryland in 1833. This would be at a time when cholera was sweeping though cities around the country. They brought wagons with them on the voyage and used them to take an over land route to Illinois.
In the �HISTORY OF ST. CLAIR COUNTY� I found mention of Thomas in its account of early settlers.
�German settlers at Turkey Hill. - In 1831 and 1832 the following families
settled on or near Turkey Hill: John Knobloch, Thomas Heberer, etc. Most of
these men were successful farmers. Heberer who studied at the agricultural
academy of Fallerburg in Berne Switzerland, in 1832 planted a vineyard and
made wine, at the quality of which his neighbors looked askance.
Thomas Heberer was the son of an unknown Heberer and Magdalena last name
Unknown. He Married Caroline Fredicker Voelker on March 18,1846.
The Heberer brothers (Thomas, Henry and Adam) opened the City Park Brewery
sometime in the 1850�s. The city Park Garden and City Park Theater, after its
construction in 1859 it was for many years one of the city�s leading places of
amusement. It was built on the site of the Heberer Brewery. As an adjunct to
the brewery The City Park Garden, patterned after the European beer gardens,
was for many year the gathering place of Belleville�s German families. It was a
place of dignity and refinement and had the flavor of �Old Vienna�, expressing
so typically all that is meant in that German word �Gemuetlichkeit�.
The theater was the scene of many balls where the people in town came to dance
to waltzes and polkas. Beer manufacturing continued at the corner of Richland
and North 1st until June of 1865, when brewer Adam Heberer was arrested for
evasion of revenue laws. The brewery was seized by the Federal Government and
later sold at auction. While this brought an end to the Heberer brothers
brewing, the theater was later refurbished and continued for many years.
Thomas by then had established depots in Centralia and O�fallen where he would
ship beer all over the Midwest, and as far as Kansas City. But in January 1872
He came down with a sickness that overcame him rather quickly. On January
22,1872 he died. He is now buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery sec 802 along side
his wife, brother Adam, and sons Ewald and Herman. His son Ewald Heberer died on April 29,1872 the same way.
In 1884 the theater was remodeled and now had a seating capacity of a thousand
people and became known as the Opera House. In 1895 it was sold to a brewer
from St. Louis named Adolphus Busch.
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