|The Zobel Family
Chemical Manufacturers in Brooklyn
Ernst Zobel 1853-1933
Ernst Zobel, son of William and Christiana (Gohl) Zobel, was born in the town of Blaubeuren, Kingdom of Wurtemberg, Germany, April 22, 1853. He received his
educational training in the Real-schule of his native town, and soon after being confirmed in the Lutheran church he took up the trade of a machinist, in which line of
work he was actively engaged up to 1872, when he decided to emigrate to the United States, and accordingly secured passage on board the steamer "Hansa" from
the seaport city of Bremen, Germany, and landed in New York City on March 4th, the same year. His first employment in this country was in the shops of Edison &
Unger, in the city of Newark, New Jersey, where he remained for about two months. After an equal period in the employ of Mr. Gould, of Newark, he secured a position
in the jewelry shop of Mulford, Hale & Cettle, located in Bonn street, near Broadway, New York City, where he remained for one year. During the next few years he
was engaged in the hotel business in Beethoven Hall, on Fifth street, New York, and it was through this experience that he became familiar with the business which
has become his chief life work.
On September 1, 1881, Mr. Zobel became a partner in the firm of Frank, Gaupp & Zobel. They began the manufacturing of brewers' pitch in an old church building on
Nelson street, Brooklyn. At the end of the first year Mr. Zobel purchased the interests of his partners and continued the business under the firm name of Ernst Zobel.
The business was later incorporated as Ernst Zobel Company, and the present officers of the company are Ernst Zobel, president; Philip W. Zobel, vice-president;
Hans E. Zobel, vice-president; Adolph G. Zobel, treasurer; and Fred R. Ficken, secretary. The demand for brewers' pitch became so great that they were compelled to
seek larger quarters, and located their new plant on Tenth street and Second avenue, Brooklyn, and covers over 25,000 square feet of ground, and is at the present
time one of the largest and best equipped plants of its kind in the world. The company also maintains a warehouse in San Francisco. The products of the company
include several well-known brands of pitch suitable not only for brewers' use, but also for ships and in all connections where sealing and the stopping of small leaks
is necessary, and the trade of the company extends throughout the whole world. The success of this company has not been due to any unusual opportunity nor to any
great increase in the demand for brewers' pitch. It has been due to the hard work, the business sagacity and integrity and the pleasing personality, of its founder and
president, Mr. Ernst Zobel, and to the assistance which he has received from his sons, who, possessing much the same qualities, have been gradually lifting the care
of the constantly increasing business from the shoulders of their father. The characteristics of the manufacturers are reflected in the qualities of the goods, and
these with proper business methods have made the name of Zobel well and favorably known wherever brewers' pitch is in use.
Ernst Zobel is a member of Uhland Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; the Schwaebischer Saengerbund; the Brooklyn Board of Trade; the Manufacturers and Dealers
League of the City and State of New York; the Braumeisters' Verein of New York and Vicinity; and the Emanuel Lutheran Church. He is an honorary member of the Ulk
Dramatic Club of Brooklyn, and of the Fire Department of Pine Bush, Orange county, New York, where he has an attractive country place of sixty-three acres. He
served for the regular term of enlistment in Separate Troop A, of the National Guard of the State of New York, and attained the rank of second lieutenant.
Married, December 14, 1873, Louisa Lichtenberger, born November 11, 1853, in Germersheim, a town of Bavaria, (Rheinpfalz) Germany, daughter of Anton and
Antoinette (Haas) Lichtenberger. Issue:
1. Hans Ernst, born in New York City, September 27, 1874, of whom forward.
2. Louisa, born in New York City, October 20, 1876. Married Veronicus G. Meyer. Issue:
i. Louisa Meyer, ii. Ernestine Meyer, iii. Edna Meyer, iv. Elsa Meyer.
3. Adolph Gustav, born in New York City, December 9, 1881, of whom forward.
4. Antoinette, born in New York City, October 15, 1884. Married, February 12, 1907, Frederick Richard Ficken, born in Brooklyn, December 22, 1882. Issue:
i. Fred Ficken, ii. George Ficken.
5. Philip Walter, born in New York City, September 15, 1887, of whom forward.
6. Ernestine, born in New York City, September 29, 1889. Married Charles Kelly, and resides in Pine Bush, Orange county, New York. Issue:
i. Charles Kelly, ii. Howard Kelly, iii. Philip Kelly.
7. Frederick Charles, born in Brooklyn, December 7, 1891, of whom forward.
8. Charles William, born in Brooklyn, June 3, 1895, of whom forward.
Hans Ernst Zobel, son of Ernst and Louisa (Lichtenberger) Zobel, was born in New York City, September 27, 1874. He was educated in the public schools of New York
City, and later entered Brown's Business College in the borough of Brooklyn, from which he graduated. His time out of school was devoted to assisting his father in
his office and factory, and in that way he acquired a knowledge of the various details and technique of the brewers' supply business. In 1892 he entered the employ
of Franz Schwartz, who was in the brewers' supply business in South William street, New York. On November 6, 1896, Mr. Zobel became engaged in business on his
own account, under the firm name of Hans E. Zobel & Company. The business was located at 88 Water street, New York, and is now at the present time located at 38
Water street, this city. The firm deals in brewers' machinery, supplies and materials, and is one of the best known in the brewing trade. Mr. Zobel incorporated the
American Antiforium Company in January, 1903, of which he is the principal owner. The plant is located in Eighth street, Brooklyn, and its trade covers the United
States, Mexico and South America. In April, 1904, Mr. Zobel organized and incorporated the Selg Brewery Apparatus Company, of which he was secretary and
treasurer until 1910, and at present (1918) still holds the office of director. The company not only manufactures apparatus, but builds completely equipped brewing
plants. This business is located in Philadelphia and operates all over the world. Mr. Zobel also became one of the stockholders in the business which was established
by his father when it was incorporated as the Ernst Zobel Company, an account of which precedes in this work. These various kindred interests cover the whole field
of brewers' needs, so that when a brewer wants anything pertaining to the brewing trade, he has only to recall the name of Hans E. Zobel. Mr. Zobel belongs to the
new school of business men. He has the kind of business vision that brings progress, expansion and success. His natural aptitude for meeting all demands, and
making them satisfactorily, has won for him the confidence of the brewing trade, and his hale and genial manner has won for him the friendship of all with whom he
comes into contact.
Mr. Zobel is a member of Merchants Lodge, No. 709, Free and Accepted Masons; Chaldean Chapter, No. 265, Royal Arch Masons, Damaseus Commandery, No. 58,
Knights Templar, and Kismet Temple, Mystic Shrine, Brooklyn Lodge, No. 22, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; the New York Arion Society; the Long" Island
Automobile Club; the Travellers Club of America; the Schwaebischer Singing Societies of New York and Brooklyn; the Gesany Verein Einigheit of New York; the
Brewmasters Association of New York; the Merchants Association of New York; the United States Brewers Association; the Manufacturers and Dealers League of New
York; the South Brooklyn Board of Trade; Gilbert Council, Royal Arcanum; the Brooklyn Quartette Club; and the German Lutheran Evangelical Church. He is also a
non-resident member of the Berliner Sport Club of Berlin, Germany, and a life member of Pals, a social organization of San Francisco.
Married, December 14, 1898, Justine F. Meyer, daughter of Henry and Henrietta (Wellmann) Meyer of Brooklyn. Issue:
1. Elsie, born May 30, 1900; died in infancy
2. Hans Ernst, born November 29, 1901; died December 7, 1910
3. Justine Henrietta, born December 27, 1904.
4. Waldemar, born November 1, 1912; died November 10, 1912.
Adolph Gustav Zobel, son of Ernst and Louise (Lichtenberger) Zobel, was born in New York City, December 9, 1881. He received his educational training in the public
schools of Brooklyn, and the school connected with the Lutheran church. Upon relinquishing his studies in the public schools he entered the academy of Brown's
Business College, born in the same year that his father's business was established. It may be said in literal truth that he had grown up with it. While still engaged with
his studies he began assisting his father in the office and other departments, and upon incorporation of the business he was made secretary and treasurer. He also
holds the office of president of the Zobel Color Company, manufacturers of aniline and other dyes. The company is located at 101-3-5 Ninth street, Brooklyn.
Mr. Zobel is a member of Merchants Lodge, No. 709, Free and Accepted Masons; the Gilbert Council, Royal Arcanum; and the Crescent Athletic Club of Brooklyn.
Married, June 18, 1902, Ida Klenck, a daughter of Richard and Louise (Jacober) Klenck of Brooklyn, born May 30, 1882. Of their union in marriage were born two sons
1. Ernst Louis, born February 11, 1903.
2. Adolph Richard, born November 4, 1908.
Philip Walter Zobel, son of Ernst and Louisa (Lichtenberger) Zobel, was born in Brooklyn, New York, September 15, 1887. He was educated in the public schools of
Brooklyn, and later entered upon a commercial course in Brown's Business College. At the age of thirteen he entered his father's office, where he mastered all the
details of the business in all its features, and he is now vice-president of the Ernst Zobel Company. He is also president of the Atlas Color Company, manufacturers of
aniline dyes and other coloring compounds, with a well appointed plant located at Gowanus Canal and Hamilton avenue, Brooklyn. Mr. Zobel is a member of Lodge No.
22, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Gilbert Council, Royal Arcanum; and the Brooklyn Quartette Club.
Mr. Zobel married, April 22, 1913, Mathilda Geraldine Brucker, daughter of Joseph and Louisa (Brooke) Brucker, natives of Germany, and now residents of New York
City. Mr. Brucker was for many years extensively engaged in the building business and is now retired. Issue:
1. Philip Joseph Herbert, born September 9, 1915, and died October 12, 1915.
Frederick Charles Zobel, son of Ernst and Louisa (Lichtenberger) Zobel, was born in Brooklyn, New York, December 7, 1891. He began his education in the public
schools of Brooklyn, and later graduated from the public school in Pine Bush, Orange county, New York. He then took a commercial course in Brown's Business
College, after which he entered the New York Preparatory School, where he did about three years of high school work. His professional education was obtained in
the National Institute of Osteopathy and Chiropody, where he studied for two years, and in the New York School of Chiropody, from which he was graduated in 1912.
Soon after his graduation, Doctor Zobel entered upon the practice of his profession in Brooklyn, where he has since continued, and where he has met with a high
degree of success. He is a member of the Pedic Society of New York; the South Brooklyn Board of Trade; Gilbert Council, Royal Arcanum; and the German Lutheran
Doctor Zobel married, June 25, 1911, Cora Cortelyon Swift. Issue:
1. Louisa Helena, born November 16, 1912.
Charles William Zobel, son of Ernst and Louisa (Lichtenberger) Zobel, was born in Brooklyn, New York, June 3, 1895. He was educated in the public schools of
Brooklyn, and later at Pine Bush, Orange county, New York, from which he was graduated. He then took a commercial course in Brown's Business College, after which
he attended the Pace Institute of Brooklyn for one year, where he completed his education. During his boyhood years he devoted his spare time and vacations to
assisting in his father's offices and acquiring a knowledge of the various departments of the business. After laying aside his school books, Mr. Zobel's first business
experience was in the office of his brother, Hans E. Zobel, in Manhattan, New York, where he remained for two years. In 1915 he became associated with his father
and brother in the Ernst Zobel Company, where he has shown an aptitude and proficiency in the discharge of all duties entrusted to him, and he is now manager of
the indigo department. He is a member of Gilbert Council, Royal Arcanum.
Married, March 3, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York, Elsie Bertha Albrecht, born in Brooklyn, New York, August 1, 1896, daughter of Herman and Minna (Koellner) Albrecht.
Source: Schlegel's German-American Families of the United States, Vol. III, American Historical Society, New York, pp. 218-222