||Emigrating to America when he was 16 years old, Anton Mayer acquired his brother-in-law’s
Terre Haute brewery a decade later and transformed it into one of the largest and most successful
businesses in the Midwest|
Born Jan. 12, 1842, in Wurtemberg, Germany, Anton was raised on his parents’ farm. Before
departing for America in 1858, he worked in a brewery in his native land.
Though he first settled in Terre Haute, he relocated to Cincinnati to perfect his skills, serving as a
foreman in a large brewery there.
Anton Mayer Brewery opened in 1869 and closed in 1889 it was open for 20 years its history:
When his brother-in-law Matthias Mogger died of sunstroke July 13, 1868, while delivering beer to
the local railroad depot, Mayer united with downtown grocer Andrew Kaufman to acquire Mogger’s
modest, but thriving, brewery at the Wabash & Erie Canal (South 9 1/2 Street) on Bloomington
Road (now Poplar Street).
At the time, Mogger’s Brewery had an annual capacity of 2,500 barrels.
Kaufman died in September 1869, and under Mayer’s guidance, the business expanded dramatically.
In 1878, a steam bottling works was added to the existing facilities. When sold to Crawford Fairbanks
in 1889, the brewery occupied an entire block at the southeast corner of Ninth and Poplar streets as
well as some adjoining properties, and was producing 2,500 barrels each month. Fairbanks and others
incorporated it as the Terre Haute Brewing Company and it became the nation’s seventh largest
Among the city’s most affluent men, Mayer acquired considerable real estate in retirement. Besides
owning several downtown business properties, including the Mayer Building at 709 Wabash Ave.,
he owned a large farm in Lost Creek Township (the present site of Woodridge subdivision) and smaller
tracts on Fruitridge Ave. near its intersection with College Ave. and on Prairieton Road.
On April 29, 1879, Mayer wed Sophie Miller, also a native of Germany.
For many years, the couple resided at 819 Swan St. where their children —
Gertrude — were born.
The family later lived at 420 N.Seventh St. Ida and Gertrude died in childhood.
Anton Mayer died on Nov. 26, 1920,at age 78, at the family residence east of
the city. Sophie died May 9, 1921.
Bertha died on May 12, 1955. Before his death April 5, 1926, at age 44,
Herman was treasurer of the Indiana Savings, Loan & Building Association and president
of the United States Trust Company, a predecessor of Terre Haute First National Bank.
He married Antoinette “Nettie” Brinkman, daughter of John and Catherine (Kipper)
Brinkman, another prominent Vigo County family, and they had two children — Hermine
Mayer Cox Haslem, a Bryn Mawr College graduate and distinguished Terre Haute civic
leader, and John Anton Mayer, one-time president of the Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh.
Active supporters of St. Benedict’s Church, the Mayers are interred at Calvary Cemetery