Hoham-Klinghammer-Weckerle House and Brewery Site

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Front of the house

The Hoham-Klinghammer-Weckerle House and Brewery Site is connected to a wave of German immigrants who came to the area during the middle part of the 1800s. Three German families, all related through marriage, came to Marshall County and settled in Center Township between the years 1844-1865. The Hohams, Klinghammers, and Weckerles also brought with them the skill of brewing lager beer as did many other German immigrants coming to the country during this time. The Hoham, Klinghammer, and Weckerle families also made significant contributions to the community and were all three tied to the establishment and operation of the Plymouth Brewery.

History[edit]

John Hoham was born in Strasburg, Germany on June 17, 1820. He came to the United States in 1840 and settled in Marshall County near Lake Maxinkuckee in 1844. In 1857 Hoham and Klinghammer purchased three acres for $75, located a mile southwest of Plymouth at that time. They constructed the first brewery in the county on this property.[1]

John Hoham and John Klinghammer constructed the large brick vaults existing on the property. The vats located in one of the vaults are believed to have been used to ferment the beer. Hoham sold his interest in the brewery to Klinghammer in 1867. The abstract refers to the lands as "brewery property".[2]

A linen map dating to about 1882 shows proposed routes for the Vandalia Railroad; one route passes by the south side of the brewery property. The property is marked "brewery" with six buildings drawn including a larger building along the east edge of the property with a footprint in a shape similar to the existing house. The construction of the house probably occurred prior to 1887 and assuming the building on the linen map is the house, the construction date would be about 1880.[3]

It was reported that the "Old Plymouth Brewery" had been sitting idle for one year in 1889. The brewery was then used for egg storage during the 1890s. It was while Beldon was using it for storage that the main brewery building was destroyed by fire.[4]

Renovation[edit]

The house is presently the only remaining structure on the property and is in the process of renovation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ From National Register of Historic Places submission documents
  2. ^ House Abstract of Title
  3. ^ From a map contained in the Marshall County Historical Society collections
  4. ^ "Plymouth Democrat", January 4, 1900