FORGOTTEN OREGON BREW PIONEERS HONORED
PORTLAND, Ore. – October 21, 2013 – The tomb in Lone Fir Cemetery that commemorates the Bottler brothers’ story is in jeopardy. Supporters of Lone Fir are working to repair it as a way to raise awareness of these fascinating brothers and their contributions to Oregon’s brew scene.
Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery and Lone Fir Cemetery Foundation, in partnership with the Oregon craft brew community, will host an event to unveil a capital campaign to restore the tomb of an early Oregon brew pioneer, George Frederick Bottler. Historians, community leaders and Oregon brewers will learn about the story of the Bottler brothers.
The brew pioneers story
The tomb of George Frederick Bottler, “Fred,” a brew pioneer of The Dalles, is one of the forgotten and decaying structures. He was interred in 1865 at the request of his brother, George M. Bottler, who established City Brewery in Portland in 1857 and was also a Portland volunteer fireman, founding member of the German Benevolent Association and a member of Portland’s Masonic lodge #14. George M. was in Bavaria at the time of his brother’s death and may have asked his friend and fellow brewer Edward F. Schrader to erect the tomb and to lovingly memorialize his brother Fred with a 6-foot marble slab reading, “Gently his ashes shall rest.” George M. Bottler later died in Munich, Germany. The tomb, now crumbling in the oldest part of Lone Fir, is one of the first structures built in the cemetery. It paints a picture of two pioneer men, brothers, who arrived in Oregon in 1857, before Oregon’s statehood, and who took part in Oregon becoming America’s brew capital.
The event will honor contributions made by McMenamins who hosted a History Pub event in July with proceeds going to the restoration of the Bottler tomb. McMenamins historian Tim Hills and supporters of Lone Fir will speak about their efforts to honor and remember the Bottler brothers whose stories were once forgotten but have been found in Lone Fir Cemetery.
The feature of the night will be the announcement and recognition of a $10,000 donation from the Oregon Brewers Festival to the tomb restoration. The donation was pledged in April when Lone Fir supporters hosted Oregon brewers for an informational meeting at the cemetery. It was at this meeting that Art Larrance, Oregon Brewers Festival Director and longtime craft beer advocate and leader learned of the beer pioneers story and began working with Lone Fir supporters to help raise funds and awareness.