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The 500-year-old Beer Purity Law still in effect today in Germany. It was decreed on April 23, 1516, by Munich’s Duke Wilhelm, protecting the country’s beer drinkers from contaminants, chemicals and any other additives that unsavory merchants might have thought of adding. It is still in effect today and dictates how beer is officially made in Bavaria.

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Munich, Bavaria, Germany


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  • 1869 - A statue of Goethe was recently uncovered at Munich. The statue was presented to the representatives of the city in the name of the King of Bavaria.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    October 16, 1869
  • News  1869 - Not long ago a merchant in Munich bought from a peasant a wagon load of hay, paying for it by weight.
    When the wagon was about to be unloaded the head of the seller's son appeared on top. The buyer cried out that he had bought the young scamp too, and therefore could do as he liked with him, and began to beat him. The father of the boy came to the rescue, and the fight grew to such proportions that the police took the peasant, his son, the buyer and the wagon load of hay into custody.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    December 18, 1869
  • News  1871 - Count Chorinsky, who poisoned his wife some time back in Munich, for which he was imprisoned in the fortress of Rosenberg, has gone mad, and has to be kept in a strait-jacket.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 2, 1869
  • News  1871 - The King of Bavaria came near drowning last December.
    He was skating in the neighborhood of Munich, when the ice broke and he fell in. A private soldier who was near saved the King's life with great difficulty at the risk of his own life. The King presented the server with a large sum of money and made him an officer on the spot.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 28, 1871
  • News  1887 - According to Drexler, of 55,832 cattle slaughtered at Munich in 1875, 704, or 1.25 per cent, were affected with tuberculosis in a very evident manner...

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 2, 1887
  • 1895 - Munich
    "Munich, mu'nik (Ger. München, mün'kon; Sp. Mona chio, mo-nā'che-0; It. Munica, moo-nee'kā; L. Mona'chium), the capital city of Bavaria and of the province of Upper Bavaria on the Isar, here crossed by 3 bridges, 225 miles W. of Vienna, and 35 miles S.E. of Augsburg. Lat. (of Frauenkirche 1690 feet above the sea) 48° 8' 20" N.; lon. 11° 34' 42" E. Pop, in 1890, 348,317, including Sendling. It is finely situated in a plain, and within the present century its extent has been trebled by the addition of new quarters and suburbs: it has a handsome and lively general appearance. In the old city numerous streets diverge from a central square, the Haupt Platz; in the other quarters are Max-Josephs-Platz, one of the finest squares in Europe, a fine broad line of street extending from N.W. to S.E., with most of its principal structures on its W. and N. sides;..."
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • News  1895 - March 3 – In Munich, bicyclists have to pass a test and display license plates.
    March 3, 1895
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  • 1906
    Munich, mu'nik (Ger. Munchen, mun'Ken ; L. Mona'- chium), the capital of Bavaria and of tbe district of Upper Bavaria, on the Isar, 35 miles SE. of Augsburg. Lat. of observatory, 48° 8' 45" N. ; Ion. 11° 36' 32" E. Elevation above the sea, 1700 feet. The city is finely situated in a plain, at a distance of about 25 miles from the Alps, the proximity to which renders the climate subject to sudden changes. The mean temperature for the year is 45° ; the mean for January, 28° ; and for July, 64°.

    The centre and focus of the life of the city is the Max- Joseph-Platx, adorned with the monument of King Max Joseph and containing the royal palace (with the Konigs- bau, in the style of the Pitti Palaoe of Florence, the Alte Resident, and the Festsaalbau) and the national theatre. From this central square the Ma.\iinilian»trasse, 1 mile in length, containing the government buildings and the Bava rian national museum (with rich collections illustrating the progress of civilization and art),... Read MORE...

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female ancestorMaria Anna LOSCH (1849, - 18 March 1876, Munich, Bavaria, Germany)
male ancestorAugust WITTENBREDER (1895, Munich, Bavaria, Germany - , )
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