I have done Internet searching for the past year to no avail. Now I'm seeking assistance from others.
My gr-grandad's family (he and his two brothers) were in the brick and construction business in Chicago in the 1870's thru the 1930's or perhaps later. In 1875 my gr-grandad, Frederick was listed as 'bricks r. 93 Hastings' in the city directory (his home address). His brother John was listed as 'Busse, John & Co 9. 126 Dearborn (under 'bricks') and John Busse & Co. r. 140 Henry (under his home address). Their other brother, Christian showed him as part of John Busse & Co with his home address as 67 Hastings. In a later directory Christian is listed as a 'contractor' at 126 Dearborn.
My gr-grandad died in 1878, having apparently drowned in the slip of his brickyard east of Robey St. John & Co. was later headed by John's son, Henry after John's death in 1817. John's obit stated he was a pioneer in the brick industry in Chicago. While I haven't been able to locate an obit for Henry, his wife's, Albertina, obit states that her husband had been president of National Brick Company. Thus, John Busse & Co. had somehow morphed in to National Brick Company...whether through development, integration, a buyout, whatever, is not known.
This is my dilema. I would like to follow up on the family's interest in this business but have met with dead ends wherever I've searched. If anyone out there has information about the brick business, the John Busse & Co/National Brick Co in particular, or Frederick, John and Christian Busse in general, I'd really appreciate hearing from them.
All help is greatly appreciated