Beerstecher, Charles ( Centerville, MI)
Charles A Beerstecher
Bookbinder And Taxidermist
Charles A. Beerstecher, "Doplhe" to his family and friends, was born in
Switzerland in 1832 and came to America in 1856 via sailboat to New York. He
first came to Kalamazoo, Michigan where he worked in a bookbindery. He was
also the assistant fire chief while there. Eventually he opened his own
bookbindery in Centreville. In terms of his taxidermy work, he created a large
collection of mounted birds and animals of Michigan, eight cases of which are
?/ were at Kalamazoo College. He also made a collection of Indian relics and
other curiosities. He was very well versed in natural history. Charles spoke
seven languages and was a graduate of College of Neuville, Switzerland.
Home of Charles Adolphe and Mary
Thanks to Charles Beerstecher's great granddaughter, Patrice Cutler Marialke,
for this information.
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