Funeral of Martin Kalbfleisch


Publication: The New York Times

New York, NY, United States


The Funeral Services Yesterday—

Address of Dr. Hall—Large Numbers Present.


The funeral of Martin Kalbfleisch, ex-Mayor of the City of Brooklyn, took place yesterday from his late residence, corner of Bushwick-avenue and Grand-street. For fully two hours before the service began, and for an hour and a half after it had been concluded, a large number of citizens poured in by the front entrance, and left the house, after viewing the body, by the rear door leading into the garden.

The body, attired in citizen's dress, was placed in a handsome walnut casket, covered with black Lyons velvet, lined with white satin, with silken hinge, cords and tassels, and adorned with silver bars and ornaments. On the Inside of the open lid was a plate on which was engraved the following:



Died Feb. 12, 1873,


69 years and 4 days.


The casket occupied a position on the left side of the large parlor, and immediately behind it, on an elevation, were a harp, anchor, and broken column of flowers. At the head of the casket was another floral column, together with a floral crown and cross. while at the feet was a pillow of flowers, with the word "Grandpa." Near this last was a basket of flowers, with the initials "M. K.," and between the windows rested a floral anchor. On the left of the folding doors leading to the back parlor was a floral stand, surmounted by a crown and cross, and having for its principal object a large basket of flowers, with the word "Father." Over these doors was a floral wreath inclosing the word "Grandfather," and in various parts of the room were baskets and vases of flowers, the gifts of friends.

The services were begun by Rev. S. H. Meeker, who, for half a century, has been the pastor of the North Second-street Dutch Reformed Church, and who was a personal friend of the deceased. He made a few brief remarks on the life and character of the deceased.

Mr. Meeker was followed by Rev. A. H. Partridge, of Christ Church, Bedford avenue, who read a portion of Mayor Powell's address to the Council on the subject of Mr. Kalbfleisch's death.

Dr. Hall, of Trinity Church, in consequence of the unavoidable absence of Dr. Storrs, delivered the funeral address. He said he bad unexpectedly been called to perform the work of speaking about a man who was beloved by thousands, a friend of the poor, and whose virtue and integrity were known to all. From the time of his birth, sixty-nine years ago, until his death, not one word could be said against his character. His integrity sometimes amounted to obstinacy. He had to fight his way from the beginning, and in some of his later characteristics could be seen traces of that hard fighting. He was not what the Church called a religious man, but ho was the true friend of his fellow-man. His work was now done, his character was respected, and his name, said Dr. Hall, will over live in the annals of the City of Brooklyn.

The exercises were concluded at about o'clock, but such was the throng that the cortege did not move until 3-1/2 o'clock, and consisted of over 100 private carriages. The pallbearers were Mayor Powell, ex-Mayors Booth, Wood, and Gunther, Judges Gilbert and Thompson, E. F. Whitlock, Teunis G. Bergen, Nicholas Wyckoff. John J. Studwell. E. S. Mills, E. T. Backhouse. G. H. Kitching, J. M. Brookfield, Robert Irwin and W. Cooper. Among those who acted as mourners were Mayor Debevoise, of Long Island City, ex-Mayors Lambert and Stryker, the members of the Common Council, heads of departments, Fire, Excise, and Police Commissioners, Health Department, Boards of Assessors and Supervisors, officers of the First National and National City Banks, Kings County Savings Bank, Brooklyn Trust Company, and Kings County Insurance Company; Long Island and Oceanus Clubs, Prospect Park Association, and other bodies.

The route taken was along Grand-street to Fourth, thence to and through Bedford and Fatten avenues to the City Hall, thence along Court-street to Green-wood, where the remains were deposited in a brick grave in the family plot, the services of the Episcopal Church being by Rev. A. H. Partridge.

The courts and public offices of Brooklyn were closed, and flags, surmounted by black streamers, were hung at hall-mast on all public and many private buildings during the whole day.


Keywords:Martin Kalbfleisch : Brookfield
Researcher notes:The Martin Kalbfleisch glass house was taken over by James and William Brookfield.
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Researcher:Elton Gish
Date completed:October 18, 2008 by: Elton Gish;