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History of Kentucky The Blue Grass State, Volume IV Illustrated, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago-Louisville, 1928.
For nineteen years, John Gund was a prominent figure in the business life of Lexington. He was born April 13, 1862, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and his grandparents, George M. and Sofia (Edes) Gund, were natives of Germany. The former was a descendant of one of the old families of that land and after the revolution of 1847 emigrated to the United States in company with Carl Schurz and other patriots, locating in Freeport, Illinois, where he spent the remainder of his life.
John Gund, Sr., father of John Gund of this review, was born October 3, 1830, in Pruehl, Germany, and was there educated. He served an apprenticeship in a brewery in Germany and followed his trade in different cities after coming to America. In 1854 he established a brewery at La Crosse, Wisconsin, and remained at its head until his death on the 7th of May, 1910. He had married a Miss Louise Hottman and they were the parents of five children, of whom John Gund, Jr., was the youngest.
John Gund, Jr., was a student in the grammar and high schools of his native town, after which he attended the Brewers Academy in New York city, and his education was completed in Berlin, Germany, and Vienna, Austria. Returning to La Crosse, he entered the brewery and was associated with his father in its management until 1894, when he located in Ashland, Wisconsin, and for three years was connected with the lumber industry. On July 10, 1903, Mr. Gund purchased the business of the Lexington Brewing Company, which had been established in 1897 by Henry Zitt and other Chicago capitalists. Mr. Gund installed new machinery and increased the capacity of the plant, and under his expert management the business was quadrupled. He was a valued member of the Kentucky Brewers Association and served two terms as its president. About 1920 he sold the business and concentrated his attention upon the conduct of the affairs of the Swiss Oil Corporation, of which he continued as president until his death on June 5, 1922. Mr. Gund was also a director of the First National Bank of Lexington and an influential factor in its management. He was endowed with rare judgment and marked executive ability, which enabled him to succeed in all of his undertakings.
On January 8, 1890, Mr. Gund was united in marriage to Miss Caroline E. Bohn, a native of Winona, Minnesota, and a daughter of Conrad Bohn. Mrs. Gund survives her husband. He never aspired to public office and along fraternal lines was connected with Lexington Lodge No. 89, . P. O. E. He was a strong champion of every worthy civic project and contributed liberally toward the support of charitable organizations. His deeds of kindness were quietly performed and his many good qualities won for him the respect, honor and affection of all who had the pleasure of his closer acquaintance.