Saturday, May 27, 2017
1899 G Drobisch of Columbus, Ohio Plant Catalog
When Gustav Adolph Drobisch (1841-1910) was born in Germany; his father, Augustus (1809-1882), was 32 & his mother, Johanna Christiana Bergmann (1816–unknown), was 24. When he was 14, his family immigrated from Dresden, Germany to Buffalo, NY, in 1854. Gustav Drobisch married Margaret Schenck (1844-1920) in 1865 in Columbus City, Franklin County, Ohio, where he was identified as a florist. They had 5 children in 19 years. The Gardener's Monthly & Horticulturalist Magazine on August 1887 noted that "Mr. Drobisch is a 'true gardener,' one of the leading florists of Columbus, Ohio, who has been continuously from childhood up a gardener & florist." He was also serving on the Columbus School Board at that time. He died on July 9, 1910, in Columbus, Ohio, at the age of 69. His obituary stated that "Gustav Drobisch was one of the pioneer florists of Ohio & the oldest in Columbus, where he has been located for forty years...He was born in Saxony & came to this country when only 14 years of age. Although he was thoroughly American in his ways & beliefs, he never lost his love for the fatherland...Mr. Drobisch was of a pleasant & companionable disposition & full of interesting reminiscences of the early days of the flower business."