On one side was a most curious placard. It reads:
"This ruin is the mausoleum of George F. Bottler. George F. Bottler was interred here in 1865 by his brother, a Portland fireman. He erected the crypt and lovingly memorialized his brother with a 6-foot marble slab reading, "Gently his ashes shall rest." The mausoleum, now crumbling in the oldest part of Lone Fir, is one of the first structures built in the cemetery."All interesting but how, you might ask, is this relevant to a beer blog? Read on:
"Many people may not be familiar with the early history of craft brewing in Oregon. Portland's first brewery, the Liberty Brewing Company, was founded by Henry Saxer in 1852. In 1856, George F. Bottler established the second brewery, naming it City Brewery. In 1864, Henry Weinhard took over Bottler's interest in the business; Bottler died the following year. Weinhard continued expanding the brewery until it was the largest in the Pacific Northwest."The end of the story is a little sadder--but perhaps the beer geek community can help. The final bit from the placard explains:
"Bottler did not have any other family in this country and, consequently, no one remains to help pay the expenses of restoring this decaying monument. Metro [the owner of the cemetery] is working with Robert Dortignacq, an architect for historic structures, to repair it. At this time, no funds are in place for restoration; grant funds or other funding will need to be secured. Until then the mausoleum is fenced off for safety. Lone Fir Cemetery is listed on the Department of Interior register for historic places. For more information, call Metro at 503-797-1850."I wonder if maybe an area brewer would have interest in holding a fundraiser. One dollar for every bottle of Bottler's Ale goes to restoration? Surely something can be done.