Footprints of Bonitz family members in history and today


  • Peter Bonitz (born 1941) was a member of the local parliament of Thuringia state, Germany from 1999 to 2004. He is a member of the conservative party, CDU. He represented the constituency Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis II, which includes the city of Bad Langensalza.
Peter Bonitz

  • Sylvia Bonitz (born 1966) was a representative in the German parliament (the Deutsche Bundestag) from 1998 to 2002. She is a member of the conservative party, CDU. Among others, she was a member of the board for internal affairs, member of the board for media and culture, as well as deputy chairperson of the German-Portuguese group of representatives.
Sylvia Bonitz

  • Laurentius Bonitz, musician. He published several recordings, playing the violin. 1992-1995 he was director of the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra. 1995-2006 Director of Concerts for the City of Bonn and the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. He died in 2016.
Laurentius Bonitz

  • In 1925 there were three Bonitz entries in the Oklahoma City directory: C(h)ris A. Bonitz, Clarence A. Bonitz, and Milburn W. Bonitz.
    'Cris A. Bonitz' is Christopher Amandus Bonitz (1870-1937); Clarence Amandus Bonitz is his son. Only the connection of Milburn Walter Bonitz to this family is still unknown.
    This Bonitz family descends from Frederick (Friedrich) Christopher Bonitz who emigrated from Saxony (Germany) to Texas supposedly before 1860.
Oklahoma city directory 1925

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  • Born in Dresden (Germnany), Eberhard Bonitz (1921-1980) was a composer, organist, director of music, and expert for church organs. Among others, he lived and worked in Naila, Ellwangen, and Lingen. He wrote and published many musical works for organ, chamber music, songs, canons, and arrangements for choirs. Eberhard Bonitz performed large concerts in Ellwangen, including works of Bach, Händel, Mozart, Haydn, as well as musical masses of the 20th century. In Lingen he was particularly well-known for his talented improvisations at the church organ.

  • A Bonitz Street can be found in Harrisburg, PA.
    The street is called John Bonitz Drive and it is located at the grounds of Community General Osteopathic Hospital.
    It was named after John T. Bonitz Sr. (1904-1991), a resident of Harrisburg who was a former teacher at the former Edison Junior High School; a former professional football player with the former Pottsville Maroons, Philadelphia Yellow Jackets, and Newark Bears; a former college football All-American and a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
John Bonitz Drive, Harrisburg, PA

  • new Oswin Bonitz (born May 5, 1902) was politically active during the 1920s. For his commitment and his membership in the Communist Party, the "Red Aid" and the alliance against fascism, he was reprimanded several times. In 1944 he was deported to concentration camp Flossenbürg. During the evacuation from Flossenbürg to the Dachau concentration camp in 1945 Oswin was murdered together with five other prisoners.
    A memorial stone at a road junction in Rödlitz (district Zwickau, Saxony) was erected in 1964 to remember the six communist opponents of the Hitler regime.
      Oswin Bonitz memorial

  • Since 1894 Oskar Louis Bonitz ran the Carl Krieger store for linen, notions, passementerie, smallware, and gentlemen's requisites in Oschatz. He was born in 1868 in Burgstädt and can be found in the Oschatz directories from 1895 to 1958, the year he died.

Thanks to Mr. Horst Kohl and his web site Oschatz in those days for providing this information and the corresponding pictures.

Krieger/Bonitz gentlemen's requisites store in Oschatz, 1906

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Krieger/Bonitz gentlemen's requisites store in Oschatz, 1912 Krieger/Bonitz gentlemen's requisites store in Oschatz, 1927

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Logo Modenhaus Bonitz, 1930
Company Logo 1930

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  • Between 1885 and 1914 Woldemar Bonitz was a resident of the baltic sea port Liepaja (formerly: Libau or Libawa). The city was under Russian administration at that time. Today it is a part of Latvia.
    Bonitz was owner of a confectionery and coffee house on Valdema'ra Road No. 42. The two-story red brick house was built for Woldemar Bonitz around 1898. It was designed by M. P. Bertchy and features a front made in plaster with wide shop windows. Bonitz's café possessed a wonderful interior with romantic ceiling paintings.

    Woldemar was married to Mathilde Nathler. They had a daughter, Gertrud, born in Magdeburg on 28. Nov. 1881, and a son, Kurt, born in Libau on 8. July 1885. Kurt is mentioned later as a resident of Kukarka, Russia, reporting about the repressions German settlers in the region had to endure during World War I. Allthough being Russian citizen, his father was arrested and, after spending 6 months in custody, he was deported from Libawa to Sernowodsk near Samara. It seems Woldemar was able to return to Liepaja later, because he died there in 1933.

    Woldemar's full name was Heinrich Gustav Woldemar Bonitz, born on 1st Oct. 1852 in Leipzig, Germany, to Carl Gottlieb Bonitz and his wife Johanne Christiane Henriette Riedel. He was the second child and second son of his parents. His father Carl Gottlieb Bonitz (1827 - 1903) was a brick mason, plasterer and painter, born in Taura, who lived in Leipzig. He had at least 7 children there. Woldemar was a confectioner already in Leipzig. His wife Mathilde Nathler died in Liepaja on Sep 10th, 1925, at the age of 74 years. Woldemar might have moved from Leipzig via Magdeburg to Liepaja, arriving there between 1881 and 1885. The whereabouts of his descendants are still unkown today.

    More pictures of the Bonitz coffee house can be found in the photo archive.
Bonitz coffee house, Liepaja, Latvia - Click to enlarge

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Bonitz coffee house, Liepaja, Latvia - Click to enlarge

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Bonitz coffee house, Liepaja, Latvia - Click to enlarge

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  • There is a Bonitz Street existing in the city of Philadelphia, PA.
    It is located close to the Wayne Railway Junction.

    This Bonitz street was named after the company Decker & Bonitz (William Decker und Herman Bonitz). In 1890, the company was located in the immediate neighborhood at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Bristol Street.
    Decker and Bonitz Card Clothing Co. owned a 2 story brick building. They produced carding machinery, used in the textile industry to pre-process wool or cotton fibres before spinning and weaving.
    Already in 1888 William Decker & Herman Bonitz Card Clothing Co. was founded in Worcester, Massachusetts. Two years later the Philadelphia location was added to their business. In 1893 Herman Bonitz shifted his activities to Passaic, New Jersey.
    Hermann Bonitz came to the U.S. from Lengenfeld in Saxony, Germany in 1863. In his home town his grandfather Friedrich Gottlob Bonitz owned a large textile spinning company, together with his associate partner Gottlob Friedrich Thomas, since the early 19th century.
    Herman is listed in the 1888 and 1889 Worcester, MA Directories, residing 26 Southbridge St. with the Richards family.
    In 1890 he can be found in the Philadelphia City Directory.

    The 1899 book "The News' History of Passaic" by William Jamieson Pape and William Winfield Scott states:
    HERMAN BONITZ, manufacturer, was born in Saxony, Germany, in 1842, where he received a good education in a well-known business college of his native place. After leaving school he engaged as an apprentice to, and acquired a thorough knowledge of, the woolen trade, thereby fitting himself for a future, so that he would be enabled to superintend and understand all the details connected with the manufacture of woolen goods. In 1863 Mr. Bonitz came to America, and for many years was engaged in the manufacture of card clothing, with factories located at Worcester, Mass., and Philadelphia. In 1893 he selected Passaic as a place of residence, having purchased manufacturing property at Lodi, N. J., where he now operates an extensive plant devoted to the manufacture of woolen goods. In 1866 Mr. Bonitz married Miss Fredericka Dewein, a daughter of a well-known and highly respected citizen of Burlington, Iowa. Seven children have been born to their marriage, all of whom are now living. Although taking no active part in politics, Mr. Bonitz is a stanch Republican. He is a liberal and public-spirited citizen. Mr. Bonitz is a self-made man and possesses good judgement, rare executive ability and business sagacity, and is of unimpeachable integrity.
Bonitz Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19140
Decker & Bonitz Card Clothing Co., 1890

  • Johann Heinrich Wilhelm (William) Bonitz (1839-1913) immigrated to the U.S. in 1855. He and his family came from Zellerfeld (Germany). In Goldsboro and Wilmington (North Carolina) he was co-proprietor of the Goldsboro and Wilmington Messengers, together with with his brother Julius. William was also running a hotel business in Wilmington.

    A biography of the Bonitz brothers can be found in our section "biographies".

    The image shows a historic view of the Bonitz Hotel in Wilmington.

    (taken from a webseite of Robert M. Fales. Copyright 1998 by New Hanover County Public Library)

Bonitz Hotel, Wilmington (North Carolina) - Click to enlarge

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  • William's son was Henry E. Bonitz, architect of Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.
    Among others, he designed the "Ellerbe Springs Inn" in Richmond, North Carolina, a building in typical Victorian style.
    He also built the neo-classical Alumni Memorial Building of 1897 at North Carolina State University (NCSU), in Raleigh, NC (picture).
    See the NCSU Libraries for a detailed biography.
Alumni Memorial Building, North Carolina State University

  • Hermann Bonitz (1814-1888) of Langensalza was a classical philologist and philosopher. In Vienna and Berlin he established a new concept for reforming the high school systems of Austria and Prussia. Even today, his translation and interpretation of Aristoteles' "Metaphysic" is widely used by students and researchers.
    He was a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.

    A complete biography can be found in our section "biographies".
  • The Vienna University and the Vienna Academy of Sciences repeatedly honored research on philosophical topics by giving a special Bonitz Award.
    In 1919 e.g., the philosopher Friedrich Heinrich Heinemann (Berlin) received the Bonitz Award for his works on Plotin.
Hermann Bonitz (1814-1888)

  • Johann Michael Bonitz (1730-1765) of Kühnhaide (near Zwönitz), Saxony.
    Albert Schiffner writes in his "Handbook of Geography ... of the Saxony Kingdom" (1839): "Michael bonitz, who was born here (in Kühnheide) in 1730 was talked about a lot in former times, as he was considered a prophet and idolator."

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