Bach History – Emil Bundschu

Bach History – Emil Bundschu

We are continuing to develop a more complete biography of Emil Bundschu, Vice President / Sales Manager Vincent Bach Corporation. Emil was one of the Vincent Bach’s key leadership team through his business for more than 30 years, from 1925 to 1956/1961.

Arrival to US

Emil Bundschu arrived to the United States of America on the ship “Albert Ballin” from Germany on March 6, 1925 at the age of 18. [1]  It is not known if Emil or his family knew Vincent Bach, but started work at age 18 for the Vincent Bach Corporation in 1925, the same year he arrived in the United States.

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Working at Vincent Bach Corporation

Emil originally came to work for Bach in 1925 as a shipping clerk. Became a naturalized US citizen in 1931.  In 1940 census he was described as a book keeper for the Vincent Bach Corporation.  There are different references to Emil Bundschu and when he left the Vincent Bach Corporation.  Some references state he worked there through his death in 1961, other sources reference he left with medical issues in 1956.  Regardless, Emil played an important part of the success of the Vincent Bach Corporation.

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L to R
Vincent Bach, unknown, unknown, Emil Bundschu

 

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Inquiry for serial number #7614 replied from Emil Bundschu in October 1952.

 

Obituaries

Born: 30 DEC 1906
Death: 10 JUN 1961 – New Windsor, Orange, New York

 

Instrumentalist
August 1961

Emil Bundschu, 54, Sales manager of the Vincent Bach Corporation of Mount Vernon, New York, died June 10 in the Mount Vernon Hospital.  In his 34 years of service with the Bach Company he rose from shipping clerk to Vice President.  He was a close friend of many professional brass players with who he shared his great knowledge go brass instruments. [2]

 

The Music Trades
July 1961

Emil Bundschu

Emil Bundschu, sales manager of the Vincent Bach Corporation of Mount Vernon, New York, died June 10 in the Mount Vernon Hospital at the age of 54.

He was born in Goeppingen, Germany and came to the United States during 1925 and shortly afterwards started to work for Vincent Bach as shipping clerk, book keeper and finally became vice-president.

In his 34 years of service, he proved himself to a very capable, loyal and conscientious assistant.  He was well liked by all Bach employees and was very popular among the professional musicians who appreciated his expert guidance in the choice of Bach instruments and mouthpieces.

Mr. Bunschu had his own farm in upstate Neew York where he raised choice livestock.  His bereaved wife, Martha Schneider Bundschu and son, Paul Bundschu live at Drury Lane, Rock Tavern, New York. [2]

 

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The employees of Vincent Bach Corporation upon Emil’s death enrolled him in the Franciscan Benefactors Association in June of 1961 after his death.

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[1] source: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957, Declaration of intention index 1927-1952 B-C, Line 13

[2] source: from the collection of Jeffrey Dacks

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