August C. Bering, Sr., one of the earliest lumbermen of Texas, and member of a pioneer Houston family, passed away at his home in this city, May 3 1, at the age of 83 years. His life and career was largely coincide ntal with the lumber history of Texas, since he had been actively engaged in the lumber business for some sixty-five years. Until he retired from active business a year ago, he was president of Bering Manufacturing Company, founded in 1854.
Mr. Bering was born in H ouston and had his first lumber experience working as a lumber stacker in the lumber yard of his father, Conrad Bering, and his uncle, August Bering, these two brothers operating as A. Bering & Bro., a business they founded in 18 54. It was located at the corner of Milam and Prairie, in Houston, where they operated a sawmill, hauling logs by ox cart from their timber holdings at Eureka.
In 1892, the business was moved to the present site at 2006 Canal Street, and continued under its present name as a wholesale firm, specializing in sash and doors and millwork, and there Mr. Bering continued as active manager until illness and infirmity compelled his retirement about a year ago.
Surviving are his wife; three sons, August C. Bering, Jr., Norman J. Bering and Conrad Bering; two sisters, Mrs. R. B. Landrum of Houston, and Mrs. J. E. Pauls of Paige, Texas; and six grandchildren.