Charles Peter Behre was born 19 December 1872 in North Rhineland, Germany to George Ludwig Frederick Behre (1844-1911) and Regina Tillman ( -aft1877) and died 27 January 1926 New Providence, Union County, New Jersey, United States of unspecified causes. He married Mary McCarron (1870-1946) 30 November 1893 in Chatham Borough, Morris County, New Jersey.



Offspring of Charles Peter Behre and Mary McCarron (1870-1946)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Frederick Edward Behre (1894-1968)
Charles Patrick Behre (1896-1971)
Elizabeth Regina Behre (1899-1978)
Walter Carl Behre (1904-1977) 3 March 1904 Chatham Borough, Morris County, New Jersey, United States January 1977 New Providence, Union County, New Jersey, United States Margueritte Gaynor (1909-1992)
Lillian Behre (1905-1951)
Eleanor Marie Behre (1910-2001)


1910 Chatham (upper right corner)
4 Walton Ave, New Providence, NJ, USA (Google Street View)


He first lived in Chatham, New Jersey [[1]] close to his father and other Behre's who were most likely first cousins (see note above).

While working at Noe's farm on Southern Boulevard in Chatham Township, NJ, [[2]] Charles Behre met and married (Nov. 23, 1893) Mary McCarron, who worked in the kitchen. During his time at Noe's, Charles Behre and one or two other men dug Noe's Pond by hand. It was at Noe's farm that Charles Behre learned the rose growing business.

After leaving Noe's, he went into partnership with his brother-in-law, Paul Erber. They founded a greenhouse business on what is now Lucent Technologies (was Bell Labs) in Murray Hill. The property was rented from C. L. Rubsamen, son -in law of Carl Schultz, who founded the Murray Hill area. [[3]] They had an opportunity to buy that property for $450 in the ealy 1900's. They parted, however, in 1913 and Charles started a new greenhouse business in West Summit where he rented three greenhouses. Paul Erber moved to Athenia, NJ (now a section of Clifton) where he started his own greenhouse business.

Next, Charles Behre bought property on Passaic Street [[4]] in New Providence, NJ where he started building (1917) what eventually became six greenhouses, and also built a new house. Initially, he had the first three greenhouses built on the property and commuted each day from West Summit. Next he had the house built. They moved into the new house in New Providence in 1920. He died in 1926 before the last greenhouse was completed.

How is Edward H. Behre related? First cousin? Second cousin?



Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
₪ Wedding
  • St. Patrick's Church
¶ Death

Charles Patrick Behre