Dignified entrepreneurship reigns on Grzybowska Street
In 1919, Ryszard Schiele became the director of the Kijok brewery on Żelazna Street, taken over by Haberbusch & Schiele. Later he sat on the board of directors.
“My father was a goliath of a working man. He was also very straightforward and just”
– said his son, Edward Schiele.
“I recall going to the city with my nanny. It began to pour. I was soaked to the bone. On the street we came across a company dray drawn by Percheron horses. Nanny stopped him. She pointed at me saying that I was the director’s son. She asked the coachman to turn the dray around and to take us home. The coachman apologized and said that the dray was loaded with goods, and as such, the regulations do not allow for the carriage of people. He lashed at the horses and departed. In the evening my father returned from work. At home there was indignation at the coachman’s behaviour. The following day my father comes back and says “I talked to the coachman. I gave him an increase of 10 zloty and a promotion”.
The descendants of the brewery founders maintained the principles of dignified entrepreneurship. They continued to invest in the company, in advertising and in technology. They did throw away their success. There was an ethos of hard work in the family, and the development of the brewery was the most important of them.