The Behmann Family was in the
grocery business from 1907 to 1946. During this period, they
acquired farm land in the Corpus Christi area and began leasing
the property to farmers. Herman and Arno began making loans to
farmers and local homeowners. When one of their borrowers ran
into financial hardship, the brothers would work with them and
John H.F. Behmann passed away in
1926 at the age of 55; Elise K.A. Behmann passed away in 1956 at
the age of 84.
Charles L. and Frances R. Kosarek,
Sr. were lifelong family friends to Elise, Herman and Arno.
According to Charles, “We knew the Behmann brothers best. We
began the relationship by renting a house and some farm land
from them back in the ‘40’s. It’s a shame more people did not
know the Behmann’s. They were kind, generous people who cared
deeply about those in need.”
Herman died in 1979 at the age of
83. In that same year, Charles L. Kosarek, Sr. helped Arno
establish the Behmann Brothers Foundation. Arno passed away in
1988 at the age of 90. With its inception, Charles, Sr. became
President and ran the Foundation until his death in 1994. His
son, Charles L. Kosarek, Jr., then Vice-President, took over the
President’s position and is still managing it today.
The Behmann Brothers Foundation’s
motto is “For the Good of the People”. The Foundation
focuses its charitable contributions primarily in the areas of
agricultural research and education, youth groups, healthcare,
and service organizations.