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Biography of Arthur H. Feuerbacher

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Arthur H. Feuerbacher, president of the Western Foundry & Sash Weight Company of St. Louis, represents a family that has long been connected with the business development of the city. He was here born July 9, 1881, and is a son of Max W. Feuerbacher, who was the founder of the Green Tree Brewery. He was born near Bamberg, Muhlhausen, Germany, June 30, 1835, his parents being John and Doretta Feuerbacher, the former a brewer by occupation, and under his direction the son, Max Feuerbacher, learned the business. He came to the United States when seventeen years of age and found employment in the Uhrig brewery of St. Louis, which was one of the early business interests of the kind in the city. He was afterward an employe at the Philadelphia brewery and eventually he became interested in the firm of Joseph Schnaider & Company in 1857. In 1865 this company built what was known as the Green Tree Brewery at Ninth and Sidney streets. Two years later Mr. Feuerbacher purchased the interest of Mr. Schnaider and a little later was joined in a partnership by Louis Schlossstein under the firm name of Feuerbacher & Schlossstein. At a subsequent date their business was incorporated under the name of the Green Tree Brewing Company, of which Mr. Feuerbacher became president.

In 1884, because of failing health, he returned to his native land on a visit and ten days after reaching his old home passed away, but his remains were afterward brought back to St. Louis for interment in St. Matthew’s cemetery. In early manhood he married Minna Wallenbroock and they became parents of four children: Lydia, Max, Arthur and Walter. The father was a republican in politics and his religious faith was that of the Protestant Evangelical church. He was also a Knight Templar Mason, a member of the Turners, the Liederkranz and the Arion societies. His widow, who was born in Augusta, Missouri, August 18, 1854, is still living.

Their son, Arthur H. Feuerbacher, was educated in the public schools, in Smith Academy and in Washington University, being thus well qualified by liberal educational training for life’s practical and responsible duties. He started in the business world as an employe of the American Central Trust Company, which was later absorbed by the Mercantile Trust Company in 1904. He then purchased an interest in the Western Foundry & Sash Weight Company, in which he originally held the office of secretary, and at the present time he is the president of this concern. which is one of the important productive industries of the city, conducting a business of large volume. He is likewise a director of the Southern Commercial & Savings Bank and is the president of the Superior Laundry Company, which at a recent date suffered the loss of its plant by fire but has rebuilt what is now the largest and best equipped laundry in the west.

In St. Louis, on the 5th of March, 1907, Mr. Feuerbacher was married to Miss Ruth Helen Orthwein, a daughter of Charles F. Orthwein, now deceased, member of one of the old families of St. Louis and prominent in commercial circles of the city as a grain commission man. To Mr. and Mrs. Feuerbacher have been born three children: Arthur H., Helen Ruth and Charles Frederick.

Mr. Feuerbacher enjoys golf and athletic sports. His religious opinions coincide with Protestant teachings and his political belief is that of the republican party. Along business lines he has connection with the American Foundrymen’s Association and that he is appreciative of the social amenities of life is indicated in his connection with the Missouri Athletic Association and the St. Louis, Glen Echo Country, Sunset Hill Country and Century Boat Clubs.


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