Biography of Albert Weisert
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Albert Weisert, president of the Weisert Brothers Tobacco Company, one of the largest independent tobacco manufacturing concerns of the west, was born October 30, 1856, in St. Louis, where his entire life has been passed. He is a son of John and Helen Weisert, his father being one of the pioneer tobacco dealers of the city. He commenced business as a manufacturer of snuff and smoking tobacco at No. 1312 Merchant street and this business was later taken over by his son.
Albert Weisert obtained his education in parochial schools of St. Louis and started out in the business world in connection with the tobacco trade in the year 1868 as an assistant to his father. He followed in his father’s footsteps and built up the business until it is one of the largest manufacturing concerns of the west, the plant being located at Nos. 1312 to 1318 Merchant street. The trade is carried on under the name of the Weisert Brothers Tobacco Company, the business having been incorporated under the state laws of Missouri with Albert Weisert, Sr., as the president. He is also a stockholder in several of the manufacturing companies, as well as in a number of the big amusement parks and public utilities of St. Louis and is likewise well known because of his financial interests in banking circles of this city. In a word he is prominently connected with business, industrial and civic affairs and cooperates heartily in everything that he believes will prove a factor in the benefit and upbuilding of St. Louis.
On the 11th of May, 1880, in St. Louis, Mr. Weisert was united in marriage to Miss Mary Gerk, a daughter of Phillip and Barbara Gerk. She departed this life, December 2, 1906, and the children of this marriage were Albert Weisert, Jr., who wedded Helen Hundfeld and has two sons, Albert O. Weisert, III, and Elmer A.; Ids, who became the wife of John D. V. Greenway; Ella, the wife of C. T. Brammann and the mother of one son, Edward O. Brammann; and Edward Weisert. Albert Weisert, Jr., the elder son, is secretary and treasurer of the Weisert Brothers Tobacco Company, is a member of the B. P. O. E., the Western Rowing Club and other recreational and social organizations and is widely known in the tobacco industry throughout the western copntry. On the 18th of January, 1909, Mr. Weisert was again. married, his second marriage being with Johanna Niemann, a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Niemann. Mr. Weisert has one stepdaughter Adaline Weisert, an accomplished vocalist, well known among St. Louis musicians.
Mr. Weisert is of the Catholic faith and fraternally is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. His political endorsement is given to the republican party. He is widely known for his charity and for his civic activities and his supp is most liberally given to benevolent projects which are seeking to ameliorate alleviate the hard conditions of life for the unfortunate.