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Henry E. Grone, secretary of the Grone Soda Water Company of St. Louis, is native of this city, his birth having here occurred on the 23d of April, 1899. His father, Herman Crone, was also born in St. Louis and was formerly a prominent brewer of the city. He married Adelaide Damhorst, a native of St. Louis and a daughter of C. M. Damhorst, one of the oldest and best known soda water manufacturers in the city. The death of Herman Grone occurred March 24, 1916.
In the public schools of St. Louis Henry E. Crone of this review began his education and afterward attended St. Mary’s College at St. Marys, Kansas. On completing his education he became connected with the soda water manufacturing business of H. Grone & Company and has worked up to the position of secretary of the firm, in which capacity he is now serving. The business was established in 1899 by his grandfather, H. Crone, and has been continuously carried on by the family since that time. They are the distributors for the Green River beverages and have an extensive sale for their products throughout the entire country. The business has continuously developed until it is now one of most gratifying proportions, returning a very substantial annual income to the stockholders.
On the 22d of October, 1919, Mr. Crone was married in St. Louis, Missouri, to Miss Emily Ryan, a daughter of F. X. Ryan, now deceased, who at one time was connected with the Union Trust Company of St. Louis. Mr. and Mrs. Crone are members of the Catholic church and he is identified with the Knights of Columbus, and with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Along purely social lines he is connected with the Riverview Club, and his efforts to improve business conditions are indicated in his connection with the Missouri Bottlers Association, and that he works for the interest of the public at large is indicated in his membership in the Chamber of Commerce. Politically he is a republican, giving loyal support to the party. He has always lived in St. Louis and his business career here has been marked by steady progress and advancement.