Name: Lemp, William
Category: St. Louis and the West
Born/Started: Feb. 21, 1836
Died/Ended: Feb. 13, 1904
Description: William Lemp was the son of Adam Lemp, the founder of Western Brewery. After his father´s death, he expanded the brewery and built a new plant at what is now DeMenil Place and Cherokee. The new brewery facility was located over a large number of natural caves which were used to refrigerate the beer.
By 1875, William Lemp was the largest beer brewer in St. Louis. In 1892, he incorporated the brewery as the William J. Lemp Brewing Company. By the end of the century the company employed over 1,000 people. Its most popular brand was Falstaff.
Lemp was involved in many civic organizations, including the board of the St. Louis World´s Fair which he did not live to see. Unfortunately, Lemp suffered from depression and poor health and, on February 13, 1904, he committed suicide. Two of his children, William Jr. and Elsa also committed suicide. [Final Resting Place, p. 91]
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