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Old 04-23-2010, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Utopia
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Question St. Louis Cooperage Co. questions????

I have an old, old copper paperweight from 1934 in the shape of a barrel marked St. Louis Cooperage Co., which makes sense since cooperage is a barrel for beer. But what kind of beer did the St. Louis Cooperage make barrels for?
I'm guessing Anheuser-Busch, but I could be wrong; however, hoping someone on this board had a great grandfather or grandfather who worked there and can give me some more information on St. Louis Cooperage Company.
Much thanks!
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Old 04-25-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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Dang...nobody on here is from an old St. Louis family that worked there????
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Old 04-25-2010, 08:53 PM
 
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Also try the good folks at the urbanstl.com forums or, alternatively, email Michael Allen of ecoabsence.blogspot.com.
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:13 AM
 
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It could be ABInBev, Lemp, Griesedick (lol what a name), or Falstaff.

Seriously - call Schlafly. They have a nice exhibit of St. Louis Brewing History in the Bottleworks building, and are likely to be more personable and enthusiastic in answering your query, in compairson to a certain swill macrobrewery at Arsenal/Broadway.
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:02 AM
 
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I have a book I got at Schlafly about St. Louis brewing history. It's got a few pages about every brewery that ever existed here and it doesn't leave much out. I will see what I can find when I get home tonight.

Don't bother with google though...the first result I got was this thread
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Old 04-26-2010, 03:25 PM
 
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It could be ABInBev, Lemp, Griesedick (lol what a name), or Falstaff.

Seriously - call Schlafly. They have a nice exhibit of St. Louis Brewing History in the Bottleworks building, and are likely to be more personable and enthusiastic in answering your query, in compairson to a certain swill macrobrewery at Arsenal/Broadway.
FYI: Griesedick was a name when I worked in Houston in 1984 of some fellow at the top in a major oil company (like a President). I have no idea how they pronounce it, but the guy who gave me his name pronounced the first part as "Greasy-"....well, you get the joke I'm sure. Wouldn't you change that one if that was yours...good grief...!

I gather Schlafly is a brewery?
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Edwardsville, IL
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FYI: Griesedick was a name when I worked in Houston in 1984 of some fellow at the top in a major oil company (like a President). I have no idea how they pronounce it, but the guy who gave me his name pronounced the first part as "Greasy-"....well, you get the joke I'm sure. Wouldn't you change that one if that was yours...good grief...!

I gather Schlafly is a brewery?
Schlafly (STL) and Boulevard (KC) brew the BEST beer in Missouri. The other micros (O'Fallon, Augusta, Tin Mill, et al) are a close second. ABInBev is around 79th place.....
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:01 AM
 
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Sorry TootsieWootsie but I took a cursory look at my book last night and couldn't find anything on any Cooperage Company.
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Clayton, MO
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Here is a map of their facility. Appears to be adjacent to the AB brewery. From my quick glance at the map it appears to be where I-55 is now. Damn highways did more damage than good around here but that's a whole nother conversation.

Missouri Digital Heritage : Collection : Item Viewer

Let us know what else you dig up.
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Utopia
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Thank you so much for the help all, and thank you, moorlander, for posting that link!!!! I so very much appreciate solving this mystery and it proves St. Louis Cooperage was affiliated with Anheuser-Busch.

Now I am wondering if some Budweiser fan would be interested in purchasing this copper paperweight from there as for it's historical value? If not, I saw it throughout my childhood and will just keep it.

Again, thanks for all the kindness, folks on the Missouri board!!!!
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