Biography of Adolph Burmeister

Adolph Burmeister, vice president of the E. R. Hensel Steel & Copper Company, of St. Louis, has been a lifelong resident of this city. His father, Henry Burmeister, came from Germany to St. Louis in July, 1866. For a period of nine years he was in the wholesale shoe business; since then he has been in the produce business, becoming secretary of the Hofmann Brothers Produce Company. He is thus well known in the trade circles of the city and won a creditable position among the representative business men. He married Anna Hassendeubel, who was brought from Germany to the United States when but two years of age. They have a family of four sons and four daughters living, Adolph Burmeister being the sixth in order of birth. The others are: Louis, Herman, Henry, Emily, Meta, Helen and Adele.

Adolph Burmeister was educated in the public schools of St. Louis which he attended to the age of fifteen years and then started out to provide for his own support, obtaining a position as office boy and clerk in the National Bank of Commerce. That he proved capable, faithful and industrious is indicated by the fact that he was retained in the bank until he reached the age of eighteen years, when he sought a position with the E. R. Hensel Steel & Copper Company and has continued with this corporation to the present time. He has steadily advanced, gaining promotion to intermediate positions to the vice presidency, to which office he was elected in 1920. His first official position was in 1911 as secretary of the company and in that capacity he continued to serve for nine years. Previous to this he was a salesman and as such became familiar with every branch and phase of their line, which, combined with his thorough knowledge of the requirements of the trade, made him quite a factor in the rapid and successful growth of their business.

Mr. Adolph Burmeister is a member of Tuscan Lodge, No. 360, A. F. & A. M., in which he was raised in 1918. He has since become a Scottish Rite Mason belonging to Missouri Consistory, No. 1, M. R. S., and also to Moolah Temple, A. A. 0. N. M. S. He is likewise connected with the Chamber of Commerce and is interested in all the plans and activities of that organization for the benefit and upbuilding of the city, for the extension of its trade relations and the maintenance of its high civic standards. He belongs to the Missouri Athletic Club and the Automobile Club and finds most of his recreation in these channels. In politics he is a republican and his religious faith is Protestant.

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