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William A. Albrecht and Family Papers, 1889-1979

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Identifier: A2535

Title: William A. Albrecht and Family Papers, 1889-1979


William Albert Albrecht, the son of Albert William and Louisa Bertha Beckman Albrecht, was born in St. Louis in 1909. He graduated from Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois, and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. In 1938, he became owner and president of W.E. Beckmann Co., a wholesale bakery and confectionary supply firm founded by his maternal grandfather, William Edward Beckmann. That company closed in 1973, and he was vice president of Schoellhorn Albrecht Machine Co., which manufactured machinery for inland waterways, until his retirement ten years later. He married Violet Mae Watkins in 1932; they had one son, Robert William Albrecht, born in 1946. Robert attended the Wright School in the Ladue School District until the fourth grade, and then attended St. Louis Country Day School, from which he graduated in 1964. William A. Albrecht died in Fenton, Missouri, in 1998 at the age of 88.

The collection consists of personal correspondence and papers of William A. Albrecht and some other members of his family, including his parents, grandparents, wife, and son. It also includes many of Robert William Albrecht's school records and other items related to his attendance at St. Louis Country Day School, as well as documents related to his attendance at the Big Spring Ranch for Boys summer camp in Florissant, Colorado, as an adolescent. The collection also includes some military documents and photographs of William Albert Albrecht, as well as a few books and magazines.

3 boxes; 1 oversize folder

Finding aid available.

Cite as: William A. Albrecht and Family Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1889-1979

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts


Subjects: Children
Armed Forces


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