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William J. Lemp Mansion

History: Johann Adam Lemp was born in Germany in 1798. In 1836 Adam arrived in America and in 1838 he moved east to settle in Saint Louis, Mo., nearly two years after arriving in America. Upon settling in St. Louis, Adam Lemp opened up a grocery business and named it A. Lemp & Co. In 1840 Lemp opened up his first brewing company, calling it the Western Brewery. It was located at 37 S. Second Street, presently the site of the Arch gateway.

Adam and Justine started a family in 1836, their only child was William J. Lemp. William J. Lemp grew up and married Julia Feickert and they started a family in 1862. Their first child did not survive. Anna Lemp, the second child, was born in 1865; three years after the first tragedy of losing a child. William Lemp Jr. born in 1867 was the 3rd child, Louis Lemp born 1870 was the 4th, Charles A. Lemp born in 1871 was the 5th, Fredrick W. Lemp born 1873 was the 6th, Hilda T. Lemp born 1875 was the 7th, Edwin A. Lemp born 1880 was the 8th, and Elsa J. Lemp born 1883 was the 9th child born to the Lemps. The Lemp legacy begins. 

William J. Lemp's children were well established in their prospective communities. William Lemp Jr. was working for his father, in the brewery, when his younger brother Fredrick died in 1901. This began the downfall of the Lemp family. William J. Lemp's son, Fredrick, died on December 12, 1901 of an illness. "Captain" Fredrick Pabst, William's well trusted friend of many decades, also died of an illness on January 1, 1904. Soon after their deaths, William J. Lemp put a .38 caliber gun to is head and pulled the trigger committing suicide on Feburary 13th, 1904, in the Lemp family home.

The home owned by William J. Lemp on DeMenil Place was the tragic occurance of three more suicides of the Lemp family. William Lemp Jr. took over the family buisness and began running the brewery until its tragic downfall in 1920.  In 1922 William Lemp Jr. Shot himself with a .38 Caliber handgun in the heart and died in the Lemp home. Elsa Lemp-Wright Committed suicide in March of 1920 by a gunshot wound near the heart. Charles Lemp was the 4th and last suicide of the Lemp family. He shot himself in the head with a .38 caliber Army Colt Revolver on May 10th 1949 in the Lemp home. Charles was the only Lemp to ever leave a suicide note that read " In case I am found dead blame no one but me". 

In 1975,  Richard D. Pointer purchased the Lemp Mansion and restored much of it. The Lemp home has become a bed and breakfast and a tourist attraction. The home is beautiful and a great place to stay. To purchase Lemp: The Haunting History by Stephen Walker go to www.lempmansion.com for more information. We credit all of the history information to Stephen Walker. And thanks to Lou Brock, Special Event Director, for all of his guided information.

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