|Birth: ||Aug. 8, 1916|
St. Louis County
|Death: ||May 21, 1992|
St. Louis City
Joseph Brumm was the youngest of three children in the family of Edward Brumm (1883-1964) and Henrietta M. (Knehans) Brumm (1887-1952). Joseph excelled in baseball as a youth, and also had good business sense, becoming vice president of Stix, Baer, and Fuller Department Store chain, and also at one point the chief financial officer for Rich's Department Stores in Atlanta, Georgia.
He died of cancer in 1992.
The History of Missouri; Family and Personal History, Volume III (originally published in 1967, Lewis Historical Publishing Company Inc; New York, New York and West Palm Beach, Florida), pages 469-470:
JOSEPH DANIEL BRUMM -- Associated with the firm of Stix, Baer and Fuller in St. Louis, Missouri, since 1941, Joseph Daniel Brumm has worked his way through several positions to that of executive vice president and treasurer of this city's second largest department store, and he has been a key figure in the program of expansion which has made this store and its branches a merchandise leader in this section of the country. He went to night classes in Commerce and Finance at St. Louis University while working for the Bemis Bag Company, where he started as an office boy. Mr. Brumm was active in the Boy Scout Council, is an officer in several civic enterprises, and was formerly a director of the St. Louis Bi-State Chapter of the American Red Cross.
He was born in St. Louis on August 8, 1916, the son of Edward and Henrietta (Knehans) Brumm. This is an old family of St. Louis residents and the subject is the third generation of his family to be born in the old family house on North Ninth Street where his sons were born some years later, the fourth generation to begin life in this home. Joseph Daniel Brumm grew up in this city and attended its public schools. He completed elementary grades and entered Central High School to finish his preparatory studies. Mr. Brumm was a highly regarded prospect as a professional baseball player while playing in high school, and was encouraged to enter the professional ranks. He was given an offer by the St. Louis Cardinals to join their organization, but refused in order to continue his education. He graduated from Central High School and took a job with the Bemis Bag Company, working days and for part of the time attending night classes at St. Louis University in order to complete his education. He had decided on a business career, and with this in mind majored in Commerce and Finance. Mr. Brumm graduated from this course and was given a certificate in Commerce and Finance as a member of the Class of 1939. He had worked his way through and continued at the job until an opportunity came from another firm.
It was shortly after graduation from high school that Mr. Brumm began working for the Bemis Bag Company in St. Louis. He had worked at part-time jobs as a schoolboy and earned extra money by so doing, but this was a full-time job, one that opened the doors of a commercial career to him. The year was 1934, a time in which effects of the national Depression were still very much in evidence, but there were signs of an upturn in the economy.
He began as an office boy and worked up through the specialty sale department. Mr. Brumm literally began at the bottom and worked up in this firm. He attended night classes in commercial subjects while working, thus learning in class and in the shop at the same time. He was associated with the Bemis firm for about seven years, leaving in 1941 to accept a position with the merchandise firm of Stix, Baer and Fuller. Mr. Brumm began in the research department and spent five years in various phases of this operation before being given a title of office. In 1946 he was made assistant secretary and assistant treasurer, and in this dual position began his rise in the executive department of this merchandising company. It was at this time, beginning with the end of World War II and the tremendous demand for many consumer goods items, that this company began the expansion program which has never really ceased, and which has completely modernized its main store, added branches in the suburbs, increased services, and enlarged its sales program. Mr. Brumm has been active throughout this entire program and is now a key figure in the executive function of this firm. His first promotion after this came in 1948 when he was named secretary and assistant treasurer, which post he retained for three years. He was made secretary and treasurer in 1951, thus assuming two of the most important positions in the store. He remained in this capacity until 1959, devoting much of his time to expansion and development of new services and plans for increased promotion of facilities. In 1951 he handled the listing of Stix, Baer, and Fuller on the New York Stock Exchange. He was also active in the opening of branch stores in St. Louis County at Westroads and Riverroads. Mr. Brumm was elected to the post of executive vice president and treasurer of Stix, Baer and Fuller in 1959 and continues in this office. Working in close cooperation with the president and chairman of the advisory committee, he directs activities of the second largest department store in St. Louis, and this store is now one of the outstanding merchandise centers of the central section of the country. Mergers have made Stix, Baer and Fuller one of thirteen divisions of the Associated Dry Goods Corporation.
Other commercial interests include serving as a member of the board of directors of the Blackwell-Wielandy Company. Mr. Brumm is also secretary of both the Richmond Restaurants Company and the Premium Realty and Investment Company. He is keenly interested in the economic life of metropolitan St. Louis, and his holdings and investments are centered here where his family has been active for so long.
Civic interests and social service projects are a vital part of his efforts within the metropolitan area. Mr. Brumm is active in behalf of the United Fund and was formerly chairman of the Northwest District of the St. Louis Council of Boy Scouts of America. He recently participated in the drive to provide a new Boy Scout Camp. A former member of the board of trustees of both Bel Nor and Bellerive, he is serving on the Personnel Advisory Committee and Board of Managers of Missouri Baptist Hospital. Mr. Brumm is a director of the St. Louis County Chapter National Foundation Inc. He serves on the board of governors of the Missouri Athletic Club and is President of this organization. He also serves on the Ways and Means Committee of the St. Louis Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Memberships include the Norwood Hills Country Club, Knights of the Cauliflower Ear, St. Louis Society of Financial Analysts, and the Arrowhead Yacht Club. He also belonged to Phi Sigma Eta, an accounting and business student's fraternity which he joined at St. Louis University. Boating and golf are favorite forms of recreation. Mr. Brumm has a power boat and sails on the Lake of the Ozarks. He attends the Methodist Church.
Virginia L. Crady and Joseph D. Brumm were united in marriage at a ceremony performed in St. Louis on July 13, 1940. Mrs. Brumm is an accredited flower show judge, and is active in club projects in the city. There are two sons Gregg [...] [and] Eric [...]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, page 17A, May 22, 1992; Saint Louis, Missouri:
Joseph D. Brumm; Executive for Old Stix Department Store
Joseph D. Brumm, a former executive at the old Stix, Baer and Fuller department store, died of cancer Thursday (May 21, 1992) at his home in west St. Louis County. He was 75.
Mr. Brumm was vice president of Stix, Baer and Fuller for 27 years. He also was a former chief financial officer of Rich's Department Store in Atlanta, Georgia, and an executive vice president of Guarantee Electrical Company in St. Louis. He retired in 1987.
Mr. Brumm had lived in Naples, Florida, for about two years before returning to St. Louis last month.
He was a past president and former member of the board of governors of the Missouri Athletic Club. He also was a former chairman of the Midland District Salvation Army Advisory Board, where he served for 27 years, the St. Louis Chapter of the March of Dimes and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
He was a member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross in St. Louis, St. Louis Boy Scouts, St. Louis Heart Association and the DePaul Hospital Medical Building.
Mr. Brumm was born in St. Louis and graduated from St. Louis University. He received the university's award of merit in 1967.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael and St. George Episcopal Church, 6345 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Kriegshauser Funeral Home - West, 9450 Olive Boulevard, Olivette. Entombment will be private.
Among the survivors are his wife, Virginia Brumm; two sons, Gregg E. Brumm of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Eric J. Brumm of Ladue; a sister, Ruth Baker of Normandy; and four grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Missouri Baptist Cancer Center, 3015 North Ballas Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63131.
Edward Brumm (1883 - 1964)
Henrietta M Knehans Brumm (1887 - 1952)
Virginia L Crady Brumm (1921 - 1993)
Edward Brumm (1907 - 1908)*
Ruth C Brumm Baker (1912 - 2006)*
Joseph Daniel Brumm (1916 - 1992)
Created by: DW Brumm
Record added: Nov 16, 2012
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