Standing Angel (Orthwein) - Bellefontaine Cemetery - St. Louis, MO
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N 38° 41.554 W 090° 13.745
15S E 740994 N 4286306
This is a family marker, and is surrounded with many small stones
Waymark Code: WM158CK
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 11/07/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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County of art: St. Louis Independent City
Location of statue: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis

An 8 foot tall angel standing atop a 20 foot column. Portrayed as a female, she has large wings on her back and a queen's crown upon her head. She is standing with a bowed head and flower in her proper left hand and holding in her proper right hand a cloth.
She is wearing a wrapped robe, similar in style as that associated with the Romans in BC times.

There is only the family name and no other text upon the column.

This column marks the family section and is most often associate with William D. Orthwein, or August Busch Orthwien.

"William David Orthwein (1841–1925) was a German-born American Civil War veteran and grain merchant in St. Louis, Missouri.

"William David Orthwein was born on February 9, 1841, in Stuttgart, Wurtemberg, Germany. His father was Frederick Charles Orthwein and his mother, Louise Lidle. He had a brother, Charles F. Orthwein.

"Orthwein emigrated to the United States in 1860, arriving in Lincoln, Illinois, to work as a salesman. In 1862, he joined his brother in St. Louis, Missouri, to work for his grain commission business, Haenshen & Orthwein. Meanwhile, he served in the Union Army during the American Civil War of 1861–1865.

"After the war, Orthwein resumed work for Haenshen & Orthwein. By 1870, he worked for his brother's grain shipping firm, Orthwein & Mersman (co-founded by Charles F. Orthwein and Joseph J. Mersman), up until 1879. The firm shipped grains to Europe from St. Louis, via New Orleans, Louisiana, and Galveston, Texas. In 1879, it became known as Orthwein Brothers, and it was in business until 1893.

"Orthwein founded the William D. Orthwein Grain Company in 1893. It was "the oldest grain firm in St. Louis." He hired his son Frederick to work with him until 1900, when he retired.

"Orthwein also served as the president of the St. Louis Victoria Flour Mills. He served as the Vice President of the Manufacturers Railway Company, while Adolphus Busch served as its president. He served on the Boards of Directors of the Mississippi Valley Trust Company, the Kinloch Telephone Company, and the St. Louis Merchants Exchange. He was a member of the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce." ~ Wikipedia

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