Look Back: Busch Sr. suicide, 1934
Date: 2/12/2010 Album ID: 942681
Photos by Post-Dispatch archives
In pain from heart disease and gout, August A. Busch Sr. took his life on Feb. 13, 1934. He had been president of Anheuser-Busch Inc. since 1913, managing the companyís survival through the anti-German bias of World War I and Prohibition. Thousands of mourners, from senators to brewers, lined up outside the mansion to view the bronze casket, blanketed with lilies of the valley. Busch had directed that he be buried in Sunset Burial Park, within sight of Grantís Farm.