Person: William Grupp (-2G)
A sibling born before William was Charles (-2G) (b. May 1877).
He was probably named after his paternal grandfather, William Grupp (-4G).
The 1880 Fed. Census in Missouri (second enumeration: vol. 38, supv. dist. 77, enum. dist. 112, sheet 19, stamped page 127C, dwelling 96, family 203, line 39, dated 12 Nov.) lists Charles his father, his mother, one brother and himself, but sister Elizabeth and the other brother, George, have not been born yet. His father Charles is 29 years old, born in Missouri and is a fisherman. His mother Mary is 22 years old, born in Austria, and is keeping house. Brother Charles is 3 years old, born in Missouri and William is 1 years old, born in Missouri. They are living in the rear of 1308 Fulton in St. Louis.
The 1880 St. Louis Dir. does not list any Grupp household. The St. Louis City Directory of 1881 shows the family living at 1419 Columbus, in the rear.
The 1884 St. Louis Dir. lists Charles Grupp, laborer, living at the rear of 1408 S. 3rd. The 1886 Dir. shows Charles Grupp, fisherman, living at the rear of 1314 S. 3rd. The 1890 Directory shows them living at 1710 S. 9th St.
When his mother Maria died (25 Feb. 1892), his sister Elizabeth had to be the "mother" of the house, doing the womanly chores for her father and three brothers. That included washing clothes on a board in the Mississippi River in St. Louis as well as making the meals for the father and three brothers. At the time of the mother's death the family was living at 1241 S. 7th St., in the rear, in St. Louis. She was buried on the 28th at the age of 35 years in Old St. Marcus Cemetery on Gravois Rd. in St. Louis.
The 1900 Fed. Census in Missouri lists the Grupp family (district 119?, sheet 13, line 51). His father, Charles, is 51 years old, born Oct. 1848 in Missouri. His mother, Maria, had died by 1900 so does not appear in this census. Sister Elizabeth was 18 years old and was born in Missouri in Feb. 1882. Brother Charles is 23 years old, born in May 1877 in Missouri. William is 20 years old, born Oct. 1879 in Missouri. Brother George is 16 years old, born in Mar, 1884 in Missouri. They are living at 808 Geyer Ave.
The 1910 Fed. Census for Missouri (Soundex 107 0242 0035, enum. d. 242, family 35) shows his father Charles Grupp, 62 years old living in St. Louis with his son William (30) and his daughter Elizabeth (28). All three were born in Missouri. Sons Charles (Jr.) and George are living elsewhere and are married.
The 1910 St. Louis Dir. shows William Grupp living at 2316 Park Ave. with his father and sister. His two brothers were married, living elsewhere. The 1911 Dir. shows William Grupp, with the occupation of shoes, living at 2340 Menard.
His father died in St. Louis 11 Sep. 1911 at the age of 61 years, 11 months, 27 days. He was buried on 14 Sep. 1911 in Old St. Marcus Cemetery on Gravois Rd. in St. Louis according to records in the St. Louis County Library and the obituary.
The 1912 St. Louis Dir. shows William Grupp, athlete, living at 2319a Whittemore Place. He does not appear in the 1913-17 St. Louis directories.
The step children of his sister (Elizabeth) called her "Aunt Lee". She was actually a step aunt by marriage. She visited St. Louis several times and for a while she stayed with her sister-in-law Elizabeth. In fact, Aunt Lee died at Elizabeth's home. Also ca. 1913 (probably after he married) William moved to Manhatten, New York, NY to teach in a gymnasium for boxers.
There is a William Grupp in the 1920 Census for New York. It is located in roll T625_1205, supv. dist. 1, enum. dist. 836, page 16A, family 333, line 6, dated 23 Jan., Ancestry.Com image #0787. He is 40 years old, was born in Missouri of Missouri parents and is living in ward 11 A.D. of Manhatten, New York, NY. He is an instructor at a gymnasium [was the owner, I think]. They are renting at 250 8th Ave. His wife Helena is 35 years old and was born in Missouri of Missouri parents. She has no occupation.
His brother Charles, moved there later (after 1920) and at first helped William at the gym as a bookkeeper. Brother George stayed in the St. Louis area.
I have not yet found the 1930 Census for this family. They was probably still living in New York. I do not believe they had any children.
In the St. Louis County Dir. of 1939 there was a Wm. Grupp with a tavern on the south side of Manchester Rd. 2W Grupp in Des Peres. This William was living on the south side of Manchester Rd. 2W Grupp in Des Peres. No wife was listed. A Wm. Grupp Jr. appears in several directories. I do not know his relationship to the Wm. of this page. The St. Louis County Directory of 1939 has Wm. Grupp Jr., with wife Adeline, the deputy sheriff of St. Louis County, Clayton Rd., living nr Spoede Rd. in Des Peres. In the same year Mrs. Adeline Grupp is listed separately, working in a restaurant on Clayton Rd., living [with her husband] nr Spoede Rd. C PO rdo. There is also a listing for a Adelle (r Wm Grupp Jr in Des Peres).
There is a William H. Grupe with an obituary in the St. Louis Post Dispatch of 17 Mar. 1944. This is not our William Grupp who was still alive in 1946 (see just below). There is no other name close to Grupp in the years 1942-45.
He and his wife Lee (Helena) lived with our aunt and step-grandmother at 3922a Lexington Ave. for a while--at least from 1944 until her death. William was still living when his wife died.
His wife died on 08 May 1946 at the home of her sister-in-law [3922a Lexington Ave.] with whom she was living in St. Louis. The MO Archives has her death certificate (#18447). There is a Lena Grupp buried in New Marcus Cemetery but she has a death date that is too early. Our family called her aunt Lee even though she was really a step-aunt to our mother. She visited our step-grandmother, Elizabeth, on occasion. The death certificate gives her birth date as 12 Mar. 1884 in St. Louis of William Winnefeldt and an unknown mother. She died at 3922a Lexington of a cerebral hemorrhage contributed by arteriosclerosis. She was 62 years, 1 month, and 26 days of age. Our family physician Nathan Bilskey attended her. Calvin Feutz Funeral Home provided funeral services. She was cremated at Valhalla Cemetery. She did not have a S. S. number. Her husband (66 years old) was the informant.
There was a William Grupp Sr. who died at age 88 and was buried on 08 Oct. 1954 in Lake Charles Cemetery. The funeral was handled by the Bopp Mortuary. The MO Archives has his death certificate (#32663; died in 07 Oct. 1954 in St. Louis County), but he was born in 1866 in Germany. Records at the St. Louis County Library shows the same person. The death certificate for this person puts his birth date as 27 Sep. 1866 and his birthplace as Stuttgart, Germany which does not match our William Grupp.
There was also a William J. Grupp Jr., 72, who died in Mar. 1965 and was buried on the 15th in Lake Charles Cemetery. The funeral was by Bopp Mortuary. That would put his birth in ca 1893 which means he was not our William Grupp.
Brother Charles died after 1920 and before 1979.
The S. S. Death Index lists three William Grupp's:
The St. Louis County Dir. of 1955 shows Wm. J. Grupp Jr., with wife Adeline, in the liquor business at 12240 Manchester in Des Peres and living at 8311 Fullerton Ave. in University City. The County Dir. of 1961 shows Wm. J. Grupp Jr., with wife Adelene, living at 8311 Fullerton Ave. in University City, MO. The County Dir. of 1965 shows this same Wm. Grupp Jr., with wife Adeline, retired, living at 8311 Fullerton Ave. in University City. This is not our William.
The County Dir. of 1965 shows a Wm. L. Grupp, with wife Anna, as an engineer for Combustion Equip in St. Louis and living at 3215 Classic Dr. in Florissant, MO.
There was also a William J. Grupp Jr. who died at age 72 and was buried on 15 Mar. 1965 in the same cemetery through the same mortuary. I doubt that they were related.
His sister, Elizabeth, died on 09 Mar. 1979 in St. Louis.