Under the Influence: The Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty
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A racy, unauthorized expose+a7 uncovers the opportunism, unbridled power, family conflict, sex scandals, and violent death hidden behind the red, white, and blue logo of the Anheuser-Busch family dynasty. Reprint.
Grant's Farm, where Gussie gave Trudy a choker of gold and jade. "Instead of taking it out of the box and putting it on, she threw it across the table to the wife of an architect who was attending the party." During one of Trudy's frequent absences, Baskowitz and another friend, Bob "Piggy" Meyer, visited Grant's Farm with their wives. Gussie took them up to Trudy's room and opened several closet doors. "All those clothes racks. It was like Sears…no…like Saks," recalled Meyer. "Pick out whatever
the lawyer. Ginny and her husband spent every hour they could at their farm in St. Charles County. Surrounded by fields and stands of trees, August loved the isolation and the wildlife. You could walk for miles, he liked to say, and not hear a car or see anyone. He enjoyed slipping into a Western shirt and jeans and plowing the ground on a tractor. His farm was in the middle of the Mississippi flyway and in the fall the ducks came by the hundreds on their way south. The hunting was superb. Like
biography checked by Busch's grandson Adolphus III said the company patriarch had died of cirrhosis of the liver. In addition to Lilly and August A., those with Adolphus in his final moments were daughters Wilhelmina Scharrer, Clara von Gontard and his adopted daughter Gustava Kluhn, nee von Kliehr. Also present was Carl Conrad, the man who was the first to sell Adolphus's famous Budweiser so many years before. The passing of Adolphus Busch marked the beginning of one of the most elaborate
expect that during his childhood they did things to him that were irreparable, that scarred him forever," said a former Anheuser-Busch executive. There was about him the sense of "a lost childhood, one he never allowed himself." August often seemed lonely growing up, recalled one acquaintance. The boy, she was told, didn't get along well with his mother. For all its traumas, however, it must have been a remarkable boyhood. There were frequent weekend trips to Grant's Farm and its servants,
railroad car, the Adolphus. In the era before teams traveled by air, the palatial Pullman was attached to the train that carried the Cardinals on their road trips. Gin playing and "heavy drinking" were the rule when Gussie toured with the team. At first Gussie and his party resided at the Vinoy Park, a citadel for unreconstructed millionaires in St. Petersburg. He later acquired property in Pass-a-Grille, a spit of expensive sand that jutted into Tampa Bay. His compound there included a