Today is the birthday of Jacob Leinenkugel Jr. (December 5, 1893-February 12, 1935). He is the son of Jacob Leinenkugel, who in 1867, along with John Miller, co-founded the Spring Brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. In 1884, Jacob bought out Miller and the name was changed to the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Miller Brewing Co. bought the brewery in 1988, but it continues to be managed by the Leinenkugel family.
Jacob Leinenkugel and his family, though I’m not sure which son is junior.
Here’s a short biography from Find-a-Grave:
Jacob Mathias Leinenkugel, son of Mathias Jacob Leinenkugel and Kathryn M Watzl was born 5 Dec 1893 in Chippewa Falls, Chippewa Co, Wis. His birth was recorded in Vol H page 219 of the Chippewa County Court House records.
Jacob was son of THE Jacob Leinenkugel of the brewery family.
He was the second of three children of Mathias and Kathryn. He became an attorney. He also served during WWI in the US Army.
Jacob went to Arizona due to health reasons and died in Tucson, Pima, Arizona at age 41 on 12 Feb 1935.
Jacob and Ethel had 2 sons: John William Leinenkugel and James Mathias Leinenkugel.
It appears that junior wasn’t too involved in brewery operations, though he may have done legal work for the business. Late in his short life, his health turned poor, and he and his family moved to Arizona for the climate, but he died not too long after the move, when he was only 41.
Last time I went to a ball game where the D-backs play w/a buddy of mine who lives in Phoenix (mid-00’s), we had a couple of beers & some food @ the Leinenkugel taproom & restaurant across the street before the game. Dunno if it’s still there – maybe a Phoenixian can clue us in.