Amrhein Bakery

Workers inside Amrhein Bakery, circa 1935. First row, from left, Harry Monroe, Joe Koehl, Richard Kaylor, Gus Gerst, Fritz Shea, Al Zimmerman; second row, Neil Thomas, Stew Spencer, Cecil Thomas, Frank Renz, Fred Dehner, Russell Hines; third row, Frank Whitmore, Merritt Cherry. (Photo: Archives of Bob Krotz, former Amrhein driver)

Workers inside Amrhein Bakery, circa 1935. First row, from left, Harry Monroe, Joe Koehl, Richard Kaylor, Gus Gerst, Fritz Shea, Al Zimmerman; second row, Neil Thomas, Stew Spencer, Cecil Thomas, Frank Renz, Fred Dehner, Russell Hines; third row, Frank Whitmore, Merritt Cherry. (Photos: Archives of Bob Krotz, former Amrhein driver)

Amrhein Bakery, founded in 1888 by Christoph Amrhein (1864-1935) operated first from a shop in downtown Springfield, but moved to Eighth Street and North Grand Avenue a few years later.

Business grew to the point that Amrhein built a large bakery building at 2001 Clear Lake Ave. in 1929. Amrhein became a distributor of Holsum Bread in the late 1930s.

schs-logo-22Amrhein was sold to Purity Bakery of Decatur and closed in 1973. The Amrhein/Holsum building was demolished in 2012.

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One Response to Amrhein Bakery

  1. Nick Penning says:

    Didn’t they make “butter cakes,” the long, buttery and gooey, incredibly delicious pastry that Catholic schools featured for sale on “First Friday” each month? Does anyone make those anymore? Wow, were they good.

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