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