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Adolph Coors

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Adolph Hermann Josef Kuhrs was born on February 4, 1847 in Barmen of Rhenish Prussia. He became a book and stationary apprentice at aged thirteen. In 1862, when his family moved to Dortmund, Westphalia he began a three year apprenticeship with a brewery. Once his apprenticeship was paid for and finished, he then went to work as an employee at Wenker Brewery.

He immigrated to the United States in 1868 and then settled in Chicago. This is the time period where his name was changed from Kuhrs to Coors. He worked as a fireman, a bricklayer, and several other jobs before he moved to Naperville, Illinois. In 1872, he then purchased a partnership in the bottling firm of John Staderman. A year later he took possession of the entire company. He joined forces in 1873 with Jacob Schueler to open the Golden Brewery.

During prohibition the company made malted milk and one division manufactured porcelain and ceramic products. From 1880 to 1890, the brewery grew from producing 3,500 a year to 17,600 a year. By 1900 it was producing 48,000 barrels a year. At age 82, Adolph Coors died in Virginia Beach by a fall from a window. Three generations of the Coors family followed Adolph in the beer business.

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Staderman (Owner), Golden Brewery (Co-Founder)

Lessons Learned

I strongly believe in the lessons of hard work and expansion. During my lifetime, I reinvested my profits and kept abreast of new developments. I wanted to produce quality beer and knew that hard work, research, and flexibility would help me be able to do so. All of these strong ethics helped to build a company with a strong foundation. These are important lessons to remember.

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Go west, young man, go west.

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