Walter O. Krieger

p.329 - Walter O. Krieger is a scion of the third generation of the Krieger family in Grand Rapids, and is prominently associated with the industrial and commercial interests of his native city. He and his father are the principals of the Sterling Veneer Company, which was organized by them in December, 1918, and which has developed a fine business in the importation and manufacturing of mahogany and other high-grade cabinet woods into the best types of veneer, the province of the enterprise including also the manufacturing of mahogany and walnut lumber. The concern confines its operations exclusively to supplying the furniture and piano manufacturing trade, and both Otto and Walter O. Krieger, father and son, are known as authorities in valuing materials in their chosen field of industrial and commercial enterprise, in which they have become widely known to furniture manufacturers and dealers. The offices of the company are maintained in the Federal Square building. Walter O. Krieger was born in Grand Rapids July 3, 1898, and is a son of Otto and Anna (Breidenstein) Krieger, the former of whom was born in Germany and the latter in Grand Rapids, where her parents established their home in an early day. Otto Krieger was a mere boy when he accompanied his parents from Germany to the United States, where the home was established in Grand Rapids, he having been reared and educated here and his association with the furniture having here had its inception when he was a youth. He has continued as one the staunch and progressive citizens and enterprising business men of Grand Rapids and is now the executive head of the Sterling Veneer Company. After completing his studies in the high school Walter O. Krieger was for several years employed in lumber offices in Grand Rapids, and finally he became associated with his father in establishing the now important and flourishing business conducted under the title of the Sterling Veneer Company. Mr. Krieger has had no desire for political activity, but he gives loyal allegiance to the cause of the Republican party. He and his wife are communicants of St. Mark’s church, Protestant Episcopal. April 24, 1917, was marked by the marriage of Mr. Krieger to Miss Lorraine Maas, who likewise was born and reared in Grand Rapids and who is a daughter of Joseph and Louise (Kautenberg) Maas, who numbered among the highly respected citizens of Grand Rapids. Mr. And Mrs. Krieger have one child, Gerald Walter, who was born January 31, 1920. Mr. Krieger has recently completed a beautiful residence in the English style of architecture and situated at 415 Cambridge boulevard. He and his wife have reason to be proud of this attractive home, which is consistently to be listed among the best of the modern residences of Grand Rapids. In the time-honored Masonic fraternity Mr. Krieger has completed the circle of the Scottish Rites, of which he has received the thirty-second degree, besides which he is also a Nobel of the Mystic Shrine.

Transcriber: John Miller
Created: 4 March 2003