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CAITHAM, Arnold A.

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CAITHAM, Arnold A. (St. Joseph, IN, August 1, 1908--Scottsdale, AZ, Dec. 11, 1997). Caitham and his parents immigrated to the United States in 1908. Staying briefly in Boston, the family moved to Chicago where Arnold's father was a brewer for the Citizen's Brewery. They moved again to South Bend where Arnold's father worked for the South Bend Brewing Company.

Arnold served an apprenticeship at the Muessel Brewing Company before attending the Siebel Insitute of Technology in Chicago. He graduated in 1939 and return to the South Bend Brewing Company which had become Drewrys Ltd. He worked as an assistant master brewer before joining Fountain Brewing Company Inc. as manager and master brewer. He briefly worked for the Oshkosh Brewing Company before joining DUBUQUE STAR BREWING COMPANY in 1952.

His five-year plan for the brewery resulted in the company enjoying its "Golden Age." Caitham realized that brewing which had once been considered an art was now done scientifically. Physical, chemical, and microscopical analysis of every brew could be made during and after brewing. Services of outside commercial laboratories could be used to ensure quality. Stainless steel containers replaced wooded kegs. Modernization of the bottle house included a washer in which every bottle was went through thirty minutes of caustic solution, brushing and rinsing four times. Placed on a conveyor, the filling machine could fill and cap 125-12-ounce bottles per minute. The pasteurizer had a capacity of 265 cases per hour. By 1958 the number of Star outlets had risen 48%. Believing in advertising, Caitham made sure each outlet salesman could explain the entire brewing process to potential customers. (1)

Part of his plan was to become a familiar business leader in the community. To this end, he joined the Eagles, Elks, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, Forty and Eight, and Amvets. He was a commander of the Dubuque Post of the American Legion; director of the Conservation Society; director of Dubuque Baseball Inc.; committeeman of the Chamber of Commerce; president of the District La Crosse, Master Brewers of America; member of the board of governors of the M. B. A. A.; president of the Dubuque Beer Wholesalers Association and an alternate director of the Iowa Wholesalers Association. In 1956 he served on the Catholic Central High Advisory Board. (2)



1. "Many Breweries Here, But Only Star Remains," Telegraph Herald, August 31, 1958, p. 42

2. "Catholic Central High Advisory Board Meets," Telegraph Herald, May 8, 1956, p. 2

Obituaries. Telegraph Herald, December 24, 1997, p. 10

Dubuque Star's Five-Year Plan: A Formula for a Future," The Brewer's Digest, July 1957, p. 33