Biography of Walter C. Asptup
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WALTER CATO ASTRUP. One of the successful business men and representative citizens of the south side of the city is Walter C. Astrup, president of the Astrup Company, one of the oldest and best known manufacturers of awnings, tents and awning hardware in Cleveland. He was born in the old Astrup family residence on Twenty fifth Street (then Pearl), July 28, 1886, the son of the late William J. O. and Margaret G. (Cato) Astrup.

William J. O. Astrup was born in Denmark, in 1845, and died in Cleveland in 1917. He learned the trade of sail making in his native country, and came to the United States and to Cleveland in 1866. In 1872 he began the manufacture of tents and awnings under his own name, beginning in a small way and doing all his work, and that was the beginning of the Astrup Company of the present day. Gradually, as the business grew, he employed help, and before many years had passed his concern was one of the leading ones of the city. In 1909 he incorporated the business under its present name, he becoming president of the company, with his son, Walter C., as vice president and his son, William E., as secretary and treasurer, which organization continued until the deaths of the father and son, William. Mr. Astrup was for many years regarded as one of the leading business men and citizens of the south side, where he took an active part in the civic affairs, lending his support to all movements which had as their object the welfare and improvement of the community. He was a member of Bigelow Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and took his advanced degrees in Masonry in Scotland. It was in Aberdeen, on a visit in Scotland, there he met and married his wife, Margaret, who was born in that city in 1848, and died in Cleveland in 1921.

Walter C. Astrup was educated in the public schools, graduating from high school in 1904. Upon leaving school he went to work for his father, and for the last eighteen years he has been identified with what is the Astrup Company, for the last six years as president.

Aside from the Astrup Company, Mr. Astrup has other important business interests. He is a member of the advisory board of the Pearl Street Savings and Trust Company, is a member of the advisory board of the United Bank and Trust Company, and a member of the board of directors of the Exchange Savings and Loan Company. He is a member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce and of the Cleveland Chamber of Industry, and is a member of Bigelow Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, the Cleveland Athletic, Cleveland Yacht, Dover Bay Country and the Exchange clubs.

In 1910 Mr. Astrup was united in marriage with Miss Lucy Meinberg, of Cleveland.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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