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Chris Squire index, 2020-07-08

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc023

Scope and Contents

Chris Squier discusses Jacobsen and Heurich family history and legacies, Chris’s experiences growing up in New Jersey and visiting his family in Washington, D.C., his college years, his career in the beer industry, his interpretation of the American Dream means and how it is changing. Chris shares memories of his grandfather Charles J. Jacobsen, a career Air Force officer, and stories of his great-grandfather Christian F. Jacobsen, who had a long and successful career as a banker at Metropolitan Bank in Washington, D.C. Also discussion about his role as the “keeper” of family history and legacies and his interest in learning more about that history.


  • Creation: 2020-07-08


Biographical / Historical

Christian (Chris) Squier was born in 1965 to Donald Squier and Karla Jacobsen Squier. On his mother Karla’s side, he is descended from Elizabeth Heurich Jacobsen, Christian Heurich’s sister. He grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey and visited his extended family in Washington, D.C. often for holidays. He attended Pfeiffer College in North Carolina, where he played lacrosse. He eventually settled in the Charlotte area where he raised two daughters and built a career as a beer marketer and salesperson at Anheuser-Busch before working as a regional sales manager at Craft Brew Alliance, where he was employed at the time of the oral history interview. Chris is interested in learning more about his family history on the Jacobsen-Heurich side and collects bottles, labels, and other items from the Christian Heurich Brewing Company and the Arlington Bottling Company. During the early – mid twentieth century, the Jacobsen family were important entrepreneurs, bankers, and members of Washington society. At the turn of the twentieth century, they owned the Arlington Bottling Company, which bottled the beer that the Christian Heurich Brewing Company produced. Other Jacobsen family businesses included a laundry business, Ford dealership, hotel, and florist shop in the Willard Hotel.


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