Mr. Bringe's Life
Through the years, we have sought additional information about Walter Bringe, the founder of our company. All we knew was that he was a German by birth and that he came over to America after winning an award for his violin-building. We knew that he went to New York and eventually made his way down here to St. Petersburg, Florida. I was honored to meet him near the end of his life, back in 1981 when I began working here at Bringe. My exposure to him was quite limited, however, because soon after I was hired, we relocated the store to First Avenue, N. Mr. Bringe retired at that time and that was about all I knew.
Andy Anderson, one of our trusted employees was married to Jeanne, Mr. Bringe’s niece. When Andy retired in the late 90’s, our direct connection to Mr. Bringe was gone.
Over the years since, I’ve asked around for pictures or documents or even remembrances of Mr. Bringe that I could share on our site but information was not forthcoming.
You can imagine how surprised and pleased I was when, out of the blue, I received an email from Debbie Graves, Jeanne and Andy’s daughter and great niece of Mr. Bringe! Debbie wrote:
Well, it didn’t take me too long to respond and ask for whatever she could send. What you see on this page is what I’ve received from Debbie … so far! Enjoy!