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Dolores Veth

February 16, 2020
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Since we first learned about the folks that worked in the BAB for Jacoby Art Glass, I’ve been intrigued to see a woman sitting in the mostly male group of stained glass artists. Like the field of architecture, women were not often seen in this role. I wanted to learn more about her. She doesn’t have a very broad digital footprint, but I’ve found some information.

Dolores Veth

Dolores Veth, with the Jacoby Studio in 1966. She would have been about 35 years old at the time.

According to the 1940 Census, Dolores grew up at 2755 Dalton Ave., built in 1895, in the Southwest Garden neighborhood, south of the Hill, near Sublette Park.

2755 Dalton Ave

She was born in 1935 to Otto and Theresa Rottler Veth. Otto and Theresa were married in  September, 1927. Otto was a native of Germany, born 1895, completed 2-years of high school, and worked 40 hours per week in a restaurant as a cook, making $1000. Theresa was born in Missouri in 1905, left school after completing the 8th grade and worked 48 hours per week at a bakery, as a baker making $1300. The median household income for 1940 was $956, for reference. They attended St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church on the Hill, which was demolished and replaced with houses in 2006.

Dolores had an older sister, Margaret, a younger sister, Catherine, and two younger brothers, Otto Thomas and John. I don’t know if the family stayed in that 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath house much past 1940, when the family was just 4 people. A friend told me that her family of 12 lived in a tiny house like this, so it is possible they stayed there after the 1940 Census. The available digital resources only go up to the 1940 Census, so that is as much as I can find. I found a reference that she attended Southwest High School, currently the Visual Arts magnet school at Kingshighway and Arsenal, near the house on Dalton, so they at least stayed in the area.

CIBA Journal No37 1966 Page 004

This and the photo of Dolores, above, are from the 1966 publication by the chemical company CIBA that produced the epoxies used as the matrix in the faceted glass windows.

The caption for this photo is about Dolores:

Dolores Veth, designer of both faceted and leaded glass windows, works on a large pattern drawing, copying from small color sketch in her left hand. The finished window was placed in a student chapel at Oklahoma State University. Miss Veth is one of Jacoby Studio’s most versatile designers. This spring another of her stained glass windows was installed at Ottawa University- Ottawa, Kansas, that is.

Here are some project pages from Jacoby that feature Dolores’ designs.

Jacoby Project Sheets Page 005

Jacoby Project Sheets Page 011

Madonna and Baby

This was for sale on Etsy, and is marked with her name on the back. I’m hoping to find more examples of her artwork.

Dolores was featured in Stained Glass Magazine, in their Fall 1986 publication. After Jacoby closed in the late ’70’s, it appears that she designed for the company in Wisconsin that purchased Jacoby. She moved to Kansas City in 1981 and worked for Hopcroft Stained Glass Studio.

Delores Veth Article

The text says that she began her career in 1959 and joined Hopcraft Stained Glass Studio in Kansas City in 1981.

The article also says that she studied art and architecture at University College (thought of as the adult education arm of the school) at Washington University, my Alma Mater.

Her name pops up in local papers, announcing exhibits of her stained glass work and her paintings.

July_22,_1966_(Page_54_of_56)

This is from the July 22, 1966 Post Dispatch, mentioning an exhibit at the Florissant Valley Branch of St. Louis County Library. All of the artists listed worked for Jacoby.

May_9,_1969_(Page_66_of_68)

The May 9, 1969 Post Dispatch says that she “has won awards in many art shows.” So she must have frequently exhibited her work.

Dolores’ dad passed away on February 1st, 1987 at the age of 95.

February_3,_1987_(Page_26_of_5

Her mom passed away on February 17th, 1996 at the age of 91.

February_19,_1996_(Page_11_of_

Veth grave

April 19, 2020 update: On a randomly wandering walk, we cut thru a cemetery (proper social distancing for this time). And then we found this. How amazing is that!?!

I sent a letter to a New Mexico address I found on-line, but it was returned unopened. I’ve used the past-tense here, but I don’t know if Dolores is still with us. Given that her parents survived into their 90’s, there is a good chance that she may still be alive. I hope she is! 

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Maurine Pruchnicki permalink
    February 17, 2020 10:12 am

    What an interesting find. You are both ground breakers in your field and connected by the stained glass. Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone reads this that knew her, or about her and gets in touch with you!

  2. Dave permalink
    February 17, 2020 9:33 am

    It’s so interesting to find a stranger from the past that has an impact on you life. For me, its Victor Edwards architects that designed and build our house for the Moran family in 1912. I have found a couple other places that they developed.

    • Sue permalink*
      February 17, 2020 11:43 am

      Thank Mom! It would be so great to get to talk to her and hear about her career. I’m very impressed with her work.

    • Sue permalink*
      February 17, 2020 10:49 pm

      All in Webster or elsewhere?

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