Maplewood History: Edward “Ned” Rannells of Woodside

Long summer days and beautiful weather (to a heatophile) conspire to keep me away from my computer until the last hour or two before I turn in.  As I mentioned in my last post, I have accumulated a large amount of information on one of our earliest pioneer families, the Rannells.  It is my intention to post as much of this material as I can.  For this reason I thought it worthwhile to refresh my readers’ memories by posting these pages from my latest book Maplewood History, Volume Two.

Maplewood History: Woodside and the Rannells Family

Longtime followers of this space may remember that for about 17 years I and many others were involved in several schemes that were designed to keep Woodside, Maplewood’s oldest home, standing.  Due to the efforts of many, Woodside has not only survived but has been beautifully restored by her new owners.

Maplewood History: Let Them Eat Art #1

It has been 15 years since the first Let Them Eat Art event in 2006.  Sometime before that I recall standing in front of one of the most famous paintings in America, Grant Wood’s American Gothic, and thinking that if the old white farmhouse in the painting was Woodside it would be completely restored and tour buses would be pulling up in front of it.  Such is the power of art.

Hunan Wok in Brentwood closes: report

Brentwood resident Barry Williams has reported that the Hunan Wok restaurant at S. Brentwood Boulevard and Litzsinger Road closed permanently on Sunday, July 4. “Sad news” for patrons he says.

MRH golfer named All-Metro boys golfer of the year, and more in the news

MRH junior Kal Kolar was named the Post-Dispatch All-Metro boys golfer of the year. He won a district title for the second time and this year finished second in the Class 2 state tournament, the Post-Dispatch reports. Also in the news, a judge ruled in favor of a Maplewood woman who was handing out flyers on rental assistance.

The National Building Arts Center: The Legacy of Larry Giles

In Pictures

The creation of the National Building Arts Center in Sauget, Illinois is the result of a lifelong effort by a Maplewood native, Larry Giles.  Larry once told me that he lived on Bredell near Woodside when he was a young boy.  He and his friends explored the surrounding area with curiosity that was sometimes dangerous. They played on slag heaps left by some unknown industrial operation near the location of the present day Loew’s store.