Every now and then some new information comes in regarding the history of our community that makes me shake my head in wonder. Do all community histories contain these odd quirky bits or is this place really as some bumper stickers claim “MAPLEWEIRD”?
Through Editor Doug Miner I was put in touch with Pat Baker who noticed while researching her husband’s ancestors that there were a number of discrepancies related to a particular Maplewood man, William Koester. Ms Baker’s husband is the son of Florence Koester, a daughter of William Koester. So far so good, but then the facts began not to jive. Before I fill you in on the details, let’s review the information we have on William Koester.
These first four photos were first seen on the City of Maplewood’s Facebook page. The historic image is courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
The historic image is courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
The historic image is courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library. From memory it’s from the 1915 Maplewood directory. (Make that 1912. I shouldn’t do these when it’s late.)
Koester’s original sign from the collection of Jim and Beth Abeln.
The first floor plan of Koester’s home at 7395 Flora. From the collection of Jim and Beth Abeln.
Detail from the first floor plan. We can say with certainty that spelling correctly is not one of the skills needed to build a fine home.
A collage made for the Abeln’s by Yours truly a few years back. So what’s the mystery? Stay tuned. All will be revealed in the next post.