Maplewood History: A Bill of Sale… For Human Beings

Both of the two largest farms of Maplewood’s pioneer families, the Rannells and the Suttons, held slaves. Both were carrying on business in the same manner as many other hundreds or thousands of people doing exactly the same thing. That this shameful institution existed on most of the property that would one day become Maplewood indicates how widespread it once was. This is probably the most important post I have ever made. This is a bill of sale, the text of which follows.

Old Maplewood map displayed at Stricker Auto Repair

At least a couple old maps of Maplewood are on public display. One is at city hall and another is at John Stricker Auto Repair, at 7416 Manchester Road. It’s interesting to see how street names have changed, like Big Bend north of Manchester was Pennsylvania; and Marietta Avenue was Marriette, and it was half as long, ending at the Mary C. Marshall Estate. No date is apparent on the map.

Maplewood History: James C. Sutton’s Mansion with a Surprise Ending

Beginning in 1832 and for the next 122 years, about 7 miles from downtown St. Louis, anyone headed west on Manchester Road would have noticed a large mansion, solidly built, on the north side.  This would have been the homestead of the Sutton family. For the first 45 of those years, I have the feeling that James C. would have been firmly in control. Then as we have seen in the last couple of posts the property was divided among his heirs following his death in 1877.

Maplewood History: A Holy Grail of Maplewoodiana Comes to Light

Perhaps 15 years ago I first heard of the existence of a trove of historic images and documents belonging to the Sutton Family.  The information came from a man named Bill Hayes. He was a descendant of James Sutton. I believe he had lived in a house at 7345 Elm when he was a child. This home had once belonged to one of Kate Sutton’s daughters.

Maplewood History: The Hero from Hazel

When first I visited Larry and Jean Wiss McDaniels (whose historic family photographs we saw in my last post) they had laid out on their table in addition to their impressive collection of family photos many other interesting items. Larry had books about Bataan and Corregidor, two islands where important battles took place during WWII for control of Manila Bay in the Philippines. He also showed me newspaper clippings about a hero named Arthur E. Huff. It was on the island of Corregidor in 1942 where Captain Huff made news when he and several other men restored the flag of the United States to the top of a flagpole after Japanese artillery had shot it down. For their bravery they were awarded the silver star. All well and good.

Maplewood History: Early Photographs from the Wiss Family

If this Maplewood History blog were a wagon it would have been stuck in a rut for about the last month.  The touch screen on my Lenovo All-in-One computer began to act up about the beginning of April. Thus started a chain of events that I won’t even try to repeat here.  Mostly I just want to forget them. That computer would have been two years old this November.

Maplewood History: The Shaw-Stephens Post 103 – Part 3

This will be the last post about the Shaw-Stephens Post 103.  In 1956 the name was officially changed from the Maplewood Memorial Post 103 to the Maplewood-Richmond Heights Memorial Post 103.  The document concerning this (posted below) states that the post was originally chartered as the Maplewood Memorial Post 103. This seems to be inaccurate. According to a 1919 article from the Post-Dispatch (copied in my first blog post on this subject), the unit was organized as the Shaw-Stephens Post 103.

Maplewood History: The Shaw-Stevens Post 103

On October 1, 1919 what would become the Maplewood American Legion Post 103 was organized as Shaw-Stevens Post 103. In 2007 I got a call from Evelyn Detert of this post.  She invited me to come by and photograph anything that appealed to me from their 88 year accumulation of artifacts. This I did. Then a few years ago I got another call from a woman at the Legion Hall whose name I have unfortunately mislaid.

Maplewood History: A Hunk, A Hunk of Burning… Hobby? Part 2

When I published the first half of my images of Gene Kitson’s unusual matchbook cover collection, I wanted to come up with an unusual and clever title. Failing that I decided to use the one above. My thinking is that if the title is clever or unusual enough it will attract more clicks than Miner’s. Should that occur I’ll consider myself the winner of Editor Miner’s weekly “Most Viewed” designation that his articles usually always win. Anyway, the subject – Matchbooks – started me thinking about burning which led to Elvis’ “A Hunk, A Hunk of Burning Love” song which is definitely a strange title for a song.

Maplewood History: A Bill Jones Tripleheader

Maplewood’s premier memoirist Bill Jones is remembering them faster than I can get them out.  Here’s three more that I know you will enjoy. DH

The Hershey Chocolate Bars – Maplewood High, 1943

Our high school a capella choir was excellent. I felt privileged to be invited to participate. We harmonized beautifully.

Maplewood History: No Colluding with the Rushin’

Bill Jones is back with another of his priceless memories. After you read this story about an experience a female friend of Bill’s had, I think you’ll agree that when her date wanted to rush things, she was definitely not colluding. DH

“THE BEST LAID PLANS OF MICE AND MEN OFT GO AWRY”

We Maplewood kids were all good kids . Sexuality was never a discussion in my 4 years at Maplewood High and my close friend waited four decades before sharing
this tale with me. When a teenager, she met a tall young man at our Esquire Bowling Lanes and befriended him.

Maplewood History: The McGregor Bakery and the Family Behind It

A little over 11 months ago I created a post entitled, “A Serendipitous Encounter with the McGregor Family Home and History.” It turned out to be very popular. 46 comments.  Wish they all got that sort of attention. One of the very positive things that came about was that contact was made with some of the descendants of the Maplewood McGregors.  Through their family historian, Doug McGregor, and with input from other family members more information and historic photographs were gained. The task of an editor is deciding what to pass on and what “to leave on the cutting room floor” as Doug McGregor put it.

Maplewood History: “Angel’s Car” by Bill Jones

Even though we’re two days early, I want to wish Bill Jones a Happy 91st Birthday!  He had his friends and family a bit worried by his recent trip to the hospital with chest pains.  I just got off the phone with him and I’m glad to report that he’s feeling better and seemed his usual jovial self.  He’s in rehab at the former county hospital (now BJC) today.  Bill, I know your fans at Maplewood History would all wish you to get well and return home as soon as possible. To our readers, “Angel’s Car” was written while he was in the hospital with help from his wife, Barb.  We don’t often get to hear stories like this one.  It’s a treasure as is he.  DH

 Angel’s Car

Last week Doug Houser gave you a rundown on who Ted Lazarcheff was.  Ted was important in my life.  He owned the northwest corner of Flora at Big Bend and had a bar/restaurant on the northwest corner of Flora.

Maplewood History: Once Upon A Time We Had A Temple

Don’t it always seem to go
You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone? From “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell

The history of Freemasonry (whose practitioners call themselves Masons) is long and complicated. Google it. The list of famous members is also long and mostly male since the Masons were fraternal organizations for most of their history. George Washington was a Mason as were Mark Twain (in St.

Maplewood History: Ted’s Corner to Toasty Subs

If you’re like me and get more emails than you can possibly read, then I want to say in this first sentence if you haven’t eaten yet at Toasty Subs, you need to get over there.  I don’t know how unusual it is but the menu includes toasty subs and sushi.  This suits my wife and I just fine.  On our recent visits the food has been excellent.  You can find the menu online very easily.

Maplewood History: Gender Confusion* at Maplewood High 1941

Thinking back to my own high school years which all fell in the 1960’s, those were some pretty rough times.  Kids are cruel to each other.  If you had the typical teenage short sightedness which I certainly did, it can be tough to see past it. I hadn’t realized it until I started thinking about this latest information from our memoirist, Bill Jones, but back then regardless of age the women always wore skirts and dresses.  I think.

Maplewood History: 1939 Christmas at Harper’s Drugs

Bill, Billy, Will Jones, our premier memoirist, searched his memory bank and was able to withdraw another new/old Maplewood tale just in time for Christmas.  I hope you enjoy his:

1939 Christmas at Harper’s Drugs

In November, Alice Harper taught me to gift wrap our large display of “Evening in Paris” perfume and cologne products.  She insisted perfection in the results and we first did about a half-dozen “dummy displays” using empty boxes from the pharmacy but really beautiful gift “samples” for display.  The “For My One and Only” combination looked beautiful. Our doctor from upstairs came down and carefully examined each Evening in Paris” selection.  He picked out the most expensive set marked to “My One and Only”.

Maplewood History: Crossing to Safety

With apologies to Wallace Stegner, crossing to safety or more accurately, crossing safely as been an area of concern for railroad communities for a long while.  Generations have lived in close proximity to the railroad tracks.  Very many have lived right next to them and still do with unfenced yards. Though all sorts of constructions and devices have been created to protect folks from locomotives, now and then the unthinkable occurs. I have been aware of numerous near misses and catastrophes during the time I have lived just a half block or so from the tracks.