Former Cousin Hugo’s to reopen on Saturday: In the news

Area news that made the news:

Fox 2 — Hell’s Kitchen finalist on what he’s learned from Gordon Ramsay | FOX 2  —Blue Duck executive chef makes it to the final round

KSDK— These St. Louis area pools are hosting dog swims this summer – KSD —Maplewood Aquatic Center dog swim is Saturday, Sept. 18 (contrary to what KSDK has announced)

St. Louis Magazine — Deer Creek Bar & Grill opens in Maplewood on September 12 —The former Cousin Hugo’s reopens under new ownership — Historical homes you can own in the St. Louis area | Local | —2 bedroom bungalow in Richmond Heights — Made in St.

Maplewood History: The Legacy of Big Boy #4014

When smoke spewing Big Boy #4014 blasted through Maplewood on August 30 thrilling hundreds of steam engine buffs, railroad fans and curious onlookers; it was a reenactment of an evolution of an event that probably first occurred 167 years ago.  I don’t know yet exactly when the first steam engine passed through James Sutton’s farm as the Pacific Railroad pushed west.  It may have been 1854. According to the Summer 1994 issue of the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis, Historical and Technical Society, Inc., “the Pacific Railroad built through the area” (meaning the Sutton farm) in 1853.  According to information from Joe Sonderman’s Facebook page, Vintage St. Louis & Route 66, this first engine reached “Sulphur Springs, (Cheltenham) … present day Hampton and Manchester” on December 9, 1853.

Maplewood chef is finalist on Hell’s Kitchen: Fox 2, and more in the news

Area news that made the news:

Fox 2 — Maplewood chef earns first ‘black jacket’ on Hell’s Kitchen; one of 5 finalists | FOX 2 
KSDK — Schnuck Markets expands use of Tally robots chainwide |  
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District — Four 2021 Grads Earn Prestigious “Seal of Biliteracy” – MRH School District  
St. Louis Public Radio — Thursday: CEO Of Fast-Growing St. Louis Startup Has Big Plans — St. Louis Public Schools will require staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 | Education …  

Maplewood Regional Night Out planned: it’s ice cream and snow cones

Maplewood Police Officer Jason Schuster was assigned to the responsibility of being the link between the police department and the block captains, and was asked to help plan Maplewood’s Regional Night Out events. The main purpose of the Regional Night Out is to promote a police/community partnership. Last year MPD was unsure how to proceed with Regional Night Out due COVID, and later simplified the event with the Boardwalk Waffle ice cream truck. Schuster said in an email to block captains that everyone that participated last year seemed to appreciate the event so the MPD has decided to continue with the ice cream truck and add Deer Creek Concessions snow cones. Some of the locations will have Boardwalk Waffles ice cream and some will have snow cones.  Here are the locations, dates and times for the Regional Night Out events.

Big Boy chugs through Maplewood

Monday morning Maplewood residents gathered by the tracks in the Greenwood neighborhood to see the steam locomotive the Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 heading west. Maplewood resident Charles Hardy took these photos.

Maplewood History: Jeremiah Warder and Ann Aston – Early Rannells Family History

If you are a follower of this space you will already know that three of my last four posts have been about Woodside, Maplewood’s oldest home and the Rannells family that built it and occupied it for 70+ years.  If you don’t know this you can find out by examining the following links. Woodside and the Rannells Family
Edward “Ned” Rannells of Woodside
The Historic Papers of Woodside 1838-1914
On Edward “Ned” Rannells

In this post, I’m displaying some material generously sent by a descendant of the Rannells family, Ms. Rachel Potter.  These images are of exceedingly rare and early items that we are very fortunate to have a look at. To help you orient yourself, I’ll start with a Rannells family tree that was provided to me by Elise Todd. In 2017, I received a number of very interesting emails from Ms. Potter.  To these she attached images of paintings, photographs and even pages from Ann Aston’s will.  I will excerpt them here in the order received.  The first arrived on January the 23rd. I had written somewhere in an earlier post that there may have been a family home in England that was named Woodside.  I no longer remember the source of that information but Ms. Potter believes that it is incorrect.  The next email arrived on January the 27th.

Maplewood History: The Wedge – A Triptych

Triptych definition is – a picture (such as an altarpiece) or carving in three panels side by side. Not long ago some of the folks at the Schlafly Bottleworks asked if I would be interested in helping to design a display based upon the history of Maplewood for the inside of their brewery. I was and I did. What I came up with is a triptych of composite photographs of scenes that could be seen at some time in the past from their front door.  These images are meant to be hung side by side and read from left to right or in your case top to bottom. These images are 16×20 inches which means what you’ll see on your telephone has to be greatly reduced.  I hope they display well for you.

Update on MoDOT Manchester Road work

Andrew Gates, communications specialist for the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Louis district, has relayed information on planned work for Manchester Road between S. Big Bend and Lindbergh boulevards. The work includes lane closures near Lindbergh in the near future, and a full closure next summer to replace the Black Creek bridge, which is just west of South Hanley.The report from Gates:
We are getting closer to work starting on Route 100 (Manchester Road) between Big Bend and Lindbergh.  Our utility partners have been working hard to clear the construction area of their utilities, and this will continue for some time. Our contractor is determining those areas where they can work around those utility partners and is anticipating starting on the project later in the month. Right now, they are expecting to start work on the western portion of the project near Lindbergh, and start work in the eastern portion of the project near Big Bend in a couple of months, after more of the needed utility relocations are finished.

In the news: mask mandates/policies, new coffee shop

What’s in the news from our area lately. Fox 2 — Teenager’s lawn care company out of business after thieves steal equipment
KMOV — Petition seeks mask mandate at Archdiocese of St. Louis schools
KMOV — More St. Louis County districts issue school mask mandates
KMOV — LIST: St. Louis area schools’ mask policies for upcoming school year
KSDK — Maplewood Restaurant Week kicks off today through August 15
KSDK — Thieves steal teenage business owner’s equipment in Richmond Heights — Postcard from the Hiawatha in 1961
Riverfront Times — Coma Coffee Shines in New Two-Story Cafe

Walk and talk events with Maplewood mayor scheduled

Do you have questions or ideas you would like to share with the Mayor? Join Mayor  Nikylan Knapper for a Walk and Talk. Two of the events are planned for each ward: from the city of Maplewood. Ward 3:

August 21 – 8-10:30 a.m. Starting at the corner of Manchester Rd & Marshall Avenue and meandering to Greenwood Boulevard. August 22 – 8-10:30 a.m. Starting at the corner of Greenwood Boulevard and Canterbury Avenue and meandering to Manhattan Avenue.

Chase opens Richmond Heights branch: press release

Chase bank has announced it has opened its doors in Richmond Heights, the first branch in the area. The branch offers personal services and welcomes customers in casual meeting spaces, emphasizing a more consultative approach. “We’re thrilled and so proud to officially establish our roots in Richmond Heights and have this branch help existing and future Chase customers achieve their financial dreams,” said Jackie Womack, who manages the new branch at 6690 Clayton Rd.“This branch will offer financial solutions so individuals and businesses can get the most out of their money.”

Self-service transaction areas are available including a digital access bar and two interior ATMs, one drive-through ATM and one in the exterior of the branch, accessible by debit card afterhours. The branch also features Chase Private Client offices, teller services, a night depository, and free Wi-Fi. The bank hired locally for personal bankers, associate bankers, private client specialists and advisors, and home lending and business banking specialists.

Maplewood History: On Edward “Ned” Rannells

If you are a follower of this space you will already know that my last three posts have been about Woodside, Maplewood’s oldest home and the Rannells family that built it and occupied it for 70+ years.  If you don’t know this you can find out by examining the following links. Woodside and the Rannells Family

Edward “Ned” Rannells of Woodside

The Historic Papers of Woodside 1838-1914

In this post, I’m including some of the material obtained from the newspapers regarding Ned Rannells.  I am also having a look at a couple of images, I believe were in his possession. Ned was born in 1854 and passed in 1920.  His father, Charles, passed in 1877.  His mother, Mary Warder, passed in 1896. This is great.  I can say for certain that Ned Rannells, from what would one day be Maplewood, was a cowboy participating in the cattle drives in the 1800s that have been mythologized by countless articles, books, movies, and TV shows.  He was there and I’d bet he’d say it was no picnic.  

Among the documents and photographs in Ned’s tin box were a couple of images that I noted but didn’t pay much attention to at first.  One was a stereopticon card of San Xavier cathedral south of Tuscon and the other was of the Casa Grande ruins not far from there.  You run into these things in family papers that at first seemed unconnected to the story.  Then I realized that Ned was in that area as a cowboy.  A little more research showed that the images were produced during that period.  I surmise he brought them back with him or sent them home as souvenirs.

Maplewood History: The Historic Papers of Woodside 1838-1914

One of the many interesting things that have happened out of the effort to save Woodside involved the Rannells family papers. This collection is a wide variety of legal papers, household and farm receipts, cancelled checks and documents of many different kinds. The papers of Charles Rannells dated from 1838 to 1865. There are also many papers that were generated from the activities of his wife, Mary Warder Rannells and his son, Edward W. Rannells. Edward’s are the latest with the most recent dating from 1914.  Charles passed in 1877, Mary in 1896 and Edward in 1920.

In the news: masks in schools, Maplewood restaurant week, restaurant reviews,

In the local media recently: a past Olympian helps out at Maplewood pool, reviews of new restaurants, more. Fox 2 — Richmond Heights MetroLink halts service following a nearby shooting  
Fox 2 — Spike in car break-ins cause Richmond Heights Police to issue warning  
FOX 2 — Woman hit by Metrolink, sustains non-life-threatening injuries  
KMOV — Police investigating shooting near the Boulevard, MetroLink station in Richmond Heights  
KMOV — Multiple vehicles broken into in Richmond Heights  
KSDK — Past Olympian hoping to help prepare future ones in Maplewood pool  
KSDK — Requiring masks or not? St. Louis area schools decide what’s to come this fall  
Sauce Magazine — First Look: Mezcaleria Las Chupacabras in Richmond Heights  
St. Louis Magazine — PM BBQ and Hunan Wok have closed for good

Locomotive to steam through Maplewood August 30, leaving downtown STL at 8 am

The Union Pacific Big Boy  locomotive #4014, is set to leave downtown Saint Louis, heading west, on Monday, August 30. According to Union Pacific, the locomotive is scheduled to be on display in St. Louis on Sunday, August 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., departing Monday, August 30, at 8 a.m., heading west, toward Maplewood. There are eight surviving Big Boys, with most on static display at museums. One of them, #4014, was re-acquired by Union Pacific and rebuilt to operating condition in 2019, regaining the title as the largest and most powerful operating steam locomotive in the world. In 2016 Union Pacific steam locomotive #844 precviously passed through Maplewood in 2016.

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. Please keep in mind that the more of you who spring for a copy of my latest book, the less this adventure will wind up costing me when it is all said and done.  Your purchase will be helping me to pay for this retirement hobby of mine that I am sharing with you. Due to my lack of experience with or understanding of eBay, my book is no longer available on that site.  I don’t know what venue would be the best way to sell  it over the internet.  If you do, I’d appreciate the advice.  I also don’t know anything about these more modern ways of exchanging money that I have heard just a little about. Meanwhile, I better get to bed so I can get up early enough to be at the pool when it opens at 11 this morning. As always, I appreciate your interest and support.

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. Over the course of that long project, I met many members of the Rannells family whose ancestors built Woodside.  They generously shared a very large amount of the historic documents, artifacts and images that they had carefully preserved.  I intend now to post as much of this material as I possibly can. I think a good way to bring everyone up to speed is by posting a couple of chapters from my latest book, Maplewood History, Volume Two, copies of which are still available from me or Scheidt Hardware (True Value to you newcomers) and on eBay.  

Aren’t those pretty?  If you like the looks of these pages, you can get all 177 of them neatly contained within a softcover for only $35 or a hardcover for only $50.  If you live close enough, I’ll be happy to deliver.  Or you may just want to make it over to Scheidt Hardware at 7320 Manchester.  The books were available on eBay but have disappeared.  I think I’ll try listing them on Amazon. And remember I designed these books to become valuable collector’s items.  They are printed and assembled by some of the best folks in the area.  Only the highest quality paper was used.

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. Woodside (2200 Bredell) is the oldest building in Maplewood that we know of.  It is safe today but in 2006 it was badly deteriorated and in danger of demolition.  Finding the money to restore it seemed like an impossible dream. Additionally, the Maplewood Mill buildings were for sale.  Owned for nearly 100 years by the prominent Blood family they would soon have a new owner.  I wanted the community to know that the chimney and cyclone dust collector were part of the historic fabric of the site and should be preserved.  They were both structurally sound.  I began to think of ways that the dust collector might become a feature to be appreciated.  Who better to ask than artists?  I have written about this so I won’t repeat the struggle here but you can link to those writings. I thought that we needed an art event in Maplewood which would allow me to farm some of the artists for ideas.  Fortunately a new community development director named Rachelle L’Ecuyer had recently been hired.  I called her and told her Maplewood should have an art event.  She had been thinking the same thing and suggested Bastille Day.  Jay Schober named it, Let Them Eat Art. The first year was wild.  We had very little money so we divided up and canvassed the business community for donations.  I still remember how much I was able to raise.  $0.  Despite that frustrating beginning, many other things went well.

Another new apartment building, and more in the news

The Post-Dispatch reports that the Sunnen Station Apartment complex is adding a second building. Also, Maplewood guitarist John Horton has filled a vacancy with Son Volt.

Call Newspapers — Board considers ‘protection’ resolution  
Fox 2 — Monthly outdoor market coming to Schlafly Bottleworks July 11
Fox 2 — Maplewood chef’s dish helped team win reward on Hell’s Kitchen  
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Bottle Rockets guitarist John Horton is the right musician to fill Son Volt vacancy
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Second building going up at Maplewood apartment complex
Victory Sports Network — Hannibal LaGrange Men’s Basketball Finishes Up Recruiting Class For 21-22

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. He said it had been a Brentwood landmark for more than 20 years and was, he believes, the oldest Chinese restaurant in Brentwood. The small brick building it occupied, at 2428 S. Brentwood Boulevard, began as a Tom Boy’s IGA grocery market. Williams said the owner decided she wanted to spend more time with her family.