Two women share memories of 4-flat destroyed by fire

When a four-flat apartment building in Maplewood was destroyed by fire on Sunday it was well-documented by neighbors in photos and comments on social media. Two former residents of the building reminisced on Facebook about living there in the 1940s and ’50s: carrying coal up from the basement to heat water for baths, the ice man and his horse-drawn wagon, seeing movies at the the Powhatten show on Saturday, and more. Becky Miner-Young — This my home for the first 11 years of my life. Lots of good memories of living there. Went to Sutton school.

Fire consumes 4-flat in Maplewood

A fire reported to have started from a barbecue on Sunday afternoon made a total loss of a four-flat apartment building in Maplewood. Residents of the building, on Greenwood Boulevard, said everyone got out safely, also that the building was a total loss. After the fire was out all windows in the building, including the second floor in the front, were broken out and the inside appeared to be damaged by  fire. Several residents said the fire started from a barbecue on the back porch, attached to the building. Resident Lori Allen said on Facebook: “A four-plex in Greenwood was totally engulfed with black smoke billowing from the roof.

Another resident also waiting for coronavirus test result: today is day 11

In addition to the local resident waiting for results of their coronavirus test previously reported, another local resident (also wanting to remain anonymous) told 40 South News that they’re waiting too, and that their whole family is self-isolating. They said, via Twitter message:

“I don’t want to be identified either. But I am extremely frustrated. I got tested on the 17th (of March) and I’m still waiting for results. Tomorrow (Saturday) will be day 11.

Maplewood History: From Bartold’s Grove, A Rare Artifact Returns

Stories of events and happenings at the once very popular Bartold’s Grove could easily furnish enough material for a few books if we could only recover them somehow. I have made a few blog posts about this historic inn in the past.  The most recent two were posted in 2016.  If you care to refresh your memory, here are the links. Bartold’s Grove

Bartold’s Grove continued

Recently Clark Hickman, a former Maplewoodian whose name many of you may recognize, found an interesting article while scrolling through copies of The News-Champion newspaper that are on microfilm at the Headquarters Branch of the St. Louis County Library.  He kindly passed it along.  The News-Champion was published in Maplewood. The article originally appeared in the May 3, 1931 edition of the Globe Democrat which had allowed the Champion to reprint it.  It is a very interesting article.  I encourage you to read it.  I’m going to attempt to reproduce the original article here.  This is always an iffy proposition so bear with me.

Local resident with flu-like symptoms tested for coronavirus, waits for results

A local resident told 40 South News (by phone) Wednesday that several days ago they woke up at around 2 a.m. with body chills and a temperature of 101.4, though no sore throat. (Using pronouns they, their, for anonymity)

They set up an appointment to be tested for flu at a nearby clinic, then couldn’t
get back to sleep because they were worried. They took test, in in their car, and tested negative for flu types A and B.

Because they were in a high risk category it was suggested they also take the test for the coronavirus. They drove directly to a clinic in Maryland Heights. A technician dressed in full protective gear gave them the nasal swab test.

Coronavirus shuts down Maplewood: Acero to Zee Bee Market, many have drive-up, online service

Due to the current need for social distancing many restaurants and other small businesses have gone to curbside delivery, or have closed down totally for now. It’s evident all over downtown Maplewood. Maplewood City Hall will also be closed and remain closed until further notice, the city announced on Sunday—the result of a a stay at home order in St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis beginning Monday, March 23.

Maplewood residents offer aid

A group of Maplewood residents (MapleGOOD) are offering assistance for anyone who may need help with deliveries such as groceries and medicine. This is a legitimate act of kindness from Maplewood residents. Neighbors helping neighbors! The city of Maplewood posted this online, while adding that the city isn’t sponsoring it. MapleGOOD contact info for those in need:
Call or text Dessa Somerside, Maplewood resident (se habla espanol)

Maplewood History: First Grade – Deer Creek Adventure by Bill Jones

First day in the 1st Grade, Valley School, Maplewood.  Our teacher asked a simple question, “What do you know that qualifies you to be a 1st Grade student instead of in Kindergarten? 
The little girl sitting next to me said, “I know my colors.”  The teacher said, “Take the pointer and tell me the colors you’re pointing to.”  She got all but one right. The teacher said, “Now, Billy, I want you to tell me what you know that qualifies you to be a 1st grader.”  I said, “I know 9×9 is 81.”  She wrote It on the blackboard.  The teacher asked, “How do you know that, Billy?”  “My mother is a bookkeeper. A year ago she said ‘I’m teaching you the multiplication tables.’  I had never heard this word before. Mother made a game out of it. Every day I learned a little more.  My mother showed great pride in my memory from day to day.

In the press: Joker impersonator, Powerball winner, business awarded for customer service, much more

In the press recently. Crux — Priest gets probation for stalking St. Louis-area woman
Fox 2 — Tims Travels: Grab the neighbors and head over to Tale to Table in Maplewood
Fox 2 — St. Louis man gets Valentine’s Day surprise with $1 million Powerball win  
KMOV — Man who killed minister at Richmond Heights bowling alley sentenced to 30 years
KMOV — Busy intersection with no working lights a safety concerns in the Maplewood, Brentwood
KOAM (Joplin) — Priest gets probation for stalking St. Louis-area woman
NTD — Missouri Joker Impersonator Live-Streams Terrorist Threats and Gets Arrested — Maplewood Business Earns Award for Best Customer Service

Social Distancing Shamrock Hunt for kids taking place Tuesday

The MRH Social Distancing Shamrock Hunt is taking place in Maplewood on Tuesday. Participating residents are putting up a ‘shamrock’ (or a few) in the windows of their homes and apartments to allow for the kids to go out and ‘hunt’ for them. Anyone wanting to add their address (anonymously) can sign up on this Google sheet. As the Google doc says, “keep your distance when you run into friends and neighbors!”  

Newly-hired Maplewood Library director moves on to a new job

The then-director of the Maplewood Public Library who took over after the retirement of the long-time director, Terry Donnelly, has left the post for a position with the St. Louis Public Library system. Kathy Condon-Boettcher took over in October 2019, said via Facebook messenger the job wasn’t a “good fit.”  Condon-Boettcher said Maplewood has a wonderful staff and a great library board and she knows the library is appreciated by the community. “I truly wish everyone there the best of luck and know the next Director will do good things there.

No fish fry at Immaculate Conception this year

While some area fish fries may be called off due to the new coronavirus, Immaculate Conception Church in Maplewood never planned to have one this year. A member said for this year, there was no one to take on the job. The church is planning a pancake breakfast on March 29, 9 a.m. – noon. The fish fry at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Brentwood is on — the next one is scheduled for Friday, March 20.

Maplewood History: Depression – 1930s by Bill Jones


We moved to Maplewood from St. Louis city for clean air.  The county offices put a big yellow sign beside our door on Zephyr Place.  The sign said “Caution. Resident is a TB patient.” My mother lived in her own bedroom at our house and we had  5-days-a-week home visits from our doctor that cost $3.00 per visit. In 1932, my daddy woke me up.  “You don’t have to get dressed for kindergarten.  Just put on your knickers and your shirt.” I got dressed and daddy said “You’re going with me today to work.”  Suddenly my mother was getting dressed and drove daddy and me to the Maplewood train station. (Mother was still allowed to drive.)  The conductor lifted me up and sat me on the walkway to the seats.

Brentwood School District marks 100 years, promotes bond passage

Brentwood School District was established on March 3, 1920 — less than a year after the City of Brentwood’s incorporation in 1919. One hundred years later the school district is promoting Prop E, seeking authority from voters to issue $29 million in bonds to update the district’s two elementary schools. The district sent out this update last week:
“We are incredibly proud to continue the tradition of excellence that has distinguished Brentwood for the past century,” said Superintendent Brian Lane. “A lot has changed in 100 years, but our dedication to student success and well being has not.”

The district has seen a lot of changes since its inception. Most recently, Brentwood High School and Brentwood Middle School are undergoing major renovations to provide better building accessibility, improved safety features, and modern learning spaces to keep students competitive in a changing educational landscape.

Madosky Chiropractic adds a doctor, changes name

Madosky Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center will become Maplewood Chiropractic & Wellness Center ( The change reflects the addition of Dr. Pam Waske to the staff, as well as well as continued commitment and pride in the community, Dr. William Madosky has announced. Waske is an exercise enthusiast and brings eight years of experience in athletic training and community development. About the changes:

Additional hours –  We have extended our appointment hours to include early morning, lunch, evening, Thursdays and extended  Saturday hours. Expanded acupuncture services – We will increase availability of our acupuncture services. Acupuncture is an excellent technique for improving overall health, athletic performance, injuries to spine and extremities, chronic health conditions and addictions (especially nicotine). Dr Madosky will lead this effort.

Maplewood History: 7396 Flora Avenue – continued

Here are a few more images of the results of the disastrous fire that spelled the end of 7396 Flora Avenue. You can link to the first post here. What is the takeaway from all of these pictures of destruction? I suppose it is don’t take the threat of a fire lightly.  Proper fire safety precautions should be adopted by us all.  There was no coming back for 7396 Flora after this conflagration.  Be thankful for and protective of our historic buildings. As always thanks to everyone who has commented on the posts and sent tips, suggestions, etc.

MRH athlete signs to run track & field for SLU

Maplewood Richmond Heights multi-sport standout Malik Stewart on Tuesday signed his letter of intent to St. Louis University for track & field. See also:

MRH runner Malik Stewart repeats 2nd at State
MRH cross country team wins record number of medals
Blue Devils take 4th in state meet
MRH cross country runner is Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week
MRH runner named All-Metro Newcomer of the Year
MRH track relay team wins state title

Nu Fashion Beauty closes in Maplewood

The Nu Fashion Beauty store, next to Schnucks, has closed in Maplewood. The store has been emptied including many fixtures. It has moved to 7905 Page Avenue, according to a sign posted on the door.