Maplewood History: Walter, Charles and Assorted Notters

Walter Notter lived in what would one day be Maplewood as early as 1892. He lived with his parents at 7516 (or possibly 7511) Woodland. His WWI draft induction notice says Woodlawn but other records show Woodland. In 1930, Walter and Lillian bought a house at 7237 Bruno for ten dollars.  A handwritten deed seems to attest to this fact.  They raised four sons, Charles, Edward, Joseph and Donald, all of whom served in the military.  Charles, the oldest, served during  WWII. (Correction: Should read, He served immediately after WWII.)  His son, Edward, has very kindly shared these images with us. I would like to thank Ed Notter and the Notter family for sharing these items with us.  It is very hard to imagine what it must have been like to live in our community in the past.  These images make it a bit easier. We are in to September already.  This fact causes this summer person to worry.  Soon we’ll again be inflicted with the annoying coolness.  I know, I know, a lot of you claim to enjoy it including one very close member of my own family.  Just keep it to yourself and wear your masks.

$2.2 Million Defective Drug Lawsuit Filed in Missouri

A lawsuit alleging serious defects in hyoscyamine, a drug used to treat stomach and intestinal problems, has resulted in a judgement of over $2.2 million in St. Louis County Circuit Court, St. Louis Business Journal reports. Hyoscyamine is produced and distributed by Virtus, a niche pharmaceuticals company based in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. It’s important that Brentwood, Maplewood, and Richmond Heights residents taking any medication stay up to date with the latest safety issues, lawsuits, and recalls in order to protect their health, such as this lawsuit.

Maplewood History: Where was the Laclede Station?

Most of us in this area are very used to hearing the three words – Laclede Station Road – always together. How many of you ever stopped to think just what and where was this Laclede Station? Laclede was an early property development in what is now the western part of Maplewood. The Laclede Station appears to have been one of the original stops on the Pacific Railroad (later called MoPac) which was completed through what would become Maplewood in 1853. The search for a photograph of the Laclede Station is another Holy Grail of Maplewood history that I’ve been searching for.  From my research thus far I know that Laclede Station was in existence as early as 1855.  This is no doubt why images of it are hard to come by.  Photographs were extremely scarce that long ago.  I suspect that all evidence of the original location was wiped out when Hanley Road was extended south of Manchester and joined to Laclede Station Road just north of Cousin Hugo’s.

Asador Del Sur to open Wednesday in former Reeds American Table spot

Rob Birenbaum, the owner of the location where Asador Del Sur plans to open soon in Maplewood, says the restaurant owners had planned to open in the Spring. Birenbaum said on Facebook that the restaurant plans to open Wednesday. Q: What’s more nerve-racking than owning a restaurant during the pandemic? A: Trying to open one!!! My newest tenants, wife and husband team, Maria Giamportone and Daniel Gonzalez, made the decision in late 2019 to move from Miami to St.

Fox 2: Mauhaus Cafe is struggling, more in the news

Fox 2 reports that Maplewood’s cat cafe, Mauhaus, is close to shutting its doors. Also in the news, Boardwalk Waffles has relocated, and two were killed in a crash on Friday. Fox 2 — St. Louis area’s first-ever cat cafe on the brink of going out of business
Fox 2 — Tim’s Travels: Ways to celebrate National Vinyl Record Day
Fox 2 — Maplewood man claims $100000 Missouri Lottery scratchers ticket  
KSDK — Retro vibes, more flavors and a bigger space at the new Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream
KSDK — 2 killed after car crashes into building in Richmond Heights  
KSDK — Delivery driver’s car stolen outside police station in Richmond Heights  
St. Louis Magazine — Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream opens tomorrow in bigger, brighter space in Maplewood

Shop selling ‘everything sweet’ to take former Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream location

On Friday, two days after Boardwalk Waffles moved out of 7326B Manchester (to relocate to its new spot at 7376 Manchester), a new owner was beginning work for the small location’s new business. Shannon MacMiller plans to open a shop selling “everything sweet,” she said, including pies, cakes and cookies. Her sons and a friend were beginning the buildout work. MacMiller hopes to open in the middle of September.

Maplewood History: Loose Lips Sink Ships

The words in the title of this post are familiar to many of us boomers who had parents who lived through WWII.  It was the slogan on a war era (1942-45) poster cautioning the Americans at home not to discuss things related to the ongoing battles in Europe and in the Pacific with anyone.  The enemy has ears everywhere was the message. I suppose if I thought about this at all, I thought that sure you’d have to be careful in big cities, on the coasts, if you lived near any military installations or factories that supplied the military or especially if you had family members serving in different parts of the world that you communicated with.  If anything I suspect I thought that the government overemphasized this threat in order to impress it on the few people who might be in a position to make this mistake. There was a rumor of Nazi spies here in Maplewood that I had heard from several folks, notably Tom Bakersmith.  I hadn’t found any evidence of this kind of activity but I had made a post about it and it occupies a short chapter in my new book, Maplewood History – Volume Two.  What follows is the first page from that chapter.  

I wanted a few examples of posters that had carried warnings of situations like this one for this post. I was surprised at how many of them could be easily found.  The National Archives has a huge collection.

Maplewood History: Gerry Vazis’ Red Album of Photographs – Part Two

The occasionally unruly crowd that follows this space has reacted very positively to the first installment of Gerry Vazis’ images from her red album.  There are many more to take a look at so let’s try it again. I don’t need to remind my regular readers that we are seeing these images courtesy of Mary Piles, who curates a large collection of historic images for her employer, Citizens National Bank of Maplewood and Greater St. Louis (6 locations).  Thank you, Mary. I have about nine more images of this 1936 fire but I’m getting off the subject which is the Vazis Red Album.  I think I’ve run all of these images of this frozen disaster in the past but I’m not exactly sure under what title.  If I find it later, I’ll link to it here. There is just one more image from the Red Album that you haven’t seen.  Here it is.

City asks group helping food-insecure neighbors to remove mini pantries on city property; they start a petition

The group calling itself MapleGOOD, started to help food-insecure residents of Maplewood during the pandemic, is being asked by the city to removed three of the mini-food and hygiene pantries they stock around the city. The pantries were discussed at a recent city council meeting and council members were concerned about liability to the city. MapleGOOD started a petition to tell the city the pantries should stay. Sign the petition here. The deadline to sign is 1 p.m. Aug.

In the press: Boardwalk Waffles to move to prime Maplewood corner, famous STL chef selling Richmond Heights home

Maplewood’s Boardwalk Waffles moving to Manchester and Sutton; St. Louis County restaurants learn to deal with new restrictions, and more in the news. Feast — Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream to Reopen in Larger Space in Maplewood on Aug. 15
KMOV — ‘Seems like we’re battling our own government;’ Restaurant owners react to new StL Co. restrictions
KMOV — Safety of shopping malls questioned after deadly shooting inside St.

Maplewood History: Gerry Vazis’ Red Album of Photographs – Part One

Gerry’s Red Album survived the conflagration that destroyed the Golde’s department store and the Citizens Bank in 1966.  It had been stored in the bank vault.  It contains 21 images spanning from 1949 until 1962. All of the images are dated.  That’s handy.  Nearly all of them have some information with them such as the location or a title. Once you have seen these images, perhaps you can tell me why this album was kept in the vault.

Gerry’s last name was Vazis.  Maybe the title should read “Vazis’s?”  And I said “was” because I am assuming she (see comment below) is no longer with us but I don’t know that for sure. We are indebted to Mary Piles, the curator of the historic images at Citizens National Bank in Maplewood and Greater St. Louis (6 locations), for allowing me to copy this album.  Thanks, Mary!

Saint Mary Magdalen School plans in-person restart

Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are making plans for returning to in-person learning. Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School will be returning on August 20 and prioritizing the health of the children. Saint Mary Magdalen has been working diligently over the summer to clean and disinfect all areas of the school for the safe return of the children. A Coronavirus operations/safety plan handbook has been developed outlining all of the precautions that will be set in place.

Immaculate Conception again not a polling place

Maplewood residents with Immaculate Conception Church as their polling place in the past will cast their vote at Maplewood City Hall on Aug. 4, as they did in recent elections. The reason is COVID-related. An official at the election commission said Monday that fewer of past election workers are willing to work the polls in the current situation, so countywide, the number of polling places has been reduced by almost 50%. Polling places that are privately owned, such as a church, can also decide not to participate.

Maplewood History: The Fennell Trove – Now At SHSMO

The mission of the State Historical Society of Missouri is to collect, preserve, publish, exhibit, and make available material related to all aspects and periods of Missouri history. SHSMO also seeks to generate interest in and appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of the state and its people through education and outreach. The main archives and storage facility of SHSMO is located in Columbia. In addition SHSMO has an office on every state university campus.  Persons interested in items in the collection can request that they be brought to the campus office most convenient for them. This courier service is an important feature that is not offered by other libraries or historical societies.  This is why I recommend SHSMO over the Mercantile Library which is also on the campus of UMSL.  The SHSMO office, called the St.

Gina Mitten endorses Jo Doll: her letter

State Representative for the 83rd District Gina Mitten previously endorsed Jo Doll as her replacement. Doll’s campaign forwarded Mitten’s endorsement letter on Thursday. Mitten’s endorsement:

First, thank you to every resident of the 83rd for their trust in affording me the opportunity to serve as their State Representative for the past eight years. It has been an honor to be of service by representing you in Jefferson City. I am forever grateful for the support of our friends and neighbors all these years.

Maplewood city council discusses food pantry boxes, and potential liability

The Maplewood city council met on Tuesday via Zoom, and the subject of the various food pantry boxes around the city came up. Maplewood resident, Donna Parks Ratkowski, summarized on Facebook a portion of the meeting where council members discussed the food pantries (boxes stocked by residents for anyone needing food) found in various parts of the city. The group called Maplegood organizes stocking the boxes, some with food and some with personal care items.

Ratkowski noted that some of the council members’ biggest concern about the food pantries seem to be about liability. Her notes are below:

Big concern about attracting homeless folks to our community, especially as they are driven out of locations in the City. They said until a couple of weeks ago we had 2-3 unhoused folks that camped at Kellogg Park, and now there are more like 15 people.

Maplewood History: Shearer Chevrolet and later…Hudson

This post and my earlier post (titled, A Startling Glimpse of a Stertzing Past) are both a response to a particular vintage photograph.  Two buildings are visible in this image.  The Stertzing building can be partially seen on the far right.  But the main subject of the photograph is the Shearer Hudson dealership. A quick search on revealed an interesting story that concerns this dealership.  First, let’s take a look at the image again.  

There are a few folks in high places today who don’t want their tax returns examined.  One fellow who would not wonder why is F.W. Shearer. This is another sad story.  History is full of them. I ordinarily choose not to post stories that are depressing or would open old wounds.  With that in mind I apologize to any family and descendants of F.W. who might someday read this.  But there are several lessons one can take away from this.  The obvious, the bigger they are…

MRH, Brentwood schools decide how to begin coming year

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic continuing in the area, the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Board decided on July 23 to begin the 2020-2021 school year with full-time virtual instruction, beginning August 25. The plan is for students to transition back into the buildings when it is safe to do so. Below is the statement from the school district. MRH Staff, Families and Community,
Leaders of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District believe the current scope of the COVID-19 pandemic in our area at this time will prevent us from starting the school year safely with in-person learning. When students resume learning on August 25, our District will launch the school year with full-time virtual instruction for grades K-12.

In the news: School reopening plans, Galleria shooting

In the press lately:

Fox 2 — Galleria Mall shooting: Person of interest in custody
Kansas City Star — Police ‘investigating an incident’ at Galleria Mall in St. Louis
KSDK — Grab your rafts: Maplewood aquatic center hosting 2 ‘dive-in’ movies
KSDK — St. Louis County school districts release reopening plans
KSDK — Police searching for suspects in robbery at Maplewood CVS
KSDK — Restaurants, religion and doctors: See which St. Louis industries led the way for PPP funding
Riverfront Times — Galleria Mall Shooting Under Investigation in Richmond Heights
St. Louis Post-Dispatch — School reopening plans across St.

MRH board member announces plan to vote for remote start for the fall

Maplewood Richmond Heights School District board member, Nikylan Knapper, announced on Facebook Tuesday her intention to vote for a remote start to the upcoming school year. The Board will hold a special work session at 6:30 p.m. on July 23. This is the video link, supplied by the school district. From Nikylan Knapper:
Transparent. During my campaign for MRH School Board, I told community members I would be transparent and tell you what I would vote for and why.