While researching these Maplewood stories I have found that it is extremely rare to find one that filled out a whole page in one of the larger of the St. Louis newspapers. This is one of those cases.
A more accurate title for this post would be the Johansen Shoe Manufacturing Business. Too bad I didn’t think of that earlier. If you missed Part One about the lovely Johansen home, you can find it here.
What follows is the aforementioned full page story about the Johansen family and business.
Out of curiosity, I googled 3642 Laclede to see what occupies the site today where the very modern Johansen Shoe factory once stood. A parking garage for St. Louis University has replaced their fine building.
An interesting article concerning one of the Johansen’s daughters, Minnie, was discovered quite by accident. It ran in the July 7, 1911 edition of the STL Post-Dispatch.
Times have certainly changed, haven’t they? I imagine if some of the folks mentioned in this article could have seen some of the suits at any swimming pool today, the sight might cause them to have cardiac arrest.
The Johansen home was located very close to a tremendous explosion that occurred in 1916. I reread the articles as I was curious if there was mention of the home or occupants having been damaged or injured. There was not. However I did notice that one of Minnie’s friends, mentioned in the article above, Isabel Bouche and her family were hurt.
Let’s go out with a few more photographs of Margaret and Rick’s and Mikkel and Hilda’s great Maplewood home.
We can’t thank you enough, Margaret and Rick, for sharing all of these very attractive parts of your life with us.
The power of this blog to generate new material related to the history of our tiny burg never fails to amaze me. Today, I received another, at least the third, box of documents and photographs from Nancy Fennell Hawkins. I can’t wait to take a look at them. Also Laura Varilek, a descendant of James Sutton has emailed me some phenomenal early photographs of Sutton himself and members of his family. There is much more to come so stay tuned.
As always, I appreciate your interest and support.
Doug Houser March 12, 2021.