Addenda is a word that I don’t often use. At least, I don’t remember the last time I used it. I knew the word I wanted for the title of this post was either addenda or addendum but I admit I didn’t know which was correct. I now know that addenda is the plural of addendum. It is not the feminine form of addendo as some of you might suspect. I’m talking to you, Antonia and Antonio.
If this post had only contained a single image or a single document then I would have used addendum, I think. It contains much more than that as you’ll see. Thanks to the vast amount of space the internet allows for this sort of thing, I am able to post many more images of the historic items that these many kind folks have let me copy. Much thanks to Nancy Fennell Hawkins for sharing her trove of Fennell memorabilia with all of us.
Included among the other items in the Fennell trove is this photocopy of an image of two buildings that were once located at the intersection of Manchester Road and Arthur Ave. Followers of this space are aware that Arthur Ave. was once located in about the middle of the 7300 block of Manchester running north for just one block and terminating at Lohmeyer Ave. The car is a Model T Ford. Model T’s were produced from 1908 – 1927. I found a similar example online called a Runabout. Many Model T’s are identifiable by the six louvers on the side of the hood. The first transcontinental road race was won by a T in 1909. It needed only 22 days and 55 minutes to cover the 4,100 miles averaging 7.75 miles per hour.
Nancy’s father, Robert W. Fennell (standing) with Chief Flori and Lt. Blackford examining some items that had been shoplifted.
Bob and Santa at Golde’s Department Store about 1950.
Bob holding his trophy after winning first place in the beard contest held during Maplewood’s Golden Jubilee, 50th Anniversary celebration in 1958.
Also from 1958, Leo and Bob ready for the parade. Looks like Bob has on a pair of still stylish Converse All Stars. I had a few pairs of those myself.
One of Dot and Bob’s celebrity friends. Anyone out there remember Jean Carmen?
200 songs! From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jan 30, 1938.
Don Wilson and friend. Anybody remember this fellow?
The back of the previous photo. Nancy writes, “Don Wilson was a friend from church. His Dad had a watch and clock repair shop on Manchester for many years, but I’m sorry I don’t remember the name.”
How about Orval Heflin? Now there’s an unusual name. Anybody remember him? He signed the portrait dated 9-10-28. He would have been 18 years old.
Nancy was at this event in 1953 or 54 but she doesn’t remember exactly what it was called. She doesn’t think it was Homecoming.
Same event. Nancy writes, “On the left is Mary Harper, middle is Mary Lou Little, and I’m on the right.”
I saved one of the best for last. Though totally accidental, the composition of this image couldn’t be better. The subject, A Day at the Beach, is terrific. The names of these folks are shown in the next image.
You’re going to have to figure this one out on your own.
This might explain part of it. Note that it took them 10 days to get back from California!
This concludes the fifth post from the fascinating Fennell trove. That is, at least, a couple more than I thought I would get out of it when I first began working on it I’m not done yet. Nancy included a few other items as well. One of which is a journal kept by Sam Bland. I scanned about a third of it. With the magnification provided by the computer I discovered that it is anything but bland. There are very many pages written in a very small hand. I won’t try to post all of it but I should be able to pull out quite a number of interesting tidbits. Look for it pretty soon.
As always I would like to express my appreciation to all of you who comment, make suggestions, contribute material and so on. There would be nothing here without you.
Doug Houser November 30, 2019.