I’m sure no one would be surprised to hear that the rediscovery of the history of our small inner ring suburb involves keeping track of very many different bits of info gotten from a wide variety of sources. Roughly three times a month I attempt to gather in a single post many of these randomly acquired bits that are somehow related to one another.
In my mind, and in my computer, these bits are floating around waiting to be drawn together by some common theme. My computer is much better at keeping track of these things than my mind is. Truth is this blog would not be possible without the record storing abilities of the computer. I was terrible at keeping track of pages of information back in the analog days of filing cabinets. I can’t tell you how many times I searched for that certain piece of paper that I just saw a moment ago but now is nowhere to be found.
These days I often am looking for information online. The bits I find, first, go into my Documents folder – the plan being to file them in separate more specific folders later. Some are cross filed in a few different folders. There are a few hundred of these folders.
Put simply what happens is out of sight, out of mind. Regularly in my own files I stumble across a very interesting bit of information that I had completely forgotten about discovering. Obviously my readers are being short changed, so to speak (not really. This is a free service).
This post and maybe a few others will contain these random, unrelated bits that I hope you will find of interest.
I found this postcard on EBay and I bought it. 10 bucks including shipping. I already have this image but this is a much better version of it. This will go to the Maplewood Public Library, courtesy of the Houser Foundation, NARF. (Not A Real Foundation). This is the Valley School named after the Bartold valley where the post office was once located. The school was directly across Manchester from our present city hall. The front building was the original with later additions behind it. The high school was located here until one was built later at what is now Ryan Hummert Park, formerly known as Junior High Park. Read more.
I love the postcards that have the cancellation dates. Like shooting fish in a barrel.
I found this one on EBay as well. I didn’t buy it. Read more about the Citizen’s Bank drive-up window.
Now here is a weird one. This is from EBay, too. I don’t know what to think about it. I didn’t buy it either. It was ridiculously expensive. Seems like they wanted $350.00 for it.
From EBay as well. I didn’t buy it either. I already have this image. It’s a post card with nothing written on the back. They wanted too much for it. $15 bucks. The location is wrong. This wasn’t actually at Marshall and Manchester. It was north of Manchester on Oakview Terrace. The church burned. The site is now the home of the Crossroads Presbyterian Church. The home next up the hill was demolished for parking. The twin gabled home was moved by the City of Maplewood to the middle of the 7400 block of Flora, south side. Thus saving a fine building and freeing up more space for the church parking.
Someone sent this to me, I think. I don’t remember how I got it. It may have been emailed by Editor Miner but I don’t know anymore. Please forgive me if you sent it.
Same with this one. I don’t know how I got it. May have been on EBay.
That’s a lot of information right there.
Either I found this after I had finished with the Fennell posts or I just forgot to run it. Here’s a link to Sam Bland’s journal where he has recorded Floyd’s untimely death.
This is another one I must have forgotten to include in the Fennell posts. This ran in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on January 8,1874. No record of who won. Darn. I wonder if Edward may have been related to Frank Butler of the Big Cinch? They both were probably blowhards.
I got really lucky finding this blurb when I was searching for John Blase who built the first commercial building on our “Wedge”. Old Manchester Road is called Southwest today. $1250.00 in 1891 would be the equivalent of $35,331.00 today. I have done many posts on the Wedge over the years. The first two are highlighted, here’s the third.
John and Matilda got married.
Trouble for John. Selling liquor with no license!
He apparently learned his lesson. Happy ending there.
In 1899, he had the place for rent? What is going on?
Just a few months after I was born in 1949, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. You sure can learn a lot from Newspapers.com.
I think I probably have enough leftover and previously ignored bits of flotsam and jetsam for another post like this one. Look for that in a week or so.
Meanwhile the days continue to get longer. Amazing how you can notice it already. I am not even going to mention the weather since this is winter. We all know what could be happening now.
Doug Houser January 9, 2020.