Not to mention the Thomases, Halkers and Doughertys? If any of those ring a bell you might find something familiar in the following email I recently received from Mrs. Janet Thomas Tigue. DH
Dear Mr. Houser,
I have read and enjoyed a number of your articles on the history of Maplewood. Although I no longer live in the area and haven’t since 1967, my family roots are there. My mother, Vera M. Thomas, nee Fluetsch, was born on Bartold Ave. in 1919. My father, Eugene H. Thomas, moved to Maplewood from Sedalia, MO when he was 13. Both of my parents graduated from M-RH…Dad in 1938; Mom in 1939. My sister and I are both grads as well. Janet Thomas 1963; Evelyn Thomas 1965. My uncle, Hugh T. Thomas was a proud graduate in January 1942. My cousins Barbara Halker (1957) and Nancy Halker (1959) are also grads.
FYI: The voters changed the name of the district to Maplewood-Richmond Hts in 1937. In the school year 37-38 there were 1200 senior high students studying 40 subjects.
My mother told me a story many years ago that I have wondered about and I’m hoping you may know something about it.
There once was a street, really more like an alley, named Brent Street. It was located a block west of Bartold Avenue. Flora Avenue dead-ended into it; a left turn followed Brent Street toward the old bus bridge where it curved left and connected with Bartold Avenue. There were 2 or 3 old, unpainted houses back there. My mother told me that only descendants of slaves were allowed to live in those homes. Back around the mid 50’s I recall an old black man living back there. I believe he may have been a scrap dealer. His name was Mr. Dougherty and he drove a stake truck or a similar vehicle. All the neighborhood kids used to yell for him to “Honk your horn, Mr. Dougherty” when he drove by! He did it too!
Technically I was not allowed on Brent Street but the statute has long since expired and both parents are deceased so I don’t expect any repercussions! If you happen to have any information on this little mystery, I would love to know it.
Sincerely, Janet Thomas Tigue, Somewhere in Michigan
Thank you, Janet! Your recollection provides for some good mental images. I’m betting you’re going to connect with someone with similar memories. And thank you for the additional information you provided in a followup email that I have included below.
Walter/Elizabeth (nee Carpenter) Fluetsch (Vera Thomas/ Marion Halker’s parents)
1st home on Bartold Ave. was, I believe, a rental. It was located near where Bartold dead-ended into Martin, past the bus bridge. 2nd home was 3006 Bartold Ave.
In the second picture of 3008 Bartold that was on your post, the small corner of the brick house on the left, was my grandparents house, 3006.
Eugene/Vera (nee Fluetsch) Thomas (Parents of Janet, Evelyn, Stephen and Mark) 3007 Coleman Ave.
H. L./Arline P. Thomas (parents of Eugene and Hugh) They had a rental home on Gerard (later renamed Flora Ave.) between Bartold and Coleman. Relocated to Shrewsbury circa 1940.
Raymond / Marion Halker (parents of Barbara and Nancy Halker) Home was located on Laclede Station Rd. between Flora and Kerans.
I still am in contact with a number of people from the M-RH class of 1963. In fact we will be having our 55th reunion in June!