For the past few nights I’ve been staring at the computer screen, scrolling through my archive of historic Maplewood documents and photographs waiting for something to jump out and suggest itself for my next blog post. Nothing has been jumping.
It’s not like I’m running out of material. I have plenty. The love letters of William Lyman Thomas alone are huge. But every time I sit down to try and coax a blog out of them I get overwhelmed. There are far too many to put on this blog. Reading them and trying to decide what will interest the readers is taxing. I think my brain is shutting down on that subject.
There is also a family story in Jim Fischer’s box that I have been meaning to sort out ever since he gave it to Luke Havel and myself several years ago. I need to just sit down and do that. It’s an interesting story.
Scrolling through my file on the 1950’s in Maplewood, I came upon three images that I have never run. They are from the collection of the Maplewood Public Library. All three feature a man identified as Mayor Spencer Davis in 1955 in what I guess are publicity shots. They are by the photographer Joseph Granich. Mr. Granich was employed by the St. Louis County Observer newspaper that had its offices in Maplewood.
Three photographs are not much, I thought, so I reached for my handy copy of The First One Hundred Years, Maplewood MO where I remembered putting a list of the mayors of Maplewood and the years they served. Well, guess what? There was no Maplewood mayor named Spencer Davis. There was one in the mid 1950’s named Sterling P. Davison, Jr. I don’t know if it was Mr. Granich who identified the man in the suit as Spencer Davis or someone else. Did they mean Mr. Davidson? Or was there a Spencer Davis as well? I don’t know.
Perhaps one of you readers will remember somebody named Spencer Davis or more likely whoever labeled the images just got it wrong.
It is much easier to be optimistic at this time of the year. That last short bitterly cold spell has to be the last. I always think that if it snows now, it won’t be around for long.
Springtime. I can’t wait.
Doug Houser February 18, 2020