For the tiny town of Maplewood, the 1970’s were a very turbulent era. I moved here in December of 1975. Due to the naivete of youth (I was 26) and the demands of full time employment in an automobile factory, I was blissfully unaware of most of the drama that was playing out just a few blocks away.
The following pages are lifted directly from my first Maplewood History book – “The First Hundred Years, Maplewood MO”. They were researched and written by my co-author Joyce Cheney (no relation to Dick). Shortly after the book was published the very talented Joyce moved to Colorado where I believe she is still. Joyce is the author of several books including Aprons: A Celebration, Aprons: Icons of the American Home and All Our Lives: A Women’s Songbook.
Many of my readers are still making do without owning a copy of this first book which I have recently rebranded as “Second Printing – Volume One”. There is no need to deprive yourselves any longer for the book is readily available at the reliable Scheidt Hardware (known to newcomers as True Value) where I am still the best selling author. Or the book can be obtained at the Mid County Chamber of Commerce just a few more steps west at 7326A Manchester. At both of those places you will need a twenty dollar bill or something of equal value.
As you might suspect, reprinting these pages from my first book is taking the easy way out as far as blog posts are concerned. I’d have to agree. These sultry St. Louis summer days are personal favorites. Sweat? You bet! Being retired is wonderful. I’m outside or in the Maplewood pool as much as possible. The computer screen simply can’t compete with the glorious, too short, summer in Maplewood!
This was too easy. I’ll have to remember in the future to just cannibalize the book whenever I’ve spent too much time in the sun.
By the Way: My second book is very close to becoming a reality in the physical world. I have proof copies in my possession and have finished the tweaking process. Next I will receive a fully bound hardcover copy and a soft cover copy as well. If they are OK, it will be full speed ahead. Right now for the first 100 copies, I’m planning a collector’s edition printed on high quality paper with a dust jacket commemorating 112 years of Scheidt Hardware. Do I have to say it? Be the first on your block!
Doug Houser 8/15/2019