William Lyman Thomas’ The History of St. Louis County contains an unknown but large number of very interesting details about this area we live in. By accident I discovered another one while looking for something else. Interesting that this article should pop up right after the last post about the painting of the Bartold Inn that Larry Giles has been kind enough to give us.
Wow. How about that? A very old oil painting of a two-and-a-half story house on Broadway with clothing in the south end, groceries in the north end, a barbershop and a saloon kept by Frederick Bartold. Sounds like a commercial building with maybe four storefronts. The painting also depicts a newspaper carrier and a two horse omnibus driven by Erastus Wells. What a cool painting. My first thought was to wonder if the History Museum has this painting in their collection? I would love to see it. Wouldn’t you?
Often when you read of something like this, the object of interest has completely disappeared. No one has any idea of where it might be or what could have happened to it.
What a drag. We know what happened to this painting. Lucky accident that I discovered both of these articles. It is interesting that this reporter refers to the Bartold Inn as a mansion. It caused me to wonder if there was another building on the property besides the inn. The 1909 map doesn’t show anything that is obviously their home other than the inn which is labeled saloon.
In my last post I included the obituary for William Bartold which appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1890. The last line read, “Mr. Bartold’s funeral was one of the largest ever held in the county…” This caused me to wonder why. So I turned to the often reliable Newspapers.com. After quite a bit of searching I still don’t know.
Wouldn’t you think that someone that well known must have had his name in the paper quite a lot. Not this time. I’ll let you know if I ever find a reason why so many folks apparently held this man in such high regard.
Well, spring is upon us. But unfortunately so is the corona virus. Please take this seriously. Do everything the doctors and scientists are telling us to do. Hopefully by social distancing and ramped up hand hygiene we can get through this with as few people becoming ill as possible.
Doug Houser April 2, 2020