In his landmark 1911 History of Saint Louis County – Missouri, WLT devoted Chapter IX to The Civil War Period in St. Louis County. On page 105 in a section titled, “Slavery in the County”, he wrote, “Many families owned slaves; a great many did not. So far as our personal knowledge extends we never knew or heard of ill-treatment of slaves in the part of the county that was outside the city. The white boys played with the black ones, went a fishing with them in numerous instances, pulled weeds, hoed potatoes and shared in their tasks. Both men and women were treated with kindness and accorded many privileges. In most cases they were careless and happy, although, of course, the desire for freedom began to become more manifest the nearer we approached to the Civil war. The pathetic feature of slavery, one that had an appealing influence upon all properly constructed minds and hearts, was the tearing apart of the negro man and his wife, the separations (that we read about) of the mother and the child. The writer never had personal knowledge of cases of this nature among the slave holding families of St. Louis county.
Lots in the press this week about the pastor who was shot, as an innocent bystander, outside Tropicana Lanes. But also news of a Richmond Heights woman set to run the Tokyo Marathon, and the most expensive homes on the market in Maplewood, and more.
The Maplewood Steak ‘n Shake closed in January along with others in the St. Louis area with little explanation or warning to its employees. The Maplewood location posted a sign that it’s closed for renovations. Online, though, Steak ‘n Shake is seeking franchisees for 400-plus locations.
The Affton Schools Board of Education Tuesday night approved the hiring of current Maplewood Richmond Heights Assistant Principal Dr. Deann Myers as high school principal for the 2019-2020 school year.
Maplewood City officials are set next week to take the final vote to allow two valet parking spots (the original request was for four) on Sutton Boulevard next to Elmwood restaurant; the valet service kicked off on Tuesday.
Brentwood School Board incumbents, Melissa Nehrt and Kerry Trostel, and challenger Lois Truman will take part in a League of Women Voters forum on Thursday, February 21, at 7 p.m. in the school district’s conference center at 1201 Hanley Industrial Court.
Two recent crimes in Richmond Heights have been well-covered in the press. On Feb. 1 a St. Louis-area minister, an innocent bystander, was shot and killed outside Tropicana Lanes as an argument continued into out the parking lot.
The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis has begun circulating petitions to convene a Board of Freeholders, in response to what the league considers an “unamerican” attempt to force a merger of St. Louis and St. Louis County through a statewide vote.
Maplewood officials at the Jan. 24 meeting considered an ordinance to approve four valet parking spots every night except Sunday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sutton Boulevard next to the new restaurant, Elmwood.