This is the third post of original images that William Lyman Thomas collected and used in his magnificent “History of St. Louis County, Missouri”. We have a rare opportunity to examine these pieces that he assembled into his final two volume set in 1911. I am again including images made of the backs of some of these photographs and documents. I think it is especially interesting to see his notations and instructions to the printer.
If you may have missed my first post and my second post on this fascinating subject, those two links will take you there.
As I have been doing quite a bit here lately, I want to again thank the descendants of the Sutton and Thomas families for sharing this great wealth of material with us.
We’ll begin with an image of one of the oldest buildings that he collected, the 1791 Wesley Cordell house.
I adjusted the writing on the back of this image with Photoshop in order to help in deciphering it. I can get most of it. “Built in 1791 on ? No. 2?7 ? 1/2 south of ?ake P.O. Bonhomme Township.
This one has nothing written on the back.
Nothing on the back of this one either.
Probably most of us in this area will recognize this building. For all of our entire lives it has been located on Gravois Road on the property of the Busch family known as Grant’s Farm.
But I had never seen this photograph.
How about this … the birthplace of Grant’s wife, Julia Dent. Now better know as Whitehaven (even though it’s green) it is a dynamite National Park Historic site. If you haven’t been out there since they’ve restored it, you really have to go. I’m not kidding . It will blow your mind.
As promised here is the back of it.
While we’re on the subject of Grant, this newspaper clipping is included in Thomas’ collection. It appears in Volume One on page 96 along with Grant’s famous ultimatum letter to “Gen. S.B. Buckner of the Confed. Army, … No terms except an immediate and unconditional surrender can be accepted.”
There is something written on the back of this one but I can’t make it out.
This is the back of the image of the Rock Hill Presbyterian Church. I can make out what looks like “C.J or T. Marshal” and $12.00 below that but this is open to interpretation.
This sure looks to me like it is the old Mason mansion again but this time from the opposite direction.
But you can’t tell from the other side. Remember you’ve got to label your photos if you want any one in the future to know what, who or where they are of. I haven’t done it either.
Well that should be enough to get the conversation started again. I still have quite a few more of these images to post. They are fascinating to me. I hope y’all think the same.