With my last post I began presenting some of the photographs and material that survives from William Lyman Thomas’ construction process of his well known “History of St. Louis County”. I’ll begin this post with what remains among his artifacts about a man named John Baxter and his family. I think it’s interesting because it seems to be one of only a few complete submissions that we still have.
John Baxter’s son, Hartley Sappington Baxter, lived in Maplewood when he passed away in 1909, two years before the publication of Thomas’ set. At that time his widow, Sallie and daughter, Dollie (Comfort) were still living in Maplewood. Thomas mentions that Hartley “ was a cunning artificer in wood and the results of his handicraft are the pleasure of many people in the county.” I, too, would be one who would appreciate the results of his handicraft. Too bad we’ll probably never know what exactly they were.
Follow this link to the page in Google books about John Baxter.
I just want to remind you that it is the descendants of the Sutton and Thomas families to whom we owe our gratitude for allowing us to have this look back at our shared histories. There is still more to come next post.