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Doug Houser

Retired autoworker. Maplewood resident since 1975. Advocate of the Arts and Historic Preservation.

Maplewood History: A Hunk, a Hunk of Burning… Hobby

I reran this post a little over a year ago so many of my readers will remember it.  It's one of my all time...

Maplewood History: The Tiffany Diner and Before

From frequent contributor, Ed Notter: This is easy for me to do, suggesting a new topic knowing you have to do the work.  Still, any...

Maplewood History: The Contents of a Privy – Part Two

I went into a great amount of detail in my first post on this subject, the contents of a privy that was recovered from...

Maplewood History: One Good Deed Returns Another

When Mary Etta Hill Crowder found this old deed in a box of miscellaneous items that she had picked up at a tag sale,...

Maplewood History: The Immaculate Conception Buildings Are At Great Risk!

The campus of the Church of the Immaculate Conception consists of five buildings.  There is the big church at Marshall and Moller.  The rectory...

Maplewood History: Another Explosion! This One in 1910

If you have been following this space, then you will know that my last two posts were about a terrific explosion that occurred on...

Maplewood History: Followup Articles After the 1916 Explosion

To the rescue of those readers who asked about followup articles about the explosion comes Mary Piles, longtime reader and contributor to this site. ...

Maplewood History: The Big Bang

We had one and it wasn't just a theory.  This is a look back at one of my most popular posts. Maplewood's Big Bang I'm told...

Maplewood History: James Baare Turnbull – Internationally Known Artist Extraordinaire!!! – Part Three

We have much to learn about the life of James Baare Turnbull and his wife who, so far, we only know as the sculptor,...

Maplewood History: James Baare Turnbull – Internationally Known Artist Extraordinaire!!! – Part Two

James Turnbull is probably the most famous artist with a Maplewood connection. This man must have made hundreds of paintings, drawings and sculptures.  Where...

Maplewood History: James Baare Turnbull – Internationally Known Artist Extraordinaire!!! – Part One

Here‘s how I found this one.  I have a soft spot for the artists.  I make art myself.  I know how hard it is....

Maplewood History: The Contents of a Privy – Part One

If you don’t know what a privy is, much less the contents of one, well, this should be an eyeopener.  In this case the...

Maplewood History: 7401 Hazel – The Building with a Turret…Painted – Part Three

As I’ve mentioned earlier, I consider the historic building at 7401 Hazel in our town to be an attractive piece of carpentry.  I am...

Maplewood History: An Appreciation of Nancy Fennell Hawkins

Above: Nancy Fennell - 2nd row, 4th from left - 1946 One of the wonderful benefits of my self-appointed position as the historian of Maplewood...

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