James Sutton departed this realm in 1877. A short time later his heirs had begun the inevitable subdividing and selling off of the family farm. By 1900 a nice, little community was forming just east of what was once Sutton’s blacksmith shop and iron mongery located at Big Bend and Manchester.
As Joyce Cheney writes in, “the First one hundred years, Maplewood, MO”, (someday soon I’m going to stop explaining that the title of the book is a product of creative capitalization), anyhow Joyce writes, “…the Maplewood subdivision had a railway station, a post office, churches, banks, businesses and homes…What it didn’t have was its own government and taxes and the services those taxes provide.” Such as a fire department.
The community was split between those residents who wanted their own services and others who wanted to continue to rely on the City of St. Louis to provide them.
In January 1908 the Banner Lumber Company burned and took nine buildings with it. That settled it. The fire did $100,000 dollars in damage mainly because it took the horse-drawn fire equipment from St. Louis so long to get to it.
By March of 1908 the pro-incorporation faction brought their petition before the St. Louis County Court. Two months later the petition was granted. The newly appointed city officials quickly formed the new fire department.
By 1910 the city had 35 fire hydrants and by 1912, a new City Hall at 2737 Sutton with the firehouse adjacent on the south side. The buildings have been beautifully restored.