You may have been wondering if I could find enough material to support a third “First There Were Horses” post. Well, so was I. A few times in the past I’ve made guesses as to how many posts I could get on a certain subject and I’m usually wrong. But this time I think I’ve just about exhausted the horse material in my digital collection.
I’m more of a car guy but this horse stuff is interesting too, don’t you think? I hope you enjoy this latest and probably last post on the subject…at least for awhile.
This is a composite photo I made for some long forgotten reason. The photo of Woodside is thought to have been taken in 1904. I included the photos of Judge Edward (Ned) Rannells and his wife, Elinor Cartmell Rannells because they were living there at the time. Where are the horses? I’m guessing they would probably be in that barn that can be seen in the distance. These photos are all courtesy of the Rannells family.
This photo obviously taken on the same day as the one prior gives us a different view of the home and outbuildings. Also courtesy of the Rannells Family.
The above is an excerpt from a memoir written by John Rannells, Ned’s nephew, recalling an incident that occurred on a visit to Woodside. It is a wonderful personal anecdote about the transition from horses to automobiles. I’ll have to read the memoir again but from memory the year was 1916. John also talks about an earlier visit in 1904 when he and others watched the fireworks from the World’s Fair from an attic window. Courtesy of Elise Rannells Todd.
These wild horses are on a receipt of Ned’s from his personal papers. These papers can now be viewed by interested parties at the St. Louis Center of the Missouri State Historical Society on the campus at UMSL adjacent to the Mercantile Library. They can be found there due to the generosity of the Rannells family.
Likewise this receipt for a horse named Miss Grizzle from the St. Louis Police Dept.
And also this bill from the Scientific Horseshoer.
Moving on … this image appeared in a Globe-Democrat article about the Wedge shortly before that building was destroyed in the 1970’s. Located on the wedge at Southwest and Manchester this was one we shouldn’t have lost. It was demolished for the ill-fated redevelopment scheme that ultimately brought us…ta dah..K Mart. It took Shop’N’Save to rescue us from the poorly built K Mart structure. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
In spite of the damage to this photo, mules belonging to the Maplewood Mill can be seen snorting steam in the middle of Sutton. The mules were used to haul lumber from the railroad to the mill. The commercial building and the church at Hazel still exist. The church is now minus the roof on its steeple. Courtesy of Alan Blood.
Mules can be seen still being used to clear land in this image from 1926. The location is somewhere north of Manchester. The tower was a signal tower that guided planes to Lambert Field. The Bruno house is said to be in the background of this photo. The Bruno family had a large farm just north of Sutton’s property which extended north of Manchester for a block or so. The Bruno home is now located on Gayola (This is incorrect. The Bruno home is actually at 7310 Bruno.) a couple of doors west of Oakview Terrace. The street, Bruno, in Richmond Heights is crooked, I’m told, because it was once the driveway to the Bruno home. I’ve also been told that what appears today to be the front of the home was once the rear. Courtesy of my good friend, Joellen McDonald of the Richmond Heights Historical Society.
Certainly one of Maplewood’s most beautiful residences, the Koester home at Flora and Sutton looks exactly the same today as it did in this historic photo. It is no accident as the owners, Jim and Beth Abeln who have done a magnificent job of restoration, will tell you. The home is known to generations of Maplewoodites as the house with wings on the roof. The barn seen in the back is the reason I’m including this photo in the horse post. The cable-stayed barn survived until fairly recently. Cable-stayed is a term usually applied only to bridges. In this case the barn was cable-stayed by a large cable that Andy Kusnierkiewicz, (I can pronounce it too) the former owner, had wrapped around the structure and secured to a “dead man” (a buried anchor). It was an unusual method tried to correct a nearly terminal tilt to the structure. Worked for awhile. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
And finally… this photo makes me wince every time I look at it. This is the barn that was lost in just the last few years at Marshall and Maple. It looks like a painting. The owners investigated ways to try and save it but obviously couldn’t. We need to stop the loss of our good historic fabric such as this barn. Soulard has done it with one of the strictest preservation codes in the area. What happened? It is packed with people and property values soared. Losses such as this and the Harper Pharmacy cabinets diminish our community. Some of us preservation minded folks need to come up with a way to prevent them happening in the future.