Horses have been a part of our community from the first time James Sutton rode one here from his blacksmith shop in downtown St. Louis to inspect this wooded tract that he would eventually purchase. No doubt there were horses ridden through what would one day become Maplewood prior to Sutton’s 1826 purchase.
There are no horses in Maplewood today as far as I know but they were definitely here in the past. I can prove it. Here are the photos.
The cover of a stock book that once belonged to James Sutton.
Pages from Sutton’s book. This is probably the earliest record we have concerning horses on Sutton’s farm. His home was located on Manchester about where Dobb’s Tire is today. I’ll have to admit I don’t know where this book came from. I scanned the whole thing but I can’t remember who let me do it. Sorry.
Edward (Ned) Rannells was a neighbor of Sutton’s. He was reported to be quite a horseman in a family memoir. He is seen in this photo sitting on the wagon with the reins in his hand. The location is not identified. Woodside, Maplewood’s most historic home, was built by Ned’s father Charles. Ned was probably born there and lived there for much of his life. When he died in 1920, Woodside (built ca. 1848) was sold for the first time. Courtesy of the Rannells family.
Cartmell and Warder Rannells, children of Ned and Elinor, seen here with a couple of four legged buddies. The pony is not identified but the dog may be Dale, known from the inscription on another family photo. Courtesy of the Rannells family.
Rosa and Emil L. Scheidt posing with their handsome rig in front of their first store in the 7200 block of Manchester. Opened in 1907, they moved to the current location at 7320 Manchester in 1916. The boy is Emil C. Scheidt who would grow up to run the hardware store until the operation was taken over by his son, Bob. Bob is in the process of retiring and the ownership of this Maplewood institution is passing to new owners. I don’t know all of the details on that but I do know that if you go to Scheidt hardware today (and you should) you will meet these very friendly folks. We are extremely lucky to have this very convenient source for many of our household needs and in its historic building to boot!
An early shot of the Maplewood Laundry once located where Citizen’s Bank is today. Courtesy of Maplewood Public Library.
This could be Dr. Cape’s rig with the then Congregational church in the background. The location is Hazel at Sutton. The church still exists. This shot was taken in front of Dr. Cape’s home which once stood where we have a parking lot today. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
Mrs. Dudley, of the Maplewood Dairy on Walter, with her rig. Looks to me like she needed to give her horse a few more oats. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
George Quick shown here with the Maplewood Dairy’s delivery vehicle. I don’t know where this photo was taken but isn’t this just a great photo? Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
Maplewood’s finest pose with their gear and dog in this fine image from 1912. The original buildings still exist on Sutton. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
Automobiles were definitely gaining ground by the time this 1916 postcard was printed but the artist included a couple of horse-and-wagon teams as well. I especially like the way the people and vehicles were miniaturized in order to make the building appear larger. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
For reader Mark who asked where the Maplewood Dairy was located. From the old familiar 1909 Plat Book of St. Louis County.