The age we live in is simultaneously fascinating and terrifying. There is no clear indicator as to whether our technological advances will save or sink us. Wonderful tool that it can be, the internet is both a boon and a curse. There is plenty written every day about the curse side of it. This post is about the boon.
The boon in this instance is my internet subscription to Newspapers.com. From this I was able to learn some very interesting details about my neighborhood. It is identified as Shields Subdivision on the Maplewood map in the 1909 Plat book of St. Louis county. That is all I knew about it. The boundaries are Big Bend on the west, Sutton on the east, Elm on the north and the railroad tracks on the south. The only streets other than those just mentioned are James, Walter and Edgar. Just who were those guys?
Newspapers.com was able to provide some very interesting details which you are about to see. Try to imagine the impossibility of obtaining this kind of information just a few years ago.
That’s a lot of reading, I know. I wonder how many of you will get through it. Believe it or not there are quite a few articles that I didn’t include. Be thankful for that.
I received quite a few interesting comments on the 1970s era photographs that ran in the last few posts. Much thanks to all of you who took the time to chime in. I certainly learned a lot.
Summer is fading. Soon we’ll be into the holiday season. At this time of year I usually think of a favorite Dave Barry quote which I couldn’t find so I’ll say it from memory. I know from the decorated pine trees, the colored lights, fake snow and tinsel that very soon it will be…Halloween. Apologies to Dave. If anyone knows that quote send it to me. His is much better than my rendition.