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Life In The Fifties

Cherokee-Lemp Historic District

 
 
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By Devry Jones, October 7, 2018
1. Life In The Fifties Marker
Inscription. Due to the housing shortage that had developed during the Depression and World War II, the Antique Row neighborhood was a crowded and busy community during the 1950's -- when Larry Akley grew up here.

"We lived in the upstairs flat. It had three rooms," Akley remembers. Larry's boyhood buddy, Jerry Becker (and his family), lived in the three room flat on the third floor. "Downstairs was a 3.2 tavern. It was open on Sundays when they sold 3.2 beer," Akley explains.

The neighborhood kids, "played crowns in the yard of Shepard (elementary) School. Crowns was played with bottle caps and a sawed off broom handle. It didn't cost anything," according to Akley. "We'd get beer bottle caps from the taverns on Cherokee." As the commercial hub of the neighborhood, Cherokee Street was a focal point of community life. Akley fondly recalls a highlight of the school year at nearby Shepard School. The children began school picnic day with a parade down Cherokee Street.

Through high school, Ackley walked down Cherokee to his job at Berlinger Dairy at 2025 Cherokee Street.

"There was an old policeman, Joe Saputo. He used to run me off the corner. He made sure the kids didn't hang out on the corner -- he made us go home." Akley grew up and became a police officer. With a warm laugh he says, "Joe Saputo ended up
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By Devry Jones, October 7, 2018
2. Life In The Fifties Marker
working for me." Akley retired as a Major in the St. Louis Police Department.
 
Erected 1999 by NiNi Harris. (Marker Number R.)
 
Location. 38° 35.572′ N, 90° 13.367′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Cherokee Street east of Missouri Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2116 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis MO 63118, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cigar Store (a few steps from this marker); The Birth of Antique Row (within shouting distance of this marker); 2201 Cherokee (within shouting distance of this marker); Bardenheier Row (within shouting distance of this marker); 2215 Cherokee (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2014 Cherokee (about 400 feet away); At Home On Cherokee (about 400 feet away); South St. Louis Architect (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 22 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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