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Historical Markers and War Memorials in St. Louis County, Missouri

Clickable Map of St. Louis County, Missouri and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> St. Louis County, MO (416) Franklin County, MO (120) Jefferson County, MO (3) St. Charles County, MO (214) St. Louis County, MO (486) Madison County, IL (152) Monroe County, IL (70) St. Clair County, IL (112)  St.LouisCounty(416) St. Louis County (416)  FranklinCounty(120) Franklin County (120)  JeffersonCounty(3) Jefferson County (3)  St.CharlesCounty(214) St. Charles County (214)  St.Louis(486) St. Louis (486)  MadisonCountyIllinois(152) Madison County (152)  MonroeCounty(70) Monroe County (70)  St.ClairCounty(112) St. Clair County (112)
Adjacent to St. Louis County, Missouri
    Franklin County (120)
    Jefferson County (3)
    St. Charles County (214)
    St. Louis (486)
    Madison County, Illinois (152)
    Monroe County, Illinois (70)
    St. Clair County, Illinois (112)
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1Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — A Community within a Community / ~150 Years Ago—Contraband
(left panel) A Community within a Community Surrounding this slave plantation in the 1850s were other large properties that were also dependent on slave labor. Interwoven with these were smaller tracts of land where family . . . Map (db m124987) HM
2Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — A Place Called Home / ~150 Years Ago—Petersburg
(left panel) A Place Called Home The Dent and Grant families spent many enjoyable years on this plantation while their children were growing up. While a few of the enslaved people lived in the house, most were housed in log . . . Map (db m124988) HM
3Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — A Slave Plantation
In 1843, Ulysses S. Grant first visited White Haven as a young second lieutenant. In the decades after that first visit, Grant, White Haven, and the country underwent vast changes in response to the turbulent issues that divided the nation. . . . Map (db m124989) HM
4Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — Changes at White Haven / ~150 Years Ago - Grants Horses
Changes at White Haven (left panel) The end of the war brought many changes to the White Haven estate. The previously enslaved African Americans were free and appear to have left the area. Labor was now provided by German and French . . . Map (db m122399) HM
5Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — Early Owners of the Farm — Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
The builder of the house, as well as its subsequent owners, were well-known and respected individuals, and the farm reflected their status in the St. Louis community. Modifications were made to the original two-story, four-room structure to . . . Map (db m124992) HM
6Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — Grant's Departure / ~150 Years Ago—
(left panel) Grant’s Departure After the Presidency and a world tour, Ulysses and Julia Grant settled in New York to be closer to their children and grandchildren. While the romance of one day returning to White Haven remained, . . . Map (db m124990) HM
7Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — Green Haven? — Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Colonel Dent named the property White Haven after his family home in Maryland. Paint analysis indicated the home was painted various colors in the nineteenth century, including Paris Green with a dark green trim, as seen on this wall and . . . Map (db m124993) HM
8Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — New Buildings for White Haven — Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Grant's plans for developing the farm resulted in many improvements, including a barn and stable built between 1869 and 1872. The stable you see today housed Grant's horses. The barn that also appears in the 1875 illustration of the farm sheltered . . . Map (db m124996) HM
9Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — Outbuildings / ~150 Years Ago—Colored Troops
(left panel) Outbuildings Operating an 850-acre slave plantation required numerous outbuildings. Col. Frederick Dent's enslaved African-Americans labored in these outbuildings and kept the farm self-sufficient prior to the Civil . . . Map (db m124991) HM
10Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — Slaves Only — Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Contrast this simple bead-board door to the finer paneled ones throughout the rest of the house. Its crude appearance suggests only slaves used this door to enter and exit the home.One method employed to control slaves was to restrict their . . . Map (db m124997) HM
11Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — The Roads to White Haven — Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Settlement in St. Louis County first occurred along the three main thoroughfares out from the city: Gravois to the southwest, Manchester to the west, and Natural Bridge to the northwest. Railroad development paralleled the Mississippi River to the . . . Map (db m124998) HM
12Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — The White Haven Estate: Other Houses — Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
White Haven was the name given to both the house and the estate. Typical of many large plantations, other houses on the property were built and occupied by family members and slaves. White residents gave their houses special names. The slaves, . . . Map (db m124999) HM
13Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — The Working Farm — Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
White Haven was typical of large farms in the area during the mid-1800s. As times changed, so did its operation in terms of labor, equipment, and methods. Its two owners, Colonel Dent and Ulysses Grant, also had different interests and therefore . . . Map (db m125000) HM
14Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — White Haven — Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
White Haven has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America. 1986 National Park Service United States Department of the . . . Map (db m125001) HM
15Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — White Haven's Outbuildings — Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Operating this 850-acre farm required numerous outbuildings. These included a spring house built over the spring to provide a cool place for crocks of butter and cheese; a barn behind the main house for livestock such as cows, pigs, and sheep; . . . Map (db m125002) HM
16Missouri (St. Louis County), Affton — Working Plantation / ~150 Years Ago - Emancipation
Working Plantation (left panel) White Haven was typical of slave plantations in the area during the mid-1800s. As times changed, so did the operation of the farm in terms of labor, equipment and methods. Prior to the Civil War, . . . Map (db m122400) HM
17Missouri (St. Louis County), Ballwin — #3 "Aerotrain" — Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific — 1955 —
One of the two experimental demonstrator "Aerotrains" (#2 and #3) built by GM with a new light weigh construction and low center of gravity concept, powered by 1,200 h.p. futuristic locomotives. Initially in mainline service, they rode poorly at . . . Map (db m133024) HM
18Missouri (St. Louis County), Ballwin — #J13218 — Buda
Built by the Austin-Western Company, this gasoline powered road roller shows the transition from the earlier steam powered roller design to internal combustion power. This equipment was used to compress the soil and crushed rock to form a solid . . . Map (db m133023) HM
19Missouri (St. Louis County), Ballwin — Dedicated to World Peace
In honor and memory of those who served our country in war Our honored dead Ollie Helenkamp • Walter Lepere • Thurman Thompson • Harold Walka • Gregory Johnson • Thomas Shea • Thomas FosterMap (db m156708) WM
20Missouri (St. Louis County), Ballwin — Lockheed T-33 A Shooting Star — The workhorse jet trainer of the Cold War era
Not long after the end of hostilities in World War II, the United States found itself once again in the position of retooling its military aviation programs, this time as a result of the dawn of the jet age. The propeller-driven fighters that had . . . Map (db m133026) HM
21Missouri (St. Louis County), Ballwin — Site of John Ball Homestead
Founder of Ballwin, Missouri, February 9, 1837Map (db m156707) HM
22Missouri (St. Louis County), Berkeley — Mercury Spacecraft MA-6, 1962 — IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing
Col. John Glenn piloted the Mercury Friendship 7 spacecraft in the first United States human orbital flight on 20 February 1962. Electrical and electronic systems invented by McDonnell Aircraft engineers, including IRE members, made his and . . . Map (db m146059) HM
23Missouri (St. Louis County), Berkeley — Project Gemini
From 1962 through 1966, the men and women of McDonnell Aircraft supported the nation's space program through the design and manufacture of the Gemini spacecraft, proudly built here in St. Louis. Erected in memory of Astronauts Charles A. . . . Map (db m146080) HM
24Missouri (St. Louis County), Bridgeton — Mary Lee Payne Gentry
Born May 30, 1869 daughter of Elbridge G. and Mary E. Long Payne. She lived here most of her life. She taught the one-room Fee Fee School in Pattonville, 1893-1896. She married William R. Gentry, of Columbia, Missouri, who moved here and became a . . . Map (db m169162) HM
25Missouri (St. Louis County), Bridgeton — St. Charles Rock Road — Boone's Lick Road
Indian Trail marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the State of Missouri 1913 (plaque on the back:) Rededicated to the memory of the pioneer men and women who passed this way on their journey to all . . . Map (db m150771) HM
26Missouri (St. Louis County), Clayton — Barry-Wehmiller Pavilion
Up the hill stands the headquarters of Barry-Wehmiller, a global capital equipment manufacturer whose St. Louis roots date back to the 1880s. Its most enduring legacy, however, is its commitment to being an organization where people can develop and . . . Map (db m142046) HM
27Missouri (St. Louis County), Clayton — Francis Olympic Field
Francis Olympic Field served as the main site of the 1904 Olympics. It is named in honor of 1870 Washington University graduate David R. Francis, whose visionary efforts brought the Olympic Games to St. Louis in parallel with the 1904 World's . . . Map (db m144047) HM
28Missouri (St. Louis County), Clayton — Hanley-Clayton Donation Helps Establish the St. Louis County Seat
Martin F. Hanley sought to establish the County Seat at the resort property at Mount Olive near where Olive Boulevard and Hanley Road intersect today. Hanley's former neighbor, Mr. Ecker, operated the resort. Hanley and Ecker offered to donate 100 . . . Map (db m145210) HM
29Missouri (St. Louis County), Clayton — Historic Hanley House
Built in 1855 by Martin Franklin Henley, the Historic Hanley House is the oldest building in the City of Clayton and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house once stood on just over 100 acres of farmland. In 1876, Martin F. . . . Map (db m145212) HM
30Missouri (St. Louis County), Clayton — Outdoor Kitchen & Hired Man's Room
The Hanley House outbuilding includes the Kitchen and Hired Man's Room. The structure dates to 1855 and is original to the site. The kitchen once served as the slave quarter for the farmstead. After the death of her father, James Walton, Cyrene C. . . . Map (db m145186) HM
31Missouri (St. Louis County), Clayton — Saint Louis County
The county was first visited by white colonists when missionary priests, Illinois French, and Kaskaskia and Tamaroa Indians settled the temporary village of Des Peres, 1700-03. The village site, laid out 18 years after La Salle claimed the territory . . . Map (db m141896) HM
32Missouri (St. Louis County), Clayton — The Hanley Farm, Past and Present
In 1847, Martin F. Hanley purchased 100.6 acres of land from William Wyatt for $750. Hanley initially made his living as a blacksmith but turned his attention to farming following the construction of his home in 1855. Built in the Greek revival . . . Map (db m145209) HM
33Missouri (St. Louis County), Crestwood — Father Dickson Cemetery — Missouri's Civil War
Father Dickson Cemetery was founded in 1903. The cemetery is named for Moses Dickson, a prominent African American abolitionist who passed away in 1901 and was re-interred here. This was one of the first public cemeteries in St. Louis available to . . . Map (db m163583) HM
34Missouri (St. Louis County), Crestwood — Grant's Trail: Sappington House and Father Dickson Cemetery
Sappington House • The Sappington House is the historic home of Thomas Sappington. Thomas was one of the seventeen children of John and Jemima Sappington, early pioneers of the area. John and Jemima Sappington moved to this area in 1804 . . . Map (db m140976) HM
35Missouri (St. Louis County), Crestwood — Historic Father Dickson Cemetery — Established in 1903
Father Dickson Cemetery is an African American historic burial ground. Interred are veterans from the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean Conflict, as well as notable civil rights advocates, local, state and national . . . Map (db m169306) HM
36Missouri (St. Louis County), Crestwood — Rev. Sir Moses Dickson
To the sacred memory of Rev. Sir Moses Dickson I.C.G.M. Founder of the International Order of Twelve. Born April 5, 1824 Died November 28, 1901 To the memory of Mother Mary E. Dickson Wife of the founder Born August . . . Map (db m169305) HM
37Missouri (St. Louis County), Crestwood — The Barn Center — 1969 — The Thomas Sappington House, Crestwood, Missouri —
The barn center was modeled after an early barn located on this property and is typical of a 19th century Missouri barn.Map (db m169303) HM
38Missouri (St. Louis County), Crestwood — Thomas Sappington House
Thomas Sappington House Built in 1808 Commemorating the 200th Anniversary in 2008Map (db m169304) HM
39Missouri (St. Louis County), Creve Coeur — Gerald Gordon
On October 8, 1977, Gerald Gordon was assassinated upon leaving the Bar Mitzvah of Richard Kalina at Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel congregation in Richmond Heights, Missouri. His killer, a notorious anti-Semite and white supremacist, was brought to . . . Map (db m144816) HM
40Missouri (St. Louis County), Des Peres — Des Peres Park
Site of first orphan home west of Mississippi River. Founded by Rev. Johann F. Buenger, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Mo., July 30, 1867. Purchased by City of Des Peres, August 3, 1973. Designated Historic Site by St. Louis County . . . Map (db m156295) HM
41Missouri (St. Louis County), Eureka — A "Key" from the past…
This neon sign once helped bring weary travelers in for a bite to eat and some coffee at the Keys Cafι, formerly located in Franklin County, MO, on Historic Route 66 by the Twin Bridges. The sign has a distinctive "key" shape, playing on the . . . Map (db m122394) HM
42Missouri (St. Louis County), Eureka — Meramec Greenway - Flat Creek Trail at Kircher Park
Kircher Park Kircher Park is named in honor of former Mayor Leon Kircher.  Kircher was first elected mayor at the age of 30 and served from 1963-1967 and then again from 1973-1975.  Mayor Kircher was an advocate for establishing . . . Map (db m157408) HM
43Missouri (St. Louis County), Eureka — Meramec Greenway - Flat Creek Trail at Lions Park
Located just south of downtown Eureka, Lions Park is named for the Eureka Lions Club and honors its community service and fundraising efforts for the Eureka area. Lions Club's generous donation helped established the athletic fields within the . . . Map (db m157385) HM
44Missouri (St. Louis County), Fenton — Meramec River Greenway - Winter Park
Park History • In April 1969, St. Louis County accepted a gift of 37.4 acres of land from Winter Brothers Material Company and a lease of 13.12 additional acres for $1.00 per year. This was the beginning of George Winter County Park. . . . Map (db m156709) HM
45Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Arthur Bangert — Mayor of Florissant 1938-1950
Called the Father of Modern Florissant. He gave the City piped water, a sewer system, the first City library and established the Planning and Zoning, Public Works and Police Departments. He brought financial stability and legally changed the name . . . Map (db m149393) HM
46Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Catherine "Kay" Spring — Historic Preservationist — 28 May 1936 - 11 December 2017 —
Kay dedicated her life working for the City of Florissant with a genuine affection for everyone she met. Kay played key roles in renovating many treasures including the John B. Meyers House/Barn, Archambault House, the Log Cabin & the Gittemeier . . . Map (db m145310) HM
47Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Charles Castello — 22 May 1839 - 11 December 1893
Elected twenty-seven times to the office of Mayor he served from 1865 to 1890 and then again from 1892 to 1893, dying in office. He helped to bring the West End Narrow Gauge Railroad to Florissant and under his leadership Florissant offered land and . . . Map (db m145367) HM
48Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Charlotte Ballard — 19 November 1909 - 13 August 1999
Sole owner of Ballard Plumbing after her husband Lawrence died. First woman in MO to hold a Master Plumber license. Charter member Florissant Valley Historical Society and Florissant Old Town Partners. President Florissant Valley Sheltered Workshop. . . . Map (db m147213) HM
49Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — David L. Reynolds — 7 November 1936 - 9 January 2003
A United States Navy veteran, Dave served on the Florissant City Council from 1976 - 1994 and was Council President in 1979. He served as President of the St. Louis County Municipal League in 1988 and was elected to four terms as a Missouri State . . . Map (db m145370) HM
50Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Donald L. Bond — "Mr. North County" — 17 June 1931 - 21 April 1990 —
Florissant Councilman 1959 - 1977 St. Louis County Councilman 1977 - 1990 Don earned a reputation for fighting for his constituents, and for a high quality of life in Florissant and North County. Always easily accessible, he hosted annual . . . Map (db m145371) HM
51Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Donald R. Zykan, Sr. — 25 September 1932 - 1 March 1999 — "If Nobody Can - Zykan" —
Don Zykan, Sr. co-owned Zykan Bros. Solid Waste with his brothers Ed and Joe. Their Florissant based business was founded in 1932 by their father John M. Zykan. In 1951 Don married Florissant native Grace Ebbesmeyer and they raised 5 children and . . . Map (db m147813) HM
52Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — First Lieutenant Michael J. Blassie — Vietnam Era Unknown Soldier — 4 April 1948 - 11 May 1972 —
Florissant patriot graduated Air Force Academy, fighter pilot 8th Special Ops Squadron Vietnam. Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross Air Metal. May 11, 1972 his A-37 Dragonfly was shot down during his 138th combat mission. His remains, classified . . . Map (db m149383) HM WM
53Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Florissant
French trappers discovered the fertile valley formed by the Reviere de Biche and called it Fleurissant. They stayed to till the rich soil and build a village here on the east bank of the stream the Americans would call Coldwater Creek the common . . . Map (db m140712) HM
54Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Francois Dunegant dit Borosier — b. Canada 1752 - d. Florissant September 13, 1825 — A Walk Through History —
Commissioned by the Spanish Governor as the Military and Civil Commandant of the village of St. Ferdinand de Florissant throughout the Spanish regime, often described as a man of honesty and integrity who shaped and guided the little settlement of . . . Map (db m145290) HM
55Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Frank B. Korte / Josephine "Jo" Korte — 8 Sept. 1916 - 05 Nov. 2002 / 23 Jan. 1920 - 12 April 2015
Frank and Jo married in 1943 and opened Korte Hardware, 610 St. Francois, in 1946. Devoted to family and faith they put a priority on community service with leadership roles in Fire Department, Hospital, Chamber, Valley of Flowers, Historical . . . Map (db m149392) HM
56Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Grace A. Zykan — 22 June 1932 - 4 May 2017 — "Amazing Grace" —
Grace Ebbesmeyer, the second youngest of 9. Married Don Zykan, Sr. in 1951 & mother of 5. Officer & Owner Zykan Bros. Family Business. Chamber Outstanding Person of the Year 2006, Past President OTP & STL Soroptomist Club. Receiver of Christian . . . Map (db m147815) HM
57Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Gregorie Aubuchon — Florissant's First Mayor
He was a descendant of Joseph Aubuchon who was in Florissant as early as 1799. In 1857 when the Missouri State Legislature changed Florissant’s form of government from trusteeship to mayor-council he became the first mayor under the Special . . . Map (db m145368) HM
58Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Harold "Hal" Schuchmann — A Life of Community Service — 27 April 1927 - 18 January 2019 —
Hal Schuchmann, Army Veteran & Wash U grad, Florissant Ward 6 Councilman from 1963 - 1975 & advocated building existing City Hall & both Civic Centers. On 1963 Board of Freeholders which drafted current City Charter. Lord of Valley Flowers Court for . . . Map (db m149394) HM
59Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Henry F. Hendel — 11 October 1917 - 1 August 2011
A life-long resident of Florissant and World War II Army Veteran. He was an active member of American Legion Post 444 and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Henry operated Hendel's Market for forty-seven years as a popular neighborhood grocery store. He . . . Map (db m147812) HM
60Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Henry F. Koch — Born September 2, 1921 Died May 21, 1988
He was Florissant's first full-time salaried City Clerk, serving from 1950 to 1960. In that ten year period, the population of Florissant increased 921%. In 1960, he was elected as the first full-time Mayor and the last Mayor under the 1857 Charter. . . . Map (db m147808) HM
61Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — James "Jay" Russell
James "Jay" Russell, long-serving Missouri statesman and Florissant businessman presented this tank to the City of Florissant in 1964. The Sherman Tank was the primary battle tank used in World War II to help the United States and the Allied forces . . . Map (db m151229) HM WM
62Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — James (Jay) Russell — Born on November 4, 1928 in St. Louis.
Statesman and Florissant businessman. Jay was Missouri State Legislator from 1962 - 1990 Lewis & Clark Democratic Committeeman 1970 - 2008 House of Representatives - Chairman - Appropriations - member of numerous committees. He appropriated funds . . . Map (db m149380) HM
63Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — James E. Fischer — 29 March 1924 - 1 August 2012
Co-Owned Fischer's Department Store with his brother Al, the oldest business in Florissant still in operation. Served as a Flight Engineer on a B17 Crew during World War II. Charter Member and past President of Florissant Rotary Club and Rotary . . . Map (db m145345) HM
64Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — James J. Eagan — Born March 4, 1926 - Died in office November 2, 2000
He was the first Mayor elected under the 1963 Charter. During his administration a new Community Center and Civic Center were built. He initiated the LSV program and free bus service for older residents. Proud of his Irish ancestry, he was . . . Map (db m145414) HM
65Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — John A. Ortwig — 27 November 1940 - 30 July 2019
Chamber Member since 1987. Outstanding Business Person of the Year 2015. Owned Florissant Glass Co. since 1972 & Old Town Wedding Chapel since 1990. Elks Member since 1969, Trustee 18 years, Chairman of the Trustees, Dare supporter, organized Hoop . . . Map (db m149391) HM
66Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — John H. "Johnny" Londoff, Sr. — "Family Businessman, Veteran, Philanthropist & Celebrity" — 24 August 1924 - 11 May 2010 —
In 1940, John Londoff, Sr. founded a Motor Co. with his dad Harry. Then joined the Marines in WWII. Famous jingle, Florissant building and lot and scholarships circa 1960. Variety Club Telethon Man of the Year, raised millions for children helped by . . . Map (db m145308) HM
67Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — John M. & Pearl Dooley — 15 May 1927 - 5 March 1986 * 18 June 1924 - 13 May 2015
John & Pearl opened Dooley's Florist July, 1966 raising 6 children & 1 niece in the family business with all working at the store. Pearl ran the accredited florist shop while John, a WWII veteran was a proud member of the Pipefitters Local 562 & . . . Map (db m149395) HM
68Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — John Mullanphy — Born 1758 In Enniskillen, Ireland — Died In St. Louis September 29, 1833 —
It has been said “One man's name towers above all others as a giant among the great men of North County's past.” When Missouri became a State, he offered to build the State House at his own expense if Florissant were made the capital. . . . Map (db m145369) HM
69Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Joseph Peters — 1832-1913
A founder of the first bank in Florissant and of the Florissant Canning Factory, he owned the Joseph Peters Furniture Company in St. Louis. He has been described as "one of the industrial builders of St. Louis." His home stood on the grounds of the . . . Map (db m145412) HM
70Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Judge Timothy W. Kelly, Sr. — Presided over Florissant Municipal Court For thirty-two years (1979-2011) — 5 October 1947 - 4 June 2011 —
Second son of Florissant Judge John J. Kelly (1956-1958). Tim grew up in Florissant attending Fatima and St. Thomas Aquinas. He presided over a firm but fair court and was elected eleven times. Tim Kelly inspired troubled young adults to strive . . . Map (db m147214) HM
71Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Jules ONeil
He served as Mayor from 1955 to 1959. He was a staunch supporter of the 1821 St. Ferdinand Church recognizing its historical significance. Through his efforts and with community support, the building was saved. The preservation movement in . . . Map (db m145306) HM
72Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Kenneth J. "Ken" Otto — "Handyman Hardware Humanitarian" — 16 November 1927 - 6 January 2006 —
Ken had a lifetime of community service in two cities & St. Louis County. He served Pine Lawn as Mayor, Alderman & businessman. In Florissant he owned two popular hi touch Handyman Hardware stores with wife Kathleen & sons Dave & Glenn, was . . . Map (db m145344) HM
73Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Lowell E. Girardier — Community Volunteer & Builder — 7 March 1929 - 26 March 2010 —
Lowell founded Girardier Building & Realty contracting in 1955 & built many Florissant homes, churches, schools, stores & offices. Donated & moved VOF/OTP HQ building. Co-founder DePaul Foundation, SSM DePaul Health Center advisory board, President . . . Map (db m149403) HM
74Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Old St. Ferdinand Shrine
This church was built in 1821, at the then frontier of our beloved land and dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with St. Ferdinand and St. John Francis Regis as secondary patronsMap (db m140717) HM
75Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Original Site of Cold Water Church
Original site of Cold Water Church, now Salem Baptist Church, on property owned by John Patterson and donated by the Patterson family. Established in 1809.Map (db m151223) HM
76Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Patrick G. Click, Sr. — 17 March 1940 - 18 October 2015
Pat co-owned Click Heating & Cooling with his wife Lora during 50 years of marriage. A mainstay on "Old Town" St. Francois for 41 years. Pat served 10 years in the U.S. Navy, & was at tip of spear during Cuban Missile Crisis. Rotary Paul Harris . . . Map (db m147211) HM
77Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Paul F. Detrick, Sr. — Christian Hospital Founding Father — 6 September 1923 - 31 August 1999 —
Paul Detrick named President of Christian Hospital 1960. Paul & Mary raised three children in North County, their home for life. His vision & leadership instrumental developing Florissant healthcare services opening Christian Hospital Northwest 1968 . . . Map (db m145342) HM
78Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Paul J. Kohnen — 17 April 1922 - 31 October 2009
Paul was a lifelong resident of Florissant. In 1945 he married Thelma Korte & raised 6 children. Sergeant Kohnen served with the US Army Air Corps in England during WWII. In 1955 he opened Bergjan's Dairy later renamed Kohnen's Dairy. Past President . . . Map (db m149387) HM
79Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Philip A. "Phil" Foeller — "Business Owner & Community Volunteer" — 5 December 1929 - 25 November 2013 —
One of the original German families of Sacred Heart Church. A lifelong community oriented resident & businessman of Florissant. He & his wife Rose Marie raised five children in Old Town & founded Florissant Auto Radiator still at 865 N. Lafayette. . . . Map (db m145343) HM
80Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J. — b. 1-30-1801 d. 5-23-1873
Born in Termonde, Belgium, he came to the United States in 1821 and entered the Jesuit novitiate at White Marsh, Maryland. In 1823, he was sent to establish a new Jesuit mission in Florissant where he was ordained on September 23, 1827. Called the . . . Map (db m140719) HM
81Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Rev. John Clark — First Methodist Church in Missouri
Rev. John Clark, buried nearby, held the fist Protestant service in Missouri in 1798. In 1805 he organized in this vicinity the first Methodist "class" in Missouri, which was the beginning of the Coldwater Circuit from which Methodism spread . . . Map (db m151225) HM
82Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Richard "Dick" A. Weber — 23 December 1929 - 14 February 2005
Dick moved to Florissant in 1955 and opened Dick Weber Lanes in 1971. Founding member and longtime star of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) from 1950's to 1990's. He was a bowling legend and one of the sport's most popular figures. Dick . . . Map (db m149373) HM
83Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Rita Ann Moellering — All American Girls Pro Baseball Player — 12 February 1927 - 16 June 1992 —
Rita Meyer born in Old Town Florissant, oldest of seven children, Member of AAGPBL 1946 to 1949 for the Peoria Redwings, played shortstop & pitcher, RBI leader 1948. Nicknamed "Slats" after Cardinal shortstop Marty Marion. Married Robert Moellering . . . Map (db m145301) HM
84Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Robert G. Lowery, Sr. — Police Chief 1979-2001, Mayor 2001-2011 — 29 December 1938 - 30 July 2018 —
Bob Lowery began his 50 year career of service to Florissant residents as a Patrolman in 1961 advancing to Chief in 1979 & excelling in that position until elected Mayor in 2001. He loved Carole & his family. He loved people & always placed a . . . Map (db m145413) HM
85Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Rosemary Straub Davison — 7 August 1918 - 23 September 2014 — "Preservationist & Historian" —
Rosemary was committed to preserving historically significant homes and buildings that helped shape Florissant. She was on the Board of Freeholders that formed our current city charter, was City Clerk from 1963 - 1979 and was a founding member of . . . Map (db m149404) HM
86Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne — b. 8-29-1769 d. 11-18-1852
To the Native Americans, she was the Woman Who Always Prays. Born in France, she came to Florissant in 1819. Her convent home still stands and with Old St. Ferdinand's Shrine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She opened the . . . Map (db m140720) HM
87Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne — 1769 - 1852 — Canonized July 3, 1988 —
Established a school for Native American & pioneer children in Florissant, MO.Map (db m169233) HM
88Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Sgt. 1st Class Charles F. Prevedel — Vietnam Era MIA/POW Green Beret — 18 November 1943 - 17 April 1969 —
US Army patriot on Florissant Koch Park Vietnam Obelisk. Bronze Star Feb. 1969. Ambushed with Reconnaissance Special Forces near Laotian border April 17, 1969. Search teams found no signs, possible POW's. Declared dead Sept. 25, 1978. Joint . . . Map (db m149390) HM WM
89Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Sidney R. Garrett — 1864-1933 — A Walk Through History —
Served Florissant first as Town Marshal, then Postmaster and from 1915 to 1929 as Mayor. He was a partner in the St. Ferdinand Milling Company and as Mayor had the first street lights installed and established the Volunteer Fire Department.Map (db m147809) HM
90Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — St. Ferdinand III of Castile — b. 1199 d. 5-30-1252
King of Spain from 1217 to 1252, he was canonized by Pope Clement X in 1671. He was a capable and just administrator, spreading Christianity throughout his kingdom. He drove the Moors out of most of Spain, founded monasteries, established the . . . Map (db m149381) HM
91Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Sunset Greenway
A Fertile Valley You are standing in one of Missouri's oldest settlements. In the last half of the 18th century, French trappers following the Riviere le Biche (Cold Water Creek) came upon this rich, fertile valley and settled here. . . . Map (db m168613) HM
92Missouri (St. Louis County), Florissant — Thomas Jefferson — 13 April 1743 - 4 July 1826 (50th annv. of 1776)
Third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809; a principal American founding father & author of the Declaration of Independence; Father of the 1804 Louisiana Purchase that doubled the Nation's size bringing St. Ferdinand de Fleurissant into . . . Map (db m145346) HM
93Missouri (St. Louis County), Green Park — Gravois Creek Greenway - Clydesdale Park
Clydesdale Park and Area History • The 117 acre St. Louis County Park opened to the public in the spring of 1976 and was originally named Gravois Creek Park. It was renamed in 1983 to recognize the longtime interest in Clydesdale horses . . . Map (db m151442) HM
94Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — "Black Diamond" — Reading — 1889 —
2-2-2 Type inspection locomotive built by Baldwin Locomotive Works. The "Black Diamond" has a walnut paneled observation room, seats eight, is 22'9 1/4" long weighs 26,300 lbs, and is believed to be the the last steam inspection locomotive in . . . Map (db m156296) HM
95Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — "Daniel Nason" — Boston & Providence — 1863 —
This 4-4-0 "American" type locomotive was designed by Master Mechanic George S. Griggs and built by the railroad's shops. It is the only surviving "Dutch Wagon," locomotive, with its cylinders under the smokebox and inside the frames, a popular . . . Map (db m132981) HM
96Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1 — City of St. Louis Water Division — 1924 —
The Whitcomb Locomotive Company of Rochelle, Illinois built this 15 ton, model SRD industrial switching locomotive. It was a gasoline-mechanical engine, but it was later given an 87 HP, 3-cylinder, GM diesel engine. It has a clutch and manual . . . Map (db m132940) HM
97Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #102 — Arkansas & Missouri — 1899 —
This wooden "combine" car carries both coach passengers and baggage. It is typical of many cars of the era, and was used for Boston area commuter service after steel cars became common. Its body is 60' 6" long, and its overall length is 67' 6." It . . . Map (db m132984) HM
98Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #103 — General Motors — 1939 —
Built by the Electro-Motive Division of GM as part of "the diesel that did it", the four unit demonstrator locomotive that proved the efficiency of diesel power compared to steam. Number 103 is a 16 cylinder, 567 series engine rated at 1350 h.p. . . . Map (db m133014) HM
99Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1057 — General American Pfaulder Corporation Milk Car
In this car the small sliding door above the side entry door was used for the milk loading hose. To keep the interior as clean as possible during loading the entry doors were kept closed once this piping was hooked up unless a worker was going in . . . Map (db m132941) HM
100Missouri (St. Louis County), Kirkwood — #1082 — Northern Pacific — 1954 —
This caboose was built by the Northern Pacific Railway at their Brainerd, MN shops. The cupola on top is a lookout for its crew, where they can keep watch on the freight cars as the train runs. It was rebuilt in 1968 with a propane-fired heater . . . Map (db m132935) HM

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