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This series is for the 150+ historical markers along the Delmar loop that honors notable persons from St. Louis.
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
"Butch" O'Hare Marker
Missouri, St. Louis — "Butch" O'Hare — Born March 13, 1914
A U.S. Navy flying ace whose exploits buoyed U.S. morale during WWII, Edward "Butch" O'Hare was born and raised in St. Louis. On February 2, 1942, O'Hare saved an aircraft carrier by single-handedly attacking nine Japanese planes, shooting down five . . . — Map (db m133109) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Bob Pettit — Born December 12, 1932
Basketball legend Bob Pettit came to St. Louis with the Hawks in 1955. The ideal power forward, he averaged 26.4 points and 16.2 rebounds per game for his career. Pettit led the Hawks to the NBA Finals four times in five years, and in the 1958 . . . — Map (db m124798) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Brett Hull — Born August 9, 1964
A right wing with a quick shot and an uncanny ability to score goals, Brett Hull scored 41 times in his first full season with the St. Louis Blues. He then scored over 70 goals in each of the next three seasons, including 1990-91 when he notched 86 . . . — Map (db m133107) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Carl Wimar — Born February 20, 1828
Arriving in St. Louis in 1843, the young immigrant Carl Wimar was enthralled by the Native Americans who camped near the city to trade furs. Wimar returned to Germany in 1852 to study painting at the Dόsseldorf Academy, and his work often portrayed . . . — Map (db m133111) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Cedric the Entertainer — Born April 24, 1964
Berkeley High graduate Cedric "The Entertainer" Kyles first performed stand-up comedy at a St. Louis open mic night. His television career began as host of BET's "Comic View" and as co-star of the #1 ranked sitcom "The Steve Harvey Show," for which . . . — Map (db m124795) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Chic Young — Born January 9, 1901
Cartoonist Murat Bernard "Chic" Young grew up in St. Louis at 2248 Oregon Ave. and graduated from McKinley High in 1919. In 1930 Young created "Blondie," a comic strip featuring Blondie Boopadoop and her boyfriend Dagwood Bumstead. Readership jumped . . . — Map (db m124799) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Christine Brewer — Born October 26, 1955
Soprano Christine Brewer began her career singing in the choruses of the St. Louis Symphony and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. After winning the Metropolitan Opera auditions and the Richard Tucker Award in 1989, Brewer performed with top symphonies and . . . — Map (db m124781) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Curt Flood — Born January 13, 1938
Proclaimed "baseball's best centerfielder" on a 1968 "Sports Illustraded" cover, three-time All-Star Curtis Charles Flood played 12 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinal. Flood won seven straight Gold Gloves from 1963-1969, hit .293 for his career and . . . — Map (db m124794) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Donny Hathaway — Born October 1, 1945
Soul singer Donny Hathaway grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Vashon High School in 1963. Already an accomplished producer, composer and musician, in 1970 he released the album "Everything Is Everything," which included the R&B hit "The . . . — Map (db m124792) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Doris Roberts — Born November 4, 1925
Actress Doris Roberts was born in St. Louis, but moved to New York with her mother when she was young. In a career that began in 1951, Roberts performed in several Broadway productions and appeared in over 40 films, but was best known for her work . . . — Map (db m124712) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Elizabeth Keckley — Born February 1818
Brought to St. Louis in 1847 by her slave owners, Elizabeth Keckley honed her skills as a dressmaker and was able to buy her freedom in 1855. She moved to Washington D.C. in 1860, cultivated an elite clientele, and became the personal dressmaker and . . . — Map (db m133114) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Frankie Muse Freeman — Born November 24, 1916
Frankie Muse Freeman began a celebrated legal career that spanned 60 years when she opened a private practice in St. Louis in 1949 Freeman was lead counsel in the 1954 landmark NAACP suit against the St. Louis Housing Authority, which ended legal . . . — Map (db m124783) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Hale Irwin — Born June 3, 1945
After winning the 1967 NCAA Golf Championship, Hale Irwin turned pro in 1964 an later settled in St. Louis. His first PGA Tour Victory came in 1971, and in 1974 he won the first of his 3 U.S. Open championships. A self-taught player, Irwin was known . . . — Map (db m124801) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Helen Traubel — Born June 16, 1899
Born above her father's drugstore at Jefferson and Chouteau Avenues in South St. Louis, heroic-voiced Helen Traubel debuted with the St. Louis Symphony in 1924. To continue her training in St. Louis, she initially declined an offer from New York's . . . — Map (db m124892) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Henry Hampton — Born January 8, 1940
Filmmaker Henry Hampton was born in St. Louis, attended St. Louis University High School, and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1961. Hampton founded Blackside, Inc. in Boston in 1968, which produced over 60 films and nurtured a . . . — Map (db m133117) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Isley Brothers — Formed 1954
Starting with their 1959 hit "Shout," the Isley Brothers appeared on the Billboard charts for an incredible seven consecutive decades. Their other hits include the 1962 classic "Twist & Shout," the 1969 Grammy-winner "It's Your Thing," and the 1957 . . . — Map (db m133120) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Judy Rankin — Born February 18, 1945
St. Louis-born golf prodigy Judy Torluemke began playing at age 6 and honed her skills at the "Triple A" golf course in Forest Park. Described as one of the best prospects ever in a 1961 "Sports Illustrated" cover article, she turned pro in 1962 and . . . — Map (db m124932) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Lee Falk — Born April 28, 1911
Writer and cartoonist Lee Falk, originally named Leon Harrison Gross, was born and raised in St. Louis. Falk created and wrote the comic strip "Mandrake the Magician," which debuted in 1934 and featured a stage magician who used hypnosis and magic . . . — Map (db m124785) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Max Starkloff — Born September 18, 1937
Disabled in an auto accident in 1959, lifelong St. Louisan Max Starkloff never surrendered to dependence or inaction. In 1970 he co-founded Para-Quad, a pioneering center for independent living, and in 2003 he co-founded the Starkloff Disability . . . — Map (db m124796) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Mel Bay — Born February 25, 1913
Mel Bay bought his first guitar at age thirteen, taught himself to play and was performing publicly within a few months. He moved to St. Louis in 1933, where he fronted his own trio and taught up to 100 students per week. In 1947 Bay published his . . . — Map (db m124803) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Ntozake Shange — Born October 18, 1948
Born Paulette Williams, writer Ntozake Shange lived in St. Louis from 8 to 13 years of age on Windemere Place in the Ville. Her experiences in St. Louis infuse her work, especially the novels "Betsy Brown" (1985) and "Liliane: Resurrection of the . . . — Map (db m124793) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Rita Levi-Montalcini — Born April 22, 1909
In 1938, two years after graduating from the University of Turin, Italian neurobiologist Levi-Montalcini was forced to continue her research in a makeshift bedroom lab because Fascist laws barred Jews from academic careers. In 1946 she came to . . . — Map (db m124931) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Robert Duvall — Born January 5, 1931
Actor Robert Duvall attended high school at the Principia at St. Louis and graduated from nearby Principia College in 1953. He appeared in the classic films "To Kill a Mockingbird," "True Grit" and "MASH" before gaining stardom in the 1970s with . . . — Map (db m124891) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Robert S. Brookings — Born January 22, 1850
Robert S. Brookings moved from Maryland to St. Louis in 1867 to take a job as a clerk and became one of the city's most successful businessmen. In 1895 he crowned his business career with the construction of the historic Cupples Station Warehouse . . . — Map (db m124890) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Rocco Landesman — Born July 20, 1947
Broadway producer Rocco Landesman was born and raised in St. Louis. Where his family owned the Crystal Palace, a Gaslight Square cabaret that featured cutting edge theater and performers. Landesman developed and produced the Broadway musical "Big . . . — Map (db m124942) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Sara Teasdale — Born August 8, 1884
Sara Teasdale was born in St. Louis and lived both on Lindell Blvd. and on Kingsbury Place. While attending Mary Institute and Hosmer Hall, she began writing poems. First published in 1907, Teasdale wrote several collections of poetry in the . . . — Map (db m125015) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Scott Bakula — Born October 9, 1954
Actor Scott Bakula was born in St. Louis and graduated from Kirkwood High in 1973. His first success came in the theatre, both on and off Broadway, and he was nominated for a Tony in 1988. Bakula became a household name as Dr. Sam Beckett on . . . — Map (db m124788) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — St. Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ — Born August 29, 1769
Born in Grenoble, France, Rose Philippine Duchesne was drawn to a life of religious service. She led five Religious of the Sacred Heart Nuns to the St. Louis area in 1818, settling in the then frontier town of St. Charles, where Duchesne opened the . . . — Map (db m124711) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — T Bone Burnett — Born January 14, 1948
T Bone Burnett was born in St. Louis and grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where he began making records in 1965. He toured in Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue from 1975-76, and in 1980 he released "Truth Decay," the first of several critically . . . — Map (db m133119) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — T. S. Eliot — Born September 26, 1888
The grandson of the founder of Washington University, T.S. Eliot was born in St. Louis and attended Smith Academy here. He is best known as a poet and critic, and his "The Wasteland" is one of the more influential works of the twentieth century. . . . — Map (db m124894) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — The 5th Dimension — Born 1965
St. Louis-born singers Billy Davis, Jr., Lamonte McLemore and Ron Townson joined with Marilyn McCoo and Florence LaRue to create the lush "Champagne Soul" sound of the 5th Dimension. The group's first top ten hits "Up, Up and Away" (1967) and . . . — Map (db m133121) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Thomas Hart Benton — Born March 14, 1782
Thomas Hart Benton moved to St. Louis in 1815 and became one of the city's leading citizens. Elected one of Missouri's first two Senators, Benton served five consecutive terms from 1821-1851 and figured prominently in the era's national debates. A . . . — Map (db m124784) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Tim McCarver — Born October 16, 1941
Tim McCarver debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals at the age of 17. A fine defensive catcher and a dangerous hitter. McCarver became a mainstay on the great Cardinals teams of the 1960s, an All-Star in 1966 and 1967, he played in four decades before . . . — Map (db m124786) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Walker Hancock — Born June 28, 1901
Born and raised in St. Louis, Walker Hancock graduated from Central High School in 1917. A realist sculptor who concentrated on the human form Hancock's works include "Zuni Bird Charmer" at the St. Louis Zoo, "Christ in Majesty" in the National . . . — Map (db m133113) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — Whitey Herzog — Born November 9, 1931
Beloved Cardinals manager Dorrel "Whitey" Herzog enjoyed a solid, eight-year playnig career from 1956-1963, but in his own words, "baseball has been good to me since I quit trying to play it." He managed the Kansas City Royals to three straight . . . — Map (db m124789) HM
Missouri, St. Louis — William Holden — Born April 17, 1918
Actor William Holden was born near St. Louis in O'Fallon, Illinois. He vaulted to stardom in 1939's "Golden Boy," and the film's title stuck as Holden's nickname. He received the first of three Academy Award nominations for 1950's "Sunset . . . — Map (db m124790) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — A.E. Hotchner — Born June 28, 1920
Born in St. Louis, Aaron Edward Hotchner grew up in the Westgate Hotel at Delmar and Kingshighway, and attended Soldan High School. A 1941 Washington University Law School graduate, he served as a military journalist before becoming a successful . . . — Map (db m124663) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Agnes Moorehead — Born December 6, 1900
Agnes Moorehead moved to St. Louis as a child, where she acted in stage productions, danced with the Municipal Opera, and debuted as a radio singer on KMOX in 1923. After moving to New York and appearing on Broadway, she became a charter member of . . . — Map (db m124665) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Al Hirschfeld — Born June 21, 1903
Albert Hirschfeld was born in a house on Kensington Avenue in St. Louis. His family moved to New York when he was 12, and by age 18 he was Artistic Director at Selznick Pictures. After the New York Times printed one of his theater sketches in 1927, . . . — Map (db m124748) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Albert King — Born April 25, 1923
Born Albert Nelson, he was a farm laborer who became a premier blues guitarist. Self-taught, first on a one-string "Diddley-Bow" and then on a guitar he made from a cigar box, King played left-handed and upside down. In 1956 he moved to Lovejoy, . . . — Map (db m124688) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Archie Moore — Born December 13, 1913
Born Archibald Lee Wright, Hall of Fame Boxer Archie Moore was raised in St. Louis. Moore began his professional career fighting locally in 1936, but his impressive record and imposing knockout style caused champions to avoid him. Moore finally got . . . — Map (db m124612) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Arthur Holly Compton — Born September 10, 1892
Arthur Holly Compton, a science prodigy, built and flew a glider at age 18. In 1920 he became a professor and head of the Physics Department at Washington University. There he deduced that x-rays, known to be waves, also act like particles. He . . . — Map (db m124761) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Auguste Chouteau — Born September 7, 1749
Born Renι Auguste Chouteau in New Orleans, he was raised by his stepfather, Pierre Laclθde, and his mother, Marie Therθse Chouteau. As Laclede's clerk and Lieutenant, the 14-year-old Chouteau led the workers who began building St. Louis on February . . . — Map (db m124691) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Barry Commoner — Born May 28, 1917
Barry Commoner joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis in 1947. In 34 years there he explored viral function and led cellular research with implications for cancer diagnosis. Alarmed in the early 1950s by the health risks posed by . . . — Map (db m124698) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Betty Grable — Born December 18, 1916
Betty Grable was born at 3858 Lafayette Avenue in St. Louis and moved to the Forest Park Hotel in 1920. She entered Clark's Dancing School at age 3 and attended Mary Institute. When only 12 she went to Hollywood and got her first film role the next . . . — Map (db m124695) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Bill Mauldin — Born October 29, 1921
William Henry Mauldin joined the Army newsletter Stars and Stripes as a cartoonist during World War II. There he perfected Joe and Willie, the muddy, weary "dogfaces" who portrayed the drabness of the foot soldier's life. Despised by the . . . — Map (db m124719) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Bob Costas — Born March 22, 1952
At age 22, Bob Costas joined KMOX Radio in 1974 to announce St. Louis Spirits' basketball games. During his seven years at KMOX, he honed the skills which fueled his career's meteoric rise. His intelligence, humor and presence led to a longtime . . . — Map (db m124675) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Bob Gibson — Born November 9, 1935
Robert Gibson, once a Harlem Globetrotter, pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1959 until he retired in 1975. Known for his fastball, he struck out 3,117 batters. In his 1968 MVP season, Bob Gibson pitched 28 complete games and 13 shutouts . . . — Map (db m124693) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Branch Rickey — Born December 20, 1881
Often called the greatest front-office strategist in baseball history, Branch Rickey came to the Cardinals in 1917 and turned a losing team into a powerhouse. Believing that "luck is the residue of design," he developed the modern farm system that . . . — Map (db m124532) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Buddy Ebsen — Born April 2, 1908
Buddy Ebsen gained worldwide fame in the 1960s as Jed Clampett, the central character on "The Beverly Hillbillies," one of the most popular series in television history. He was born Christian Ludolpf Ebsen Jr. in Belleville, Illinois, where his . . . — Map (db m124749) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Carl & Gerty Cori — Born December 5, 1896 and August 15, 1896
Carl Ferdinand Cori and Gerty Theresa Radnitz earned medical degrees from the German University of Prague in 1920 and married later that year. After that they joined the Washington University School of Medicine in 1931, their discovery of the . . . — Map (db m124775) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Charles A. Lindbergh — Born February 4, 1902
One of the finest fliers of his time, Charles Lindbergh was the chief pilot for the first St. Louis to Chicago Airmail Route, in April 1926 while based at Lambert Field, he conceived of an airplane that could fly from New York to Paris, and . . . — Map (db m124771) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Charles Eames — Born June 17, 1907
A revolutionary designer, Charles Eames was born in St. Louis and studied architecture at Washington University. He settled in Venice, California when he designed some of the most innovative furniture of the most Post-War Modern period with his wife . . . — Map (db m124664) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Charles Guggenheim — Born March 31, 1924
Documentary filmmaker Charles Guggenheim started his first production company in St. Louis in 1954. A four-time Oscar winner, he received his first of 12 Academy Award nominations in 1956 for "A City Decides," a film about the integration of St. . . . — Map (db m124627) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Charles M. Russell — Born March 19, 1864
Charles Marion Russell's more than 3,000 paintings, drawings and sculptures captured the essence of the American West. Born in St. Louis, he grew up at Oak Hill, his family's country estate near present-day Tower Grove Park. Russell, who moved to . . . — Map (db m124684) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Chuck Berry — Born October 18, 1926
Hailed as "The Father of Rock & Roll," Chuck Berry's signature guitar work, poetic songwriting, and inspired showmanship have influenced every Rock & Roll musician to follow him. Beginning with "Maybellene" in 1955, he recorded a series of hits that . . . — Map (db m124673) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Clark Terry — Born December 14, 1920
Born in St. Louis, Clark Terry made his first trumpet out of garden hose, attended Vashon High School, and played in local clubs before joining a Navy Band during World War II. His years with County Basie and Duke Ellington in the late 1940s and . . . — Map (db m124516) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Cool Papa Bell — Born May 17, 1903
Major League Baseball was closed to Blacks until 1947, relegating some of the game's best players to the Negro Leagues. One of them was James Thomas Bell, who joined the St. Louis Stars in 1922. Nicknamed Cool Papa for his composure, Bell played and . . . — Map (db m124717) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Dan Dierdorf — Born June 29, 1949
One of the greatest offensive tackles of all time, Dan Dierdorf was an All-American at the University of Michigan before joining the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971. Dierdorf and his fellow linemen anchored the Cardiac Cardinals, and became one of the . . . — Map (db m124621) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Dave Garroway — Born July 13, 1913
Moving to St. Louis at age 14, David Garroway attended University City High School and Washington University. After training as a radio announcer while an NBC page in New York, he worked in Pittsburgh and then Chicago, where he returned after . . . — Map (db m124531) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — David Francis — Born October 1, 1850
David Rowland Francis came to St. Louis in 1866 and graduated from Washington University in 1870. A successful businessman, he was elected Mayor of St. Louis in 1885 and Governor of Missouri in 1888; he later served as Secretary of the Interior from . . . — Map (db m124546) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — David Merrick — Born November 27, 1911
Born and raised in St. Louis, David Margulois graduated from Central High in 1930 and received a law degree from St. Louis University in 1937. With his sights on Broadway, he moved to New York in 1940 and changed his name to David Merrick. Building . . . — Map (db m125040) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — David Sanborn — Born July 30, 1945
Saxophonist David Sanborn grew up in Kirkwood and began playing in St. Louis area clubs as a teen. He backed legends like Albert King, Little Milton and Gil Evans, then joined the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1967, later playing with them at . . . — Map (db m124708) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Dick Gregory — Born October 12, 1932
Born in St. Louis, Dick Gregory grew up at 1803 N. Taylor Ave. shining shoes to help feed his family. At Sumner High School, he led a march against conditions at segregated schools and set a state record in track. As a star comedian in the early . . . — Map (db m124777) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Dick Weber — Born December 23, 1929
Among the greatest bowlers in history and a leading ambassador for the sport, Dick Weber became a St. Louisan in 1955 when he joined the legendary Budweiser Bowling Team. A charter member of the Professional Bowlers Association, Weber won Bowler of . . . — Map (db m124628) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Dizzy Dean — Born January 16, 1910
Known for his homespun wit and good-natured bravado, Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean was perhaps the most colorful member of the Cardinals' famed "Gas House Gang." With his blazing fastball he won 30 games in 1934, earning MVP Honors and leading the . . . — Map (db m124536) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Dred & Harriet Scott — Dred Scott: Born Circa 1799 — Harriet Scott: Birth Date Unknown —
Remembered for the infamous 1857 decision that denied them their freedom, Dred and Harriet Scott spent much of their adult lives enslaved in St. Louis. In the 1830s, Dred Scott's slave owner took him to the free State of Illinois and then to federal . . . — Map (db m124538) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Dwight Davis — Born July 5, 1879
The founder of tennis' Davis Cup, Dwight Davis was born in St. Louis. He was one of his era's best players and won several titles while at Harvard. In 1900, he founded the international competition that came to bear his name and captained the first . . . — Map (db m124514) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Ed Macauley — Born March 22, 1928
A loyal native whose mother allowed him to choose any college that was "Catholic and in St. Louis," Ed Macauley led the Saint Louis University basketball team to the 1948 NIT National Championship and won AP Player of the year in 1949. Later a high . . . — Map (db m124569) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Elijah Lovejoy — Born November 9, 1802
Elijah Parish Lovejoy, a Presbyterian minister and editor of the St. Louis Observer, believed that slavery was a sin. First calling for gradual emancipation, he later became an abolitionist, but in the volient climate of 1830s St. Louis, neither . . . — Map (db m124700) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Ernest Trova — Born February 19, 1927
Ernest Tino Trova, a self-trained St. Louis native, became one of the significant artists of the late twentieth century. Best known for his signature image, The Falling Man, Trova considered his entire output a single "work in progress." A collector . . . — Map (db m124763) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Eugene Field — Born September 2, 1850
Eugene Field, born at 634 South Broadway in St. Louis, became a reporter for the St. Louis Evening Journal in 1873. Over the next decade he developed the charming and witty style that would make him America's foremost columnist. The Chicago Morning . . . — Map (db m124755) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Evarts Graham — Born March 19, 1883
One of the 20th century's most prominent surgeons, Evarts A. Graham chaired the Department of Surgery at Washington University from 1919 to 1951. Under his direction, it became a world leader in surgical procedures and training. Graham performed the . . . — Map (db m124751) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Fontella Bass — Born July 3, 1940
Fontella Bass, daughter of Gospel great Martha Bass, was born and raised in St. Louis. She played piano and sang with R&B stars Little Milton and Oliver Sain, and launched her solo career in 1965 with the electrifying "Rescue Me," a #1 R&B and #4 . . . — Map (db m125035) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — George Sisler — Born March 24, 1893
The greatest player in St. Louis Browns history, "Gentleman" George Sisler was arguably baseball's most complete first baseman. Intelligent and athletic, he won two batting titles, led the league in steals four times and was one of the finest . . . — Map (db m124539) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Gerald Early — Born April 21, 1952
An inspiring educator, Gerald Early was appointed the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in English and served as Director of Washington University's Center for the Humanities, the American Culture Studies Program, and the African and African . . . — Map (db m124715) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Grace Bumbry — Born January 4, 1937
Grace Ann Bumbry grew up at 1703 Goode Ave. in St. Louis. She joined the Union Memorial Methodist Church's choir at eleven, and sang at Sumner High School. She was a 1954 winner on the "Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts." After her concert debut in . . . — Map (db m124757) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Gyo Obata — Born February 28, 1923
Gyo Obata, a Washington University graduate co-founded the St. Louis architecture firm Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum in 1955. It attained global prominence, largely due to Obata's designs. His influence on the St. Louis skyline is profound. The Priory . . . — Map (db m124760) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Harold Ramis — Born November 21, 1944
A Chicago native, Harold Ramis attended Washington University in St. Louis and graduated in 1966. Inspired by life in a fraternity house on Forsyth Boulevard, Ramis co-wrote the 1978 collegiate farce "Animal House," the first of his box-office hits. . . . — Map (db m124699) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Harriett Woods — Born June 2, 1927
Dedicated to women's participation at all levels of government, Harriett Woods began her political career on the University City Council in 1967 and became the first woman elected statewide in Missouri in 1984. As a State Senator and as Lieutenant . . . — Map (db m124622) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Harry Caray — Born March 1, 1920
Born Harry Christopher Carabina, he grew up at 1909 LaSalle St. in St. Louis and attended Dewey School and Webster Groves High School. He played two local semi-pro baseball teams before starting his radio career. After announcing both Cardinals and . . . — Map (db m124758) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Henry Armstrong — Born December 12, 1912
The only boxer to hold world titles in three weight classes simultaneously, Henry Armstrong moved to St. Louis as a young boy and he was an honor student at Vashon High School. Known as "Perpetual Motion," he dominated feather, welter and . . . — Map (db m124637) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Henry Shaw — Born July 24, 1800
Henry Shaw, only 18 when he came to St. Louis, was one of the city's largest landowners by age 40. Working with leading botanists, he planned, funded and built the Missouri Botanical Garden, which opened in 1859. Shaw donated the land for Tower . . . — Map (db m124697) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Henry Townsend — Born October 27, 1909
A great Blues guitarist and pianist, Henry Townsend grew up near Cairo, Illinois. After moving to St. Louis, he made his first record in 1929. During the 1930s, he played with many of the early Blues giants, including Walter Davis, Roosevelt Sykes . . . — Map (db m124662) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Howard Nemerov — Born March 1, 1920
Howard Nemerov graduated from Harvard in 1941, served in World War II and began teaching in 1946. His first volume of Poetry, "The Image and the Law," was published the next year, in 1969 he became professor of English at Washington University. In . . . — Map (db m124948) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Ike Turner — Born November 5, 1931
Ike Turner played a profound role in shaping American music. His band's 1951 single "Rocket 88" is often regarded as the first Rock & Roll records. As a talent scout and A&R man, he discovered or recorded many Blues legends, including Elmore James, . . . — Map (db m124541) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Irma Rombauer — Born October 30, 1877
Already known as one of the city's most charming hostesses, St. Louis native Irma Rombauer risked her own funds to publish "The Joy of Cooking" in 1931. As the Depression forced more American families to cook for themselves, Rombauer's wit and . . . — Map (db m124629) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Jack Buck — Born August 21, 1924
John Francis Buck joined Harry Caray in 1954 to announce St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. Their fourteen-year partnership has been called the greatest broadcast team in baseball history. Buck went on to become the anchor of the Cardinals . . . — Map (db m124752) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Jackie Joyner-Kersee — Born March 3, 1962
The greatest female athelete of the 20th century, Jackie Joyner-Kersee grew up in East St. Louis and was a two-sport all-American at Lincoln High. She won six Olympic medals, including two golds and a silver in the grueling heptathlon. Battling . . . — Map (db m124553) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Jackie Smith — Born February 23, 1940
With his rare combination of size, speed and competitive intensity, Jackie Smith redefined the position of tight end in the NFL. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted the Louisiana track and football star in 1962, and he became a fixture with the Big Red . . . — Map (db m124540) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — James B. Eads — Born May 23, 1820
The great Mississippi River Bridge which bears his name is the best known of the self-educated genius' achievements. In addition, at age 22, James Eads devised the first diving bell to salvage sunken cargoes from the bottom of the river. When the . . . — Map (db m125039) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Jimmy Connors — Born September 2, 1952
A fiery left-hander known for his two-fisted backhand, Jimmy Connors grew up in East St. Louis and Belleville, Illinois. Playing tennis from the age of two, Connors thrived in St. Louis' active tennis scene and honed his amazing service return on . . . — Map (db m124551) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Joe Garagiola — Born February 12, 1926
Joseph Henry Garagiola grew up on Elizabeth Street in the St. Louis neighborhood called the Hill. Signed at 16 by Branch Rickey, Garagiola played for the Cardinals in five seasons, including the 1946 championship year. After his pro career ended in . . . — Map (db m124701) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — John Danforth — Born September 5, 1936
Already nicknamed "Senator" at Country Day High School, St. Louisan John Danforth was elected Missouri's Attorney General in 1968. He won a U.S. Senate seat in 1976 and for the next 18 years unified the Senate on difficult issues, including his . . . — Map (db m124707) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — John Goodman — Born June 20, 1952
A native son of Affton in St. Louis County, John Goodman studied drama at Southwest Missouri State and later made his mark with distinctive, often hilarious character performances in films such as "True Stories" and "Raising Arizona." Drawing on his . . . — Map (db m124671) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — John Hartford — Born December 30, 1937
Growing up in University City and attending John Burroughs School, John Hartford was drawn to river life and the music of the banjo and fiddle. He earned two Grammys in 1967 for "Gentle on My Mind," one of the most recorded broadcast songs ever. . . . — Map (db m124624) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Johnnie Johnson — Born July 8, 1924
Self-taught pianist Johnnie Johnson settled in St. Louis in 1952 and formed the Sir John Trio. He asked Chuck Berry to sit in that New Year's Eve, and a magical, half-century collaboration was born. Johnson provided the driving undercurrent on many . . . — Map (db m124635) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Joseph Pulitzer — Born April 10, 1847
A native of Hungary, Joseph Pulitzer emigrated to the U.S. in 1864 and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He moved to St. Louis in 1868, to work as a reporter for a German-language newspaper. He bought the bankrupt St. Louis Dispatch in . . . — Map (db m124929) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Josephine Baker — Born June 3, 1906
As a child in St. Louis, Josephine Baker rummaged for coal behind Union Station and for food behind Soulard Market. At age 13, she waitressed at the Chauffeurs' Club on Pine Street and danced with a minstrel band. In 1925 she went to Paris with the . . . — Map (db m124765) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Kate Chopin — Born February 8, 1851
Katherine O'Flaherty, a member of one of St. Louis' oldest families, attended the St. Louis Academy of the Sacred Heart. When she married New Orleans native Oscar Chopin, she encountered the Creole culture which provided settings for many of her . . . — Map (db m124706) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Katherine Dunham — Born June 22, 1909
While studying anthropology at the University of Chicago, Katherine Dunham was also active as a dancer. Field trips to the West Indies allowed her to study native dances and folklore, which she incorporated into her work to form an exotic and unique . . . — Map (db m124768) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Kay Thompson — Born November 9, 1909
Known as Kitty Fink at Soldan High and Washington University, St. Louis-born Kay Thompson began her career as a singer in Hollywood. At MGM she wrote and arranged songs for her films like "The Ziegfeld Follies" and "The Harvey Girls" in 1946. . . . — Map (db m124555) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Kevin Kline — Born October 24, 1947
A St. Louis native and Priory School graduate, Kevin Kline won Tony Awards for "On the Twentieth Century" and "The Pirates of Penzance" before leading roles in "Sophie's Choice" (1982) and "The Big Chill" (1983) made him a Hollywood star. Adept at . . . — Map (db m124633) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Leonard Slatkin — Born September 1, 1944
Leonard Slatkin studied violin, viola and piano as a child, and made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut at age 22. The leading American conductor of his generation, he was Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1979. He has earned . . . — Map (db m124704) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Lou Brock — Born June 18, 1939
The greatest base stealer of his era, St. Louis Cardinal Louis Clark Brock was only the 14th player to have 3,000 hits. After three seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Brock joined the Cardinals in 1964 and fueled their World Series victory. During his . . . — Map (db m124666) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Marianne Moore — Born November 15, 1887
Born in Kirkwood, Poet Marianne Moore was profoundly influenced by her early upbringing in the St. Louis area before her family moved to Pennsylvania. One of the most influential Modernists and an inspiration to generations of women poets, Moore is . . . — Map (db m125038) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Marlin Perkins — Born March 28, 1902
Marlin Perkins came to the St. Louis Zoo in 1926 to work with the reptile collection. He became curator of the Buffalo Zoo in 1938. As director of Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo in 1949, he created the Peabody Award-winning television show "Zoo Parade." . . . — Map (db m124766) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Marsha Mason — Born April 3, 1942
Born in St. Louis, Marsha Mason began acting at Nerinx Hall High and Webster College. After nearly a decade on and off-Broadway, she catapulted to film stardom with "Cindarella Liberty" (1973), for which she received an Academy Award nomination and . . . — Map (db m124616) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Martha Gellhorn — Born November 8, 1908
Martha Gellhorn grew up at 4366 McPherson in St. Louis and graduated from John Burroughs in 1926. A gifted writer of novels and short stories--"In Sickness and In Health" won the 1958 O. Henry Award--Gellhorn's honest prose and reckless daring made . . . — Map (db m124544) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Mary Engelbreit — Born June 5, 1952
A dedicated artist from an early age, St. Louis native Mary Engelbreit sold her first greeting cards to a local store while attending Visitation Academy. Inspired by art from the 1920s and 1930s, she developed a style marked by colorful, richly . . . — Map (db m124549) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Mary Wickes — Born June 13, 1910
Born and raised in St. Louis, comedic actress Mary Wickes graduated from Beaumont High and Washington University. Her big break came in the 1935 Broadway hit "The Man Who Came to Dinner"; Wickes reprised her role in the 1941 film version, famous for . . . — Map (db m124709) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Masters & Johnson — Born December 27, 1915 & February 11, 1925
William Howell Masters began researching sexual function at the Washington University School of Medicine in 1954. Virginia Eshelman Johnson joined him three years later. Their investigation of the physical aspects of sexuality produced some of the . . . — Map (db m124685) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Maya Angelou — Born April 4, 1928
Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, was raised in segregated rural Arkansas. Her bestselling account of that upbringing, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," won critical acclaim in 1970. A leading literary voice of the . . . — Map (db m124764) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Michael McDonald — Born February 12, 1952
Born and raised in the Ferguson area of St. Louis, Michael McDonald attended McCluer High School and performed locally with the Majestics and Jerry Jay and the Sheratons before moving to Los Angeles in 1970. After two years with Steely Dan, McDonald . . . — Map (db m124570) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Mike Peters — Born October 9, 1943
One of America's preeminent cartoonists, Mike Peters was born and raised in St. Louis. After graduating from CBS High, he earned a fine arts degree at Washington University in 1965. By 1972 his editorial cartoons were syndicated nationally. In 1981 . . . — Map (db m124620) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Miles Davis — Born May 26, 1926
The year after his birth in Alton, Illinois, Miles Davis moved to East St. Louis. He played trumpet in the jazz band at Lincoln High School and was a member of Eddie Randle's Blues Devils (a.k.a. the Rhumboogie Orchestra). By 1948 he led his own bop . . . — Map (db m124705) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Mona Van Duyn — Born May 9, 1921
In 1947 Mona Van Duyn co-founded "Perspective: A Quarterly of Literature" with her husband, Jarvis Thurston. Moving to St. Louis in 1950, they published it for another 30 years. Van Duyn's first book of poetry, "Valentines to the Wide World," was . . . — Map (db m124945) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Nelly — Born November 2, 1974
Born Cornell Haynes, Jr., Nelly formed the St. Lunatics in 1993 with friends from University City High. His 2000 solo debut "Country Grammar" topped the billboard charts, sold over 9 million copies and put St. Louis Hip-Hop in the national . . . — Map (db m124668) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Ozzie Smith — December 26, 1954
The greatest defensive shortstop of all time, Osborne Earl "Ozzie" Smith anchored the thrilling "Runnin' Redbirds" teams that appeared in three World Series, winning in 1982. A spectacularly acrobatic yet rock-steady fielder, "The Wizard's" . . . — Map (db m124609) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Paul C. Reinert, S.J. — Born August 12, 1910
A dominant force in Saint Louis University's rise in national stature, Father Paul C. Reinert, S.J. earned three degrees there before joining the faculty in 1944. He was the university's president from 1949-1974 and chancellor from 1974-1990. . . . — Map (db m124611) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Peter Raven — Born June 13, 1936
Born in China, Peter Raven was a professor at Stanford University before moving to St. Louis in 1971 to head the Missouri Botanical Garden. Under his direction, it became the leading tropical plant research facility in the world. Its staff racing to . . . — Map (db m124776) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Phyllis Diller — Born July 17, 1917
Born Phyllis Ada Driver, she combined wild costumes untamed hair and a raucous laugh with self-deprecating monologues to create one of comedy's most popular characters. A 1955 club booking skyrocketed her to success: scheduled for two weeks, she . . . — Map (db m124689) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Pierre Laclede — Born November 22, 1729
French-born Pierre Laclθde Liguest arrived in New Orleans in 1755. He ventured up the Mississippi in 1763 to build a trading post after his firm won trading right in the Upper Louisiana Territory. Choosing a site near the mouth of the Missouri, he . . . — Map (db m124943) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Red Schoendienst — Born February 2, 1923
Albert "Red" Schoendienst joined the Cardinals in 1945, his first of over 50 consecutive years in a big league uniform. The Cardinals' second baseman for over a decade, his spectacular defense and solid hitting helped them capture the 1946 World . . . — Map (db m124631) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Redd Foxx — Born December 9, 1922
Redd Foxx starred in "Sanford and Son," one of television's most popular comedy series in the 1970s. Born John Elroy Sanford in St. Louis, he left home at age 16 to join a New York street band. Called red for his complexion, he adopted a baseball . . . — Map (db m124762) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Ridley Pearson — Born March 13, 1953
Ridley Pearson's initial success came in crime fiction, with series heroes like Detective Lou Boldt or standalone novels such as "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer," which topped best-seller lists in 2002. After Pearson read "Peter Pan" to his daughter in . . . — Map (db m124714) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Robert Guillaume — Born November 30, 1927
An actor who defied racial stereotypes, Robert Guillaume grew up in Downtown St. Louis and studied music at Washington University. After building a successful stage and career, in 1977 he assumed his trademark role as Benson. Guillaume insisted that . . . — Map (db m124623) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Robert McFerrin, Sr. — Born March 19, 1921
Baritone Robert McFerrin moved to St. Louis in 1936 and began classical voice training at Sumner High. He sang on Broadway and with the National Negro Opera Company, and in 1955 became the Metropolitan Opera's first African-American male soloist. . . . — Map (db m124710) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Rogers Hornsby — Born April 27, 1896
Baseball's greatest right-handed hitter, Rogers Hornsby was the cornerstone of the Cardinals' first winning era. He won a total of seven batting titles, including his 1924 century-best mark of .424. Also a powerful hitter, he led the league in . . . — Map (db m124567) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Sally Benson — Born September 3, 1897
Sally Benson was born and raised in her house at 5135 Kensington Avenue in St. Louis before her family moved to New York. Benson wrote nearly 100 short stories for "The New Yorker," including a series titled "5135 Kensington" about the 1904 St. . . . — Map (db m124713) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Scott Joplin — Born November 24, 1868
In the 1880s & 90s, as Ragtime music evolved from the African rhythms of its creators' heritage, its greatest composer, Scott Joplin, was often in St. Louis, playing piano in the bawdy houses and saloons of Market and Chestnut Streets. He moved to . . . — Map (db m124667) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Shelley Winters — Born August 18, 1922
Born Shirley Schrift in an apartment on Newstead Ave. in St. Louis, she was in the Veiled Prophet Pageant at age four. She left high school to become a model, studying acting at night. A gifted performer who fought Hollywood's stereotypes, Shelley . . . — Map (db m124759) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Stan Musial — Born November 21, 1920
Stan Musial was one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. A gentleman both on the field and off, "Stan the Man" played his entire 22 year professional career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He had a lifetime .331 batting average, with . . . — Map (db m124676) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Stanley Elkin — Born May 11, 1930
Since his first novel was published in 1964, Stanley Lawrence Elkin's literary stature has grown unabated. A New York Times reviewer said, "No serious funny writer in this country can match him." Elkin became an English instructor at Washington . . . — Map (db m124944) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Susan Blow — Born June 7, 1843
The average poor child in 1860s St. Louis completed three years of school before being forced to work at age 10. Susan Elizabeth Blow addressed that problem by offering education to children earlier. Applying Friedrich Froebel's theories, she opened . . . — Map (db m124687) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — The Rockettes — Born 1925
In 1925 Russell Markert formed the "Missouri Rockets," a 16-member dance line that performed before feature films at the Missouri Theater on Grand Avenue. Seven years late the group's performance at the opening night of Radio City Music Hall led to . . . — Map (db m124754) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Theodore Link — Born March 17, 1850
One of the city's greatest architects, German-born Theodore Link came to St. Louis in 1873. He designed over 100 buildings, including his home at 5900 West Cabanne Place, mansions at 29 and 38 Portland Place, and Grace Methodist Church on Skinker . . . — Map (db m124779) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Tina Turner — Born November 26, 1939
Her powerful voice and the raw intensity of her stage shows brought Tina Turner Rhythm & Blues fame in the 1960s. Born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, she moved to St. Louis at age 16. She was a student at Sumner High School when she joined . . . — Map (db m124686) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Tom Eagleton — Born September 4, 1929
Raised at 4608 Tower Grove Place, Thomas Eagleton was only 27 when elected St. Louis Circuit Attorney. He served as Missouri's Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor, won a U.S. Senate seat in 1968, and sought the Vice Presidency in 1972. He was . . . — Map (db m124534) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Ulysses S. Grant — Born April 27, 1822
Upon graduating from West Point in 1843, Ulysses S. Grant was assigned to Jefferson Barracks, near St. Louis. There he married Julia Dent, whose family estate, White Haven, was nearby. He left the Army in 1854 to work his wife's farm, which he . . . — Map (db m124947) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Vincent Price — Born May 27, 1911
Called "The King of Horror," Vincent Price is best known for his villainous roles in more than 100 films, as well as many stage and the television productions, but his accomplishments cover a much broader range. He is a connoisseur of fine art and . . . — Map (db m124767) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Virginia Mayo — Born November 30, 1920
Noted for her striking beauty, Virginia Mayo was one of the most successful actresses of the 1940s and 1950s. Born Virginia Jones in St. Louis, she began training at her aunt's drama school at age six. She graduated from Soldan High School and . . . — Map (db m124643) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Walker Evans — Born November 3, 1903
Photographer Walker Evans was born in St. Louis in his family home at 4468 McPherson. An artist who sought truth and transcendence in ordinary subjects, his most famous work documents the Depression, including the stark portraits of Southern tenant . . . — Map (db m124561) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — William "Bill" Clay — Born April 30, 1931
A native St. Louisan, William L. Clay graduated from St. Louis University in 1953 before serving in the Army. After his election in 1959 as a St. Louis alderman, Clay became Missouri's first African-American Congressman in 1968. During his 32 years . . . — Map (db m124718) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — William B. Ittner — Born September 4, 1864
Unhappy with the prison-like schools of his youth, St. Louis-born architect William B. Ittner devoted his life to improving education through better school design. Appointed St. Louis School Board Commissioner in 1897, he designed open buildings . . . — Map (db m124543) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — William Burroughs — Born February 5, 1914
Born at 1664 Pershing Avenue, William Burroughs attended community school and John Burroughs School. We was a cub reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1935, during World War II. Burroughs met Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, forming the core . . . — Map (db m124690) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — William Clark — Born August 1, 1770
After the Louisiana purchase in 1803, Thomas Jefferson asked William Clark and Meriwether Lewis to explore the newly-acquired but uncharted northwest. An Army Captain, Clark set off with Lewis from St. Charles on May 14, 1804, and vividly chronicled . . . — Map (db m124513) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — William Danforth — Born April 10, 1926
Grandson of the founder of Ralston-Purina, William Danforth took his family's deep belief in education and public service to heart. After serving as a doctor in the Navy, Danforth returned to St. Louis and joined Washington Unviersity's medical . . . — Map (db m124626) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — William Gass — Born July 30, 1924
A consummate author with a philosopher's training, William Gass joined the Washington University faculty in 1969 and received an endowed chair in 1979. Gass introduced audiences to his polished, energetic prose with the 1966 novel "Omensetter's . . . — Map (db m124634) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — William Greenleaf Eliot — Born August 5, 1811
Coming to St. Louis in 1834 to found a Unitarian church, Minister William Greenleaf Eliot devoted his life to improving his adopted city. Eliot was pivotal in developing the public school system and many other educational and philanthropic . . . — Map (db m124568) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — William Inge — Born May 3, 1913
Born in Independence, Kansas, William Inge taught at Stephens College before coming to St. Louis as the Star Times drama critic in 1943. Encouraged and inspired by Tennessee Williams, Inge finished his first play in 1947. While teaching at . . . — Map (db m124636) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — William T. Sherman — Born February 8, 1820
One of the greatest Civil War Generals, William T. Sherman first settled his family in St. Louis in 1851. The West Point graduate captured Atlanta in 1864 and then led the "March to the Sea," a scorched-earth campaign designed to end the South's . . . — Map (db m125037) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Willie Mae Ford Smith — Born June 23, 1904
The music we now call Gospel was thought too worldly in 1917 when Willie Mae Ford moved to St. Louis, but she was to change that. Rather than deny the power of the Blues, she enfolded it in her religious convictions to form a joyous new message of . . . — Map (db m124946) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), University City — Yogi Berra — Born May 12, 1925
Lawrence Peter Berra grew up on Elizabeth Street in the St. Louis neighborhood called the Hill. After heroic service in World War II, Yogi Berra joined the Yankees late in the 1946 season and hit a home run in his first at-bat. For the next 17 years . . . — Map (db m124703) HM

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