Who lived on the 4100 block of DeTonty?

The 4100 block of the Shaw neighborhood in St. Louis has been slated for redevelopment since I have lived in the neighborhood (10 years).  I am hopeful to see this post from the Shaw housing corporation about a new plan for development this year:

According to the developer, Courtney Mcray, the historic tax credit application has been submitted, financing is in place and work should begin shortly.

The first phase will rehabilitate the building located at 4100 DeTonty. The completed building will be listed at around $150,000 as an affordable housing unit which will have an income requirement. The home will be completely renovated and include 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The home will be about 2200 sq. ft. The home will have hardwood floors, an open kitchen, second floor laundry, walk out porch, etc. The home will also have a two car garage.

In addition, two NEW construction townhouses will be built on lots 5/6 (approximately) on DeTonty. The homes will be around 2200 sq. ft. Pricing to be determined. The homes will have a large open floor plan with a kitchen, breakfast area and family room all combined. The home will have 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The home will have a large master suite with 2 walk-in closets and a large master bath.

Once the rehabilitated home is complete and sold and the two townhouses are complete and sold, multiple single family units are planned to fill in the gap. Long term, additional townhouses and single family homes are planned for the remaining lots to the west.

Thanks to Alderman Conway and CDA for working on the project.

Being in the business that I am, and being a curious person, I decided to find some of the people who lived, worked and played on these now vacant lots:

  • Herman Leslie Marten and his wife Pearl Blanche lived at 4100 DeTonty.  Herman was a salesman for the Thompson Biscuit Company and died of leukemia in 1945 at the age of 59.
  • Greek immigrant and restaurant owner Vasilios Millonas lived at 4112 DeTonty.
  • Mrs. Augusta Mallery slipped on a rug and broke her left femur at 4118 DeTonty – she died from her injuries.
  • 4160 DeTonty was home to Russian-born Albert Zasslow, who died of a skull fracture from a truck accident at the corner of Olive and 18th on June 19, 1952.
  • Twice-widowed Bertha Drabelle lived at 4174 DeTonty – she was a stenographer for the City of St. Louis Building Division
  • WWI veteran and Wright Chemical Company salesman Cornelius O’Hare lived at 4176 DeTonty.

This gives you a taste of the working-class neighborhood that was the 4100 block of Detonty – hope you enjoy this snippet of history as much as I have enjoyed unearthing it!

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