Wandering Wednesday: Stories of Eminent Domain

St. Louis has been courting the National Geospace Intelligence Agency to locate it’s headquarters at a 100-acre site in north St. Louis.  The site is touted to bring economic stability to the area but it also houses families and businesses that would have to be removed by eminent domain.  Regardless of the shameless political disregard for the current residents, these buildings have important memories that deserve respect.  Babies born, elders passing on, celebrations, stories of joy and sadness, all have been absorbed by those walls.  So I thought to peek into those windows and share a few of their tales before they are crumbled to dust.

 2526 Montgomery:

Built in 1905 by Otto Williams for his new bride, Miss Pearl Perry.  Otto played baseball for St. Louis, Chicago, and was traded between New Orleans, the Athletics, Altoona outlaws, and Washington club of the American League all in one day!  He also raised pigeons.

Otto Williams 2526 Montgomery

Vander Weyde, W. M. (1904). Portrait of Otto Williams, baseball player [photograph]. Retrieved from George Eastman House

2526 montgomery
2 Feb 1922 Post Dispatch

2540 Benton:

There was a son born to Christopher and Mary Kelly here on March 15, 1888.  His name was James Marion. [22 Mar 1888 Post Dispatch]

2308 Warren:

Eula Brown was given a used 1969 Chevrolet by the New Life Evangelistic Center in 1986.  She stated that it would save her $25 a day in taxi fare to her nursing job in Affton. [3 Dec 1986 Post Dispatch]

2211 Howard:

A surprise birthday party was given to Miss Elsa Nagel by her friends at her home on Oct 21, 1905. [22 Oct 1905 Post Dispatch]

2227 Mullanphy:

A 1940 Chrysler Club Coupe was listed for sale here in 1949 for a ‘reasonable’ price. [9 Mar 1949 Post Dispatch]

image courtesy of Lord_K


2417 Cass:

During the absence of the family at the Veiled Prophet’s parade on Oct 3 1893, burglars entered the residence of Officer Edward Stanley and stole a suit of clothes and some small articles of wearing apparel.  [4 Oct 1893 Post Dispatch]

2 thoughts on “Wandering Wednesday: Stories of Eminent Domain

  1. Cara…Thank you so much for your wonderful research. Your love and compassion for St.Louis, especially the Shaw District, is felt in every word. I must admit I get a bit tear-y-eyed sometimes reading your work and reminiscing about my early years growing up in the Shaw district and attending Mullanphy School. Please keep producing these wonderful historical accounts.

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