Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Like to Know Who Was Who in 1907? Get Business Guide

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Like to Know Who Was Who in 1907? Get Business Guide

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A reissue of a 90-year-old paperback business guide, "St. Charles, Missouri, 1905-1907," is for sale at book stores, antique shops, museums, banks and other businesses, neighborhood organizations, and at the St. Charles County Historical Society and the St. Peters Cultural Arts Center.

The book, published and copyrighted by the Frenchtown Museum Corp., is filled with photos of business people, fire and police officers and public officials of the era. Photos of houses, street scenes, factories and other businesses - such as saloons, churches and breweries - also are in the book.

Local advertisements of the era are displayed in the back of the book, including a full-page advertisement for the Roberts, Johnson & Rand Shoe Co., which had factories in St. Charles and O'Fallon. The reprint of the original "St. Charles, Missouri" tract has been improved, says Richard Vinson, who edited the reprint. The new version has a modern index of people, a business and professional index, and an index of places. One of the book's charms is original copy that carries unexpected details about local businesses, such as the price of ice, which was 25 to 40 cents for each hundred pounds. Another interesting fact: 60,000 tons of coal were used each year to "keep the smoke going up the chimney in St. Charles" to warm the homes. The book also gives details about business owners: schooling, marriages, previous businesses and personal habits. For instance, S.F. Lawler, the owner of the Bridge Exchange, a brewery in downtown St. Charles near the old Highway 115 bridge, worked building railroad cars, then as superintendent of the St. Charles Car Co. (now ACF), and finally at an unspecified position for the Swift Packing Co., before buying the brewery. Some of the text on Page 23: "In 1905 he devoted his time and attentions to dispensing the liquid refreshment that has done so much for the weary, thirsty and dust-stained traveler coming to or going from St. …

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