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Pertaining To St. Louis

Posted 02-13-2021 at 06:05 AM by aliasfinn
Updated 01-31-2022 at 04:08 AM by aliasfinn

Interesting Things To Google.

A St. Louis woman, Pearl Curran, claimed to receive poetry from a spirit through a Ouija board.

Clarence Terhune, a St. Louis caddy, stowed away on the German airship Zeppelin.

The bullet that killed Wild Bill Hickok is buried in St. Louis.

Pretty Boy Floyd was sent to the Missouri penitentiary for a $12,000 St. Louis payroll robbery.

John Dillinger attended an automobile show at Municipal Auditorium in St. Louis.

The Reno Gang and their father lived in St. Louis for a couple of years when things got too hot for them in Indiana.

Frank James, Jesse's brother, was cremated in St. Louis.

Outlaw Sam Bass ran away from his Indiana home when he was a teenager and went to St. Louis but didn't stay long because he thought the city was too dangerous.

Doc Holliday practiced dentistry in St. Louis.

Jack The Ripper died in St. Louis.

Billy The Kid's mother ran a boarding house in St. Louis.

The pirate Jean Lafitte lived his last years around St. Louis and is buried across the river in Alton.

The Sundance Kid and Etta Place were spotted by Pinkerton detectives at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

Charles Manson went to St. Louis in the 1950s and got a tattoo.

The 1949 exorcism in St. Louis.

Geronimo rode the Ferris wheel at the St. Louis World's Fair.

Serial killer H.H. Holmes was locked up in a St. Louis jail with a Missouri train robber.

John Slack, one of the men involved in the Great Diamond Hoax of 1872, moved to St. Louis and opened a casket making company.

Big Jim Kennally, a counterfeiter from St. Louis, came up with a plan to steal Lincoln's body in 1876.

Egan's Rats, St. Louis gangsters, were the main suspects in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

John Wilkes Booth was arrested in St. Louis for making anti-government threats.

Mark Gray, who worked for a St. Louis dry goods firm, attempted to assassinate Edwin Booth during a play in Chicago.

Martin Monti, a St. Louis born pilot, defected to Nazi Germany during the war and worked as a propagandist.
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    The Moon Motor Car Company (1905-1930) was located in St. Louis. In 1925 they produced 10,271 vehicles.

    Henrietta Bamberger was suspected of killing close to 300 women and babies during the 1890s in St. Louis.

    Robert Redford starred in the 1972 movie Jeremiah Johnson. The real Jeremiah Johnson joined the Union Army in St. Louis in 1864 as a private and was honorably discharged the following year.

    In 1930, two St. Louis men, James Hargis and Charles Creighton, drove their 1929 Model A in reverse from New York City to Los Angeles without ever turning off the engine. It took them 18 days.

    SweeTarts were invented in 1962 by a prominent St. Louis businessman named Menlo F. Smith.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Carlos Hurd was vacationing on the Carpathia when it was rescuing Titanic passengers. He was the first to send out the story.

    The real Grizzly Adams moved to St. Louis in 1849 and set up shop to sell supplies to people heading for the California gold rush but he lost everything in the infamous wharf fire that year.

    A businessman from St. Louis named George Bayle produced and sold peanut butter in the form of a snack food in 1894.

    The world's first purpose-built gas station was constructed in St. Louis in 1905 at 420 South Theresa Avenue.

    The first one-piece reclining barber chair with attached footrest was invented in 1878 by the Archer Company in St. Louis.
    In 1900, a German immigrant living in St. Louis by the name of Koken invented the hydraulic barber chair with the side lever.
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    On June 23, 1972, David J. Hanley was watching the news in the Airport Lounge in St. Louis about a plane that was being hijacked at the airport.
    He jumped in his Cadillac, crashed through a fence and sped down the runway at 80 mph and slammed into the wheels of the hijacked plane. Four years later he announced his candidacy for president in 1976.

    Agnes Moorehead, who played Endora on Bewitched, grew up in St. Louis.

    James Harvey Horn, a St. Louis pharmacist, invented Tums in 1930.

    The first telephone call by a driver using a mobile phone was on June 17, 1946, in St. Louis. The phone weighed close to 80 pounds.

    The first Chinese immigrant in St. Louis was Alla Lee who was born near Shanghai and arrived in 1857. He remained the only Chinese immigrant in St. Louis for 12 years until 250 arrived seeking factory jobs in 1869.

    The St. Louis smog of 1939. Street lights and headlights had to stay on 24/7.

    On November 22, 1980, Parachutist Kenneth W. Swyers parachuted on top of the Gateway Arch and slid down the north leg to his death.

    A chemist named Joseph Lawrence invented Listerine in 1879 in St. Louis.

    On December 11, 1950, a 1 kg meteorite struck a car on Florissant Avenue in St. Louis.

    The world's largest Amoco sign is at the corner of Skinker and Clayton Road in St. Louis.
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    The St. Louis police were the first in the U.S. to use fingerprints in October of 1904.

    Serial killer Johann " Bluebeard " Hoch worked for Barry Wehmiller Manufacturing Co. on 21st and Walnut streets in St. Louis when he married his next victim Mary Becker in 1902.

    More generals who commanded armies during the Civil War are buried in St. Louis than are buried at Arlington and West Point combined.

    Charles Leifer Grigg invented 7 UP in St. Louis in 1929.

    On May 4, 1910, President Taft watched part of a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game at Robison Field and then went over to Sportsmans Park to watch the rest of a St. Louis Browns game.

    On July 5, 1870, the city of St. Louis passed a new ordinance called the " Social Evil Law." It made prostitution legal in the city as long as it occurred in a licensed establishment (brothel) staffed with licensed employees (hookers).

    St. Louis Body Snatchers


    The Rockettes started in St. Louis in 1925 and were known as the Missouri Rockettes.

    The USS St. Louis, launched at Carondolet, Mo., October 12, 1861, was the first ironclad gunboat of U.S. forces and the first to sustain a bombardment from a hostile battery.

    Patrick J. Hynes (1884-1907)
    This St. Louisan played baseball for the Cardinals and Browns and was shot to death by a bartender on his 23rd birthday.

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    Jack The Stabber 1906


    St. Louisan Mary Marshall Rexford is credited with being the first woman to land on Utah Beach after D-Day invasion.

    On July 31, 1943, The St. Louis mayor and 9 other passengers were killed when the glider they were flying in broke apart in the air.

    The St. Louis Police Call Box Incident Of 1900


    The first recorded use of a bank using a drive-up window teller was the Grand National Bank of St. Louis in 1930. The drive-up teller allowed only deposits at that time.

    St. Louis Missouri: Capital Of The United States ?


    St. Louisan Walter Scott, lead singer for Bob Kuban and the In-Men with their hit song " The Cheater " was found murdered 4 years after he disappeared.
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    The St. Louis Bullfight Riot 1904


    The first newspaper west of the Mississippi was in St. Louis in 1808. It was financed by Meriwether Lewis.

    The first millionaire in St. Louis was John Mullanphy who came here in 1804.

    Magic Chef


    The Benjamin air rifle was introduced in 1882 by Walter R. Benjamin of St. Louis.

    In 1877 Albert Burgess became the first African-American lawyer to operate a law practice in St. Louis.

    The world's largest bowling pins are in the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame in St. Louis.

    Dolly Gray (Impostor)


    The first NFL game played in Europe was an exhibition game played by the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium in 1983.

    Francisco Madero (1873-1913) the 33rd president of Mexico, lived briefly in St. Louis before the Mexican Revolution. He became president in 1911 and was assassinated 2 years later.
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    California stagecoach robber Buck English was born in St. Louis in 1851.

    The custom of placing chocolates on hotel pillows started back in the 1950s in St. Louis when Cary Grant was staying at the Mayfair Hotel (now Magnolia Hotel.)

    St. Louisan William H. Webster was the only person to serve as Director of the FBI and Director of the CIA.

    Train robber Ben Kilpatrick and Laura Bullion were arrested in St. Louis on November 5, 1901.

    Daredevil Ray Woods


    On August 27, 1933, Lt. Tito Falconi of the Italian Air Force flew a plane from St. Louis to Joliet, Illinois, a distance of 250 miles, making the entire flight in 3 hours and 6 1/2 minutes while flying upside down.
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    The oldest skyscraper in Missouri is the Wainwright Building in St. Louis built in 1892.

    The oldest house in St. Louis county is Casa Alvarez 289 Rue street in Florissant built in 1790 by Spanish and French Catholic settlers.

    Deaths at the 1904 World's Fair


    The Gateway Arch bounced up and down when a 5.5 earthquake hit near the Illinois-Indiana border on November 9, 1968.

    Captain Thomas B. Targee was the first U.S. firefighter killed in the line of duty during the St. Louis fire of 1849.

    Arlayne Brown
    This kid could shoot


    The hottest temperature recorded in St. Louis was 115 degrees on July 14, 1954.
    The coldest was -22 in January 1884.

    Flagpole sitter


    The Eads Bridge in St. Louis completed in 1874 is the world's first steel truss bridge.
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    The largest pool hall west of the Mississippi was in the basement of St. Louis University High School. There was a rifle range down there too.

    A retired St. Louis dentist named Howard Wright invented color-changing toothpaste.

    Driver's ed became standard in the St. Louis public school system in 1940.

    Frank Sully
    Actor who played a lot of cab drivers. Twice he played a cab driver on Leave It To Beaver.


    Roosevelt High in South St. Louis was built on the site of the Old Picker cemetery, where many of the victims of the great St. Louis cholera epidemic of 1849 had been buried. The graves were moved to other burial grounds when construction began in the 1920s. Legend has it that the 4th floor of the building is haunted.
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    1908 Ghost Tale

    Maplewood ghost tale from 1908: it’s a bit gruesome | 40 South News

    George Armstrong Custer had his portrait taken in St. Louis in 1873.

    Heavyweight John L. Sullivan pitched 5 innings for the St. Louis Browns in an exhibition game in 1884.

    August 19, 1877, several noted scientists expressed interest in recent reports of a " sea serpent " sighted in the Mississippi River at eastern Missouri. It was described as 30-feet-long with dark scales, a head like a dog, and a mouth like a pelican.

    The most amount of snow ever recorded to land in St. Louis in one day is 12.8 inches on February 26, 1906.

    Charles R. Rilliet (1877-1955) b. St. Louis
    He was with the Fiala-Ziegler polar expedition which was stranded for two years 1903-1905.

    Poe in St. Louis

    The Edgar A. Poe Calendar: Poe in St. Louis

    James Reavis (The Baron of Arizona) was a streetcar conductor and real estate agent in St. Louis after the Civil War.

    St. Louis Eagles


    Linda Blair, who played in The Exorcist, was born in St. Louis in 1959.
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    Twinkies were invented in 1930 by James Dewar. He got the idea for the name from a billboard he saw in St. Louis advertising " Twinkle Toe Shoes."

    Gregory Peck's mother, Bernice M. Ayres, was born in St. Louis in 1894.

    Comanche, the horse that survived the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876, had been bought by the U.S. Army in St. Louis in 1868. He died in 1891.

    Eric Mowbray Knight, the creator of Lassie, is buried in St. Louis.

    More tornado fatalities have occurred in St. Louis than any other city in the United States.

    The St. Louis-East St. Louis tornado of 1896, the third deadliest, and costliest in U.S. history, injured 1000 people and killed 255.
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    Astronauts crash plane into building where their Gemini 9 spacecraft was being assembled in St. Louis in 1966.


    Actor James Franciscus was born in Clayton in 1934.

    In 1958, Buddy Holly's guitar was stolen from their station wagon while they were eating in a restaurant in St. Louis.
    In 2012, Chuck Berry's guitar was stolen.


    Frank "Rocky" Fiegel, born 60 miles south of St. Louis in Randolph County, Illinois, was the inspiration for Popeye.

    Circus train wrecks, animals escape 1887

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    3 Weird and True Stories About St. Louis


    KSD channel 5 was the first television station broadcast in St. Louis on February 8, 1947.

    The Day St. Louisans Walked Across The Frozen Mississippi River.


    The outlaw Henry Starr robbed a bank in Webster Groves in 1914. He is credited with robbing 21 banks in his career.

    The giant map of Gotham City on the 1966 Batman series is actually a reverse map of St. Louis.
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    UFOs Over St. Louis 1969


    Edward Marschuetz (1867-1902)
    b. St. Louis
    He murdered the " California Venus " the winner of a California beauty contest whose image was sculptured in gold and displayed at the Chicago World's Fair. He then shot and killed himself.

    In 1950, Smokey Bear stayed in a special room reserved for him at the St. Louis Zoo during an overnight fuel stop on his way to Washington DC.

    The Strange Tale Of The U.S.S. Inaugural



    Minnie Cummings " The Missouri Black Widow "
    She killed 4 husbands and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1903.
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    Sitting Bull came to St. Louis with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show on October 3, 1885.

    The Sultana Disaster April 27, 1865
    Deadliest maritime disaster in U.S. history.


    St. Louis Captain J. Cass Mason of the Sultana


    The very first cocktail party was held by Mrs. Julius S. Walsh of St. Louis in May of 1917.
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    America's first public kindergarten opened in St. Louis in 1873.

    On August 4, 1967, the Monkees found a teenage girl that stowed away on their plane between shows in Minneapolis and St. Louis. Her father threatened to bring charges against them.

    St. Louis had planned to be the starting point of the Transcontinental Railroad until this happened;


    Switzer's licorice started in St. Louis in 1888.

    St. Louis residents found eels in their sinks in 1888.

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    Zoe Watkins Murder Mystery 1882


    Kate Chopin (1850-1904)
    Author of short stories


    Lafayette Park Ghost 1889


    Barney Phillips (1913-1982)

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    Outlaws Bob and Charlie Ford ended their stage career of the Jesse James assassination in St. Louis in January 1884.

    Carrie Nation, the saloon smasher, came to St. Louis on March 25, 1901.

    The first McDonalds in Missouri opened on Watson Road in St. Louis in 1958. It was a walk-up only.

    St. Charles Rock Road


    Wallace Reid (1891-1923)

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    The last flight of the Spirit of St. Louis was on April 30, 1928, when it flew from Lambert Field to Washington DC.

    The first Sunday game in National League history was on April 17, 1892, when the St. Louis Browns hosted Cincinnati.

    M.H. de Young (1849-1925)
    b. St. Louis
    Co-founder of the San Francisco Chronicle. One of his grandsons was killed on the Andrea Doria.

    John " Peach Pie " O'Connor (1866-1937)
    b. St. Louis
    He was a player-manager for the St. Louis Browns and was banned from baseball for life for trying to bribe a woman scorekeeper into changing an error for a hit.

    Edward O'Hare (1914-1943)
    b. St. Louis
    O'Hare International Airport


    Otto Fries (1887-1938)
    b. St. Louis

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    The first televised golf match in the United States was played at St. Louis Country Club on June 15, 1947 and televised on KSD-TV.

    The first skywriting seen in St. Louis was on May 19, 1923 when " Lucky Strike " was being written in the sky.

    The first building in Missouri to have electricity was Tony Faust's Restaurant in St. Louis on October 7, 1873.

    The first gasoline powered car to arrive in Texas was a St. Louis. It was manufactured by the St. Louis Motor Car Company and delivered to Edward Green of Terrell, Texas in 1899.

    The first beer to be delivered by air was on December 15, 1912 from St. Louis to New Orleans.

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    The Chevy Corvette was first manufactured in St. Louis in 1954 (after 300 were hand-built in Flint, Michigan.)

    The last time the St. Louis Cardinals finished in last place was 103 years ago.

    The sound of Vincent Price

    The Sound of Vincent Price: Vincentennial: Your Guide to the Vincent Price Landmarks of St Louis

    Jim Krebs (1935-1965)
    Basketball player


    Pud Galvin (1856-1902)
    b. St. Louis
    First MLB pitcher to accumulate 300 wins.
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