Free website hit counter


Search Engine for St Joseph Memory Lane's Website
Need help finding a person, business, address or a thing?
Just type one or more words for a fast search

Click on a thumbnail to view a photo
NOTE:Some photos may require an extra click to view a larger photo




MAP OF ANNEXATIONS







Circa 1850
WHEN 50,000 CAMPED HERE





1 2 3 JOSEPH ROBIDOUX HOUSE4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Circa (1783-1868)
JOSEPH ROBIDOUX
Founder of St Joseph

Joseph Robidoux IV(1783-1868)
Joseph Robidoux IV was the oldest of the six sons of Joseph Robidoux III
Joseph Robidoux IV was born in Saint Louis on August 5, 1783
Joseph Robidoux IV was the grandson of Joseph Robidoux who was born in Laprairie, Qu├ębec in 1722
He spent most of his childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, where his father introduced him and his brothers Francois, Pierre Isidore, Antoine, Louis, and Michael to the fur trade at an early age.
In 1799, at the age of 16, young Joseph began accompanying fur traders up the Missouri River.
In 1813, Joseph Robidoux IV married Angelique Vaudry, with whom he had six sons and a daughter:
Faraon, Julius, Francis, Felix, Edmond, Charles and Sylvanie
In 1826, he was hired by the American Fur Company to establish a trading post in the Blacksnake Hills
The Blacksnake Hill was near the site of present-day Saint Joseph
He remained their employee for four years, at the salary of $1,800 a year, before becoming an independent trader. The Blacksnake Hills Trading Post eventually developed into the town of St. Joseph, Missouri
This trading post was a center for his family enterprise of fur trading, which he operated with his five brothers
Built prior to 1830, Robidoux's home was located on the northwest corner of 2nd & Jules Streets in Saint Joseph
In 1843, Mr. Robidoux hired two men, Frederick W. Smith and Simeon Kemper, to design a town for him
Under Kemper's plan the town was to have been called Robidoux, a feature Kemper thought would appeal to the trader
Mr. Robidoux preferred Smith's plan, as it featured more narrow streets, thus leaving more land for him to sell in the form of lots
Plans for the town were filed with the clerk of Common Pleas in St. Louis on July 26, 1843
Shortly thereafter, Robidoux began selling lots, with corner lots going for $150.00 and interior lots $100.00
Saint Joseph prospered quickly in the years after its founding, growing from a population of 800 in 1846 to 8,932 in 1860
Joseph Robidoux built a home at 411 Edmond Street and remained a prominent citizen
His early trading offices are known as Robidoux Row; the complex is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Robidoux Row, located at 219-225 East Poulin Street, was built by Joseph Robidoux in the late 1840s or early 1850s
He led in many development issues until his death in 1868 at the age of 85
He named the downtown streets after his children and his second wife Angelique

Photo #1 - Joseph Robidoux drawing in his younger years
Photo #2 - Joseph Robidoux in his older years
Photo #3 - Joseph Robidoux in his older years
Photo #4 - Joseph Robidoux house at 2nd & Jules Street
Photo #5 - St Joseph News-Press photo, model of proposed statue of Joseph Robidoux
Photo #6 - Robidoux Row
Photo #7 - Robidoux Row
Photo #8 - Robidoux Row
Photo #9 - Joseph Robidoux Gravestone
Photo #10 - Joseph Robidoux Gravestone






Circa (1794-1868)
JOHN PATEE

John Patee was born on Aug. 8, 1794 and died on Feb. 13, 1868

In 1856-1858, Mr Patee paid $180,000 to have the Patee Hotel built
The Patee Hotel had 140 guest rooms

In 1860-1861, it was the headquarters of the Pony Express

During the Civil War it contained the U.S. Provost Marshal's office
It was also a recruiting office for the Union Army

In 1865, John Patee held a raffle to dispose of the hotel for needed cash
In order for the raffle to be held, all tickets had to be sold
John Patee had to purchase the last 100 tickets himself
On April 28, 1865, John Patee had the winning ticket and won back his own hotel

The Patee Hotel is now listed as a National Historic Landmark

In 2008, selected as one of "America's Top Ten Western Museums" by True West Magazine
It is also listed in "1,000 Places to See in the USA before You Die"

Since it's creation, the Patee Hotel has contained:
  • Patee Hotel 1858-1865
  • Patee Female College 1865-1868
  • Patee Hotel (again) 1869-1872
  • St. Joseph Female College 1875-1880
  • World's Hotel & Epileptic Sanitorium 1881-1883
  • R. L. McDonald Factory 1885-1933
  • Sun Garment Factory 1933-1953
  • H. D. Lee Co. 1953-1957
  • Vacant 1957-1963
  • Patee House Museum 1965-present






  • Circa (1808-1870)
    JOHN CORBY

    John Corby was born in Limerick, Ireland, June 24, 1808

    In 1843, Mr. Corby settled in St Joseph which was a trading post at the time

    His first venture in St Joseph was in dry goods sales

    In 1856 he was elected mayor of St. Joseph

    Mr. Corby was one of the originators of the Hannibal & St Joseph Railroad

    He made large investments in real estate which resulted in large returns

    Mr Corby was in the banking business until his death on May 9,1870

    In 1864, became the director of the State National Bank until his passing in 1870







    Circa (1822-1904)
    HENRY KRUG
    Circa (1824-1913)
    WILLIAM KRUG
    Circa (1861-?)
    HENRY KRUG, JR

    Henry Krug was the eldest of the two brothers
    Henry Krug was born on March 21, 1822 in Spielmas, Germany
    William Krug was born on July 25, 1824 in Spielmas, Germany
    William Krug never married
    In 1849, Henry Krug came to America, William a few years later
    In 1855, Henry & William lived in Gallatin MO having a stock raising business
    In 1859, the brothers engaged in the grocery business in St Joseph & Denver
    William Krug had escaped death by indian attacks numerous times
    From 1868-1871, they had a meat packing business at 4th & Mary in St Joseph
    In 1871, the brothers operated The Henry Krug & Company in Weston, MO
    In 1873, they erected a packing plant at 4th & Monterey in St Joseph
    From 1873-1904, this was the Henry Krug Packing Company of St Joseph
    In 1904, the packing company was sold to Union Terminal Packing Company
    In 1876, Henry Krug organized the Union Street Railway Company
    It was one of the first electric street railway systems
    It was the 2nd in the United States to be operated by electricity
    It was the 1st system to be run with the trolley pole beneath the wire
    In 1890, the company was absorbed by the Peoples Street Railway
    In 1887, Henry Krug became president of the German-American Bank of St Joseph
    In 1904, Henry Krug died and William Krug became president of the bank
    In 1889, Henry Krug donated a 20 acre tract of land as Krug Park
    Krug Park was officially open to the public on May 6, 1902
    Krug Park had a conservatory with flower displays, formally designed beds
    It also had at one time a zoo, greenhouses, botanical gardens, gazebos, the Robidoux cabin, a fountain, and a lily pond
    William Krug died on September 3, 1913
    Henry Krug, Jr was born on July 9, 1861
    1887-1913, an organizer & Vice President of the German-American Bank
    1887, he was one of the orgranizers of the St Joseph Stock Yards Company
    In 1892, he married Selma Hegner, they lived at 1105 Krug Park Place
    In 1936, Henry Krug Jr donated 140 more acres for the expansion of Krug Park
    This was the largest donation ever made to the city






    Circa (1830-?)
    CHARLES H. SEAMAN

    A dealer in tinware and groceries, Charles H. Seaman was born in 1830 in England where he learned to work with tin. After living in New York City for 15 years, he came west to St Joseph in 1870
    He opened a tin shop in the 1600 block of Frederick Avenue
    Like many other merchants, he conducted at several businesses on Frederick Avenue
    He and his son, Charles H. Seaman, built a highly successful business
    The son, a partner in the firm of Seaman and Schuske, constructed a two-story building with an elaborate cast metal storefront in 1899
    This building still exists in nearly pristine condition at 1604 Frederick Avenue




    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

    Circa 1857
    A. M. SAXTON
    STATE SAVINGS BANK
    Circa 1859
    MISSOURI VALLEY TRUST COMPANY
    402 Felix

    Established in 1857, this was the State Savings Bank, A. M. Saxton was the president
    By May, 1881, Saxton had withdrawn from the corporation. C. B. France was elected president, R. L. McDonald was chosen vice-president, and E. Lindsay cashier. The bank had a capital of $100,000 and surplus of $75,000
    The bank retained its state charter until 1890 when it was made a national bank
    In 1899, the Missouri Valley Trust Company took over the building
    Missouri Valley Trust Company is located at the SE corner of 4th & Felix
    The Missouri Valley Trust Company is still in operation in 2015

    Photo #1 - Current photo
    Photo #2 - Current photo
    Photo #3 - Current photo
    Photo #4 - Current photo
    Photo #5 - Current photo
    Photo #6 - 1940's black & white photo
    Photo #7 - The beautiful interior
    Photo #8 - Circa 1907 photo
    Photo #9 - The vault
    Photo #10 - Beautiful teller window
    Photo #11 - Early 1900's photo
    Photo #12 - 1875 Advertisement
    Photo #13 - 1878 Advertisement




    1 2 3 4 5 6

    Circa 1885-1935
    A. M. SAXTON
    SAXTON NATIONAL BANK
    4th & Francis

    In 1885, this bank was located on the northeast corner of 4th & Francis
    At the time, it was the largest bank in St Joseph
    Photos #4 & 5 are the lion statues once located at the entrance
    Photo #6 is Abe Saxton's home






    Circa (1823-1887)
    MILTON TOOTLE, SR

    Milton Tootle, Sr was a dry goods merchant born in Ohio
    Mr Tootle moved to Saint Joseph in the early 1840s
    From 1850 to 1873, he was a partner with William G. Fairleigh as Tootle & Fairleigh Dry Goods
    In 1887, Mr Tootle owned Tootle, Craig & Company Dry Goods
    In 1890, Mr Tootle owned Tootle, Wheeler & Motter Merchantile
    In 1908, Milton Tootle, Jr and C. W. Campbell incorporated the Tootle-Campbell Dry Goods Company




    1 2

    Circa (1826-1876)
    Meriwether Jeff Thompson

    Moved to St. Joseph in 1848, beginning as a store clerk before taking up surveying and serving as the city engineer
    He later supervised the construction of the western branch of the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad
    He married Emma Hayes in 1848. Thompson served as St. Joseph mayor from 1857-1860
    He presided over the ceremony inaugurating the first ride of the Pony Express on April 3, 1860
    Thompson also gained national attention in May, 1861, when he cut down a union flag from the St. Joseph post office flag pole and threw it down to an angry crowd of southern sympathizers who shredded it to pieces




    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

    Circa 1889
    EUGENE FIELD & LOVERS LANE

    Eugene Field memorialized St. Joseph in a poem entitled "Lover's Lane, Saint Jo", which was written between 1889 and 1890 and first published in the London Times. Before achieving fame as a poet, Field married Julia Comstock of St. Joseph in 1873. Two years later, he and his young wife returned to st. Joseph, where he worked as a reporter and city editor for the St. Joseph Gazette. During his eighteen months on the Gazette, he and his wife lived at a boarding house at 425 North Eleventh Street, which is located in the Frederick Avenue and Twelfth Street Historic District. Field, who was named as St. Joseph's "poet of the year" for 1875, later achieved international fame as the "children's poet". His most beloved poem, "Little Boy Blue", is commemorated by a statue at the St. Joseph Public Library.




    1015 Faraon1 2 1015 Faraon3


    Circa 1890
    WYETH FLATS
    OAK CENTER APARTMENTS
    SAN REGIS APARTMENTS
    1015-1031 Faraon

    William M. Wyeth (1832-1901), born Harrisburg, PA, in 1832 came to St. Joseph in 1859, the same year as the completion of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad.
    With $5,000 in stock he commenced what would grow into the giant Wyeth Hardware Company.
    In 1890, Wyeth built the "Wyeth Flats" at where 11th Street, Frederick Avenue and Faraon meet
    This building was one of three which he built, one being the location of the St. Joseph Museum at 12th & Charles
    View of Oak Center apartments at 1015 Faraon, now called the San Regis Apartments




    1833 St Joseph

    Circa 1833
    ARTIST PAINTING OF BLACKSNAKE HILLS AND
    JOSEPH ROBIDOUX HOUSE

    This is a painting made in 1833 by Karl Bodmer of Blacksnake Hills
    when Joseph Robidoux built his 1st house






    Circa 1843
    Frederick W. Smith

    The population of St Joseph in 1843 was about two hundred
    The primary business was along the river bank, near the mouth of the Blacksnake Creek
    The larger portion of the proposed town site was then used as a hemp field
    As soon as the crop was harvested Robidoux had surveys and plats made by two rival surveyors, Frederick W. Smith and Simeon Kemper
    Smith named his plat "St. Joseph" and Kemper named his "Robidoux"
    Smith's plat was selected, taken to St. Louis and recorded on July 26, 1843
    The history of St. Joseph therefore began on July 26, 1843
    Frederick W. Smith became the 9th mayor of St Joseph from 1861-1862




    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

    Circa 1847
    JESSE WOODSON JAMES

    Jesse Woodson James (September 5, 1847-April 3, 1882)
    Jesse James was an American outlaw, gang leader, bank robber, train robber, murderer and the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang

    In 1881 Jesse rented a house in St Joseph at 1318 Lafayette Street
    On April 3, 1882 the Fords and James prepared for another robbery
    They readied their horses and went back into the house
    Noticing a dusty picture on the wall, he stood on a chair to clean it
    Bob Ford shot Jesse James in the back of the head killing him
    Jesse's body was positively identified by 2 previous bullet wounds and a partially missing middle finger
    The death of Jesse James became a national sensation
    Bob Ford made no attempt to hide his role in the killing
    Crowds swarmed to the little house in St. Joseph to see the dead bandit
    Robert Ford was sentanced to hang but he was pardoned
    Jesse James house has been located in 3 different locations over the years
    Originally, Jesse James house was located at 1318 Lafayette Street which was pretty much unrefined countryside back in the 1800's
    In 1939, the house was moved to the busy Belt Highway location beside the Jesse James service station and an admission was charged to see the inside of the house
    In 1977, the house was moved to the Patee House Museum at 12th and Penn
    This is only two blocks away from its original location
    The house has been restored to help preserve it




    Metropole Hotel1 Metropole Hotel2 Metropole Hotel3 Metropole Hotel4 Metropole Hotel5 Metropole Hotel6
    Metropole Hotel7 Metropole Hotel8 Metropole Hotel9 Metropole Hotel10

    Circa 1854
    PACIFIC HOUSE
    METROPOLE HOTEL
    218-224 North 3rd Street

    John J Abell came to St Joseph in 1854 and was the 1st propriator of the Pacific House Hotel
    The Pacific House was one of the city's oldest hotels
    The hotel had 75 rooms
    In the late 1850's, John Abell and the Pacific Hotel Company built the Pacific House
    It later became the Metropole Hotel
    It stood at the Northwest Corner of 3rd & Francis streets for many years
    A parking lot currently exists at this location

    Photo #2 - 1920 photo
    Photo #3 - 1905 photo
    Photo #4 - Postcard
    Photo #6 - 1938 newspaper photo
    Photo #8 - 1901 postcard
    Photo #9 - main lobby (gorgeous - look at the ceiling)




    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

    Circa 1882
    NAVE & McCORD MERCHANTILE
    MITCHEL HILL SEED COMPANY
    Circa 10/21/2016
    Destroyed by fire
    310-324 South 3rd

    Nave & McCord Mercantile Company was established in 1846 under the firm name of Nave & McCord
    In 1857, Nave, McCord & Co. began an exclusive wholesale grocery business, and in 1880 incorporated as The Nave & McCord Mercantile Company.
    By 1882, their expanding business required a new large facility. This building at 310 S. Third Street was built in 1882. The company also operated the "Mokaska Mills", originally a coffee roasting and distributing plant, which soon expanded to the manufacturing of flavoring abstracts, baking powders, ground, spices, and a general line of grocers' and druggists' sundries
    The building was located across the street from CD Smith Drug Company
    Abram Nave and James McCord, who were brother-in-laws, formed the wholesale grocery company Nave, McCord & Company in 1857 in St. Joseph, Missouri
    By 1860, the company had expanded its operations over an extensive territory and branch offices were soon opened in Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri
    In later years Mitchelhill Seed Company occupied this building
    After being vacant for many years, there were plans of trying to turn the building into lofts
    Unfortunately, on October 21, 2016, sometime after the sun went down, the building was engulfed in fire
    The building adjacent to the north of it was also destroyed
    Luckily, the old Sheridan-Clayton building at 302 South 3rd was lightly scorched and only suffered some major smoke damage




    1 2 3 4 5

    Circa 1882
    Dr. Jacob Geiger
    Dr. Jacob Geiger Mansion
    Maud Wyeth Painter Residence
    United Missouri Bank of St. Joseph
    2501 Frederick Avenue

    A native of Germany, Dr. Jacob Geiger graduated from Louisville University in 1872 and subsequently practiced medicine in st. Joseph. In 1882, he was coroner of st. Joseph, and in that capacity he performed the autopsy on Jesse James. An eminent physician and a prominent local citizen, he was a member of the St. Joseph Medical Society, the American Medical Society, the Missouri Valley Medical Association, and the International Medical Congress. He also served terms as a member on the st. Joseph Board of Trade and City Council and as editor of the st. Joseph Medical Herald. In 1911-1912, Dr. Geiger built an English Gothic Revival mansion at the corner of 25th and Frederick, which was then the edge of the city. Before building this elegant home, he had in the Wyeth Flats.
    United Missouri Bank purchased the property and turned it into a bank
    In 2011, United Missouri Bank gave the building to the city of St Joseph
    The city had planned on turning the building into a fire station but later decided not to do so
    The building has since sold and contains a cafe
    Photo #5 is a overview of Dr Geiger's life






    Circa 1853
    PAINTING OF ST JOSEPH
    by F. VERLEGER






    Circa 1977
    ST JOSEPH NEWS-PRESS ARTICLE
    ABE LINCOLN'S 1859 VISIT TO ST JOSEPH

    The Patee House can be seen in photo #3, top left corner




    1 2 3

    Circa 1859
    PAINTINGS OF ABE LINCOLN'S
    1859 VISIT TO ST JOSEPH

    The Patee House can be seen in photo #3, top left corner




    1 2 3

    Circa 1860
    RUDOLPH UHLMAN
    UHLMAN PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY
    51 Edmond Street
    225 Edmond Street
    Demolished during Urban Renewal

    Rudolph Uhlman was born April 5, 1829, at Chemnitz, Saxonia, Germany
    Mr Uhlman died in Hot Springs, Arkansas on March 23, 1898
    Uhlman immigrated to the United States in 1853 and in 1860 he settled in St Joseph
    He foreclosed on someone who owed him money and took over a photography gallery in exchange for money owed
    From 1864 to 1866, Uhlman had a partner by the name of Rippel. They owned the Uhlman & Rippel Photographic Gallery located at 51 Edmond Street
    At one point, Uhlman had a gallery on the north side of Market Square around 3rd Street
    They advertised "Pictures from the smallest to the largest"
    They also offered "Copying done to the utmost perfection"
    Around 1880, the gallery was located at 225 Edmond
    In 1887, it was located on Frederick between 12th & 13th Street
    In 1889, it was located at 518 North 12th
    In 1890, it was listed at the northwest corner of 5th & Felix
    The gallery became very successful and moved around quite often
    In 1882, Mr Uhlman photographed the corpse of Jesse James at McFadden's mortuary in St Joseph






    Circa (1860-1916)
    ALVAH PATEE CLAYTON
    SHERIDAN-CLAYTON PAPER COMPANY

    Alvah Patee Clayton was born in Ashley Ohio on December 27,1860
    He died on November 11, 1916 in St. Joseph, Missouri

    Alvah's mother, Almira (Patee) Clayton brought Alvah to St Joseph in 1865

    He was a student in the Christian Brothers College

    In 1881, worked in a general merchandise trade at 11th & Penn as a member of Skiles, Hull & Clayton

    In 1884, Mr Clayton went on the road for the Beaumont-Sheridan Paper Company until 1886

    For one year he was a traveling salesman for R. T. Davis Milling Company

    In 1888, he bought a one-third interest in the Ashton-Sheridan Paper Company

    The company became the Sheridan-Clayton Paper Company

    John Sheridan retired in 1902, making Mr Clayton president

    His business interests also included:
    Vice President of the Park Bank
    Director of the Bartlett Trust Company
    Director of the Mueller-Keller Candy Company




    1861 St Joseph

    Circa 1861
    ARTIST SKETCH OF ST JOSEPH
    AS SEEN FROM KANSAS SIDE

    This is an artist sketch of St Joseph as it appeared from the Kansas side




    1 2 3 4 5

    Circa 1860-1861
    PONY EXPRESS MAIL SERVICE

    The Pony Express was a mail service that began on April 3, 1860
    The Pony Express had an estimated 80 riders who were traveling east or west along various points of the route at any given time
    In addition to the riders, there were also about 400 other employees
    It was the fastest method of delivering messages, newspapers, mail, and small packages from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California at the time
    The riders averaged 12½ miles per hour by horseback, using a series of relay stations between St Joseph and Sacramento
    The Pony Express only lasted 18 months due to the expansion of the railroads
    While in service, the trip from St Joseph to Sacramento took 10 days by horseback
    The 1st Pony Express run was on April 3, 1860
    The service was discontinued in October 1861
    The city of St Joseph has restored the Pony Express stables to help preserve it






    Circa 1861
    ST JOSEPH POSTMARKED ENVELOPE

    The Pony Express had ended by October 1861
    The mail was henceforth carried by the railroads
    This envelope has a St Joseph postmark, dated December 1861






    Circa 1861
    FORT SMITH

    Fort Smith, named after Colonel Robert F. Smith, was erected in September 1861
    It was a safeguard against conflicting armies battling on either side of the state line
    With the strong possibility of battles reaching St. Joseph, Colonel Smith stood ready with his 2,500 troops and 12 cannon poised on the new fortification on Prospect Hill
    By spring of 1862, the Union troops at Fort Smith were downsized
    Over a 10 year period, the fort has been restored and turned into a city park
    St Joseph Memory Lane has an entire section devoted to Fort Smith, it is listed on the main menu
    Fort Smith Park has full-scale authentic reproduction cannons, restored redoubts, a lookout point, period flags, informative signage, and an ordnance shed displaying illustrations of various types of artillery shells used in the conflict. The fort is a passive park, where visitors can come, relax, picnic and see a wonderful view of the city and beyond
    The park is bounded by Prosect Avenue, Bellevue Street and West Michel






    Circa 1862
    THE DAILY EVENING NEWS
    Birth of the Gazette Newspaper

    Four different newspaper publications had borne the name of the News
    The first daily evening paper issued in St. Joseph was by Asa K. Miller in 1862
    It was simply called the News and lived about two months
    In 1864 Jacob T. Child and Charles M. Thompson issued, from the Gazette press, a campaign paper called the Evening News
    It was published in the interest of George B. McClellan and expired after the campaign
    The Monday Morning News was started August 20, 1877, by Isaac Pfeiffer
    Colonel Wilkinson took charge of the paper after several issues and it was a hit
    The last issue of the Monday Morning News appeared in June, 1878
    Colonel Wilkinson assumed editorial charge of the Gazette in June 1878
    The Gazette published The Daily Evening News







    Circa 1862
    THE 9th MISSOURI MILITIA CALVARY

    This is the 9th Missouri State Militia Cavalry, this photo was taken in 1862

    The regiment is standing in formation in St. Joseph while pursuing guerrillas prior to issuance of General Order No. 11

    Colonel Odon Guitar, Capt. Samuel A. Garth, and Capt. James A. Adams are identified

    (Guitar wears a shoulder sash, Garth wears a black hat and light-colored overcoat, Adams has a white mark on left breast)

    Description courtesy of John Oliver




    1 2

    Circa (1863-1925)
    HUSTON WYETH
    WYETH HARDWARE, HARNESS & SADDLE

    Huston Wyeth, the son of William M. Wyeth, was born in St Joseph, Missouri on July 8,1863
    Huston Wyeth died January 25,1925

    Huston Wyeth began investing in cattle at age 17

    He attended the Racine Business College in Racine Wisconsin

    After college, Huston worked for the Lyon & Judson Hardware Company

    He later worked at his father's firm, Wyeth Hardware and Manufacturing

    Wyeth Hardware was a large wholesale hardware firm

    The company also made harnesses, saddles and collars

    In 1888, Huston was elected to be the vice-president and director

    When his father died in 1901, Huston became president of the company

    Huston later founded the St. Joseph Artesian Ice and Cold Storage Company

    He founded the Standard Vitrified Brick Company of Coffeyville, Kansas and the Blue Valley Creamery Company

    He also managed a real estate company and was director of several railroad and utility companies

    Huston Wyeth donated property to the city that would become Huston Wyeth Park

    Photo #2 - Stuffed bear Mr Wyeth shot - on display in the showroom






    Circa 1866
    LOOKING EAST AT 6th & EDMOND STREET

    A St Joseph News-Press 1866 photo of Edmond Street looking east from 6th Street






    Circa 1867
    FOWLER'S GROVE
    RACETRACK & FAIRGROUNDS

    A 20 acre tract of land at the foot of 9th street & Frederick and extending west toward 6th, known as Fowler's Grove, was leased for a term of 10 years and suitable buildings and a race track were at once constructed. The grounds were accessible by two street car lines and also by railroad trains

    The first Interstate fair commenced Monday, September 29, 1879

    Good luck trying to figure out where this was located






    Circa 1868
    ENGRAVING OF ST JOSEPH
    AS IT APPEARED IN 1868







    BLACKSNAKE HILLS
    VIEWED FROM KANSAS

    Early drawing of the Blacksnake Hills as viewed from the Kansas side




    1 2

    Circa 1868
    FORT SMITH & CITY OF ST JOSEPH

    2 artist concepts of Fort Smith and St Joseph as it appeared in 1868






    Circa 1869
    Hannibal & St Joseph Railroad's
    THE "COLORADO" STEAMBOAT

    This steamboat was owned by the Hannibal & St Joseph Railroad
    Named the "COLORADO" steamboat
    The steamboat traveled the Missouri River between St Joseph and Omaha in 1869






    Circa 1869
    STEAMBOATS IN ST JOSEPH HARBOR

    Artist conception of the St Joseph harbor in 1868







    Circa 1870's
    OVERLOOKING OF DOWNTOWN

    An old photo taken in the 1870's of downtown St Joseph
    The original Buchanan County court house can be seen in the distance





    Circa 1872
    REINHOLD WILLMAN M.D.

    Dr. Reinhold Willman, a St Joseph physician and surgeon, who is also well known as a writer, was born in Erie county, New York, January 12, 1855
    Reinhold, along with his parents and siblings, moved to St Joseph Missouri in 1872
    He was the son of Charles and Francisca Willman, natives of Baden, Germany
    R. Willman worked with his father in the Willman Mercantile Company until 1895
    From 1895 to 1898, he devoted his attention to various business interests
    In 1898, he enrolled into the Ensworth Medical College of St. Joseph
    On March 17, 1902 he graduated with the degree of M. D.
    He passed the required examination which entitled him to enter actively upon the practice of medicine and surgery
    He later opened an office for the practice of medicine and surgery in St. Joseph
    Dr. Willman was a member of the Buchanan County Medical Society and the Missouri State Medical Society







    Circa 1872
    CHARLES WILLMAN
    WILLMAN FRUIT COMPANY
    105-107 MARKET SQUARE

    Charles and his wife Francisca were natives of Baden, Germany
    In 1872, Charles Willman moved to St. Joseph, Missouri along with his wife, three sons and a daughter, namely: Reinhold, John N., Leopold and Annie
    In 1880, he established a wholesale fruit and commission business at 105-107 Market square under the name of R. Willman & Company
    In 1885 the company name of Willman Mercantile Company was assumed
    They conducted a wholesale commission business and certain lines of groceries
    In 1895 the business was reorganized as the Willman Fruit Company
    Charles Willman was recognized as one of the progressive merchants of the city
    Mr Willman passed away in St. Joseph, December 28, 1898
    The Willmans are buried in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in St Joseph MO






    Circa 1877
    ST JOSEPH HAD THE
    FIRST TROLLEY IN THE WEST

    1915 Publication telling about St Joseph having the first trolley in the West






    Circa 1883
    CARNAGIE LIBRARY





    Circa (1872-1946)
    MILTON TOOTLE, JR

    Milton Tootle, Jr was born in St Joseph Missouri in 1872
    1893, partner with the Tootle-Lemon Company
    1899, the company became Tootle-Lemon Bank
    It would later become Tootle-Lemon National Bank
    Milton Tootle, Jr had many other enterprises
    Manager of the Tootle-Campbell Dry Goods Company
    He owned the Tootle Theater, one of the finest in the country
    Director of Tootle, Wheeler & Motter Merchantile
    President of Tootle-Kessler Millinery
    Vice-President of Buell Manufacturing
    Director of St Joseph Gas Company
    President of the Tootle Estate
    He was a member of the Benton Club
    He was one of the founders of the St Joseph Country Club
    He lived in the Tootle House (St Joseph Museum) until his death in 1946
    William L. Goetz purchased the house and donated it to the St. Joseph Museum




    Railroad Bridge1 2 Railroad Bridge3 Railroad Bridge4 Railroad Bridge5 Railroad Bridge6 Railroad Bridge7 Railroad Bridge8 Railroad Bridge9 Railroad Bridge10 Railroad Bridge11

    Circa 1873
    ST JOSEPH & GRAND ISLAND BRIDGE

    This was the first railroad bridge built to cross the Missouri River at St Joseph

    It was built by the St. Joseph Bridge Building Company

    The bridge opened on May 20, 1873

    The St. Joseph & Denver City Railroad made the initial crossing

    The original bridge had six piers with three spans of 300 feet and one fixed span of 80 feet

    It had a draw span of 365 feet making the total span 1,345 feet long

    On June 16, 1879, the bridge was transferred to another party and operated under the name of the St. Joseph & Grand Island Railroad Company

    The bridge was primarily used by the Union Pacific railroad

    The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad also had trackage rights to the bridge

    In 1903, construction began on a new steel swing bridge, it was completed in 1906

    Although the bridge today is totally covered by rust, it is still operational

    Photo #1 - 1875 article about the bridge
    Photo #2 - Newspaper article about rebuilding of the bridge beginning in 1903-1904
    Photo #3 - 1873 postcard
    Photo #4 - Looking down the tracks
    Photo #5 - View with the bridge swung open
    Photo #6 - Old photo with bridge swung open
    Photo #7 - 1937 photo of locomotive on the bridge
    Photo #8 - Late 1990's view of the bridge
    Photo #9 - Late 1990's view of the bridge
    Photo #10 - Late 1990's view of the bridge
    Photo #11 - Aerial view with the bridge swung open






    Circa 1873
    JACK RING
    MISSOURI RIVER LIFESAVER

    Beginning in 1873, Jack Ring patrolled the Missouri River banks for one mile
    Jack Ring saved 300 lives from drowning and recovered 150 bodies from the Missouri river
    The grateful citizens of St Joseph submitted a small building by the river's edge
    The photo is an old postcard displaying his building near the Missouri river
    The building no longer exists






    Circa 1875
    LIST OF ST JOSEPH SCHOOLS

    List of schools in St Joseph in 1875




    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

    Circa 1887
    GERMAN-AMERICAN BANK
    AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK
    PONY EXPRESS COMMUNITY BANK
    624 Felix Street

    This bank was established in June 1887 with capital stock of $100,000
    The beginning officers of the bank were Henry Krug, president; Henry Krug Jr, Vice President; J. G. Schneider, Vice President and E.V. Harding, Cashier
    This beautiful bank is located on the southwest corner of 7th & Felix
    It later became the American National Bank
    It then later became the Pony Express Community Bank
    After Pony Express Community Bank closed it's doors, the bank sat empty for many years
    In late 2014, Mosiac (Heartland Hospital) purchased the building
    Mosiac will be moving the employees currently located in the old Venture Store at 137 North Belt Highway to this building
    Mosiac has also purchased the 2 adjacent buildings at 618 & 620 Felix, both will be razed to create an employee parking lot

    Photo #1 - Felix Street Main entrance
    Photo #2 - 7th Street Side entrance
    Photo #3 - Spiral Fire Escape - isn't it neat?
    Photo #4 - Originally was German American Bank
    Photo #5 - 1889 Plaque
    Photo #6 - Old photo of the bank with horse & buggy waiting outside
    Photo #7 - 2012 photo
    Photo #8 - 1912 German-American financial statement
    Photo #9 - Photo of a 1940's photo of the bank




    1 2 3

    Circa 1888
    B. F. HERR DRY GOODS
    715-717 Felix
    Demolished during Urban Renewal

    Mr Herr was a native of Pennsylvania, he came to St Joseph in 1888
    B.F. Herr Dry Goods was established in the fall of 1888, it was one of the largest department stores of it's time


    Photo #1 - 1894 BF Herr Dry Goods advertisement
    Photo #2 - aerial photo of BF Herr store
    Photo #3 - Looking west at 7th & Felix




    1 2 3

    Circa 1889
    PARK BANK
    10th & Penn

    One of the oldest banks in St Joseph Missouri
    It was established in 1889 with a capital stock of $40,000




    1 2
    Circa 1889
    1889 FELIX STREET DRAWINGS

    Photo #1 - Looking West on Felix - unknown number street
    Photo #2 - Looking East on Felix - unknown number street




    1 2 3

    Circa 1890
    UNION DEPOT aka UNION STATION
    1221 South 6th

    The first depot opened 1890-1891
    In 1895 the original depot burned down
    In 1896, a new depot was built to replace the original
    Burlington razed the building in 1960 without notifying anyone






    Circa 1894
    CITY MAP OF ST JOSEPH

    A map of St Joseph city streets as they appeared in 1894






    Circa 1897
    CITY MAP OF ST JOSEPH

    A map of St Joseph city streets as they appeared in 1897
    Map shows city bus routes and city limits




    1 2 3 4

    Circa 1899
    The NEW ERA EXPOSITION

    The 1899 New Era Exposition was located east of where Mark Twain School is now
    A new structure was built for the event
    A creek was turned into 2 small lakes
    The Exposition was scheduled to run from Sept 3, 1899 through Oct 5, 1899
    On Sept 15,1899 a fire broke out in the main hall
    The new electric lighting was blamed for the fire
    None of the Exposition remains today
    Photos #1,2 &4 are from St Joseph News-Press or Gazette newspapers






    EARLY DOWNTOWN HOTELS

    4 hotels in early downtown St Joseph that no longer exist






    Circa 1906
    ST JOSEPH LIGHT & POWER OFFERS ELECTRICITY

    In 1906 the St Joseph Light & Power Company sent these postcards out advertising the new technology of electric lights for houses




    1 2


    Circa 1908
    DRY TOWN ELECTION DAY

    This is a 1908 postcard
    The photo was taken in front of the Union Depot on South 6th Street




    1 2 3

    Circa Early 1900's
    STEAMBOATS AT ST JOSEPH
    Missouri River

    St Joseph and the Missouri River was a busy trade route in the early 1900's




    1 2 3 4 5 6 7

    Circa 1900
    ST JOSEPH RIVERFRONT

    St Joseph riverfront photos taken from 1900 to 1950's






    Circa 1915
    ST JOSEPH
    LIGHT & POWER COMPANY

    Photo circa 1915




    1 2 3 4

    Circa 1905
    J. W. WHITELEY'S DOG AND PONY SHOW

    J. W. Whiteley around 1905 with his Dog and Pony Show which
    toured the Mid West at the turn of the 19th century
    J. W. Whiteley and his trained horse Sparkle (photo #2)
    Mr Whiteley passed away in 1951 at the age of 80
    J.W.Whiteley was Roger Seward and his sibling's grandfather




    Original Map of St Joseph

    ORIGINAL CITY MAP

    This is the orginal street map of St Joseph Missouri




    1 2

    Circa 1908
    WALTER BOSCHEN

    Walter Boschen was born Dec. 30, 1881 in New Haven, Connecticut
    Walter Boschen relocated to St. Joseph to become Eckel's partner
    They remained partners from 1908-1911, when Boschen accepted an offer to relocated to New York City
    However, city leaders convinced Boschen to stay to see out the construction of the First Presbyterian Church which he designed along with Eckel
    They also convinced him of that fact that he would have plenty of opportunities to design other buildings in St. Joseph
    Their persistence paid off, and Walter Boschen stayed, forming his own independent practice until his death in 1959
    Walter Boschen also designed the 5 story Townsend & Wall building, St Joseph Country Club, the First Christian Church at lOth and Faraon and the Century Apartments at 25th and Union Street, numerous mansions and a house at 2801 Lovers Lane as shown in photo #2




    1 2 3

    Circa 1908
    POSTCARDS - ST JOSEPH COMPANIES

    1908 Postcards with these companies on the postcard face
    Tootle Dry Goods, Berry Foundry & Manufacturing and the Regier & Shoup Crockery Company






    Circa Unknown
    ST JOSEPH MINERS

    There was a time when mining was popular in the area
    This is a photo of St Joseph Miners
    I have no idea as to when this photo was taken







    Circa 1910
    DOWNTOWN ST JOSEPH BANKS

    The 4 downtown banks in 1910 were Tootle-Lemon National Bank, First National Bank, German-American Bank and the Merchants Bank




    1 2 3


    Circa 1913
    PONY EXPRESS MONUMENT DEDICATION

    The monument stands in Patee Park in Saint Joseph
    across from the Pony Express Museum

    It was erected in memory of the birth of the Pony Express

    The dedication ceremony for the monument, which occurred on April 3, 1913, included Pony Express riders such as
    "Buffalo Bill" (William F. Cody), "Cyclone" Thompson, and Charlie Cliff

    The monument reads:
    This monument erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution
    and the city of St. Joseph, marks the place were the
    first Pony Express Started on April 3, 1860-1912

    Photo #1 is the April 3, 1913 dedication
    Photo #2 is a current photo submitted by Terry McGinnis
    Photo #3 Circa 1913 photo






    Circa 1914
    YMCA & YWCA CONSTRUCTED

    Photo - A 1915 publication telling about the Y's St Joseph had in 1914






    Circa 1918
    ST JOSEPH PARKWAY SYSTEM

    The Parkway System was developed in 1918 by architect George Burnap
    St Joseph was one of the first cities in the U.S. to develop such a parkway system

    In 1995, our Parkway System was placed on the National Register of Historic Places

    The St. Joseph Park and Parkway System is a connected group of parks and park system drives, running generally north/south from Krug Park on the north to Hyde Park on the south

    The Parkway System winds through St Joseph for a total 26 miles of roadway

    The distance from Krug Park to Hyde Park is 18.68 miles

    It's a beautiful drive from one end of the city to the other end as it winds and snakes over the hills and past some residential areas

    The Parkway system connects many parks and recreation areas throughout the city

    The city is currently building and has built numerous walking/biking trails that parallel the Parkway. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails






    Circa 1921
    ST JOSEPH DIRT ALLEY

    This is an example of dirt alleys back in the 1920's
    In almost 100 years, they haven't changed all that much

    Photo #1 - 1923 dirt street
    Photo #2 - 1923 dirt street
    Photo #3 - 1934 dirt street




    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

    Circa March 1923
    TORNADO HITS ST JOSEPH

    Over 50 buildings were damaged on Saturday afternoon, March 4, 1923. 9 persons were injured, none seriously
    The above photos were published in the St Joseph News-Press on March 5, 1923




    1 2 3

    Circa 1923-1934
    DIRT CITY STREETS

    Into the 1930's, there were still dirt streets in St Joseph
    I can remember in the late 1960's Woodbine road was still a gravel road

    Photo #1 - 1923 dirt street
    Photo #2 - 1923 dirt street
    Photo #3 - 1934 dirt street




    1 2

    Circa 1915
    ST JOSEPH
    "THE CITY WORTH WHILE"

    In 1915, St Joseph Light and power displayed this sign on their building
    November 11, 1928 St Joseph News-Press advertisement - 2005 Lovers Lane






    Circa 1928
    ST JOSEPH WATER FRONT

    In 1928, this was the St Joseph Missouri water front




    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

    Circa 1929
    PONY EXPRESS BRIDGE
    US Highway 36

    This was the Pony Express Bridge spanning the Missouri River at St. Joseph

    The bridge was constructed in 1929 and was removed in 1984 at the age of 55

    The East Span was demolished on February 17, 1984 at 9:13 AM

    The West Span was demolished on March 14, 1984 at 10:02 AM

    Photos #13-25 were taken by Steve Roberts

    The Pony Express bridge was once a beautiful bridge but it was slowly deteriorating

    In 1983, they began replacing the dilapidated Pony Express Bridge that spanned the Missouri River with a new twin span bridge

    We made a lot of trips over the old bridge to Wathena, Kansas. Every weekend was a trip to Jack's Tavern in Wathena. Those who went to Junior College made trips between classes. It was a neat looking bridge, but it was in terrible condition

    The new bridges are a major improvement

    Photo #1 - The Pony Express Bridge opening ceremony in 1929
    Photo #2 - The bridge as seen from the river
    Photo #3 - The new bridges under construction and the old bridge prior to it's razing
    Photo #4 - Distant view of the new Missouri River bridge
    Photo #5 - Close up of the new bridge and the old bridge prior to razing
    Photo #6 - Taken in 1982 prior to demolition, new piers installed
    Photo #7 - Pony Express bridge demolition
    Photo #8 - 1979 Newspaper photo: Crews installing signals to control traffic
    Photo #9 - Postcard when the bridge was in it's glory
    Photo #10 - The Pony Express Bridge
    Photo #11 - Pony Express bridge demolition
    Photo #12 - Pony Express Bridge in it's glory
    Photos #13-25 of the bridge demolition were taken by Steve Roberts
    Photo #26 - Edmond C Olson Sr Center Line Striping - August 20, 1929
    Photo #27 - Edmond C Olson Sr Center Line Striping - August 20, 1929
    Photo #28 - Edmond C Olson Sr Center Line Striping - August 20, 1929
    Photo #29 - Looking west towards the river and Kansas, the Pony Express Bridge is visible
    Photo #30 - Kansas City Times newspaper photo
    Photo #31 - The new US36 bridge as seen from Kansas




    1 2 3

    Circa 1932
    PHIL J. WELCH
    St Joseph City Treasurer
    Circa 1936
    St Joseph Mayor

    Phil Welch was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on April 4, 1895
    Mr Welch was in the furniture business from 1916-1931
    He was St Joseph City Treasurer from 1932-1936
    He was St Joseph Mayor from 1936-1946
    Welch was a US Congressman. Elected to represent Missouri's 3rd District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1949 to 1953
    Served as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Missouri in 1944
    Phil Welch remained a resident of St. Joseph until his death on April 26, 1963
    He is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery
    Phil Welch Stadium was named in his honor in 1964

    Photo #1 - 1938 campaign card when he was running for his 2nd term
    Photo #2 - Facial photo that I found on Findagrave dot com
    Photo #3 - Cemetary headstone photo that I found on Findagrave dot com






    Circa 1940
    ST JOSEPH NATIONAL GUARDSMEN

    1940 St Joseph News-Pres newspaper photo & information
    Photo submitted by Carol Stephens




    1 2 3

    Circa 1941
    ST JOSEPH MUSEUM
    105 North 19th Street

    This mansion was located on the southeast corner of 19th & Felix

    Built in 1890, this was the J. W. McAlister Mansion located at 105 North 19th Street

    J. W. McAlister, a prominent St Joseph banker, lived in this mansion until 1903

    It was purchased in 1906 by A. J. August
    A. J. August was the owner of the A. J. August Clothing Company

    A. J. August lived in this mansion until his death in 1940

    The mansion was bequeathed to the St Joseph Museum in 1941

    The mansion served as St Joseph Museum from 1941 to 1947

    In 1947, due to insufficient space, the St Joseph Museum was moved to the
    Wyeth-Tootle Mansion at 11th & Charles




    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

    Circa 1945
    HERMAN DRUG STORES IN ST JOSEPH

    In 1945, there were 9 Herman Drug Stores located around St Joseph
    Above are a few photos I have of the Herman Drug Store buildings
    None of the Herman Drug Stores are in business today
    Four of the 9 buildings have been razed, they no longer exist
    The 11th & Hickory building, last to be razed in the 1980's
    I am looking for photos of those Herman Drug Stores that no longer exist
    Those buildings were located at 11 & Frederick, 4th & Edmond, 6th & Hickory and an outside photo for the one at 11th & Hickory

    Photo #1 - 1945 Herman publication showing names, addresses and phone numbers of stores
    Photo #2 - Hermans Drugs on the Northeast corner at 6th & Edmond, razed due to 1960 fire
    Photo #3 - Inside view of Hermans Drugs at 1th & Hickory, building was razed in the 1980's
    Photo #4 - Hermans Drugs, 26th & Mitchell Avenue, has changed hands many times
    Photo #5 - Hermans Drugs, 7th & Edmond, has changed hands several times
    Photo #6 - Herman Drugs, 6th & Angelique, one of the 1st ones to close it's doors
    Photo #7 - Herman Drugs, 26th & Frederick, a Grand Opening advertisement
    Photo #8 - Herman Drugs, 26th & Frederick, is now a Roger's Pharmacy




    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

    Circa 1947
    ST JOSEPH MUSEUM
    1100 Charles Street

    William and Eliza Wyeth requested legendary architect E.J. Eckel to design the 1879 Wyeth-Tootle Mansion to resemble the castles they had seen on the Rhine River as they were traveling in Germany
    Over one million bricks were used in the construction and the front portion of the building was covered with native sandstone
    The original St Joseph Museum was located at 19th & Felix
    It was in the McAlister/A. J. August mansion and had outgrown the mansion
    This mansion was purchased from the Tootle family in 1947 by William Goetz and the Goetz Brewery for $35,000 and was gifted to the St. Joseph Museum
    Mr. Goetz also purchased and gifted the Harry L. George Native American collection, which is the most significant part of the Museum's collections
    The Museum board raised $35,000 to renovate the structure into a museum
    In 1948, voters approved a tax levy for supporting a municipal museum
    In 1953, the St. Joseph Museum deeded the mansion to the City of St Joseph
    Besides having run out of space for more exhibits, the mansion also lacked climate control for proper storage of the many delicate Native American artifacts
    An opportunity was offered to take over the Glore Psychiatric Museum
    The Glore Museum had been operated by the State Hospital on Frederick Avenue
    This move provided a ten-fold increase in space and a better climate control
    In 2004, most of the exhibits were relocated to the Glore Museum site
    This move allowed for the restoration of the mansion's interior
    The dining room is now furnished with the gift of the Wyeth table service
    Some years ago, one of the bedrooms was restored on the second floor
    Other second floor rooms have been renovated for temporary exhibits
    Exhibits such as "Enterprising St. Joseph" featuring products developed by local companies
    Also a recreation of the architect Edmund J. Eckel's office has been completed
    The City of St. Joseph has been restoring the exterior of the mansion in phases, beginning with the front elevation
    The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is owned by the City of St. Joseph and operated as a Museum under contract with the St. Joseph Museums, Inc.

    The above information was provided by David W. Lewis Jr.
    (Museum Board President)


    Photo #1 - Old color photo
    Photo #2 - 2008 Color photo
    Photo #3 - Interior photo
    Photo #4 - 1950's photo
    Photo #5 - Old photo
    Photo #6 - Current Photo
    Photo #7 - Very old photo
    Photo #8 - Old postcard
    Photo #9 - Color photo
    Photo #10 - St Joseph Museum
    Photo #11 - Museum Hill Photo
    Photo #12 - Museum Hill description






    Circa 1940's
    ST JOSEPH RAILWAY
    STEAM LOCOMOTIVE
    ON DISPLAY

    Such an old St Joseph Railway Steam Engine on display
    Wonder what happened to this relic? Was this in St Joseph?
    I am not able to locate any information on this item






    Circa 1940-1950
    AERIAL VIEW ST JOSEPH LIGHT & POWER




    assorted

    ASSORTMENT OF OLD BUILDINGS

    Top left: St Joseph Main Public Library
    Center: Federal Building
    Bottom left: Central Police Station
    Top right: St Joseph Union Station
    Bottom right: Market Square






    Circa 1968
    SHERIFF SONNY MYERS

    Sonny Myers was a famous wrestler and became Sheriff in the late 1960's




    1 2

    HOT TAMALE MAN
    Wayne VanZandt

    Photos - Oct 27, 1974 St Joseph News-Press
    This man sold hot tamales out of his cart, they were very good tamales
    In the early 1960's, when the record hop at the Eagles Lodge was over, I would see him on the corner selling his tamales
    The man sold an awful lot of tamales






    Circa 1970's
    BELLE OF BROWNSVILLE
    Missouri River

    A riverboat in the 1970's that took passengers up the river for short tours




    1 2 3 4 5 6 7

    Circa 1960's-1979
    New US 36 Highway & I-229 Construction

    Photo #1 - 1979 St Joseph News-Press photo showing construction of the new West Belt Artery in downtown St Joseph
    The artery connects downtown to I-229 which is a dual level 2 lane highway that runs along the Missouri River
    I-229 then connects to the new US 36 Highway and then continues on to also connect to I-29 Interstate highway
    Photo #2 - St Joseph News-Press West Belt bridge photo & article
    Photo #3 - Moving a house in the way while building new US 36 Highway
    Photo #4 - Cleared land for the new US 36 Highway to be contructed upon
    Photo #5 - Building 22nd Street Bridge over new US 36 Highway
    Photo #6 - Building 22nd Street Bridge over new US 36 Highway
    Photo #7 - New US 36 Highway Bridge & I-229 as seen from Kansas






    BLUFFS ON WATERWORKS ROAD

    Postcard - looking north from the Francis Street train depot





    DEVIL'S BACKBONE IS GONE


    1 2 3 4 5 6 7

    In recent years the city has leveled Devil's Backbone
    The city turned the area into a large city park
    A new St Joseph elementary school has been built in this area

    Photo #1 - Devils Backbone as seen from the southern downtown area
    Photo #2 - Devils Backbone as viewed in the 1700 block of south 12th Street
    Photo #3 - Rick Drozd hill climbing on Devil Backbone back in the early 1970's
    Photo #4 - A view in the heart of the mountain
    Photo #5 - House at 2101 South 14th St that was built in 1893
    Photo #6 - 1947 photo of Devils Backbone
    Photo #7 - 1910 photo of Devils Backbone




    1 2

    Circa 1994
    FRONTIER RIVERBOAT CASINO
    Missouri River

    This was fun and quite unique, unfortunately it didn't last long
    The casino built a new and huge casino north of the city on Waterworks Road




    1 2 3 4

    PUBLICATIONS ABOUT ST JOSEPH

    Photo #1 - Seeing St Joseph 40's,50's weekly publication
    Photo #2 - Circa 1965 - John Cameron Swayzee advertisement
    Photo #3 - Circa 1907 - Lake Contrary brochure
    Photo #4 - Old St Joseph Points of Interest Map




    1 2 3 4 5 6

    GUST KARRAS
    GUST KARRAS TICKET OFFICE
    KARRAS ENTERPRISES
    124 South 8th
    713 Edmond Street

    His ticket office was located in this block long building
    Photo #2 shows Victory Restaurant owners Chris & Gus Marolis (standing) and seated in the center are Jack Dempsy and Gus Karris (famous wrestling promoter)

    Photo #1 - Wrestling promoter Gust Karras walking at 8th & Edmond Street
    Photo #2 - Gust Karras having lunch with Jack Dempsey at the Victory Restaurant
    Photo #3 - Gust Karras
    Photo #4 - Gust Karras in 1928
    Photo #5 - Building where his office was located
    Photo #6 - Nov 20. 1972 St Joseph News-Press article about Gust
    Photos #3 & 4 submitted by Brooke Hickman





    1 2 3 4

    ROBIDOUX ROW
    3rd & Poulin

    Robidoux Row is a series of connected apartments located at 3rd & Poulin Streets

    Construction of Robidoux Row began in the 1840's and was completed in the late 1850's

    The structure was given the name of Robidoux Row

    Today, after having survived many years of neglect, the four remaining units of Robidoux Row have been restored and has been turned it into a museum

    Photo #1 - Robidoux Row that Joseph Robidoux built in the 1850's
    Photo #2 - Robidoux Row as it appeared in 1957
    Photo #3 - Robidoux Row as it now appears
    Photo #4 - 1891 photo






    Circa 1951
    LARGE ST JOSEPH WALLS

    The wall on the left can be found on the south side of Jules Street near 15th St
    The wall on the right is the wall surrounding Mount Mora Cemetary
    Photo - St Joseph News-Press 1951 article about the walls




    1 2 3 Downtown4 Smith Market5 6 7th Felix7 8 Pony Express Motel9 10 11 12 13 14 15

    SOME LONG GONE NIGHT SPOTS

    Photo #1 - Players Cocktail Lounge
    Photo #2 - Blue Town Tavern
    Photo #3 - Night spots advertisement
    Photo #4 - Jerome Lounge
    Photo #5 - Rusty's Place
    Photo #6 - Shangri La Lounge
    Photo #7 - Hitching Post
    Photo #8 - 3 Frog Hop Ballrooms
    Photo #9 - Captains Lounge
    Photo #10 - Belt Drive-in Theater
    Photo #11 - Skylark Drive-in Theater
    Photo #12 - Cowtown Drive-in Theater






    Circa 1989
    MISSOURI RIVER QUEEN







    PANORAMIC VIEW OF DOWNTOWN




    1 2

    PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE MISSOURI RIVER

    Photo #2 was taken in 1928 from the Kansas side






    NEW DOWNTOWN PARKING METERS
    Circa: 1950






    PROSPECT HILL

    Atop Prospect Hill in North St Joseph overlooking the Missouri River




    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

    ROSECRANS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
    MISSOURI AIR NATIONAL GUARD
    MISSOURI RIVER FLOOD PHOTOS

    The first designated landing strip in St. Joseph was at East Hills Country Club, which is now Stonecrest
    In 1922 Carl Wolfley warned St. Joseph "would miss the boat" if it didn't establish a municipal airport.
    He recommended a 73-acre tract south of the city near Lake Contrary
    The first airport was near Lake Contrary and dedicated on May 12, 1923
    It was named for Sgt. Guy Wallace Rosecrans
    Rosecrans was killed in France during World War I in 1918.
    He accidently walked into a whirling propeller blade
    On September 30, 1925, St. Joseph was on the Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour, and the first air mail service started May 12, 1926.
    There was two commercial flights each day from Rosecrans.
    We haven't had such service since 1959
    A memorial granite stone naming Rosecrans Field has followed the airport from Lake Contrary to a new French Bottoms airfield
    In 1935 the Commerce Department declared the old Rosecrans as "the most ridiculous location for an airport they had ever seen," noting the runway took off directly into the path of the cliff of Wyeth Hill.
    Airmail canceled their service here
    The city soon picked a swampy area west of French Bottoms as its third airfield. The "new" Rosecrans was finally finished and the 400-acre field was dedicated on May 25, 1940
    It was called "the nation's best" and it cost $200,000.
    During WWII. the pilots were trained at the field and it was an important depot with more than 225 building added.
    In 1946, the Air Guard came to Rosecrans

    Photo #1 - Rosecrans 1949
    Photo #2 - Rosecrans 1959
    Photo #6 - 1951 Airport Coffee Shop advertisement
    Photo #7 - 1952 photo showing them changing the river channel
    Photo #8 - Missouri Air National Guard at Rosecrans Field
    Photo #9 - Missouri Air National Guard at Rosecrans Field
    Photo #10 - Missouri Air National Guard at Rosecrans Field
    Photo #11 - Missouri Air National Guard at Rosecrans Field
    Photo #12 - Aerial view of Rosecrans Field
    Photo #13 - 1946 American Airlines DC-4 Flagship St Joseph
    Photo #14 - Very old photo of St Joseph Airport
    Photo #15 - 1950 map how people used to get to Rosecrans before the flood
    Photo #16 - 1952 flood view from Wyeth Hill
    Photo #17 - 1950 photo of Missouri Air National Guard at Rosecrans Field
    Photo #18 - 1935 flight path to airport
    Photo #19 - 1942 aerial photo
    Photo #20 - 1952 flood damage, US Highway 36 near Elwood
    Photo #21 - Cars waiting on a barge to be taken across the flooded Missouri river
    Photo #22 - 1953 Missouri Air National Guard open house
    Photo #23 - Prior to the floods, Rosecran Airfield used to be off Waterworks Road
    Photo #24 - Prior to the floods, Rosecran Airfield used to be off Waterworks Road
    Photo #25 - Matchbook cover
    Photo #26 - Rosecrans Field before the Missouri was diverted in 1952
    Photo #27 - 1970 United Airlines airplane at Rosecrans
    Photo #28 - Braniff Airlines DC-3 at Rosecrans Field
    Photo #29 - Braniff Airlines DC-3 at Rosecrans Field
    Photo #30 - Frontier Airlines Convair 340 at Rosecrans Field
    Photo #31 - Missouri Air National Guard's Eagle's Nest Club at Rosecrans Field






    R. R. PACKET LINE
    SIDE WHEEL STEAMERS
    Missouri River






    ST JOSEPH CURRENCY

    Photo submitted by Brooke Hickman






    ST JOSEPH CURRENCY
    $10 BILL STAMPED BY AMERICAN
    NATIONAL BANK OF ST JOSEPH






    Circa 1988
    ST JOSEPH RIVERFRONT PARK MONUMENT

    St Joseph Riverfront Park monument dedicated in 1988




    1 2 3 4 5 6

    Circa 2001
    SPIRIT OF ST JOSEPH
    Missouri River

    The Spirit of St Joseph Riverboat docked at St Jo Frontier Casino
    When the casino opened it appropriated a tourist riverboat The Spirit of St. Joseph that operated out of Riverside Park
    It did not have authorization to have slot machines and only card games could be played
    The riverboat went on excursions on the river which caused some jurisdiction issues with neighboring Kansas





    PLEASE SIGN MY GUESTBOOK



    Feel free to email me with any photo donations, comments or questions
    Rick Drozd rickdrozd@gmail.com


    Return To Main Menu