MINUTES OF THE DOGTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
November 8, 2003
CALL TO ORDER
Dogtown Historical Society meeting was held on November 8, 2003 at
St. James The Greater Rectory.
President Nina Bryans called the meeting of the Dogtown
Historical Society at 10:10 am. The meeting was held at St. James the Greater
Rectory with fourteen members in attendance: Nina Bryans, John Corbett, Dedi
and Greg Gardner, Tom Haller, Mildred Hefele, Henry Herbst, Betty Hodapp,
Michelle Kennedy, Rose Kennedy, Peggy Koch, Tom Lenartson, Virginia Lopez,
And Sally Sharamitaro.
Minutes were read by Virginia Lopez. Tom Haller corrected the minutes in
New Business, Donations. “The St. Louis Evangelical Church” should read:
“St. Louis German Evangelical Church on the development of an order of women
who attended the sick.” Tom stated that in 1954 it became the United Church of
Christ; then later the Memorial Church of Christ.
Treasurer’s Report – There was no report for this month.
- Century Homes – There was no report.
- Speakers Series
Sally Sharamitaro reported the presentations for the Speakers Series
for the coming year as follows:
January 2004 – 1904 Worlds Fair, the
presenter will be from the St. Louis World’s Fair Association; April 2004
The Forest Park Highlands, Speaker Doug Garner Speaker;
July 2004 to be announced;
October 2004 – Founding of Forest Park, Speaker Peter Puleo.
All 2004 Speaker Series presentation will be held on the third Sunday
of the scheduled month at 7:00 pm in the St. James School cafeteria,
1360 Tamm Avenue. Dates have been arranged with Bill Kennebeck
of St. James.
- Membership Drive
Henry Herbst announced that the membership drive would begin in
November. Letter will go out to DHS members and to Speaker Series
attendees. Bob Corbett will be asked to announce the membership drive
on his email list.
Henry suggested that Tim Vezeau, who made a generous donation to
DHS last year, be made DHS’s first lifetime member. A motion was
made and seconded, and the motion carried.
- Reenactment of the 1864 Raid on August Muegee’s Store and Post Office.
Tentative dates for the reenactment will be Saturday, October 9th, and
Sunday October 10. Preparations for the Special Event will be discussed
at the committee meeting on November 13. Committee members include:
Chair John Corbett, Tom Haller, Tom Lenartson, Bob Corbett, and
- Thomas Mine Area and St. Louis Landmark’s Association
Tom Lenartson reported that Father Johnson gave a very interesting and
informative lecture on the St. James Church. Father identified the
figures pictured on the mural behind the altar. He also discussed the
building materials used in the interior of the church. The group lead by
Bob Corbett visited the homes in the Thomas Mine Area. John Corbett
said the tour of the century homes was an added highlight to the tour.
Sally Sharamitaro and Kay Richards have completed the 1860 census.
There are 1154 names. Sally and Kay will undertake the 1910 census
- Fund Raising Henry had nothing to report
- Bill Vorbeck, via email, made the suggestion that the DHS should be
collecting current information on Dogtown activities. It was suggested
that pictures be taken of the new business that have opened in the
neighborhood in the last ten years. Nina said that she would ask Bill
Vorbeck to take the pictures as he did for the Century Homes.
Didi Gardner stated that she had researched statistics on St. Louis
before buying property here. She stated that crime rates were the lowest
in the St. Louis area, although real estate values have gone up
- It was suggested that DHS produce a calendar remembering significant
dates important to Dogtown history. Henry Herbst will research his
sample calendar he did about 18 months ago.
- Tom Lenartson presented a brochure illustrating a map of Dogtown
that is used by businesses in the area as an advertisement.
Meeting adjourned 11:26 am
Next meeting will be December 13, 2003 at 10:00 a.m., St. James The Greater Rectory, 6401 Wade Avenue entrance.
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