Caroline Leah “Lee” Ellis nee Johannpeter, Part I

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My great-grandmother, Caroline Leah “Lee” Ellis nee Johannpeter was born to Frederick William August Johannpeter, 1839 – 1915, and Joanna Grieve, 1843 – 1920, in St. Charles, MO on June 13, 1881.  She was the second youngest of seven siblings, Gustav, Anna, Amalia “Marie”, Julius “Jules”, Herman and Charles Frederick.  Great Grandma was said to be a very strong-willed person.

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Jack Johnson and The Fight of the Century

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      After Jack Johnson became champion, a lack of strong contenders caused public pressure to mount on James J. Jeffires, the retired former heavyweight champion, to end his retirement and fight Johnson.  Jeffries was considered the first and most credible of the “White Hope” contenders.      In his prime, Jeffries probably couldn’t beat Johnson.  At 35 years

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A Common Story in North St. Louis

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1942-44 Hebert Street is located in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood of St. Louis, MO.  While Old North St. Louis houses many historic buildings, much of the built environment is distressed.  Like many of it’s neighbors, 1942-44 Hebert Street sits empty and is crumbling from neglect.  My interest in the building is because my great grandmother Caroline Ellis nee Johannpeter

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Introduction and Challenge to the Next Generation

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     The story of our family begins in England, Germany, Ireland, France and various other European countries as well as Mexico and the American Indian peoples. It includes journeys through numerous states and areas but it is intrinsically linked to Missouri in general and St. Louis, MO in particular. You will meet some family members that you know or knew and

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