Martin “Farmer” Burns

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    Martin “Farmer” Burns was a professional catch-as-catch can wrestler as well as wrestling and physical cultural trainer.  He had success as a professional wrestler even winning the American Heavyweight Championship.  However, he is more famous as a wrestling trainer.      Martin “Farmer” Burns was born February 15, 1861 in Cedar County, Iowa.  Both then and now, wrestling is in

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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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