Lafayette Square Moves from Affluence to Working Class

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     In the early 1880s, the Lafayette Square neighborhood moved from an area of affluent single family residences to an area of multi-family dwellings for the working class.  Two of the first multi-family dwellings built were 2327-31 and 2333-35 Rutger Street.  Today, the buildings are on the National Registry of Historic Places.      On the approved 1983 application for the

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The Moellenberg Home in 1940

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     In the 1940 Census, John Moellenberg and his family lived in a two-family flat in the Carondelet neighborhood of St. Louis, MO.  John Moellenberg was my stepfather Ernest C. Diaz’s grandfather.  Moellenberg’s first wife Adele died in 1904.  Now a widower with three children, John Moellenberg married Wilhemina Lansing in 1905.  They had a daughter Johanna in 1907.  At

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2912 Washington Avenue and Arthur Huddleston’s Murder

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     Buildings are piles of boards and bricks without the stories attached to them.  During November 1912, paroled murderer Albert Whitefield killed St. Louis Police Officer Arthur Huddleston with another officer’s weapon.  Whitefield surprised his common-law wife, who was entertaining another gentleman caller.  Whitefield attempted to kill her before two St. Louis Police Officers responded to her cries for

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Urban Decay in Hyde Park

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     My grandfather Gilbert P. Ellis grew up in the North St. Louis neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Walnut Park during the 1920s and 1930s.  While both neighborhoods still contain some excellent houses, much of the built environment has seen better days.  I’ve written about  the four-family flat my great grandmother Caroline “Lee” Ellis’ used to live in, the

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