Gas Kills One-Armed Wrestler

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After decades of campaigning, the temperance movement succeeded in getting the 18th Amendment ratified by 1920.  Americans would no longer be able to manufacture, sell or transport alcohol.  Cider and wine for personal use could be made at home but beer and whiskey were banned.  Prohibition, America’s great social experiment, would make the average American a criminal. Prohibition went into

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George Baptiste Wins Detroit Tournament

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During March 1891, George Baptiste travelled from St. Louis to Detroit to take part in a catch-as-catch-can wrestling tournament.  While primarily a Greco-Roman wrestler, Baptiste would compete in the dominant American style of catch-as-catch-can. The 26-year-old Baptiste was an accomplished amateur and professional wrestler.  Entering the Detroit tournament, Baptiste had lost only one match as a professional.  The year prior,

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Alexander Baptiste Passes at 100

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On September 15, 1919, St. Louis citizens woke up to read about the death of one of their oldest citizens, Alexander Baptiste.  Just a few months before his 101st or 102nd birthday depending on which source you believed, Alexander Baptiste passed away from intestinal disease. For years, Alexander was known as one of the fittest St. Louisans.  An early advocate

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Chief Desmond Discovers Murder

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On February 10, 1897, 60-year-old William H. Stewart, a civil engineer, died in St. Louis City Hospital.  Stewart passed away from a morphine overdose.  St. Louis Police originally thought it was a case of suicide or accidental overdose. Stewart lived with his son-in-law F.C. Bennett at 2634 Dickson Street.  Mr. Bennett categorically denied Mr. Stewart used drugs of any kind. 

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