8/29/2012 Berlin’s Man in St. Louis – 18 Days to Go


If a German dies in St. Louis, Lansing Hecker often is the one called upon to often does paperwork for Germans here. Without that help, they may have to go to the German consul general in Chicago. The fifth-generation German-American often is a ceremonial leader at local German events.

He’ll say a few words during the opening program for the release/signing party for Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Feasting Fox Restaurant, 4200 S. Grand. Blvd., St. Louis. That’s just 18 days away.

Hecker is the great-great grandson of Friedrich Hecker, a German freedom fighter who came to America, bought a farm 30 miles east of St. Louis and led a regiment of German-Americans in the Civil War.

The story of Lansing Hecker is on Page 188 of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans. The story of his great-great grandfather is on Page 27.

Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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