Other St. Louis Germans remembered May 10, 1861 as the day they provided the men to take over the seccessionist-leaning state militia camp here, ending the Confederate threat to St. Louis and Missouri. Tony Faust remembered it as the day a soldier accidentally shot him in the side as Faust watched the volunteers march toward Camp Jackson. It weakened Faust so much that he had to end his life as a plasterer. Instead, he started Tony Faust’s Restaurant, which became a must-stop place for the city’s rich and famous.
The story of Tony Faust’s is on Page 167 of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans. It’s available through Amazon.com and bookstores. The best place to get it is at the release-signing party from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at Al Smith’s Feasting Fox Restaurant, 4200 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis.