With just four days to go until my release-signing party, it’s good to consider how complicated German names once were in St. Louis. In the 1860s, folks with names like Schwartztrouble, Hequembourg and Feuchtenberner lived in town.
As a piece on page 40 of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans notes, many of the names have been simplified since then.
There’s all kinds of ways to buy the book. But if you want one signed by me, a good way is to come to my release-signing party from 2-5 p.m. this Sunday, at the Gretchen Inn at Al Smith’s Feasting Fox Restaurant, 4200 S. Grand Blvd.