9/12/2012 Names and More Names With Four Days to Go

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.

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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