I wouldn’t be surprised if she quizzed me about the old John B. Busch brewery in Washington, which I write about on page 161 of Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, or about how the first Germans came to Washington. That’s on page 145. She also may ask me about an item in the second vignette mentions an alligator kept by Washington zither maker Franz Schwarzer. As far as I know, its name is forgotten. But I’d like to thing a German like Franz Schwarzer named it Hans.
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. View more posts