She’ll Be the Life of My Party

101years4As a housewife in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Mary Tomazi got her exercise scrubbing sidewalks at her South Side home. Today, at 101, the North Hampton neighborhood resident exercises in yearly one-mile mature walks in Forest Park and at the St. Louis Activity Center at 5602 Arsenal Street.

This more-than spry South Side centenarian will talk about life in the South Side way back when at the release/signing party for the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side from 2-5 this Sunday afternoon, October 19, at the Royale, 3132 South Kingshighway Boulevard. She’s scheduled to be one of the panelists in a discussion about life on the South Side starting at 2 p.m.

Come, eat, drink, meet the people in the book, buy a book and have the author sign it. The Royale is the place to be this Sunday.


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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