The Mayor Signs the Bill

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We were present today when Mayor Francis Slay signed a bill giving Providence Place in the Dutchtown neighborhood the honorary designation of Knapstein Place.

Standing with the mayor in his office were, left to right, Twentieth Ward Alderman Craig Schmid, the bill’s sponsor; James Martin, president of the German-American Heritage Society of Saint Louis; me; and George Knapstein.

George is the grandson of Frank Knapstein, a German immigrant, contractor and namesake for Knapstein Place. The one-block street was one of six in St. Louis whose names were changed during World War I because of anti-German hysteria.

The dedication of a sign marking the honorary designation of Knapstein Place will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 15 at Knapstein Place and Michigan Avenue.

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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