Of all the long-gone folks in The Colorful Characters of St. Louis, my favorite is Tom Goabout, a champion of stealing chickens and dogs. So busy was he that the Post-Dispatch ran about 70 stories about him from 1885 to about 1903. Here is one of them:
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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