The Munchkin From St. Louis


Mickey Carroll was small in size but had a big heart, which was plenty of reason for me to include him in The Colorful Characters of St. Louis. The entertainer grew up in St. Louis and was one of the Munchkins of The Wizard of Oz. He later returned to St. Louis and ran a tombstone company. He made the news after he died, when family members lost a suit against a caretaker for allegedly taking advantage of him and keeping him away from relatives. The below article from the May 18, 2014 Post-Dispatch  gives details.



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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