Sixty Years Walking the South Side


From 1920 to the start of the 1980s, South Side residents didn’t have to cart their lawn mowers, knives, scissors and tools to a store to get them sharpened on a grindstone. Instead, Tony Gagliarducci brought his 250-pound, two-wheel lawn mower, knife, scissors and tool sharpening cart to residents all over South St. Louis. He’s one of the 80 notables profiled in my book, The Colorful Characters of St. Louis.


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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