A Most Hated Man

In the 1960s, no St. Louis civil rights leader was more hated than Percy Green.  Many hated Green for his headline-grabbing street theater. Others said it was just what was needed to end discrimination and open up jobs to African Americans. The liberal Post-Dispatch called Green “St. Louis’s most outrageous man.” The conservative Globe-Democrat calledContinue reading “A Most Hated Man”

Rich Kid on a Hot Rod

For much of the early 1950s, St. Louis papers were filled with stories about how Robert H. Moore raced down county and city streets, avoiding pursuing police cruisers, slamming into cars and exasperating lawmen who tried to keep him off the streets. The newspapers dubbed this young son of a wealthy doctor “Hot Rod” Moore.Continue reading “Rich Kid on a Hot Rod”

The Rise and Fall of Two Newsies

    Around the turn of the 20th Century there were few lives as hard as a newsboy. But just by selling papers, Ben and Willie Greenburg entered a world of prosperity. After ten years, the two “newsies” saved enough to buy a stand outside the Merchants-Laclede Building at Fourth and Olive streets. Their storyContinue reading “The Rise and Fall of Two Newsies”

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’sContinue reading “Sixty Years Walking the South Side”