Re: Why St. Louis? #general


Marian Merritt <mmerritt@...>
 

My mother's father always said our immigrant ancestors were afraid if they stayed
in New York, they'd have to work in a sweat shop. Going to "frontier" cities like
St. Louis probably appealed to those with an entrepreneurial spirit. My own
relatives went to cities where the oil industry was getting started in western
Pennsylvania, and Ohio as well as pre-statehood Oklahoma and Texas. My
great-grandfather, a shopkeeper in little towns in Texas and then Oklahoma, would
go to St. Louis on buying trips in the late 1890's and there he met his future
wife.

Marian Merritt

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