Re: Why St. Louis? #usa


Hi Bernard,

I have often wondered that myself, as my family is from STL.  

Although St. Louis has never grown into a city that can rival the size of Chicago or NY, it had a large Jewish population in the late 19th and early 20th century.  (Although I have also found documentation for Jewish "pioneers" with emigration years as early as 1850.)  If you're interested, you can also research "Little Jerusalem" or the predominant Jewish quarter that was in the Biddle Street area.  My entire family lived in that area after they emigrated to STL.

And as Zalman pointed out, the STL World's Fair was a HUGE deal.  Although smaller than the Chicago World's Fair, it was considered a rival at the time.

Also as Louise mentioned, the St. Louis Genealogical Society is a great resource if you haven't used them already.  The StLGS J-SIG is here:

Perhaps additionally, as the Jewish community built up over the years, it might have been attractive to other Jewish immigrants.
Amy Mitchell

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