Ago In My Home Town
St. Louis County, MO
Observatory of Rev. Irl R. Hicks, Sr.
Confederate Captain in
the Civil War
Prisoner of War
World Famous Author and Publisher
The very first Mayor of
the first "City of Wellston"
Hi! My name is Bob and I was
born in 1930, just outside the City limits of St. Louis,
Missouri, in an unincorporated area called Wellston. This
story is not about me, but an interesting piece of history in my
old home town.
Recently, I was researching a family and the land they owned in
early St. Louis County, west of the city about six miles on the
St. Charles Road. It was not a large piece of ground, but
it was located just right. It became a key part to the growth of
our small world attached to the city limits of St Louis.
The family name was Kienlen and the street to his house was
named for his family. This story is not about Christian
and Maria Kienlen. It is about Rev. Irl R. Hicks'
home on the street corner of Kienlen and Lotus Avenue.
was no "Wellston", when he first settled in the area. Even
as late as 1893, one book described the location as "At Wells
Station, on the Suburban Electric Railroad, he has two acres of
lawn surrounding a comfortable home, which has been christened "Skyview".
Here he has a fine telescope, through which thousands of
visitors view the heavens without charge."
elected mayor of Wellston in 1910.
location on current maps would be about 6219 Lotus,
Wellston, Mo, 63133. (Over the last 100 years the
street names changed. )
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Note this a photo of Rev. Irl R. Hick's home,
ca 1899. 6207 Lotus, (was Arthur Garfield Ave), Wellston,
MO Click Photo
Photo submitted by the Great Grand Daughter...
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old property of Christian and Maria Kienlen
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