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Memories of "Katz"
From the Stuff we save in the "Junk" drawer

  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 about saving things. . . .Actually it is about saving “stuff ‘n such”

      Seventy seven years later, it is now February 2007, and my seven year old grandson ask me for some more of those things he can stick over a hole  he punched in paper for a note book he is making about dinosaurs.   So we began the search through the drawers where we keep office supplies.  We have an abundance of various “junk” drawers of stuff.  

     Found them, they are Brunswick Gummed Reinforcements made by the Dennison Manufacturing Co., USA.  We have 28 left from the original 150.  150 for 10 Cents is imprinted on the box.

     Caleb has his paper repaired now, and is on his way to  school.

     I still have the slide open box  with 27 remaining tiny white doughnut shaped circles, in my hand. A serendipity that is hard to put down.  In addition to the ten cent price on the box, there is a price sticker… It is marked in ink  .10 for ten cents on a Katz Drug Store blue price tag.   I found it amazing we still had the memorabilia and our grandson was the one using it.   The wonder of saving stuff.   His mother used it when she was in school just as  his grandfather and his great grandmother also used it!   Over six decades for one little box.

     Katz Cut Rate Super Drug Store was on the ground floor of the four story Loop Building at  Hodiamont and Easton Avenues in Wellston next to  the Wellston Streetcar Terminal.   I was born two years after the Loop building was completed.  I left the area when the building was about 23  years old. 

     Now in 2007 , Easton Avenue has been renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.    Wellston suffered like many urban areas and is just now, recovering from mass post war exodus to suburban living.  Population shifted, businesses and industry moved, the town almost became an urban ghost town. Many, far too many good homes and buildings were razed.

     The Katz store is gone as well as the four story Loop Building with the fine terra cotta decorations.

     I wish we had saved more stuff, eaten more ice cream swung on more ropes, rode more streetcars, taken more pictures, and stopped to smell the flowers.. "Saving more is a good thing"

     I remember shopping with my mother  and friends in the late 40s and early 50s at Katz in Wellston.  The memories have been saved.

     I wonder if my grandchild will ever know how much joy I found in helping him today.

     Visitors to the new St. Louis City Museum will know about "saving stuff"  .... as the designers have salvaged and reused parts of the Wellston loop Building, as well as parts from other long ago structures. 

      It is a neat experience to walk through the same doorway again.. 
      Caleb's been there too!

Rob Powers has more great Photos of the Loop Building!

   Thanks Rob for all your web sites!  -     -     -    RCH   Webmaster

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