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Wellston School and the Link to History

Dr. John J. O'Brien House, 1232 Sutter Avenue, Wellston, St. Louis County, MO

Photographer Theodore LaVack  September  dated 1936

From The Library of Congress     
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record

1. Historic American Buildings Survey, Theodore LaVack, Photographer. September -1936.
HABS MO,95-WEL,1-1
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2. Historic American Buildings Survey, Theodore LaVack, Photographer. September -1936.
HABS MO,95-WEL,1-2
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Football Field and Wagner Electric Sign


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Newspaper advertisements in 1887, indicate the house was built new in 1886-1887. There would have been no slave labor at that time. Dr. O'Brien was born 1845 Ireland, was not a slave owner. Time and better information, indicate that the references to the house having been  "built in the year 1819 and by slave labor " , are inaccurate.   Bob Haefner 04/01/2007


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1876 Jul 13 Mike Duffy "The Man Who Claims to Have Been Assaulted and Robbed at Seven-Mile House. . .He is Pronounced a Drunken Imposter."   St. Louis Globe Democrat .      Dr. O'Brien and his residence is mentioned. Click to see news Clipping
 
1878 Aug 21 - "Horse thieves arrested, Dr O'Brien's horses returned."  O'brien's residence is mentioned. Click to see news Clipping
1887 May Dr. O'Brien House just completed. Per newspaper advertisement. Click to see news Clipping

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