A Piece of Glutton History

John ‘Nately’ Chamberlain sends along this piece of treasure with this note:

While downsizing an old box I found the Glutton card that I created in a typography class at JSchool in Columbia. I believe that was the first use of the “A friend and a beer are always near” motto. The class professor asked what the ESS stood for and I had to tell him. I think it affected my grade.

History of the Gluttons published

Dave Brink has spent countless hours going through old minutes and documents to compose what is the most complete history of the International Brotherhood of Gluttons thus far.  We urge you to go to the History of the Gluttons ink in the menu bar at the top of the page.  If that’s too hard you can click this link to take you there. 


Hickey Park in Baden

Hickey park

In 1918 Private David Hickey became the first St. Louisan to die in World War One. He was killed in the Battle of the Toul Sector. The Soldier’s Memorial lists 1075 names of St. Louisans who died in the “War To End All Wars.” Hickey Park on North Broadway was dedicated in his honor on April 10, 1941.    via

Pictoral guide to Baden: Groth Guide To Baden


History – St. Charles Rock Road

Rock road1796 Joseph Chartrand of St. Charles received a land grant to operate a Missouri River ferry. It was to be bordered by “A passage for inhabitants crossing into St. Charles.” T

he passage developed into the St. Charles Road. It was rocked in 1865, and has been known as the St. Charles Rock Road ever since. (Even though it has been a paved highway since 1921)


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Remembering Central Hardware

Central Hardware

1997 The wrecking ball was poised to demolish a North St. Louis County landmark. The Central Hardware store at New Halls Ferry and I-270 was to be torn down to make room for a new Home Depot. When it was built in 1961, the distinctive design reminded people of the Lambert Field Terminal.  Click image to enlarge.



Looking back

Ran across this photo recently.  It’s from August 1985.  There is a tournament bracket on the wall, so I’m thinking this must have been the very first GMVB tournament.

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Notice the old garage and the patio blocks.  We also hadn’t put in the sliding door to the rec room yet. Things have changed a bit since then.