Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Holy Cross in Collinsville was established in 1848 and saw the construction of 3 church buildings with the last being what is used for worship currently.
The first was a brick structure, the second made of wood frame. (1855)
Then in 1914 it was decided by the members that a bigger church was necessary, the cornerstone was laid and construction finished in 1915. It began with Pastor von Strohe and finished with pastor Klein.
This is how it looked in 1915. Over the years the front entrance has been altered to allow for fewer steps and for a more centered access. The cost was estimated to be $21,350 for the building and $30,000 for necessary furnishings. Member John Schroeppel donated half the bricks needed, Henry Eberhardt was the builder, the organ bought from the Wicks organ company ($2000), carpet paid for by the Ladies Aid, 3 good bells paid for by the Young Men's Society and the stained glass windows paid for by individual members.
As a side note, builder Henry Eberhardt was also the builder of the Miner's theater as well as the UMB 1st National Bank.
Interestingly, what was the front entrance shown in the picture above was bricked over in around 1948 or somewhat later. But if you look at the left side of the building, you can see the outline of the original doorway very clearly. How this can be mystifies me, but so it is.
Here is a better view of the old door shadow, Click to enlarge the pictures to see better.
And looking at the church from another angle, you can see other designs in the brickwork.
But you have to make the pictures bigger to see.
Oddly, another Lutheran church, Zion, was established in 1847 one year before Holy Cross and a new church around the same time (1920-ish) and was/is almost a twin of Holy Cross. It stands without much alteration from the original in Palmyra Missouri.
This church is still active but whoa, those outside stairs. As you can see, they did not change much, especially the entry. Their windows and pews and altar are in the same places and in the same numbers as Holy Cross's. The windows have the same stained glass borders but the images in the center are different. How amazing is this?
Holy Cross window
Interesting to go back in time and see what has continued.
With the municipal election coming up on April 7, I have been trying to find a list of candidates running for Collinsville city council and school board. It hasn't been easy to find this information and if the Madison County website has a sample ballot up yet, I haven't found it. Yard signs are out here and there but not in the numbers we're used to seeing in past elections. So with that said, here is all I could find so far.
The links are where things get confusing. Tognarelli and Dorman have stand alone websites for this election while the others are using Facebook. I can't find a current page online for Karen Woolard except a Facebook page which is not public.
I still haven't seen a list school board candidates or any other office on the ballot. I have done searches in all the usual places so if anyone has any information, let me know.
Because people come to this blog in droves with the age old question: "How old is Cindy Preszler?" She was 49 in 2009 so if you're one of those who keep wondering, she either is or will soon be, 55. The weather event we're having currently is bitter cold which followed snow on Monday. Sub zero temps for tomorrow morning. This extreme weather means Cindy is a constant on channel 5 doing St. Louis weather. I guess she just looks so good, never changes, and this makes people wonder about her age.
One year she came to Collinsville and did the weather from the Italian Fest. I was working the souvenir stand back then and we always gave the visiting weather people a t-shirt. Her staff person told us it had to be a very small one because Cindy "is very tiny."
The odd, random things we remember. I also remember the year Dave Murray came to the Italian Fest and brought his wife and son. They stayed long after he finished the weather reports and walked around Main Street much of the evening, eating and talking with anyone who wanted a word with them. Very cool.
Bob Richards also did his Channel 5 weather report from the Italian Fest and he was there several years in a row. Then, sadly, he went out one day and committed suicide by flying his plane into the ground out at Spirit of St. Louis airport. .....the things we remember.
Mild temperatures have blanketed most of the country this weekend and the weather people in many cities have this as their headline. Around here people will be outside all day long, walking dogs or walking themselves. It's great!
Also to put a crown on the weekend, Kruta Bakery has apple fritters today and believe me, you've never had an apple fritter like they make. If you're in Collinsville you have to get over there and try one.
Today was tree decorating day ahead of tomorrow's annual Festival of Trees in Collinsville. Many organizations decorate a tree and tomorrow night they are auctioned off via silent auction sheets and the proceeds go to the organization which chairs this year's event. The board I am a member of, Collinsville Progress, always does a tree and this year our theme was Santa's Coming to Uptown and it was filled with ornaments and santa things as well as gift certificates in wrapped boxes from local downtown restaurants and businesses.
Here is our tree
Memorial Hospital did a shoe tree which reminded me of the big shoe sculpture outside of the Brown Shoe Company in downtown Clayton.
IDOT also decorated a tree with a highway safety theme. It has flashing orange and white lights, mini orange traffic cones, yellow caution tape as garland and great gift certificates to Porters and other places including The Cheshire. They decorated near us so we kind of followed the process, unsure about this tree with all of orange, but in the end, if someone has the right place for it, it's kind of cool and the gift certificates are certainly worth the bids.
There goes Patti with the cart full of tree decorations heading into the Gateway Center
Some of the trees before anything was put on them
Mayor John Miller and his wife Diane were there, Diane was on the committee chairing the Festival this year.
It's serious work, decorating a tree
Always discussion about whether things look right.
Anyone remember the night of November 30 and the morning of December 1, 2006? The St. Louis area was hit by a horrible ice storm which knocked out power because of downed tree limbs and power lines for many residents for days on end. This was the second of storm caused power outages that year. The first was a massive July storm which reeked havoc due to power outages for weeks.
Here's a look at what we faced 8 years ago today. Our power was out and the deep cold penetrated the house fast. The ice brought down tree limbs on the campus and everyone was asked to come to the dining hall where the power was still on and it was warm. Dale spent much of the day going round from one spot on campus to another to see how things were going. We ended the day headed to our house in Collinsville where the power had stayed on.
On the evening of November 30 the sleet began and really came down hard through the night. We had just put out our blue and white Christmas trees and our dog Speaker and I went out to see how they looked, not realizing this was not snow but very slick icy stuff.
Speaker always loved snow but that year he had a lot of age on him and the slickness was just too much. That was when I knew things were not going to be good.
We woke up to ice eveywhere and no heat.
Here's a picture I took later of the front yard of the Blum House in Collinsville
8 years ago today. What a rough time that was. What we woke up to today is nothing in comparison.