Welcome home to all Brentwood High School reunions this weekend.
FROM THE OCTOBER 20, 1899 WATCHMAN ADVOCATE
A SUNDAY SHOOTING
The Sheriff’s officers were greatly surprised last Sunday afternoon when a young man walked into Clayton and surrendered to them, acknowledging that he had killed Grant Boyd, at Maddenville a short while before. The young man’s name was Thomas White, and he has always borne a good reputation.
In telling Deputy Sheriff Albert Autenrieth of the occurrence, he said Boyd had been after him for some time, and when they met in front of Madden’s saloon that morning and Boyd put his hand in his pocket, he (White) drew his gun and fired four bullets into him as rapidly as the gun could be discharged. Mr. Autenrieth knew White, and believed his story, and after ordering the jailer to lock him up, boarded a car and went to the scene of the shooting and found the statement true with the exception that Boyd was still alive.
After the shooting, Boyd was taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. Fannie Key, where Drs. Bristol and Armstrong of Webster Groves located his wounds. Two bullets passed through his left thigh, one entered his left side, lodging near the spinal column, and the other shattered the bones in his left wrist. The Doctors extracted the bullet from his back and dressed the wounds, which they considered dangerous.
From an eyewitness of the affair we learn that White was talking to some friends in front of Thomas Madden’s saloon when Boyd and Day Turner walked up. White drew a revolver and began to fire, walking toward Boyd at the same time. Boyd also walked toward White, stepping slowly and throwing up his arms each time a shot was fired. They were within a few feet of each other when the weapon was emptied and White threw it away and ran. Boyd followed close upon him. They passed through the saloon, and Boyd seized a beer bottle, with which he attempted to strike White. White, however, kept out of reach until Boyd gave up the chase.
Jealousy and a previous altercation caused the shooting. Grant Boyd and his brother Will and Thomas White all seem to have been infatuated with the same girl. Two weeks ago Grant Boyd and the girl quarreled and then followed the serious cutting of Will Boyd, who acted as peacemaker. The quarrel was taken up the next day by White, who received rough treatment at the hands of the Boyd’s. They did not meet again until Sunday.
This house at 8143 Manchester Road was torn down this week. It was built in 1921. It had been vacant since Aug 2, 2011, five years ago today, when the resident died.
Many years ago, residential homes lined Manchester Road in Brentwood. This house was the last residential home on Manchester Road, from Kingshighway Blvd. to just west of Geyer Road, in Kirkwood.
This house at 8722 Eulalie Avenue was torn down this week. It was built in 1922.
These homes on Brazeau were torn down this week to make way for the MSD Project. The house at 2908 Brazeau was built in 1947, 2914 Brazeau in 1923, and 2916 Brazeau in 1930.
I knew the day would come.
Last February, I wrote a post for this blog about Minnie Weise, a long time Brentwood resident who died at the age of 100. Minnie, and her husband Clarence, built this house in 1940 for $4200. It was on a double lot Minnie’s father had purchased for $600. Minnie told me she and her husband planted all the trees on the lot. Minnie lived in this house for 75 years.
In my humble opinion, this was the most beautiful lot in Brentwood. The lot was huge by Brentwood standards, but the house was not. It was small; simple. The trees and shrubs created a park-like atmosphere. Even with the noise of Brentwood Blvd. a few yards away, there was always a sense of peace and calm.
And the tree. I would look forward every year when this beautiful tree would bloom. It had a perfect shape. It was a commanding presence on the simple lot.
I knew the day would come. Last week the house, and many of the trees, were taken down. New houses will be built on the property.
A lot has been written lately about the tearing down of old Brentwood homes, and the trees, to build bigger homes. Honestly, it has been happening for many years. I wonder what the Brentwood residents were saying in the 1930’s and 1940’s when many of our current Brentwood homes were built. Farmland, trees and a peaceful way of life were set aside for the progress of a growing community.
Sure, it can be sad to say goodbye to a house or beautiful tree. It really is part of the proverbial cycle of life. New homes are built and new trees are given a chance to grow. Better yet, new members are added to the Brentwood community.
Makes you wonder how Brentwood will look in 70 years.
This house at 2528 High School Drive was torn down this week. It was built in 1941.