Monday, March 21, 2016

Amanuensis Monday: Morris Blatt Burglarized Three Times - 1897

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

I continue my project to transcribe family letters, journals, newspaper articles, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin - some I never met - others I see a time in their life before I knew them.

This week I look at a newspaper artcile from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch mentioning my second great grandfather, Morris Blatt.

St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 17, 1897, page 2


Burglars Have Thrice Visited Morris Blatt's Store.

Morris Blatt, a dry goods dealer at 800 Carr street, has been made a mark for burglars, according to the story he told at the Four Courts Monday.

Blatt says that his place was entered Sunday night by burglars and $200 worth of goods carried away. He said there were four dozen skirts and a number of silk waists taken. The thieves gained entrance be breaking the windows on the Eighth street side.

Three weeks ago, Blatt said, burglars visited his place and using the same method to gain entrance, took forty-one yards of velvetine and a lot of laces and ribbons, the total value of which is $50. Another time thieves broke the windows, but were frightened away before they entered.

Blatt's store is in the building formerly occupied by Harry M. Sheolink, who is now serving a jail sentence for receiving property stolen from the Malinckrodt Chemical Works.


1) According to the 1897 City Directory, my 2nd great grandfather had a tailor shop at 1401 North 7th Street, which is about 3 blocks north of Carr. There is only one Morris Blatt in Missouri in the 1900 census. (None near St. Louis in Illinois, either.) Could he have had two businesses?

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