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Ste. Genevieve Project Pioneers will hold a meeting with the German Klein, Kline, Cline family and the French DeRousse family, on Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. at the Ozark Regional Library in the Community Center building at 21388 Highway 32, Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Members of the DeRousse and Klein families are urged to attend, review information already submitted and provide further family information.
The committee especially needs information on the descendants of Techla Anna Lurk. Also, a representative of each family who will give a brief two-minute talk about the family origins at Opening Ceremonies is sought. These speakers will receive a free book of the family history. Presently, the committee is lining up family members who will participate in the family Mass at the Church of Ste. Genevieve at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.
Information on past honored families and books available can be found at stegenevieveprojectpioneer.org
Biographies of prominent business men in Jefferson County from the book
"Centennial History of Missouri (The Center State) - One Hundred Years in
the Union 1820-1921" have been added to the Jefferson County Missouri
Historical Society website.
(contains bio's of Arthur, Burns, Christy, Coxwell, Crow, Donnell, Ennis,
Farrar, Francis, Funk, Hensley, Marsh, Niccolls, Thompson)
You can find them under "Biographies" in the menu on the left.
Lisa K. Gendron
I am going to have the opportunity to be in the Festus/ Jefferson County area for a short visit next week, and have been trying to think of things I would like to look for. One thing I have long wanted to do was to see if I could find the exact location of the house of my great-grandparents, Jesse and Annie (Kenner) Waggener. I know that between 1905 and 1910, Annie's parents, William and Mary (Swink) Kenner gave Jesse and Annie about an acre of land adjacent to their property, and Jesse and Annie borrowed some money and built the house. William and Mary's home and property was at the top of Kenner Hill, and Jesse and Annie's house was just down from the Kenner home. I believe at the time these were the only two houses on the hill. They mentioned in writings that they could see the Mississippi River from their houses on the hill. I think the Kenners owned all or most of the hill at one time, including a rock and gravel pit/ mine on one side.
I know that there must be records of this property, which cover not only Jesse and Annie's ownership, but subsequent sales of it, which must include the actual address. Could someone tell me where these records would be and perhaps what is involved in looking them up?
Although this area is currently inside the Festus city limits, I think it was just north of Festus in 1910. I also do not think there was a street address for the house when they lived there. Jesse and Annie apparently sold the house and property around 1917-18, and moved to Detroit, Michigan. From writings I have from my grandfather, he returned to visit the area in the 1970's, and he mentioned that the house was still there at the time. I know that the Kenner house burned down some time after this and is no longer there, but I would also like to locate the location for that house, is that is possible. Any advice or thoughts about what I am trying to find would be much appreciated.
Project Pioneers To Meet Saturday
Ste. Genevieve Project Pioneers will hold a meeting with theGerman Klein, Kline, Cline family and the French DeRousse family, on Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. at the Ozark Regional Library in the Community Center building at 21388 Highway 32, Ste.Genevieve, Mo. Members of the DeRousse and Klein families are urged toattend. It is time to review information already in the books and submit the latest familyinformation.Information on past honored families and books available canbe found at stegenevieveprojectpioneer.org