Life In The Fifties

Life In The Fifties (HM2C7O)

Location: St. Louis, MO 63118
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N 38° 35.572', W 90° 13.367'

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Cherokee-Lemp Historic District

Due to the housing shortage that had developed during the Depression and World War II, the Antique Row neighborhood was a crowded and busy community during the 1950's — when Larry Akley grew up here.

"We lived in the upstairs flat. It had three rooms," Akley remembers. Larry's boyhood buddy, Jerry Becker (and his family), lived in the three room flat on the third floor. "Downstairs was a 3.2 tavern. It was open on Sundays when they sold 3.2 beer," Akley explains.

The neighborhood kids, "played crowns in the yard of Shepard (elementary) School. Crowns was played with bottle caps and a sawed off broom handle. It didn't cost anything," according to Akley. "We'd get beer bottle caps from the taverns on Cherokee." As the commercial hub of the neighborhood, Cherokee Street was a focal point of community life. Akley fondly recalls a highlight of the school year at nearby Shepard School. The children began school picnic day with a parade down Cherokee Street.

Through high school, Ackley walked down Cherokee to his job at Berlinger Dairy at 2025 Cherokee Street.

"There was an old policeman, Joe Saputo. He used to run me off the corner. He made sure the kids didn't hang out on the corner — he made us go home." Akley grew up and became a police officer. With a warm laugh he says, "Joe Saputo ended up

working for me." Akley retired as a Major in the St. Louis Police Department.
HM NumberHM2C7O
Year Placed1999
Placed ByNiNi Harris
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 12th, 2018 at 8:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 741877 N 4275256
Decimal Degrees38.59286667, -90.22278333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 35.572', W 90° 13.367'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 35' 34.32" N, 90° 13' 22.02" W
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Area Code(s)314
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2118 Cherokee St, St. Louis MO 63118, US
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