Drive down almost any street in Webster Groves and one is filled with a sense of timelessness. Entire neighborhoods are in the National Register of Historic Places, and there are lovingly preserved century homes, beautiful old churches, avenues lined with gardens, and shopping districts more reminiscent of small-town America than a thriving suburb next door to the city of St. Louis. History runs deep here, as it is home to the first chapter of the Red Cross and the first Boy Scout Troop west of the Mississippi, the oldest women's organization in Missouri, the first professional fire department, and the first public library in St. Louis County. North Webster once held the only accredited high school for African American students in St. Louis County. Beginning as a site of country homes for St. Louis professionals, growing through a post-World War II boom that expanded into new neighborhoods, Webster Groves has remained true to its heritage and history.
About the Author
Tom Cooper is the director at Webster Groves Public Library, Deborah Ladd is the outreach librarian, and Emma DeLooze-Klein is the adult instructional librarian. Together, the authors compiled this assortment of images collected from the library's archive, the Webster Groves Historical Society Collection, and private donors to portray the history of Webster Groves.
Table of Contents
1 Early Webster Groves 9
2 Webster Groves Churches 29
3 Neighborhoods in Webster Groves 45
4 Education in Webster Groves 63
5 Business Development in Webster Groves 89
6 The Community of Webster Groves 105