February 12, 1804

Birthday of Robert Campbell who, with William Sublette, founded the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. He became one of the richest men in St. Louis. His home, Campbell House is now a Museum.

February 10, 1843

Mrs. Julia Soulard gave the city of St. Louis a gift of land on the south side. The gift stipulated that it must be used as a public market. Soulard Market has been a landmark for over 170 years now. 

February 9, 1951

Satchel Paige was signed to pitch for the St. Louis Browns at age 46. Between innings Paige lounged in a rocking chair near the dugout.

February 8, 2012

Edward Maher (a.k.a. Fast Eddie) saw his money run out and then he was captured in Ozark, Missouri. He had been living quietly on the $1.5 million which he stole in an armored car robbery in London, England.

February 7, 1867

Birthday of writer, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Wilder was born in Wisconsin but lived much of her life in Mansfield, MO.

February 5, 2012

The science and education worlds were buzzing about ten-year-old Clara Lazen from Kansas City.

February 4, 1902

Birthday of St. Louis resident (as an adult), Charles Lindbergh who flew the Spirit of St. Louis. Read more about him in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.

February 3, 1846

The "Bandit Queen" Belle Starr was born in Carthage, MO. She was probably the most infamous of all the pistol-packin' mamas of those days. Read more about her in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.

February 2, 1952

Josephine Baker returned to Missouri to do a charity performance. A crowd of 8,000 turned out to see her.

February 1, 1902

Novelist, playwright, and short story writer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin.