Apr 3rd, 1860: The first Pony Express riders leave St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California.
Gustav Cramer and Mrs. Cramer in carriage. Photo by J.C. Straus. Gustave Cramer was born in Germany in 1838, and came to St. Louis in 1859. He was a pioneer in the manufacture of photographic dry plates, and founder of G. Cramer Dry Plate Company, St. Louis, 1882. A philanthropist, he was founder of the St. Louis Altenheim, a home for the aged. He passed away in 1914 and is buried at Bellefontaine Cemetary in St. Louis. Missouri History Museum
William Greenleaf Eliot (1811-1887). A social reformer as well as minister, William G. Eliot established the first Unitarian church, and was an early advocate of prohibition and of women's suffrage and the education of women. He is possibly best known for founding Washington University in St. Louis. Missouri History Museum
On March 27, 1916, St. Louisans mourned the death of Susan Blow, founder of the American public kindergarten. In 1873 at Des Peres School in STL, she began the first public pre-school in the nation, which then served as a model for early childhood education across the country. Missouri History Museum
Born and raised in St. Louis, Sara Teasdale being writing poetry during her education at Mary Institute. She went on to publish several collections of poetry. In 1918, her poetry collection titled "Love Songs" won the first ever Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Photo taken by the Gerhard Sisters, 1910. Missouri History Museum.
Portrait photograph of Abigail Adams Eliot, ca. 1863. Abigail was the wife of William Greenleaf Eliot and grandmother of poet T.S. Eliot. A social reformer as well as minister, William G. Eliot established the first Unitarian church, and was an early advocate of prohibition and of women's suffrage and the education of women. He is best known for founding Washington University in St. Louis. The Eliots had 14 children, although not all reached adulthood. Missouri History Museum