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Welcome to the Brentwood Historical Society


The Brentwood Historical Society is a non-profit, volunteer group dedicated to collecting, preserving and presenting the history of Brentwood.

Our historical collection is in the form of photos, newspaper articles, and yearbooks, in addition to personal and official records. Upon request the society provides speakers to clubs, service groups and churches. In addition, we are looking forward to expanding our oral history library, wherein the verbal remembrances of our citizens are recorded. We are also in the process of developing lesson plans for programs to enhance the educational experiences of our Brentwood Students. We have published a book reviewing the history and development of Brentwood that is now on sale for $20.00.

The society is continuing to build its computer file of pictures of old homes and businesses. Your original photo, if desired, will be returned to you. For further information, call Joe or Barbara Gill at 314-961-7948.

We welcome new members, volunteers and historical memorabilia for preservation. For further information please e-mail the Society at  or call Joe Gill at (314) 961-7948.

Our collection of Brentwood High School yearbooks has grown so that our collection has at least one book for each year. Yearbooks for 1988 and 1993 are still needed. Check to see if you have a copy you are willing to contribute to our collection. Yearbooks from any year are welcome.

Another project in process is tracing old homes in Brentwood. If you live in a home over 75 years old or know of one, the society will be interested in any information you have on the history of the house.

Check out the Brentwood Historical Society blog. It contains pictures of Brentwood, including those from our Brentwood High School yearbook collection

The Historical Society also provides a display at the Brentwood Public Library about our history.

The Brentwood Historical Society occupies the Barlow House provided by the City of Brentwood at 8754 Rosalie Brentwood, MO 63144. The Barlow House is open to the public on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This new location provides more space for storage, research and small group meetings. Volunteers staff the facility.


The publication BRENTWOOD Missouri is a soft cover book of over 120 pages with over 200 photographs. It reviews the settlement and development of the area together with the people who have made Brentwood, past and present. Through chapters such as Faith & Caring, Celebrations & Recreation and Our Business Community, the many facets of Brentwood history and life are developed. The publication is available at the Brentwood Historical Society for $20.00. Call Joe Gill at (314) 961-7948. Brentwood Missouri - The Book


Membership Roster

To become a member, please send your name, address, phone number and the annual dues of $10/individual payable to the Brentwood Historical Society to: 

            Brentwood Historical Society 
            8754 Rosalie Ave. 
            Brentwood, MO 63144

Officers
Dan Fitzgerald - President
Nancy Jones - Vice President
Barbara Gill - Treasurer/President Emerita 
Regina Gahr - Secretary

General Membership for 2011 

Derek Basile John Kintz 
Mollie Basile Karen Kintz 
Rita Boshans Mary Ann Koetting
Richard Brantley Rosemarie Kornfeld
Earl Brown Thomas Kramer
Joyce Brown Sue Krewson
Nancy Burris Kyle Huhlman 
Barbara Clements Denise Lee
George Clements  B. Sherman Lee
Peggy Dodel Sheila Lenkman
Keith Dodel  Mike Marshall
Laura Durham Marilyn Miller  
Pat Ebeling Peggy Moeckel
Betty Edelmann Charles Murray
Joe Edelmann Jean Murray
Charlotte Ellis Charles Peat
Mary Espenschied Mildred Peat
Jim Fiete  Keith Rabenberg
Dorothy Fiete Ann Reckelhoff 
Mrs. Charles Fischer Dave Reckelhoff
Dave Fitzgerald Maxine Reisenleiter
Patty Fitzgerald Kelly Smith
Joe Gill Jim Smith
Elaine Golfin Jim Strassner
Leon Golfin Yvonne C. Suess
Betty Gore M. Theresa Wasson
Dottie Higgenbothem Marcia Werremeyer
Jim Jones Sallie Westenberger
Ed Jordan Ed Wright Jr
Harold Jordan Emily Wynn
Pat Kelly Lee Wynn
 
History of the Brentwood Historical Society

For many years Anne Schall, City Collector kept records about the history of Brentwood. Then, in 1982, she and other senior citizens with students at Brentwood High School participated in a project about the history of the town. The project was under the guidance of Don Cline, chairman of the history department at Brentwood High School. It culminated in a public program at the high school attended by over a hundred citizens. Its success, acceptance, and the interest it generated encouraged Anne Schall to follow her dream of founding a historical Society. Barbara Gill worked with Anne on establishing the society. When Anne fell ill in December 1984, Barbara promised Anne her dream would become reality. Anne died on December 9, 1984.

With the help of Anne's friends, Lorraine Krewson, Herb Strassner, Bob Eastin, and Barbara Gill, papers seeking incorporation of a non-profit organization were filed with the State of Missouri. In January 1985, on his last day in office as Secretary of State, James Kirkpatrick, a good friend of Anne's, signed the incorporation papers, making the Brentwood Historical Society a reality. The stated objectives of the society are:

The purpose of this society shall be to bring together those people interested in history, and especially in the history of Brentwood. The major function will be to discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of the area; its exploration, settlement, development, and activities in peace and in war; its progress in population, wealth, education, arts, science, agriculture, manufactures, trade and transportation. It will collect printed material such as histories, genealogies, biographies, descriptions, gazettes, directories, newspapers, pamphlets, catalogs, circulars, handbills, programs, and posters; manuscript materials such as letters, diaries, journals, memoranda, reminiscences, rosters, service records, account books, charts, surveys, and field books; and museum materials such as photographs, paintings, portraits, scenes, aboriginal relics, and material objects illustrative of life, conditions, events, and activities of the past and the present.

The society will provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility, as far as may be feasible, to all who wish to examine or study it, to co-operate with officials in insuring the preservation and accessibility of the records and archives of Brentwood, to examine possibilities for preservation of historical buildings, monuments, and markers.

The society will disseminate historical information and arouse interest in the past by publishing historical material in the newspapers or otherwise; by holding meetings with pageants, addresses, lectures, papers, and discussion; by marking historic buildings, sites, and trails, and by using the media of radio and television to awaken public interest.

The society will co-operate with the State Historical Society to collect and preserve materials of statewide significance so that these materials can be made available to students and scholars.


During its first years, meetings were held at the City Hall conference room or at private homes. Information gathered by Anne Schall was stored at City Hall; materials gathered during the 1982 project were at the high school, while new material was kept at President Barbara Gill's home.

Following purchase by the City of the former Masonic Temple on Eulalie, and through the efforts of Alderman Lee Wynn and the support of City officials the society was offered use of a room for the Historical Society. This gave the society the opportunity to gather most of its materials in one location. However, this still was not a location suitable for access by the general public. In January 2003 the City made available a building at 8764 Rosalie. Due to the request by the U.S. Post Office for use of the 8764 location, another move of the society was made in 2007 to the new Public Works building at 8330 Manchester Road. At the end of December 2008, the City found a more permanent home for the Historical Society with the purchase of the house at 8754 Rosalie. The move was made in February 2009 into the Barlow House.

Information from the Recorder of Deeds office: The house at 8754 Rosalie Avenue occupies Lot # 8 of Block 2 in the Watsonia Subdivision. Watsonia was platted on April 9, 1908 by real estate agent William Tegethoff. He had purchased the site of 16 acres the previous day from J.S. and Rose Watson, (hence the name).

Tegethoff sold Lots 8 and 9 on August 3, 1909 to Daniel H. Schmitt and his wife Mettie. The price of the lots was $800, for which the Schmitts borrowed $534. At the same time, the Schmitts borrowed $1,200 to build the house; the deed restrictions required a minimum expenditure of $1,000. Apparently the Schmitts ran into financial problems. On March 18, 1911, they quitclaimed the property to Frank Tegethoff, who was probably William's brother.

Tegethoff held the property less than two months before selling it to Edward L. Barlow and Hattie for $2,735. The Barlows borrowed $1,818 in August. A year later they refinanced for $1,500. 8750 Rosalie is on Lot 9, so the Barlows have been there ever since. 8756/58 Rosalie is on Lot 7, which they must have bought later.

The family, along with Gladys who was born in 1910 and her older brother Tillie, moved into the house. Miss Barlow began her school life in the first Brentwood School and had the distinction of returning later to teach first grade in the same room. Gladys taught 1st grade at Brentwood No 1 until McGrath Elementary replaced it. She retired in 1975 after teaching for 42 years. She nurtured and educated scores of Brentwood children. Gladys lived in the home until ill health caused her to move to a nursing home in 2002.

Gladys was a member of the Historical Society from its inception She proved valuable information about the founding and early days of Brentwood. She died in 2006. The Society is proud to be in Gladys' former home.

The Historical Society's new location provides a place accessible for the public to study at certain times and days.

The goal of the Brentwood Historical Society continues to be "service to the community." Funding of the society is currently from membership dues, and private contributions as well as the strong support of the City in providing the facilities.