Here are some of my photos of the Christmas‘s past and now.

There is Santa Claus, also known as Saint NicholasFather ChristmasKris Kringle, and simply “Santa“, is a figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloric origins who, in many western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24.

Christmas decorations, is any of several types of decorations used at Christmastime. The traditional colours of Christmas are pine green (evergreen), snow white, and heart red. Blue and white are often used to represent winter, or sometimes Hanukkah, which occurs around the same time. Gold and silver are also very common, as are just about any other metallic colour. Typical icons of the holiday include Baby JesusSanta Claus, and the star of Bethlehem. Typical winter icons include snowflakessnowmenicicles, and even penguins and polar bear.

Gingerbread houses, is often used to build gingerbread houses similar to the “witch’s house” encountered by Hansel and Gretel. These houses, covered with a variety of candies and icing, are popular Christmas decorations, often built by children with the help of their parents.

Snowmen, is an anthropomorphic snow sculpture. They are customarily built by children as part of a family project in celebration of winter. In some cases, participants in winter festivals will build large numbers of snowmen. Because a snowman is situation-specific, it is a good example of popular installation art.

Typical snowmen feature three snowballs, and some additional accouterments for facial and other features. Common accessories include branches for arms and a rudimentary smiley face, other possibilities are a carrot nose. Human clothing, such as hat or scarf may even be included. Low-cost and availability are an issue, since snowman are usually in a cold and/or wet environment, and abandoned to the elements once completed. Melting and sublimation is a common end of life scenario for most snowmen.

Christmas ornaments are decorations (usually made of glassmetalwood or ceramics) that are used to festoon a Christmas tree. Ornaments take many different forms, from a simple round ball to highly artistic designs. Ornaments are almost always reused year after year, rather than purchased annually, and family collections often contain a combination of commercially produced ornaments and decorations created by family members. Such collections are often passed on and augmented from generation to generation.

Santa Claus is a commonly used figure. Candy canes, fruit, animals, snowmenangels and snowflake imagery are also popular choices.

Christmas lights are lights used for decoration around Christmas. The use of decorative, festive lighting during the Christmas holiday season is a long standing tradition in many Christian cultures, and has been adopted as a secular practice in a number of other non-Christian, or predominantly non-Christian, cultures

Santa in a Store | Stock Photo

Santa in a Store | Stock Photo

Christmas lights on a house in Webster Groves, Missouri | Stock Photo

Christmas lights on a house in Webster Groves, Missouri | Stock Photo

Christmas Gingerbread House | Stock Photo

Christmas Gingerbread House | Stock Photo

Christmas Gingerbread House | Stock Photo

Christmas Gingerbread House | Stock Photo

Christmas at Sunset Country Club | Stock Photo

Christmas at Sunset Country Club | Stock Photo

Snowmen | Dital Oil Painting

Snowmen | Digital Oil Painting

Snowmen | Stock Photo

Snowmen | Stock Photo

Snowman | Stock Photo

Snowman | Stock Photo

Christmas Florida Style | Stock Photo

Christmas Florida Style | Stock Photo

Christmas Decorations | Stock Photo

Christmas Decorations | Stock Photo

Christmas Decorations | Stock Photo

Christmas Decorations | Stock Photo

Christmas Decorations | Stock Photo

Christmas Decorations | Stock Photo

Christmas Decorations | Stock Photo

Christmas Decorations | Stock Photo

Christmas lights on a house in Webster Groves, Missouri | Stock Photo

Christmas lights on a house in Webster Groves, Missouri | Stock Photo

Christmas with Snoopy | Stock Photo

Christmas with Snoopy | Stock Photo

 

 

 

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Sunset Country Club wanted to have their photos of the course updated and asked me to help in the project. This may take some time, because of weather, light and time of the year. It takes time to get a quality photograph. Here is the story of the heritage of Sunset Country Club.

In 1910 Adolphus Busch decided Saint Louis needed a social and dining club in south St. Louis County. He wanted a hilly, undeveloped, wooded site that would permit privacy and an opportunity to share in nature’s beauty, and one that would serve Anheuser-Busch products exclusively.

Adolphus completed the acquisition of the initial 26 acres, upon which he constructed the Sunset Inn, which opened in November 1910.  From 1910 to 1916, the Sunset Inn served its 1,800 members with some of the finest dining available in the area; accompanied by his Anheuser-Busch products.

August A Busch Sr. took the lead on the purchase of additional land, and in May 1911, he formed the Sunset Hill Country Club in a small building adjacent to the Sunset Inn.  With the death of Adolphus Busch in 1913, it fell to August Sr. to continue the legacy of Sunset.

Carleton was familiar with the Foulis brothers – Robert, Jim and David – from work they had done at other area courses.  He convinced August and Eberhard that the Foulis’ were the right choice to design the new Sunset Hill course.

One of the brothers, Jim Foulis, was the first golf professional in the western United States, serving as professional at the Chicago GC.  When he won the second U.S. Open in 1896 at Shinnecock CC, his services as a designer, as well as a player, were in high demand.  His brother Robert was considered as one of the finest professional-greenkeepers in the country, and his knowledge of grasses was unsurpassed.  The third brother – David – was an excellent clubmaker.  Natives of Saint Andrews, Scotland, “birthplace of golf,” the brothers, who learned their golf from Old Tom Morris, became known as the Founding Fathers of Midwest Golf!

In addition to designing Sunset’s original course, the Foulis’ also helped lay out other prestigious courses in our area—the original Bellerive, Glen Echo, Algonquin, and the Bogey Club and Log Cabin Club courses, as well as performing the construction on the courses at Forest Park, Normandie GC, Ruth Park and the original course for Westwood CC (today Westborough CC).

When the course was completed in the spring of 1917, it was hailed as one of the most beautiful and best designs in the country.

However, like most private clubs, Sunset Hill suffered through the years of The Great Depression and temporarily closed its doors in 1937.  A few months later, a group of former Sunset Hill members approached Anheuser-Busch to reorganize the club, which they did in 1938, renaming the club Sunset CC.  In 1944, Anheuser-Busch was approached by the club with an offer to sell the club to the membership. After consulting with Alice Busch, the widow of August A. Busch Sr., who held deed to 95-acres, the sale was completed in 1945.

 

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course hole 7 | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course hole 7 | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

Sunset Country Club Golf Course | Stock Photo

 

 

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Bob Knight was in St Louis for the St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer last night to a sold out crowd at the Ritz Carlton. Among the other celebrates there Mike Matheny the new St Louis Cardinal skipper, Matt Holiday Cardinals left fielder and Chris Long with St Louis Rams. The St Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer is a nonprofit,charitable organization which has annual dinner held with a sports theme to it and to help raise money to fight cancer. The money that is collect from the events is given to local cancer charities for research, prevention and care.  Funds are channeled through various organizations and earmarked for specific programs in our community. This year Bob Knight drew the biggest audience in the 40 plus years of the origination. As part of the group my job was to photograph the event. And what a great job it was because I able to be around Bob Knight and listen to is wonderful stores.

St Louis Men

St Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer with Bob Knight

St Louis Men

St Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer with Bob Knight

St Louis Men

St Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer with Bob Knight

St Louis Men

St Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer with Bob Knight with Mike Matheny

St Louis Men

St Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer with Bob Knight – St Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny

St Louis Men

St Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer with Bob Knight – Rams Chris Long

St Louis Men

St Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer with Bob Knight – St Louis Cardinals Matt Holiday

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Bellefontaine Cemetery (established in 1849) and the Roman Catholic Calvary Cemetery (established in 1857) in St. Louis, Missouri are adjacent burial grounds, which have numerous historic and extravagant tombstones and mausoleums. They are the necropolis for a number of prominent local and state politicians, as well as soldiers of the American Civil War.

Founders planned Bellefontaine Cemetery to make room for development in the business area before the cholera epidemic of 1849. That event made it more critical for the city to have room for burials. It was not until later that doctors understood the relation between the epidemics and water supplies, but the residents benefited by moving burials away from the river, which might have become infected by water leaching past the remains of infected people. The original St. Louis cemetery was by the Old Cathedral in Downtown St. Louis near the Mississippi River. Bodies from that cemetery (including that of city co-founder Auguste Chouteau) were moved to Bellefontaine.

Bellefontaine Cemetery at 4947 W Florissant, St. Louis, is the burial ground for prominent pioneers to the West. It was founded in 1849 by a group of prominent men in the city, led by banker and former mayorWilliam McPherson. He realized the cemeteries on Jefferson Street would have to be abandoned to allow for the city’s westward growth. They purchased 138 acres of the Hempstead Farm on the former military road to Fort Bellefontaine; the cemetery was named after it. The founders hired Almerin Hotchkiss as landscape architect from Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York to design and maintain the grounds. He designed most of the roadways and landscaping, and directed cemetery operation as Superintendent for decades. Before 1900, additional purchases of land were made, to total 314 acres, so the cemetery would have room for growth.

In June 1849 the city was hit by a cholera epidemic, and by August about 10 percent of the population had perished – 4500 people. Many were buried at Bellefontaine in its early state.

The cemetery was the resting place for several victims of the 1855 railway accident known as the Gasconade Bridge train disaster. Also buried in the Bellefontaine Cemetery are a number of the famous Busch and Lemp family of brewers.

The cemetery contains over 14 miles of paved roads, a section with several dozen mausolea (“mausoleum city”), and a row of very tall obelisk monuments, most with elaborate bases.

Photos of the mausoleums are Wainwright, Lemp, William Nolker, Adolphus Busch, A D Brown, James Louis Westlake

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