Having much family history in St. Louis, a little history brings life to the names on the pages of this site. The Michels live and worked on Market Street in the 1800's, having arrived about 1845-50 and living through the end of the century.
In 1821, Missouri was admitted as a slave state
In December 1848, cholera cases were reported after several steamboats crowded with immigrants likely brought the disease. In the spring and summer of 1849, cholera spread throughout the population to epidemic proportions, killing nearly 5,000 people. (source)
January 11, 1865 - Missouri abolishes slavery without compensation to slave owners.
The Great Cyclone of 1896
1904 World's Fair