SOURCE: St. Clair Chronicle, 4-9-1959
(hand written date)
ST. CLAIR FOUNDED APRIL 12, 1859
In preparation for the Chronicle's observance of the 100th anniversary of the founding of St. Clair, a letter was written to the National Archive and Records Service, Washingon (sp) D. C. to which a reply was received March 11 as follows:
"Records of the Post Office Department in our custody show that the post office at St. Clair was established at Travellers Repose on July 8, 1843. Its name was changed to St. Clair on April 12, 1859."
Checking further, the Chronicle found in its file a brochure printed for the St. Clair Booster club about eight years ago. The brochure gives April 12, 1859 as the date of the founding of St. Clair.
In conversations with Mrs. Drucilla Briegleb before her death about three years ago, she verified for the publisher that St. Clair was founded April 12, 1859. She was almost 100 years old when she died and remembered the arrival of the first train (not the Frisco at that time). It is commonly accepted that the name St. Clair derives from a popular railroad engineer of 1859 whose name was St. Clair.
Though there are conflicting records, (Goodspeed's History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford and Gasconade Counties states that the first settler came in 1848--six years after the founding of the Travellers Repose Post Office)--The date April 12, 1859 is apparently correct according to the three sources given above.
Whether or not St. Clair will observe its Centennial is a moot question but it is the sincere desire of the newspaper that an overall community project can be achieved. There is no better goal than the purchase of land for a city park since a city park would benefit everyone in the community rather than a fractional segment of the population. With this in mind, the publisher has worked as chairman of the Planned Progress Program since May of last year to arrange for the possible purchase of land near town and is waiting now to have definite word from the owner, M. F. A.