Category Archives: Missouri History

A Death in Havana

Americans traveled far more in the 19th century than we globe trotters of the 21st think.  Death at sea was quite common, either from ship wreck, under mysterious circumstances, or illness.   Once such death happened to Joshua Norvell. Joshua … Continue reading

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Letters to Mr. Jefferson

Americans today view their president for the most part as a distant figure, protected by the secret service, and for the most part unreachable. It is surprising then to note that in the 19th century, Americans often wrote to the … Continue reading

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America’s Salesman

Saunders Norvell (1864 – 1949) was the son of Lewis Connor Norvell and Sarah Saunders.  He spent most of his life in hardware wholesaling. He was born in Canada and grew up in St. Louis. At age seventeen he began working as … Continue reading

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