Friederich Wohlschläger was among the many German immigrants to settle
in Carondelet Township of south St Louis County, MO, in the 1820s and
‘30s. His son Jacob (1829-ca1894), who was born and raised in
Mehlville, moved some 4 miles west to Georgetown as a young adult and
established a general merchandise store near what is today the
intersection of Denny & Gravois Roads in Sappington. He was named
Postmaster in 1865 and held that position until his death.
the Civil War, Jacob organized a drive to raise money for a United
States flag for the town. Several residents pledged a total of
$8.00 and the ladies of the community made the 34-star flag. It is said
he was prompted to take this step when Confederate General Sterling
Price set up camp in the neighborhood. When it was raised over
Jacob's store, there was no doubt as to the town's allegiance.
items in this collection, Jacob’s subscription list, the flag and one of
the account ledgers from his store, later became the possessions of his
son George J C Wohlschlaeger, Sr (1866-1943), who succeeded him as
proprietor of the store and as Postmaster. Their descendant, John
Wohlschlaeger, donated them to the EM Violette Museum in 1949.