Monday, December 12

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch / Honoring Capt. Thomas Targee

In case you missed it, this is a copy/paste of a piece that came out on Saturday in the Post.

"Framed by a replica of a painting of his great, great grandfather Capt. Thomas B. Targee at St. Louis Fire Department headquarters near downtown St. Louis, Richard Targee Smith of Warson Woods greets his daughter Margaret Moore of Ballwin with a kiss on the hand as the two talk together Saturday, December 10, 2011, following a dedication ceremony for a fireboat searchlight salvaged from the Capt. Targee Fire Boat, named after the Captain who died fighting "the great fire of 1849" in St. Louis. The fire started on the steamboat "White Cloud" on May 17, 1849, and, with the help of strong winds, ignited 23 steamboats, 9 flatboats, and 430 buildings over 15 blocks of St. Louis. Three people died in the fire. The fire led to the development of a professional fire department. Photo by Erik M. Lunsford"

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