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Identifier: A0380

Title: Joseph Desloge Collection, 1812-1963


Joseph Desloge was descended from one of Missouri's pioneer families. Firmin Desloge, Sr., a native of France, became a citizen of Missouri in 1828. He established a trading post in Washington County where he exchanged merchandise for lead and furs. Firmin Desloge, Jr., was born in 1843. He was engaged in the lead mining business, and in 1873 he established the Desloge Lead Company in St. Francois County, Missouri. Joseph Desloge was chairman of the board of Minerva Oil Company and Killark Electric Manufacturing Company and president of Louisiana Manufacturing Company and Atlas Manufacturing Company. He donated 2,400 acres of land in Reynolds County, Missouri, which became known as Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park. He was responsible for helping in the restoration of the Holy Family Church in Cahokia, Old St. Ferdinand's Church in Florissant, and the Old Cathedral in St. Louis. He also served on the board of trustees for the Missouri Historical Society.

Collection includes letter of J. Russel to Thomas Howard, 1812; papers of Desloge Lead Company, 1884-1901; broadside titled "Sale of Crow Indian Lands, at Crow Agency, Montana," October 20, 1927; New Year's greeting card of Maison de Bernard, 4378 Lindell Boulevard, 1924-1925, which includes a sketch of the house; letters and photographs concerning the purchasing of antiques by the Desloge family; personal and professional letters to Desloge, 1940-1949, concerning St. Louis benevolent societies; correspondence regarding the Cahokia 250th anniversary association celebration, 1949; clippings regarding the Holy Family Church in Cahokia, 1949; drawings and itemized bills of development of the Jefferson Barracks Park, 1950-1959; and reports of the St. Louis County Historic Park Association. Also includes transcriptions of letters of the Desloge family, 1815-1856. Many of the letters were written by the Desloge family in France to Firmin Desloge in Potosi, Missouri. (Includes Firmin Desloge's will and the inventory of his estate.) The correspondence between Firmin Desloge and Ferdinand and Francis Rozier relates to business matters. Also includes letters concerning the action in the French Revolution. The original letters are in the possession of the Desloge family and were translated and transcribed by Josephine C. Cobb in 1931. She also included genealogical information on the Hord, Desloge, Rozier, and McIlvaine families in the first volume of the letters. Collection also contains Christmas cards, brochures on the mining industry, debut lists for St. Louis, 1936 and 1939; nineteenth-century letters and papers of the Howard and Desloge families; French World War I identity papers of Joseph Desloge, May 14, 1917; typescript biography of Joseph Desloge; portfolio of German World War I prints by Eisele: "Aus Meiner Sturnzeit beim Sturnbatl.2" and flier from the Friends of German Democracy, New York, "Warum ist Amerika in den Krieg gezogen"; legal contracts concerning the building and endowment of the Firmin Desloge Hospital, 1930-1932; items relating to the Farrar family; letters of Father Pierre-Jean DeSmet to Francis LePere, 1864-1873; European travel diaries of Eliza and Ethel Riddle, 1906. Ms. Riddle was a psychologist at John Burroughs School. She rented a "log cabin" on the grounds of Vouzier from Joseph Desloge and these volumes were found later on the grounds.

Typed inventory of the contents of Box 4 within box.

4 boxes; 3 volumes

Cite as: Joseph Desloge Collection, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1812-1963

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Russel, J.

Subjects: Property
Indians of North America
Crow Indians
New Year
Administration of estates
French Revolution
Mineral industries
World War, 1914-1918


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