Dec 20

A Look Back with the County Executive: Frontier Law Enforcement

Posted on December 20, 2018 at 1:17 PM by County Executive

St. Charles County law enforcement history dates back to the late 1700s when Louis Blanchette served as the first civil and military commandant of San Carlos, which would become St. Charles. Later, after the Louisiana Purchase, Mackey Wherry was appointed as the first sheriff. Law enforcement was difficult in this growing frontier county, and the community was no stranger to major challenges and societal issues of the era. From the beginning, officers had to balance a wide range of responsibilities and demands in their work.

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Nov 16

A Look Back with the County Executive: World War I in St. Charles County

Posted on November 16, 2018 at 9:05 AM by County Executive

On November 11, 1918, world leaders signed the Armistice ending World War I after four years. Since then, Armistice Day and Remembrance Day are recognized annually on Nov. 11 by the nations involved in the war. In 1954, Congress renamed the day to Veterans Day in the United States to honor all who served in the military. 

With a large German-American population and over 1,000 citizens enlisted, World War I deeply affected St. Charles County. On this 100th anniversary of the armistice and the reopening of the Soldiers Memorial Museum in St. Louis, it is fitting to look back at how the “war to end all wars,” as it was once called, shaped our community.

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Oct 17

A Look Back with the County Executive: Growing Up in St. Charles

Posted on October 17, 2018 at 12:19 PM by County Executive

“The more things change, the more they remain the same.”

This famous quote rings true when looking at the dynamics between current and past generations in our ever-changing world. For example, today’s millennials often get a “bad rap” by older adults, but the World War II Generation had similar difficulties in understanding Baby Boomers. St. Charles County’s residents have not been immune to these growing pains. Looking back at issues surrounding youth and families in the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s in our community provides interesting insights for where we are today.

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