We are now finally residing in St.Charles, Missouri. And before I write of our exciting adventures here, I first want to share with you some fascinating information regarding a fellow traveler whom we met in our rv park at our stop in Illinois. I am always intrigued about the life stories of other people traveling around in recreational vehicles as we do. Some are our age, and their only goal is to stay where is it cool in the summer and hot in the winter. Others are young and traveling with young children while still pursuing their careers, namely in point, construction workers. In California we met people in the film industry who move around, and there are also traveling nurses who are mobile. One man pulled a small trailer along with his home, it was filled with toys which he daily mails out.
Back to the story of the house. In 1819 it was sold to Alex Stuart, son of the famous Confederate General Jeb Stuart. He also used it for his slaves. In 1832 it was purchased by Julius Utz, who divided the land between two nephews. One of them was Major James Utz, hung in 1864 as a Confederate spy. He had received a stay of execution from A. Lincoln, but it arrived too late. Major Utz's widow lived in the house until she sold it in 1914 to Gregory Tesson. That family and descendants lived in the house until 1993.