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A Look Back – 40 years of the Webster-Kirkwood Times



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The July 23, 199 issue featured Brother Mel Meyer. The painting above is a self-portrait.
July 06, 2018
 
The July 23, 1999, issue of the Webster-Kirkwood Times profiled the prolific, irrepressible artist Brother Mel Meyer. Though St. John Vianney's Brother Mel worked in many mediums, he will be best remembered for his sculptures, often whimsical, mostly abstract, that today can be found in public places throughout the St. Louis area and beyond.

 
"I find about 90 percent of creating art involves joy and the rest is work," Brother Mel said. Brother Mel died on Oct. 12, 2013. He was 85.

 
A trip to the Museum of Transportation in Kirkwood isn't complete without viewing the Frisco 1522 — a 1926 steam locomotive. But in August of 1999, following a recent $300,000 restoration, the old steamer was dealt a setback when it jumped the rails on the way to Galesburg, Illinois, for a summer railroad festival. The derailment caused extensive damage.

 
Also in August 1999, the Webster Groves Public Library began holding public meetings for input into the building's expansion. It would be more than 10 years later, however, before new construction began. The library's major expansion project was completed in December of 2012.

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