A Look Back – 40 years of the Webster-Kirkwood Times
A new book, "Meriwether Lewis," on the front page of the Sept. 4, 2009, Webster-Kirkwood Times.
September 14, 2018
The Sept. 4, 2009, issue of the Webster-Kirkwood Times profiled local author Thomas C. Danisi and his new book, "Meriwether Lewis," co-authored with John C. Jackson. The result of 14 years of research, the book delves into the mystery of Lewis' death at the young age of 35. The authors determined that the explorer was not murdered, nor did he commit suicide as many historians claim, but they attribute his death to untreated malaria.
A new law went into effect on Aug. 29, 2009, making it illegal for those 21 or younger to text while driving. The Times explored how the law might be enforced, and whether it should be expanded to include drivers of all ages.
In other news, East Kirkham Avenue — from Elm Avenue north to the boundary with Brentwood — officially became South Brentwood Avenue. The name change was tied to a proposed four-building office complex to be built on Kirkham. The complex was never built.
In Kirkwood, school district residents were given the opportunity to meet the district's new superintendent, Tom Williams, at a Sept. 14 open house.