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Most towns have someone they are proud of. St. Joseph touts a few. Walter Cronkite & Jane Wyman were born here. Jesse James lived and died here. It is also the birth place of Aunt Jemima Pancakes. My mama could cook about anything from scratch, but she used Aunt Jemima's pancake mix.
Yes, there was Jane Wyman, Yep, she called St. Joe home. Some of you older folk will remember her. Sherry smiled when she saw Jane Wyman.
We are in the local Patee House Museum. It was a very famous hotel. Here is something that believe it or not I have operated. You probably never heard a man ask, 'Number Please', well a boy of 19-20 anyway. There is one lady on here who has operated one of these, right Paula? Ora or Lucy maybe??.
right into tis office to get his mail bags. The sender paid $5 an ounce to send a letter on to the West coast.
My dad was always B.F. Darnell to me. He would joke that his name was Benjamin Franklin Thoma Jefferson Roosevelt Darnell. Dad's birth certificate was destroyed in a court house fire. He needed one to get a pass port. While researching for this I found his name to be Frank B. Darnell. Then I find that Frank and Jesse James were Folk heros to the folks of Georgia. Considered by many to be Robin Hoods of the old west. A little known fact about dad, he was named for Frank James. His brother 'Jesse James Darnell' was named for Jesse. Dad never told me this. I learned later from someone else.
Another unique thing Frank & Jesse's dad was a preacher (so was my dad). Robert James helped found a college near here.
I guess Frank and Jesse gave meaning to, 'preacher's kids are mean.'
Here is the happy couple in front of a carrousel in the museum. I love this cowboy stuff.
Leaving out, we passed the house Jesse lived in and where he was killed. It was moved to this site next to the old hotel as part of the Museum.
In the back ground you can see the museum with Jesse's house there on the left. Pony Express Hq was in the museum.