St. Charles, Missouri

Saint Charles is a city in, and the county seat of, St. Charles County, Missouri, United States.[4] The population was 65,794 at the 2010 census, making St. Charles the ninth-largest city in Missouri. Situated on the Missouri River, it is a northwestern suburb of St. Louis.

Founded circa 1769 as Les Petites Côtes, or "The Little Hills" in French, by Louis Blanchette, a French-Canadian fur trader,[5] when the area was nominally ruled by Spain following the Seven Years' War, St. Charles is the third-oldest city in Missouri. For a time, it played a significant role in the United States' westward expansion as a river port and starting point of the Boone's Lick Road to the Boonslick.

St. Charles was settled primarily by French-speaking colonists from Canada in its early days and was considered the last "civilized" stop by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804, which was exploring the western territory after the United States made the Louisiana Purchase.[6] The city served as the first Missouri capital from 1821 to 1826,[7] and is the site of the Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne shrine.[8]

St. Charles, Missouri
Historic Main Street
Historic Main Street
Location in the state of Missouri
Location in the state of Missouri
CountryUnited States
StateMissouri
CountySaint Charles
Government
 • MayorSally Faith
Area
 • Total24.03 sq mi (62.24 km2)
 • Land23.65 sq mi (61.25 km2)
 • Water0.38 sq mi (0.98 km2)
Population
 • Total65,794
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
69,293
 • Density2,700/sq mi (1,100/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Area codes636, 314
Websitewww.stcharlescitymo.gov

History

Native American peoples inhabited the area at least as early as 11000 B.C. When European emigres arrived, the area was inhabited by the Ilini, Osage and Missouri tribes.

According to Hopewell's Romantic Legends of the Missouri and Mississippi: Blanchette met another French Canadian (Bernard Guillet) at the site of St. Charles in 1765. Blanchette, determined to settle there, asked if Guillet, who had become a chief of a Dakota tribe, had chosen a name for it.

"I called the place 'Les Petites Côtes' " replied Bernard, "from the sides of the hills that you see."
"By that name shall it be called", said Blanchette Chasseur, "for it is the echo of nature — beautiful from its simplicity."

Blanchette settled there circa 1769 under the authority of the Spanish governor of Upper Louisiana (the area had been ceded by France to Spain under an agreement with Great Britain following French defeat in the French and Indian Wars). He was appointed as the territory's civil and military leader, serving until his death in 1793. Although the settlement was under Spanish jurisdiction, the settlers were primarily Native American and French Canadians who had migrated from northern territories.

Considered to begin in St. Charles, the Boone's Lick Road along the Missouri River was the major overland route for settlement of central and western Missouri. This area became known as the Boonslick or "Boonslick Country." At Franklin, the trail ended. Westward progress continued on the Santa Fe Trail.

San Carlos Borromeo

The first church, built in 1791, was Catholic and dedicated to the Italian saint Charles Borromeo, under the Spanish version of his name, San Carlos Borromeo. The town became known as San Carlos del Misuri: "St. Charles of the Missouri". The original location of the church is not known but a replica has been built just off Main Street. The fourth St. Charles Borromeo Church now stands on Fifth Street.

The Spanish Lieutenant-Governor Carlos de Hault de Lassus appointed Daniel Boone as commandant of the Femme Osage District, which he served as until the United States government assumed control in 1804 following the Louisiana Purchase. The name of the town, San Carlos, was anglicized to St. Charles. William Clark arrived in St. Charles on May 16, 1804. With him were 40 men and three boats; they made final preparations, as they waited for Meriwether Lewis to arrive from St. Louis. They attended dances, dinners, and a church service during this time, and the town residents, excited to be part of the national expedition, were very hospitable to the explorers. Lewis arrived via St. Charles Rock Road on May 20. The expedition launched the next day in a keel boat at 3:30 pm. St. Charles was the last established American town the expedition visited for more than two and a half years.

State capital and growth

When Missouri was granted statehood in 1821, the legislature decided to build a "City of Jefferson" to serve as the state capital, in the center of the state, overlooking the Missouri River. Since this land was undeveloped at the time, a temporary capital was needed. St. Charles beat eight other cities in a competition to house the temporary capital, offering free meeting space for the legislature in rooms located above a hardware store. This building is preserved as the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site and may be toured. The Missouri government continued to meet there until Jefferson City was ready in 1826.

Gottfried Duden was a German who visited in the area in 1824. Travelling under the guidance of Daniel M. Boone, he wrote extensive accounts of life in St. Charles County during his year there. He published these after returning to Germany in 1829, and his favorable impressions of the area led to the immigration of a number of Germans in 1833. The first permanent German settler in the region was probably Louis Eversman, who arrived with Duden but decided to stay. St. Charles, Missouri, is where the first claimed interstate project started in 1956. A state highway marker is displayed with a logo and information regarding this claim, off Interstate 70 going westbound, to the right of the First Capitol Drive exit. Kansas and Pennsylvania also lay claim to the first interstate project.

Government

St. Charles is a charter city under the Missouri Constitution, with a City Council as the governing body, consisting of one member for each of the ten wards, each serving a three-year term.[9] The executive head of the City government is the Mayor for all legal and ceremonial purposes. The Mayor appoints the members of the various Boards, Commissions, and Committees created by ordinance. The current mayor is Sally Faith; she was sworn in on April 19, 2011.[10]

Ward City Council Member[11]
1 Mary Ann Ohms
2 Tom Besselman
3 Vince Ratchford
4 Mary West
5 John Hanneke
6 Jerry Reese
7 Dave Beckering
8 Rod Hermann
9 Bart Haberstroh
10 Bridget Ohmes

Education

The City of St. Charles School District has six elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, and the Lewis & Clark Tech Building located on Zumbehl Road. St. Charles High School (sometimes called SCHS or simply "High") was the first built of the two high schools in (year?). St. Charles West (SCW or simply "West") was added in the late 1970s in response to the city's growing population. St. Charles West had its first graduation in 1979. St. Charles High School underwent renovation in 1995 to improve both the exterior and interior of the building, as did St. Charles West in 2005, in which a new library and auxiliary gym were built. The city is also served by Jefferson Intermediate, which has all 5th and 6th grade classes, and Hardin Middle School, which has all 7th and 8th grade classes.

St. Charles is the location of a variety of private schools, including Immanuel Lutheran (Pre-K to 8), Zion Lutheran (Pre-K to 8), St. Charles Borromeo, St. Peter's, St. Cletus (K-8), Academy of the Sacred Heart (founded by Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, and the site of her shrine), Duchesne High School (formerly named St. Peter High school), and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton-St. Robert Bellarmine (K-8).

Other schools are associated with the Francis Howell and the Orchard Farm school districts, which also serve parts of St. Charles. Many students who live on the southern edge of St. Charles City attend Henderson, Becky David and Harvest Ridge elementary schools, Barnwell Middle, and Francis Howell North High School. The Orchard Farm School District, to the North, also serves St. Charles but is based outside the city, like Francis Howell School District, it has two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.

Lindenwood University is located on Kingshighway, near downtown St. Charles and St. Charles High. Founded by Major George Sibley and his wife Mary in 1827 as a women's school named Lindenwood School For Girls, the institution is the second-oldest higher-education institution west of the Mississippi River.[12] The university is a private university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. LU is one of the fastest-growing universities in the Midwest and enrolls close to 15,000 students. In 2006 it briefly attracted publicity when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals staged a small protest against its unusual tuition fee policies.[13] Lindenwood hosts 89.1 The Wood (KCLC), a commercial-free student-driven radio station.

St. Charles was also home to the now defunct St. Charles College (Missouri) (which should not be confused with St. Charles Community College),[14] and Vatterott College.[15]

Economy

According to the City's 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[16] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Ameristar Casinos 1,620
2 St. Charles County 1,500
3 SSM St. Joseph Health Center 1,352
4 Boeing 1,170
5 City of St. Charles School District 852
6 Client Services Inc. 698
7 Lindenwood University 618
8 AT&T Missouri 600
9 Central States Coca-Cola 500
10 City of St. Charles 494

Leading Contract Research Organization and Biotechnology Corporation Pharma Medica opened its first US location in St. Charles in 2013 and began operating clinical trials in February 2014, with the intent to create 320 high tech jobs by early 2017.

Recreation and development

St. Charles lies near the eastern end of the Katy Trail, a 225-mile (362 km) long state park enjoyed by bikers and walkers which was adapted from railroad right-of-way. Since the late 1970s, there has been healthy new home construction, commercial growth and explosive population growth in the St. Charles area. The phrase "Golden Triangle" was coined for this area in the Eighties, referring to the rate of real estate development in the St. Charles County region bordered by highways Interstate 70, Interstate 64, and Route 94.

St. Charles has a historic shopping district on Main street with numerous restored buildings housing restaurants and various specialty stores. It offers most standard living features (with the exception of a public golf course) usually found in a community of its size. The city also has many special events and features related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 2007, St. Charles welcomed men's professional road bicycle racing riders and fans as it served as the stage 5 final for the 2007 Tour of Missouri.

As of 2015, walking food tours down Main Street can be taken through the company Dishing Up America. These tours take customers to the locally famous restaurants in the city.

A new feature (opened November 2006) of the St. Charles Parks and Recreation System is a dog park on the north side of town as a part of DuSable Park-Bales Area. This off-leash dog area has two sections- one for smaller dogs, one for larger.

The St. Charles Convention Center brings visitors to town. The Family Arena, a city-owned 11,000-seat venue, was built in 1999 near the Missouri River; it is used by minor league sports franchises and hosts events.

Sports

The city has been home to several minor league sports teams. The Missouri River Otters hockey team of the United Hockey League, played from 1999 until the team folded in 2006. The River Otters played at the 11,000-seat Family Arena owned by the county of St. Charles.[17] The St. Louis Ambush is a professional indoor soccer team that plays in the Family Arena. The RiverCity Rage professional indoor football team played in St. Charles from 2001 until 2005, and from 2007 to 2009 before suspending operations for 2010. Since 2014 there is a new minor league soccer team in town, the St. Louis Ambush at the Family Arena.[18][19]

Team Sport League Established Venue Championships
River City Raiders Indoor football Champions Indoor Football 2013 Family Arena
St. Louis Ambush Indoor soccer MISL/PASL 2013 Family Arena
St Louis RiverSharks Basketball MPBA 2015 Family Arena
Gateway Steam Basketball MPBA 2015 Family Arena

Riverfront St. Charles

The Riverfront and Main Street area in the St. Charles Historic District is a central gathering place and focal point for the community. The primary features of the riverfront and Historic Main Street are residences and businesses. Each block features shops, restaurants, and offices frequented by visitors and locals. Much is planned for the development and improvement of the area, including a northward extension of the Katy Trail, residential and commercial development, parking garage expansion, casino expansion, and development of hotels.

The "Christmas Traditions Festival", one of the nation's largest Christmas festivals, takes place on the streets of St. Charles annually. It starts the day after Thanksgiving and continues until the Saturday after Christmas. Over 30 costumed Legends of Christmas stroll the streets and interact with guests, while Victorian Era Christmas Carolers fill the air with old-fashioned carols. Every Saturday and Sunday, the Legends of Christmas and the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps take part in the Santa Parade as it heads up Historic South Main Street to the site of the First Missouri State Capitol.

On the Fourth of July fireworks displays draw large numbers on two nights, July 4 and another night before or after the Fourth. Many bring blankets to sit near the riverfront. Others opt to view the festivities from the Old Courthouse. The festival, named Riverfest, has been sponsored by the city of St. Charles and organized by a volunteer committee formed of city residents and sponsoring private organization (like the Jaycees) leaders.

The Festival of the Little Hills is a historic St. Charles tradition that takes place every year in August, the third full weekend of the month. Started in 1971, this festival is known nationally as one of the top ten craft fairs.[20] It runs through an entire weekend featuring great food, live entertainment, craft sales, and shows for kids. The festival is related to the famous Lewis & Clark expedition: many participants don clothing from the era and re-enact historic events. The city also encourages individuals to bring homemade crafts, jewelry, paintings, clothing and other items to sell at the festival.

Oktoberfest, held near the river, celebrates the historic German influence on the city. Many vendors sell beer and other German goods. It includes a parade. Missouri Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish American Heritage and Culture held each Spring, coinciding as closely as possible with April 6. This is the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. The Founding Fathers are said to have drawn from this document in drafting our own Constitution. The event features a parade with marching bagpipers from around the World and region, Scottish heavy athletics (caber toss, hammer throw, etc.), musical entertainment, traditional and contemporary foods and lots of fun. Highlights include the Kirkin' o' the Tartans (ceremony of blessing for the Scottish clans), displays of traditional Scottish clan Tartans, and demonstrations of traditional Scottish activities and games.

The Fete de Glace is an ice carving competition and demonstration held on North Main Street in mid-January. The Missouri River Irish Festival is held every September in Frontier Park and on Main Street to celebrate Irish Heritage with music, dancing, storytelling, athletics, food, and fun.[21] During Quilts on Main Street, hundreds of quilts are displayed outside the shops on storefronts and balconies. This event is held annually in September. The Bluegrass Festival in Frontier Park on the big stage of Jaycee's pavilion is held early in September every year, featuring local and regional acts.

Sister cities

Transportation

According to the FHA, St. Charles was the site of the first interstate highway project in the nation.[22] Major highways include Interstates 64 and 70, Missouri 370, Missouri 94, and Missouri 364. Also see: St. Charles Area Transit

Geography

St. Charles is located about 20 miles northwest of St. Louis. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.03 square miles (62.24 km2), of which 23.65 square miles (61.25 km2) is land and 0.38 square miles (0.98 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18501,498
18603,239116.2%
18705,57072.0%
18805,014−10.0%
18906,16122.9%
19007,98229.6%
19109,43718.2%
19208,503−9.9%
193010,49123.4%
194010,8033.0%
195014,31432.5%
196021,18948.0%
197031,83450.2%
198037,37917.4%
199054,55546.0%
200060,32110.6%
201065,7949.1%
Est. 201669,293[3]5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[23]

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 65,794 people, 26,715 households, and 16,128 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,782.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,074.1/km2). There were 28,590 housing units at an average density of 1,208.9 per square mile (466.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.5% White, 5.9% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.

There were 26,715 households of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.6% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 36.6 years. 19.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 13.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 13.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

According to 2014, American Community Survey 5-year Estimates the median income for a household in the city was $56,622, and the median income for a family was $73,234. Males had a median income of $51,477 versus $40,311 females. The per capita income for the city was $29,645. 8.8% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

2000 census

As of the census[24] of 2000, there were 60,321 people, 24,210 households, and 15,324 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,962.4 people per square mile (1,143.9/km²). There were 25,283 housing units at an average density of 1,241.6 per square mile (479.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.28% White, 3.48% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.01% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.97% of the population.

There were 24,210 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $47,782, and the median income for a family was $60,175. Males had a median income of $40,827 versus $27,778 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,607. About 4.6% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

Developments

A new residential development is New Town at St. Charles.

In pop culture

The scenes in St. Charles in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 were filmed in Cartersville, Georgia.[25]

Notable people

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Adam Schnelting

Adam Schnelting is a Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives. He represents the 104th district, which encompasses portions of St. Peters and St. Charles in St. Charles County, south of Mexico Road and extending southeastward beyond Route 94 to Towers Road. Schnelting was elected to the Missouri House in November 2018.

Calvin Munson

Calvin Munson (born December 27, 1994) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at San Diego State University, and was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

Chrissy Sommer

Chrissy Sommer (born October 15, 1965) is a Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives. Sommer represents the 106th (formally the 15th District) District which encompasses portions of St. Charles County, Missouri. She was first elected to the Missouri House in a special election on November 8, 2011 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Sally Faith.

Connie Price-Smith

Connie Price-Smith (born Constance Marie Price, June 3, 1962 in St. Charles, Missouri) is an American shot putter and discus thrower. Price-Smith is also a four time Olympian. She graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1985.

DeAnna Price

DeAnna Marie Price (born June 8, 1993, in Moscow Mills, Missouri) is an American track and field athlete competing primarily in the hammer throw. She represented her country at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing without qualifying for the final. A month before the World Championships, Price finished fourth at the 2015 Pan American Games. Then two weeks later. Price picked up her first international medal by taking a silver behind Campbell at the 2015 NACAC Championships. DeAnna Price placed third in hammer behind Team USA teammates Amber Campbell and Gwen Berry at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials and represented the United States at 2016 Olympics, finishing eighth.Her personal best in the hammer is 78.12 m (256 ft 3 in), the (pending) American record, set at the 2018 National Championships. The throw ranks her at the #4 women's thrower in history.

While throwing for Southern Illinois University, she won back to back NCAA titles in the hammer throw. Has endured a series of injuries and only has one kidney.

Duchesne High School (Missouri)

Duchesne High School is a small, private, coeducational, Catholic high school in St. Charles, Missouri, USA, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis. The name commemorates St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, whose pioneering spirit was the driving force behind her missionary work throughout the region. Duchesne is classified as a regional high school by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which means that certain parishes are "assigned" to this school as the primary areas served.

Duchesne High School was established as St. Peter High School in 1924. The school moved to its current location in 1956 and was renamed Duchesne Catholic High School.

Family Arena

The Family Arena is a multi-purpose arena in St. Charles, Missouri, built in 1999. The arena seats 9,643 for hockey, 9,755 for football, 10,467 for basketball, 6,339 for half-house concerts and up to 11,522 for end-stage concerts. In addition to sporting events, concerts, circuses and ice shows the arena is also used for trade shows with a total of 39,900 square feet (3,710 m2) of exhibit space (17,900 square feet (1,660 m2) on the arena floor and 22,000 square feet (2,000 m2) on the arena concourse).

Currently it is home to the St. Louis Ambush of the Major Arena Soccer League.

The Family Arena hosted Boeing Integrated Defense Systems' "Recommitment to Ethics Day" in 2005 and 2006 for Greater St. Louis.

Until Chaifetz Arena opened in 2008, Family Arena was the St. Louis stop for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice and Champions on Ice. The latter moved to Chaifetz that year while the circus and Disney on Ice moved to Enterprise Center to replace the St. Louis Billikens, who had also moved to Chaifetz.

Francis Howell North High School

Francis Howell North High School is a secondary school located in St. Charles, Missouri. The school's mascot is Norm the knight.

J. V. Cain

James Victor Cain (July 22, 1951 – July 22, 1979) was a tight end in the NFL for the St. Louis Cardinals. Cain played high school football at Booker T. Washington in Houston Texas, before playing college football at Colorado. He was the 7th overall selection in the 1974 NFL Draft. Two years later, he emerged as the full-time starting tight end for the Cardinals.

He died of congenital heart failure, brought out by working out in extreme heat during training camp at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri on his birthday in 1979.

His number 88 is retired by the Cardinals.

KCLC

KCLC (89.1 FM) is a radio station broadcasting an Album Adult Alternative format. Licensed to St. Charles, Missouri, United States, the station serves the St. Louis area. The station is owned by Lindenwood University.

"The Wood" underwent major facility upgrades in late August 2010, including a new antenna and transmitter, new studio hardware and software, and the capability of HD broadcasting.

The Director of Operations for KCLC is Chad Briesacher and the General Manager is Mike Wall.

Missouri River Otters

Missouri River Otters were a minor league hockey team based in St. Charles, Missouri. They played in the United Hockey League from 1999 to 2006. They played their home games at the St. Charles Family Arena which opened in October 1999. Mike Shanahan Jr. was the owner and president when the team ceased operations; Frank Buonomo served as general manager.

After the NHL lockout in 2004–2005, NHL defenseman Barret Jackman decided to stay in St. Louis and play hockey for the River Otters during the lockout, along with center Ryan Johnson, defenseman Bryce Salvador and right winger Jamal Mayers.

The River Otters also boasted veteran NHL'ers like Jim Montgomery, Dennis Vial, and Lonnie Loach, who wore #33 and is the only person to have his number retired with the Missouri River Otters.

On January 25, 2006 The Missouri River Otters hosted the 2006 United Hockey League All Star Classic which included events such as the UHL Alumni vs The St. Louis Blues Alumni in a pre game show to raise money for St. Louis Children's Hospital. And a special visit to Children's hospital to all of the United Hockey League Team Mascots and All Star Players.

In late April 2006, Mike Shanahan Jr. decided to fold the team due to lack of attendance, issues with the lease at the Family Arena and a steep workmans comp bill. The staff was then let go as the announcement was made that the team would not play in the upcoming 2006–07 United Hockey League season. While leaving open the possibility of a sale, owner Mike Shanahan Jr. said that the competition for the sports dollar in the greater St. Louis area meant that the team would likely fold instead of being sold [1].

Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament

The Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, currently promoted as Hoops in the Heartland, is an annual basketball tournament which features the women's basketball teams of each of the Missouri Valley Conference member universities. The tournament determines which MVC team receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.

First held at the end of the 1982–83 basketball season, the tournament was originally conducted by the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference, a women's sports conference formed in that school year by six MVC members plus four members of what is now known as the Summit League. In 1985, the Gateway took on football as its only men's sport. Following the 1991–92 school year, the MVC absorbed the women's side of the Gateway (which by that time had eight MVC members) and spun off its football side into what is now the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The MVC maintains all historic records of Gateway women's sports.

Nathaniel Simonds

Nathaniel Simonds (1775–1850) was a U.S. politician from Missouri.

He was born in Windsor, Vermont, and settled in St. Charles, Missouri in February, 1801. Prior to becoming state treasurer, he served as Sheriff of St. Charles County, Missouri, and pursued business ventures including operating a tavern in St. Charles, and a stage and mail coach route between St. Charles and St. Louis

In September, 1821, he was appointed as the second State Treasurer of Missouri. Following his retirement as state treasurer in 1829, he settled in Lincoln County, Missouri. He died in Troy, Missouri, on April 20, 1850.

Orchard Farm High School

Orchard Farm High School is a public high school in St. Charles, Missouri that is part of the Orchard Farm School District.

The school serves the towns of West Alton and Portage Des Sioux as well as parts of the city of St. Charles and St. Charles County.

Santino Rice

Santino Rice (born August 20, 1974) is an American fashion designer and television personality. He is best known for his appearances on the reality television programs Project Runway, RuPaul's Drag Race and On the Road with Austin and Santino.

St. Charles West High School

St. Charles West High School is a public high school in St. Charles, Missouri that is part of the City of St. Charles School District.

St. Louis Ambush (2013–)

The St. Louis Ambush is a professional indoor soccer team based in St. Charles, Missouri. They are the second team to use this name. This version of the Ambush play in the Major Arena Soccer League while the original St. Louis Ambush played in the National Professional Soccer League.The current ownership group of the Ambush is Shelly and Will Clark, Tony Glavin and Dr. Elizabeth Perez.

Tara Osseck

Tara Lynn Osseck was Miss Missouri 2009. Before being named Miss Missouri 2009, she was Miss Lake of the Ozarks 2009. Osseck is a tap dancer and her platform is "Education and Awareness of Eating Disorders".

Osseck is a 2004 graduate of Duchesne High School in St. Charles, Missouri. She then went on to attend Truman State University where she graduated in 2007. She earned a master's degree in health administration from the University of Memphis.

Osseck competed in the Miss America 2010 pageant broadcast live on TLC from the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on January 30, 2010. She did not make the Final 15.

As of 2011, Osseck was employed by St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis, as a member of the hospital's Physician Relations Staff. In 2015, she was a St. Louis Business Journal "30 Under 30" award honoree as the hospital's manager of physician relations and business development.

Tom Hannegan

Tom Hannegan is an American businessman and politician from the state of Missouri. A Republican, Hannegan was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives from Missouri's 65th District in November 2016, and re-elected in 2018. He represents a portion of Saint Charles County north and northeast of the city of St. Charles to the Mississippi River. Hannegan also works for a family-owned real estate business and as a magazine publisher and chief editor.

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