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The speaker is a 67-year-old White man with a grade school education from St. Charles, Missouri; he was recorded in 1967.


County: St. Charles
State: MO

Located just northwest of St. Louis on the Missouri River, St. Charles has a current population of around 65,000 people. The state's first capital (until 1826), the city at one point played a major role in the westward expansion of the United States, and served as the launching point for major expeditions such as that of Lewis and Clark in 1804. In this segment the speaker tells of the city's modern-day expansion: housing developments.
Inf: Well I uh, bought, made an (ingo) into this. Uh, uh, the city was moving out and I had the sewer line and then did all this myself, you see. And 'course there's getting the permit to get the sewer across here and then we sat down and figure out, estimated, figures what it would cost us, you see, the street and the sewer. And I got figures from the contractor. And uh, then we always wanted to make it high enough, a little more than what it actually cost us so when we figure out the price of the lot, so we had to add that all to it so we could get our money back on those lots. And 'course uh, like now if you was to do it now with the zoning, we'd have problems. I mean it would take more money than I had for both (to stay) [FW: Oh, oh]. 'Cause uh, it, well I enjoyed it uh, while we had it, I mean. Eh, but the age now, I wouldn't wanna fool with it anymore because [FW: No] just [FW: You-], just more than you wanna [FW: Yeah, you, you-] take care of.

FW: You uh, you sold a lot. You didn't build a house.

Inf: We just sold the lots and they, and they, whoever bought the lot, why they, they built 'em. But we had restrictions on what size house. They had to have eleven hundred feet of floor space [FW: Uh-huh]. Or redwood siding. Uh, and brick veneer [FW: Uh-huh]. And eh, that didn't include the garage. That's just the living part of the house.

FW: How did you go about selling the lots, then?

Inf: Well I uh, once in a while we'd run a ad in the paper, "Lots for sale." That's all [FW: Yeah]. And whenever we'd go visiting somewheres, we'd say, "Well, we have some lots to sell." And uh, just, they just by coincidence, anytime just come out.

FW: You, you, you sold them yourself.

Inf: Sold 'em ourself, yeah.

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