“By 1943, all were in the service — six in the Navy, one in the Marine Corps, one in the Army, one in the Merchant Marine and the three daughters in the Women’s Army Corps. When the last of the Van Coutren children enlisted — that would be Jim, who joined the Marine Corps — Emma wrote a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Our supply is gone, she wrote. You’ll have to find recruits elsewhere.”—All 12 Van Coutren children served in the military during World War II. All 12, nine boys and three girls, made it home after the war. All 12 have died: The last living Van Coutren child was Rita Scott.
“It looks like something my kids would have drawn with crayon.”—Illinois state Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon on the creative shapes of the state’s 18 new Congressional districts (one less than the current number). State Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, referred to three Chicago-area districts as “ear-muff-looking.”
The Globe Publisher Michael Beatty was quoted by the paper as saying employees began reporting for work minutes after the tornado hit, redoing Monday morning’s edition and making it to the press just one hour late.
“It was amazing,” Beatty said in the story. “These people came in who had lost their homes completely. But they were just dedicated to their jobs, to getting the story out.”
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Neighbors said a couple in their 40s lived at the house along with a daughter who was set to graduate tonight from Affton High School. They described the couple as happy and said they were often seen walking their dogs through the neighborhood.
Tornadoes already have been spotted in the Kansas City area today. A large storm system is expected to arrive in the St. Louis area sometime in the late afternoon hours today. This system could be similar to the Good Friday storms that produced devastating tornadoes in the St. Louis area. A tornado watch has been issued for the St. Louis area until 9 p.m.
“I’m a beer lover, and O’Fallon’s slogan is ‘We Love Beer,’ so I think it’s going to be a perfect fit.”—Jim Gorczyca, a 20-year Anheuser-Busch marketing veteran, on his purchase of O’Fallon Brewery. Gorczyca bought the brewery for an undisclosed amount in a deal that closed Friday. He left his post as A-B’s director of trade marketing last week; today, he’ll step into his new role as leader of O’Fallon Brewery.
The photos and videos from Joplin are heartbreaking. A tornado hit a hospital and flattened two firehouses. The Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management has confirmed 24 deaths; the number of injuries is unknown.
To monitor how the organization was doing in the May 18 voting, Mission: St. Louis Executive Director Josh Wilson said the staff staggered its voting to keep track of voting percentages.
"We knew at 1 p.m. that we had a substantial lead," Wilson said. "I voted last at 10:45 p.m., and then sent an email out to the team letting them know where we stood. We didn’t get the official results until noon yesterday, and that’s when the celebration began."
Each winning organization gets to pick what kind of vehicle it wants. For Mission: St. Louis, a truck was the obvious choice. “We chose the Toyota Tundra, a truck, which will allow us to move supplies from donation centers to our warehouse and then to job sites,” Wilson said. Toyota will determine the truck’s year, model and features.
"Donations like these make such a large impact on the work we do," Wilson said. "It has been amazing to see the support we have received from volunteers, strangers (hopefully potential volunteers), and St. Louis as a whole.
"We hope this campaign leads to more people being served and cared for, and this will provide a great opportunity for those looking to give back to the community to serve with us."
For more information on Mission: St. Louis, visit missionstl.org or call 314-534-1188.
“In the early 1970s, Randy Poffo was just another low minor-leaguer who found himself lost in the Cardinals’ organization.”—An excerpt from an 1988 Post-Dispatch profile of Randy Poffo, better known as Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Savage died today after suffering a heart attack while driving. Poffo played with four Class A farm teams in three organizations before finally striking out into professional wrestling.
“It’s almost like you’re staring Satan right in the face. Just mocking you, or you don’t know what you’re up against. Just evil.”—U.S. Marshal Justin Barlow on now-convicted murderer Christopher Coleman. Barlow, then a police detective, lived across the street from Coleman at the time of the murders and discovered the bodies of Sheri Coleman, 31, Garett Coleman, 11, and Gavin Coleman, 9.