2851 Indiana

Something about the address 2851 Indiana in St. Louis City seemed familiar when I saw the real estate ad. I joked about the bright yellow and blue interior paint on Twitter, but there was something else about the address.

Then I remembered. I did some research on the Tietjens Family years ago. This was one of their homes.

Henry B. Tietjens was born in 1876 in St. Louis City to German immigrants. He served in the Spanish-American War in 1st Regiment Missouri Volunteer Infantry. He worked in various occupations including wholesale meats.

He first married Martha Garringer, a German immigrant sixteen years younger than him. To them was born Albert around 1917.

Martha had surgery for breast cancer in 1930 and gave birth to Martha Lou a year later. The breast cancer came back and she died in 1935.

Henry then married Leota Silverling, twelve years younger than him. She lived with Henry, her two stepchildren, and their maternal grandfather at the Indiana home.

Later, Henry and Leota moved to 4052 Shenandoah. He died at age 79 in 1956 from prostate cancer and is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. She died in 1960 at age 71 from diabetes, also buried at Jefferson Barracks.