Edited by Ann Chrissos
Charles T. Eisenhardt (1857-1925) married Mary Hill Albrecht (1859-1927) and they had one son, August (1884-1960). Charles and Mary purchased a farm on Olive Street Road in Hiltown from Lucius Lee Bates on 1 March 1884 with money they received from the Albrecht family. The original owner of the property was Governor Bates and he was buried on the property. Mrs. Eisenhardt planted her kitchen garden near the burial site and allowed her grandchildren to play hide and seek in the cemetery. The Eisenhardts obtained children from an orphanage to help work the farm. Many of these children lived on the farm until they married. Rosie Dunnam, Loretta Perkins, Mamie Hanns, Roy Shaw and Harry Kelley were the names of some of the orphans. Mamie Hanns married Roy Shaw.
During the winter, the Eisenhardt grandsons would help their dad cut ice off the ponds and would store it in the ice house. In the summer, Mary used some of the ice to make ice cream for them to enjoy. The farm house had three large rooms and was built partially of logs. Mary added a bedroom on the southwest side of the house and a large porch across the front.
August Eisenhardt inherited the farm upon the deaths of his parents. He then sold it to Leicester Faust, who later donated it to the St. Louis County Parks Department. The County turned the area into Faust Park. August married Alma Mitchim (1896-1987). They had three children: Charles (1918-1993), August (Gus) who never married, and Roy (1923-1957) who served in the U. S. Army during World War II. Charles and his wife Betty had one daughter, Nancy.
The Eisenhardts are buried at St. John’s United Church of Christ Cemetery on Olive Boulevard.
Mary Hill Albrecht Eisenhardt was the daughter of August (1814-1890) and Maria E. Weinrich Hill (1823-1895). Mary had two siblings: Ennis Hill, who married Mary Woether, and Augusta Hill, who married George Yokel. Mary’s first husband was Samuel Albrcht and they had one son, John. August and Maria are buried at the Arminian Lodge Cemetery on Olive Boulevard. ( See Albrecht and Hill families for more information.)
Irma Kroenung was interviewed by Marian Hackmann and Arland Stemme on 25 Sept. 1992.
Nancy Eisenhardt Toma was interviewed by Arland Stemme on 17, Apr. 1997.