Dr. Salathiel Ayres Building

Dr. Salathiel Ayres built this building in 1891 at the cost of $2,500. He used the upper level of this building as his office for many years. 

Dr. Salathiel Bainbridge Ayres was born in 1839 in Spencerburg, Missouri. He attended Bethel College in Palmyra until the outbreak of the Civil War. He was a Confederate sympathizer and joined other young volunteers under the command of Captain Theodore Brace. He served as an orderly sergeant until his period of enlistment expired. After the end of his time as a soldier he started classes at Rush Medical College. He began practicing medicine in Spencerburg in the spring of 1864. In May of 1866, he took his medical practice to Louisiana. He practiced medicine for many years, with various partners, until his health began to fail. Even still, some of his patients still went to his home to seek advice and sometimes treatment. He died at his home in Louisiana in 1914 at the age of 75. 2

We find Henry A. Schmitt –  Tailor occupying 310 Georgia in the 1906 – 1937 Louisiana City Directories. Henry is the son of John Schmitt and Mina (Minnie) Schliepep. John was born in Hease, Darmstadt, Germany and came to the USA in 1848. Minnie was born October 7, 1834 in Gettinger, Hanover, Germany. She made her way to the United States in 1839 when just five years old. John and Minnie married in St. Louis in 1851. They moved to Louisiana in 1868 and raised 9 children while John followed a career as a tailor. Henry was the only child to follow in his father’s footstep and become a tailor. Henry was born January 21, 1872 in Louisiana. He married Anna (Kittie) Louise Culver and made their home at 516 Jackson Street.

The 1906 & 1911 city directories have the dental offices of Gaylord Lansdowne at 310 1/2. Dr. Richard Hereford is listed having his medical office at 310 1/2 in 1911.

The Pike Beauty Shop makes the  upper level of 310 Georgia their place of business in 1937. 3

Schmitt TailorsWR 310 Georgia
1. “Pike County Directory: Louisiana City Business Directory (1892-1893).” n.d. Louisiana, Missouri.
2. Louisiana Press Journal. 1914. “Died.,” February 27.
3. “Artkraft Directory Publishers: Business Directory.” 1937. Louisiana, Missouri.
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