Anna M. Scherer
Anna was the oldest child of Nicholas and Anna Scherer. She was born on August 23, 1841 in Koblenz, and christened August 24, 1840 in Roemisch-Katholische, Kobern, Rheinland, Preussen. Anna came to America with her family in 1858. She married Joseph Johannes Vorst in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 26, 1864.
After the death of her husband in 1885 Anna continued to operate the Old Southern Hotel. According to the Civil War Pension Index, Anna Scherer Vorst received a pension based on her husband's military service in the Civil War. (Application #347.995 Certificate #272.779)
Reprinted in the Fair Play
Friday, June 3, 1964
Looking Back 75 Years - 1889
Mrs. Joseph Vorst has had the window blinds of the Southern Hotel repainted this week which greatly improves the looks of the building.
Looking Back - 1904
Shortly after noon last Wednesday, fire was discovered in a barn belonging to Mrs. Vorst, near the Southern Hotel. The engine was promptly brought out and by hard work the surrounding buildings were saved. The fire is supposed to have been started by several boys who were in the barn smoking cigarettes. Three sleighs, 140 bushels of corn, a lot of hay and two pigs were burned. The loss is estimated at $300 with no insurance.
According to this newspaper ad Anna endorsed the “Key-stone” washer.
THE "KEY-STONE" WASHER
AGENT FOR STE. GEN. CO.
This machine is warranted, if proper-
ly used, to wash clean anything of what-
ever size that can be washed by hand,
without rubbing or boiling the clothes.
It saves time, does not injure the clothes
and can be managed by a child. It is
simple, durable and cheap. It can be
seen at G. KAMMERER's on Main Str.
For reference apply to Mrs. Geo.
GITTINGER, Mrs. J. O'SHEA, Mrs. B.
SCHMIDT, Mrs. K. GRIESHABER, Mrs.
J. VORST, and Mrs. M. ARNOLD.
Anna died February 19, 1915, in Sainte Genevieve, and was buried in the Joseph Johannes Vorst plot in Valle Spring Cemetery. Her nephew, Fr. Charles Fitzkam conducted the funeral rites.