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NEWS OF 150 YEARS AGO

January and February of 1862

The secession crisis and war split not only the people of City of St. Louis and of the State of Missouri, but also the commercial and business interests in the area. While many old-line merchants prospered through trade south down the Mississippi River, more recently arrived merchants and manufacturers depended on trade with the East or with western lands up the Missouri River. In January 1862, this split manifested itself in the division of the Chamber of Commerce in St. Louis.

From The Missouri Democrat, Thursday, January 9, 1862.

EXCITEMENT ON ’CHANGE.

DISRUPTION OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

The Secessionists Override the Union Men.

The Union Men Withdraw and Organize a New Board of Trade.

The Hall of the Chamber of Commerce was on yesterday afternoon the scene of much excitement. The occasion was the annual election of officers for the Chamber to serve during the present year.

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