Frank Lloyd Wright: was born on June 8, 1867; he was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time." An American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 projects, the egotistical designer completed more than 500 works. Wright promoted organic architecture (exemplified by Fallingwater), was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture, and developed the concept of the Usonian home (exemplified by the Rosenbaum House). His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, sky scrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also often designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass. His colorful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at his Taliesin studio. He died on April 9, 1959). Wright took in the Romanesque artchitecture of the 1904 (and 1893), World's Fairs and embraced the modern German look, veering well away from the Fair Victorian and NeoClassical offerings.
Geronimo: was the most famous Indian warrior and Chief in history. Geronimo lived in the Apache Village at the Fair for several months. For 10 cents, visitors could have his autograph and for 50 cents to 2 dollars, visitors could have their picture taken with him.
He also participated in a U. S. Department of Interior Indian anthropological exhibit.
Though alleged to have taken about 100 scalps of white people (as well as Mexicans), it would have ben more safe to say that Geronimo killed for the most part in self-defense.
At the 1904 Fair, even at an old age, the Great Chief was under guard and very much a prisoner after being captured at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona in 1886. Though a prisoner of war, he was treated with respect and made frequent appearances in Cummins Wild West Show on the Pike and at Col. Zach Mulhall’s Wild West Show at the Delmar Race Track.
See the Geronimo page on in this web site for more information on this remarkable man.
Kate Chopin: A feminist writer, she visited the Fair on a hot August day. Chopin collapsed at the Fair and died two days later on August 22, of a cerebral hemorrhage.
William Howard Taft: was the Secretary of War at the time of the 1904 Louisiana Exposition. He spoke at the opening ceremonies to the Fair.
In 1909, Taft became the twenty-seventh President of the United States and was a leader of the progressive conservative wing of the Republican Party and a staunch advocate of world peace.
William H. Taft remains the only U.S. President to finish third in a bid for reelection to a second consecutive term.
John Phillip Sousa: was born in Washington D.C., the American composer was a conductor of the late Romantic era known particularly for American military marches. he was known as the- "The March King."
Sousa led the opening day's musical festivities
with a band of a hundred strong.
T.S. Elliot: A sixteen year-old Thomas Stearns Elliot attended the the Fair (ticket S1313). His father gave him a 50 admissions season's pass/coupon booklet for the Fair (valued at 12.50 dollars). Eliot used all of them up, save one. Eliot became a poet, dramatist, and literary critic. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. He wrote the poems The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday, and Four Quartets; the plays Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party. Born in the United States, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 at the age of 25.
Walt Disney: It has been said (but there is no 100% documentation), that Elias and Flora Disney took their three-year old son Walter to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Perhaps this visit stimulated his future love of theme parks, grandiose ideas and the creative. Incidentally, Walt's father had a hand in building the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse and built a billion dollar entertainment industry.
Amelia Earhart: at the age of six visited the 1904 World's Fair with her family. She was not allowed to ride the rollercoaster at the Fair, (because it was "too dangerous for little girls,), so the Kansas girl nicknamed Meely and her younger sister called Pidge built one in their backyard. Enlisting the help of a neighbor boy, they started the ride from an eight-foot
high tool shed roof. A wooden packing box was transformed into a car, the track was covered in lard to decrease friction. Tipping over at the edge, Amelia claimed it was `just like flying.'
Earhart learned to fly planes in the early 1920's and gained national prominence in 1928 for being the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean. In 1937, she disappeared during an `around the world,' flight. Amelia was a strong advocate for the equality of female pilots.
Max Weber: was a German political economist and sociologist who was considered one of the founders of the modern study of sociology and public administration. Max visited the United States and participated in the Congress of Arts and Sciences held in connection with the 1904 Exposition, where he lectured on "The Relations of the Rural Community to Other Branches of the Social Sciences."
Max Factor: Born Max Faktor in Lodz, Poland during the 1870s, Max Factor is often called the father of modern makeup. In 1914, Max Factor created a makeup specifically for movie-actors that, unlike theatrical makeup, would not crack or cake. In 1904, Max Factor and his family moved to the United States, where immigration officials at Ellis Island gave him the namd Max Factor. At the 1904 World's Fair, he sold his rouges and creams.
Alexander Graham Bell: Born on March 3, 1847, Bell was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell considered
his most famous invention an intrusion on his real work as a
scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study.
Though there isn't concrete documentation, it seems that
the famous inventor was there. After the telephone, Bell
concentrated his efforts on flight and experimented with
tetrahedral box kites and wings constructed of multiple
compound tetrahedral kites covered in silk.
Etta Place: Born 1878, was a companion of the famous American outlaws
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (real names Robert LeRoy Parker and
Harry Alonzo Longabaugh). The Pinkerton Detective Agency traced her to Fort
Worth in Texas and to the St. Louis World Fair, but failed to arrest them before
she returned to Argentina. Reportedly, the Sundance Kid and Etta were
married in Dec. 1900. She ran from the law with her husband for the next
five years, until the trail turned cold and Butch fled to Argentina alone.
Etta Place might have been a woman named- Eunice Gray who operated a
bordello and died in 1962. Regardless, her life after The Sundance Kid is
still a mystery.
Sundance Kid: whose real name was Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, was born in Mont Clare, Pennsylvania (1867), was a famous outlaw and member of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch, in the American Old West. "Wanted dead or alive" posters were posted throughout the country, with as much as a 30,000 dollars reward for information leading to Butch and/or Sundance's capture or death. According to the October 24, 1904 Pinkerton Detective Agency records, Sundance and Etta Place returned to Fort Worth and then took in the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
Agents are unable to catch up with the fugitive pair and it is believed they returned to South America soon after. Legend has it that he and Butch Cassidy were killed in a shootout with Bolivian cavalry in 1908.