I have been researching the Crenshaw family of Springfield & St. Louis, Missouri for years. i'll tell you what my research has found out about the Crenshaw mansion. It was build by Louis Allen Dicken Crenshaw (aka; L.A.D. Crenshaw)
and his first wife, Mary Louisa Crenshaw abt. 1945 on 3000 acres. I'm not sure of the square footage, but it had 14 huge rooms with a fireplace in each room and it had a front porch and a back porch. It was built of brick in the Colonial style. It had a secret room that lead to a false attic, that L.A.D. Crenshaw used to hide slaves that he help flee to the North. I don't know the exact location of the house but have seen various descriptions of where it was located:
1. located on West Battlefield Road where Albertsons (Smitty's) is currently
2. Off Murray Road west of South Campbell Avenue
3. On West Walnut Street
Sometime after L.A.D. Crenshaw's first wife died, he married Fannie Smith. They lived in the home for many years until L.A.D. died. Fannie Smith then used the home only as a summer house. Her son, Dick Crenshaw, lived in a caretaker's cottage on the property. On May 30, 1919, a gang called Piersol-Adams kidnapped a baby, named Lloyd Keet (son of J. Holland Keet and brother of the then 3 yr old Judge James H. Keet). The baby was found at the Crenshaw Farm drown in a well. Many years later the house was sold to the Fred Thayer family. I believe they owned it when it burnt down. Maybe you could find out more by finding some descendents of Fred Thayer.
I have a photo of a tile that came from the Crenshaw Farm, that shows the Crenshaw Home...but it not a very good image. I will try and post it here later.
What is your connection? Thanks, Dale
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