Edward J. Keil

Profile Updated: July 8, 2009
Class Year: 1949
Residing In: Florissant, MO USA
Wife/Significant Other: Nancy C. Keil
Occupation: Chemical/Aerospace Engineer
Children: Gregory, born 1955; Kenneth, born 1956; Ellen , born 1957;
Douglas, born 1960; Paul, born 1962,;Vincent, More…born 1964
Military Service: U.S. Army  
Parish Grade School:

Saint Ann

Employer:

Retired from McDonnell Douglas Corp.

Grand Children:

16 Grandchildren; 2 Great grandchildren

Comments:

Thoughts about McBride and the Period 1945 to 1949

The largest Freshmen Class in the School’s history came to McBride in the autumn of 1945. We were infants and young children through the depression years and with few exceptions we were the sons of mostly blue collar or middle-class white-collar workers. Our parents knew how important the next four years would be, because in many families there was no money for college, and McBride would be the final preparation for a career. Still, some of us managed to go to college, but few, if any, to Ivy League schools.

McBride was the school with the high academic standards chosen by our parents to prepare us for the rapidly changing post-war world. This was the school, if any, that could instill academic ambition. The Brothers of Mary who expected absolute obedience would see to that.

The world from 1945 to 1949 would see many changes. World War II ended and we entered the atomic age. The Cold War began and there was the Berlin Blockade. And just when our parents were relieved that their sons did not have to participate in World War II, the so-called "Korean Conflict" would soon begin. Television for the masses was at the doorstep, we entered the jet age, supersonic flight was now a reality and the transistor was invented. In1946 a vacuum tube operated computer occupied the space of an entire room. The first tape recorders and microwave ovens were available for public sale in 1947. The first report of a flying saucer came in 1947. The first bikini bathing suits were modeled in Paris in 1947. Modesty was beginning to disappear.

Movies and sports were our principal source of entertainment. There was no movie rating system needed then. Bedroom scenes were performed with twin beds and fully clothed actors. Names that were known in every household are nearly forgotten now: Ray Milland, Olivia de Havilland, Ronald Coleman, and Jane Wyman. They were some of the stars that won an Academy Award while we were at McBride. The Cardinals won the World Series in 1946 against the Boston Red Sox 4 games to 3. In 1947 the first Negro ball player in the major leagues, Jackie Robinson, appeared in his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

In 1946 the Dow Jones average was at 200 and the inflation that year was a whopping 18.2%. In 1949 a postage stamp was 3 cents and gasoline was 29 cents a gallon. A 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline 4-door sedan cost $1,539 from the factory. $25,000 is common price for a mid-sized car today. Today the average American carries 8 credit cards. In 1949 our mothers might have a charge-plate for Famous-Barr or Stix, Baer and Fuller (Grand Leader) or she might have put something in lay-away at Penney's, paying for months before she could call it hers. She would go where she could get Eagle Stamps and save these for months to make a purchase. Downtown was the place to shop, but anyone who lived in North St. Louis City or County remembers Wellston, especially around the Loop area.

We wore pegged pants, double-breasted blue serge suits, striped ties, “Mister B” shirts, tan-colored topcoats and orange-colored thick-soled Threadneedle shoes. The shoes were bought at Flagg Brothers or maybe at Boyd’s and cost about $20, a fortune in those days. All the downtown stores, those in Wellston and in our neighborhoods were accessible on streetcars or buses with our student pass that cost 50 cents per week.

They were good times and we all have our own memories of our high school days, as our mind’s eye sees both the important and every-day events in our lives at that time. Some of us were further educated after McBride. We served our country, got married, raised families and provided for them.

School Story:

•Bro. Brandmeier's homeroom in freshmen year- the day he threw the radiator cap through the window and then flattened Lickenbrock.
•Bro. Ringkamp's paddle for squirting water from the drinking fountain.
•The long ride on the streetcar and bus from Ferguson, and trying to explain to Bro. Janson why I was late.
•Getting lost in Cliff Cave on an outing in my sophomore year with Bro.Streckfus.
•The big load of books to carry home and 3 hours homework every night.
•Studying my German with Bill Sypniewski on the streetcar, and Bro. Janson
hitting me on the shoulder with a meter-stick when I missed a translation.
•Missing a two-year scholarship to St. Mary's U. in San Antonio, TX by one-tenth of a point to my friend and future brother-in-law, Don Bardon.

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