The Old Biltmore
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#21 Mar 17, 2012
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Jim in St Louis

Whiteman Air Force Base, MO

#22 Apr 9, 2012
Did anyone ever find any pictures of the Biltmore, I used to play in a band and we played at weddings there ever weekend in 1972 and 1973.
Shalimar

Pevely, MO

#23 Jul 2, 2012
Im sorry I havent scanned and sent any pics yet, but I am still planning to do so.....I am also trying to find out if I can get any info on a girl that I used to be friends with while at the Biltmore, I dont remember much, I do know her name was Jackie, and that she lived on Franks Rd. in High Ridge, and I believe her family owned the Porter Paint store in Fenton, it has been many other businesses since. If anyone remembers this person please let me know...thanks.
Laura

North Little Rock, AR

#24 May 10, 2013
Billy wrote:
Does anyone have any information on the old Biltmore that was torn down when the Biltmore Plaza (were Chucks Boots is) was built.
Last I remember in the 70's was that it turned into a banquet center.
I have heard numerous claims of it being an illegal mob gambling location with the tall tower used for an armed lookout.
I am looking for accurate historical information and pictures if anyone has them
I grew up in Fenton. the Biltmore burned down in 1979 it opened in 1929 and for 10 years it was run as a casino by a friend of Al Capone. it was shut down in 1939 and reopened in 1951 as a dinnerclub/nightclub.
Rhonda

Ballwin, MO

#25 Jul 25, 2013
My Dad Donald W.was the last owner of the BILTMORE when it burned in 1979
Rhonda My Dad was last o

Ballwin, MO

#26 Jul 25, 2013
DomB wrote:
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I heard the same story. As I was told it, the operators of the club had connections with both Jefferson County authorities and St Louis County authorities. As neither county would coordinate a raid with the other, the Biltmore got advanced notice of a pending police raid and simply moved the gaming table to one end of the hall in the "non-affected" county. This allowed the patrons to continue to party. I heard this when I was young in the mid to late 50's. So I can not confirm it to be true; nor when this would have occurred - prohibition era or later.... Would love to hear from some of the owners' relatives!
My dad was the last owver
Kathleen Bywater

High Ridge, MO

#27 Nov 6, 2013
Very interested in learning more info about the Biltmore Country Club, the Mraz family that built it and also Ed and Marie Campbell. Prior to the Campbells running the Biltmore, they owned a restaurant in High Ridge Mo called "Campbell House". Elizabeth and Eileen, are you part of the Mraz family?
Shalimar

Festus, MO

#28 Nov 7, 2013
Kathleen, my Dad and his wife Marie owned and ran, the Campbell House......if you want to chat about them....my email is [email protected]
gbmarie98

High Ridge, MO

#30 Sep 19, 2014
Elizabeth wrote:
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My great uncle was one of the original owners back in the late 1920s. He eventually owned the whole place. Upon his death in 1952, my grandmother and great aunt (his sisters) sold the place. I don't know to whom. When going through my aunt's things (my grandmother's daughter) in 2001, we found lots of memorabilia from the original Biltmore...poker chips, china, salt and pepper shakers. There was furniture in her home that was in the foyer of the Biltmore when it was opened. My sister has glass negatives from which she had prints made. It shows the original foyer with the furnishings and paintings that were in my aunt's home as well as the outside of the building. There were two turrets in which armed guards stood watch. The verbal history we were told about the place is that it was indeed a mob hangout.
I know this post was from several years ago but when I was looking for information on the Biltmore for a Roaring 20's event we were having it came up. I would love to talk with one of the family members to get some information and possibly copy photos so that we can show what it really looked like. Since it's a Fenton-centered event, having some local memorabilia or just a copy of some things would be amazing! Please contact me.
rjtcedarhil

Ballwin, MO

#31 Jul 19, 2015
My dad owned the Biltmore when it burnedin1979 my sisters reception was the last one
Mike Buerk

Saint Louis, MO

#33 Jan 3, 2016
rjtcedarhil wrote:
My dad owned the Biltmore when it burnedin1979 my sisters reception was the last one
Hello: My orchestra was hired by Don Winter and I played there with my 12 piece swing style band in 1972 and 1973. I also played with my smaller band for receptions during that time at Winters party house in the city. Is your father Don Winter?? If you have time, please e mail me , Mike Buerk at [email protected] I have been principal woodwind in the Muny Opera and Fox theater Orchestras now for the last 40 years. Sure would like to hear from you. I have pictures of my orchestra playing in the main ballroom at that time. Sincerely; Mike Buerk
Mike Buerk

Saint Louis, MO

#34 Jan 3, 2016
Rhonda wrote:
My Dad Donald W.was the last owner of the BILTMORE when it burned in 1979
Hello Rhonda; My name is Mike Buerk and I was hired by your father Don in 1972 and 1973. My orchestra played in the main ballroom, as well as the Terrazzo room on the other side. I also played at Winters party house in the city by Hampton Village. I have since been principal woodwind in the Muny, and Fox theater orchestras. I also taught music for years at area Universities and high schools in St. Louis. I would like to chat with you about your dad and I do have color photos of my 12 piece orchestra playing in the main ballroom in 1972 and 1973. Is Vernon still around. He worked for your dad and cooked food and also did the M C announcements for my orchestra. I have such great memories of Don. By the way, I was in my junior and senior years of high school when your dad hired me to work for him. If you get a chance, please E mail me at [email protected] Most sincerely; Mike Buerk
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Geri

Cambridge, MA

#35 Dec 29, 2016
Billy wrote:
Does anyone have any information on the old Biltmore that was torn down when the Biltmore Plaza (were Chucks Boots is) was built.

Last I remember in the 70's was that it turned into a banquet center.

I have heard numerous claims of it being an illegal mob gambling location with the tall tower used for an armed lookout.

I am looking for accurate historical information and pictures if anyone has them
I have a picture of my grandfather's. Orchestra, Jimmy McLaughlin's Missourians, when he played there.
Geri

Cambridge, MA

#36 Dec 29, 2016
I have a picture of my grandfather's orchestra, Jimmy McLaughlin's Missourians, from when he played there. He was the piano player & it was his orchestra.
Bret Schubert

Saint Louis, MO

#37 May 16, 2017
Billy wrote:
Does anyone have any information on the old Biltmore that was torn down when the Biltmore Plaza (were Chucks Boots is) was built.

Last I remember in the 70's was that it turned into a banquet center.

I have heard numerous claims of it being an illegal mob gambling location with the tall tower used for an armed lookout.

I am looking for accurate historical information and pictures if anyone has them
The Rules owned the Baltimore facility. I grew up behind the restaurant. Spent many times over there with the family. Bret
Bret Schubert

Saint Louis, MO

#38 May 16, 2017
rjtcedarhil wrote:
My dad owned the Biltmore when it burnedin1979 my sisters reception was the last one
Are you Katie Rule?
Bret Schubert

Saint Louis, MO

#39 May 16, 2017
Cindy in Missouri wrote:
I believe the county line did run down the middle. When I was in grade school my family lived in the farm house across the highway where that big nursing home is now. The county line divided the property, it made it hard for the school dist. to decide what county's school we would all go to.
Yes the county line did run right through it as it did at my house on the back side of the hill. Facing the Baltimore to the left was St. Louis County and to the right was Jefferson County. The Rules owned and run the restaurant when I was growing up. Spend a lot of time there.
Shalimar

Festus, MO

#40 Jul 17, 2017
Elizabeth wrote:
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My sister has all of the Biltmore stuff that we kept. We did not keep any of the larger furniture. I spoke to her and she is trying to figure out how to scan the pictures she had made from the negatives so that they can be emailed. The glass negatives are about 8" x 10" and were quite a find. None of us had ever seen a negative like this before. We do have a second cousin who is a generation older than my sister and me. Her mother and my grandmother (sisters) were the ones who inherited from their brother. I will have to call my cousin and see what her memories are of the Biltmore. She was actually old enough to have gone there. I was only there once...and that was in the late sixties on a date long after it had been sold by our family. If you would like to give me your email address, we can get in touch.
Hello.....It has been a very long time, since we got in touch, but I would love to talk with you again....I hope you see this post, as I cant find your email.
cjonesmo

Houston, TX

#41 Jul 21, 2017
This thread is really old, but I'm still subscribed to it. You all might be interested to know that a while back, I was able to purchase a casino chip from the Biltmore on eBay. Pretty cool to own a little piece of that history.

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