Think the ice cream cone and the toasted ravioli sum up the City’s contributions to civilization? Think again.
WSJ.com, the on-line home of the venerable Wall Street Journal, caught our eye yesterday with a pair of factoids: the “cocktail party” was "invented" in St. Louis - in May 1917 at the home of Mrs. Julius S. Walsh, Jr. Mrs. Walsh, half of a trendy local couple, invited 50 of her pals for an hour’s worth of pre-dinner drinks, including Clover Leafs, Gin Fizzes, and Martinis, before Sunday dinner.
The second factoid? Mrs. Walsh’s trend-setting manse at 4510 Lindell was purchased by the Archdiocese of St. Louis seven years later, and still serves at the residence of the City’s archbishop.