Capital Advisory Group - March 2018

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MAR 2018

SHAMROCKS, LEPRECHAUNS, AND PARADES IN ST. LOUIS DOG DAYS

OUR FAMILY NAME IS GERMAN

While there’s still some uncertainty about the history, the name likely came from miners who were displaced from the area that’s now Forest Park, as they used big dogs to guard their homes. Regardless of the origins, the nickname stuck, and thanks to many Irish folks who settled there, it’s become famous for something else — the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Little did I know when I met my wife that I’d be marrying into the legacy of the Dogtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade. As it turned out, her father’s position guaranteed that we’d be at the parade and get a view even better than the front row — we’d be in it. Have you ever seen the Dogtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade? If not, you’re missing out. Dogtown is a small neighborhood full of quaint older houses and narrow streets, and the parade starts at the St. Louis Zoo and winds through the streets of Dogtown, across the bridge, and over the highway. It really is a sight to behold. People find space in their yards and in the yards of family and friends to watch the parade go by.There’s dancing, floats, and plenty

THROUGH AND THROUGH, SO FOR US, MARCH 17 IS A FUN HOLIDAY, BUT WE’RE NOT CONNECTEDTO IT THROUGHOUR ANCESTORS. Then I married an Irish girl, and that all changed. For many years, my wife’s father served as the director of the Dogtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade. When I became part of their family, this meant that I got to join in the festivities, too. We even carried the banner at the front of the parade some years. As our kids grew, they too eagerly awaited the day we’d don green and watch floats go by. You’re probably familiar with some of the history and hearsay surrounding Dogtown, a neighborhood in St. Louis with a strong Irish heritage. The neighborhood has been called by that nickname for many years. One infamous story goes that it got the name when some of the visitors to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair staying in that neighborhood killed and ate local dogs. Turns out that’s just an urban legend.

of green as far as the eye can see.The sidewalks are filled with people young and old.They’re there to take part in the tradition and to find a connection with the family who came before them. Since my father-in-law passed away, we’re no longer up front carrying a banner. Now we think of him every year at this time and how much he enjoyed being part of the celebration. On the inside of the newsletter, we have a few exciting things to share with you, including an introduction to our amazing team member, Margrit. Read on to hear more about her role at Capital Advisory Group and what makes her such a great part of our office. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, whichever part of town you find yourself in.Though if you do make it to Dogtown, you’re in for a treat. John and Jeff Zufall

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