The home located at 3117 Russell Blvd in Compton Heights was originally designed and built be Architect John Herthel who was an associate of George I. Barnett and built by Herman Heussler in 1897. Heussler was a Civil War Veteran and a Real Estate Lawyer who was instrumental in establishing the Compton Heights Neighborhood development and owned both adjoining lots to the east and west of the home. Heussler was very prominent and well known during his time and is listed in the Nook of St. Louisans. He Married Anna Sachleben and had 3 children, Linna Rombauer, Anna Roth, and Martha Materne. Anna died in 1874 at the age of 26 and before their Russell home was built. He then married her sister, Emilie Sachleben and had 3 additional children. Emilie died in 1903. Mr. Heussler then married for a third and final time, Mrs. Fannie Beneke.
The home on Russell Blvd was built in 1897 at a cost of $8,500.00 and a two story carriage house at $1,500.00. The home is designed in the Classic Revival Style. Heussler was a law partner in the firm of Broadhead Sayback & Heussler in St. Louis, Mo. Alonzo Slayback was very colorful and a well-known character in St. Louis history whose family initiated the Veiled Prophet events in St. Louis. Alonzo Slayback and Broadhead were often criticized in the St. Louis Post Dispatch for their political views. The affair escalated into a personal feud between Post-Dispatch Editor John Cockerill and Partner Slayback. Slayback confronted Cockerill in the Post-Dispatch Editor’s Office and resulted in an argument. Cockerill pulled a revolver and shot Slayback dead on October 13, 1882. Nine years later, Broadhead was selected as a candidate for Congress by the same interests that the Post-Dispatch had long fought.
All Except Slayback are buried in the Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Tyler Olsen and Christopher Brenner purchased the home in July of 2006 and completed an extensive renovation within a year’s time.
-Article contributed by Tyler Olsen, RE/MAX Results