105 W. Breton St. ~ Potosi, Missouri.         573~436~9140

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This beautiful two story home, in Potosi's historic district on Breton Street, was built in the 1800's & still maintains its historic charm.  Sweet Memories serves delicious food in a happy, friendly, nostalgic atmosphere among antiques, collectables & beautiful artificial flower arrangements. It is within walking distance of the courthouse but an ample parking lot is available behind the restaurant. 

The history of this property goes back to 1798.   It was part of  the land that Moses Austin, the founding father of Potosi,  acquired in Spanish Grant # 430.  In 1814 it was deeded to the county commisioners for the establishment of a county seat.  Sweet Memories' lots of 90 & 115 are shown on an 1816 Potosi Plat Map.

From: The Miner's Prospect (1990 Souvenir Edition) ~ Francis X. Connelly House - The builder is unknown.  G. I. Van Alen bought the house in 1869. He was the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney..............he married Harriet Van Alen.  In 1881 he married Mary Francis.  In 1887 James & Elizabeth Homan bought the property from Van Alen for $500. In 1893 Francis X. Connelly purchased the house for $1200. They were a well known family who had eight children.    The Connelly family lived in the house for 34 years.  The small house in the back is referred to by old-timers as the slave house.  The slaves were free but continued to live with the Connellys.  The slaves slept in the little house but ate in the kitchen of the big house.  Al & Joyce Weiss have lived in this house for 42 years. (info from abstract)

Info on previous owners:

(no date) - United States to Moses Austin

1808 - Moses Austin to John Rice Jones - John R. Jones later rescends his part - Jones Addition is from Catholic Church to Potosi Ford

1814 - Moses Austin to Benjamin Elliott, Martin Ruggles, Lionel Browne, commisioners for establishing a county seat - lots are sold - took 3 days - more info in Ste. Genevieve land records

1845 - Quit Claim Deed - Samuel & Charity Harrison - sold to James Lucas

1869 - James A. Shields, Commisioner for Washington County to Garrett I. Van Allen. 

Garrett Van Allen Deed - 1869 - pg. 471 - To sell & convey to Garrett I. Van Allen of the town of Potosi Lot #90 lying on Burton Street in said town of Potosi......in consideration of........the sum of five dollars paid in hand Lot #90 ........boardered southerly by Burton Street....westerly by lot #89 north by Clark Street & east by Lot #115  - it is said that the County gave Van Allen the house instead of dollars -

In the 1870 census the Van Allen family consists of: Garrett - 45, wife Harriett C. - age 43, Seth - age 19 store clerk, Julia - age 17, Sarah - age 12,   Emma - age 10, Minnie - age 7, Lizzie - age 5, & John age 2.  All were born in New York except for John who was born in Missouri.

Harriett Van Allen died in 1871at age 44.  Cause of death is unknown.  This death occurred while the Van Allen family was living in the house now known as Sweet Memories.  Harriett is buried just down the street in the Presbyterian Cemetery.

Garrett Van Allen later married Mary F.  Anthony daughter of Nancy Twitty & Jonas Anthony. The 1880 census lists the Van Allen family members as Garrett - age 55 - occupation lawyer, wife Mary F. - age 42, daughter Minie - age 18, daughter Elizabeth - age 16, son John - age 12, & another daughter less than one year of age who's name was illegible.

Newspaper Article about Garrett Van Allen:  Resolution - At a meeting of the Washington County Bar........The following memorial was adopted:   Whereas for more than thirty years, Mr. Garrett I. Van Alen, who departed this life the 3rd day of Mar. 1899, had been a citizen of Washington County & a member of this bar, & during that time held positions of honor & trust, & for a number of years was employed & took prominent part on one side or the other of the most important cases of this bar. Mr. Van Alen was a graduate of the Albany Law School of New York & for many years prior to his removal to this county was a member of that bar.   He was a man possessed of many qualities so needful for the sucessful practice of law & he always gave his client the full measure of his ability;  & his energy was excelled by none & equalled by few.  He leaves a family who are among the best citizens of this community & reflect great credit on their father.  Mr. Garrett I. Van Alen was born in the state of New York on the 19th of September of the year 1824.  He removed to Missouri on the 7th day of April 1866, & died at Potosi, Missouri  on the 3rd day of March 1899.  Therefore be it resolved, that in the death of Mr. Van Alen  this bar has lost one of its oldest members & his family a kind & indulgent husband & father.  Be it further resolved that one page of the record of this court be set apart & that the same may  be recorded thereon & that a copy of this memorial be furnished the members of the family & the county papers.  Signed:  J.F. Green,  E.T. Eversole, Chas. H. Richeson,  E.J. Bean,  M.E. Rhodes,  E.M. Dearing - Com.


1881 - G.I. & Mary F. Van Allen to Francis & Elizabeth Homan

1884 - Warranty Deed -  G.I. & Mary F. Van Allen to Francis & Elizabeth Homan

1887 - Elizabeth & James B. Homan to County of Washington

Goodspeed's History of Washington County:

James B. Homan was born in Washington County April 11, 1828 & was reared & educated in Boonville.  At the age of 18 he commenced his steamboat experience, which calling he has continued until the present time, & a more competent pilot never navigated the water of the Lower Mississippi.  For years he has been connected with the Anchor line of boats, running St. Louis & New Orleans, having made nearly 1,100 trips between the two points.  He has been married twice;  first February 24, 1854 to Miss Mary L. Wallace, a native of Washington County, who died in 1869, leaving one son & five daughters :  Jesse W., who died in March, 1886;   Ida, now Mrs. J. L. Smith;  Ella,  wife of Percy Smith;  Lillie, now Mrs. Reppy, of New Mexico;  Alice & Daisey.  Mr. Homan's second marriage occurred April 16, 1877 to Mrs. Elizabeth Arney, nee Huddleson, who was born in Arkansas, but reared in Washington County.  By this union there are five more children:   Carter, Bertie, Edna, Archie & Charlie.


Francis X. Connolly -

The 1900 census lists the household member as:  Frank X. Connolly - occupation merchant - born Jan. 1863, wife Sarah J. - born 1868, son ?Chauett? July 1894, son Francis J. Sept. 1896, daughter ?Catherine? E. born Jan. 1898, & a servant Sarah DeClue born Sept. 1874.


Al & Joyce Weiss - lived in the house approximately 50 years.  Joyce operated a beauty shop there.


David & Cindy Merx - bought house in 2002 from John More

Sweet Memories' resident ghost, fondly referred to as "Harriet" is believed to be Harriet Van Allen the wife of one of the  previous owners of the house, Garrett Van Allen, who met an untimely demise.   Although Harriet is a friendly ghost she can be a bit un-nerving at times.  Her mischievious antics usually consist of knocking things off the walls or shelves, opening & closing doors, or putting in  a glimpse of an appearance.  Sweet Memories has been investigated by several paranormal groups.

(Information on this page was researched by Cindy Merx & Esther Carroll)

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