Fire brick embossed with "EVENS & HOWARD ST. LOUIS." It measures 9 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches and was discovered in the surface locus (001) of Square 3. The brick was broken during the buildings demolition by Operation Greenlot. The Evens & Howard Fire Brick Company began operation in 1857 and continued to operate through the 1930s. Fire bricks are manufactured to withstand the stress of repeated heating and cooling. The clusters of bricks in Square 3 were related to a collapsed chimney.
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Ellen Williams, Alabama, said... Recently I took the motar off approximately 800 bricks which came from my grandmothers old home. Some of them are marked, "Evens & Howard, St. Louis." Can you tell me when they company was in business? We think the home was built circa 1874.