When I was growing up, the major utilities were Union Electric, Laclede Gas and Southwestern Bell.
Union Electric became AmerenUE and then Ameren Missouri. Southwestern Bell, an AT&T (“Ma Bell”) owned RBOC (“Baby Bell”) before the anti-trust lawsuit and an independent phone company based in St. Louis after, eventually merged with other ex-Baby Bells and then back with the original Ma Bell, and it’s now known as AT&T, now based in San Antonio. Though with far many more telecom options today, that hardly seems like a big deal.
But at least Laclede Gas would never do anything as trite as abandon the name of one of the two co-founders of St. Louis, where one can also find Laclede Cab, and also Laclede Avenue as the dividing line between north and south for street addresses on north-south streets that exist on both sides of Laclede Avenue?
Which means we’ll soon be left with memories.