Country Life Acres

County Life Acres is a village within western St. Louis County that maintains a reputation of having the second smallest population within all 89 St. Louis county municipalities. As of the 2010 census, Country Life Acres’ populace was recorded only 74 residents with the villages of Champ and Mackenzie at 12 and 134 citizens respectively. It is also the third smallest village in regards to size, encompassing no more than 0.11 total square miles of land.

Country Life Acres was laid out on June 19th, 1925 by Claude L. and Myrtle E. Brattain. A 1909 atlas shows that the land was originally a farm, part of the Christ Ruhl Estate. Claude Brittain came to St. Louis from Kansas City and organized the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Missouri in 1917, serving as president for approximately two years. The BBB, originally founded in 1912, is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing marketplace trust, consisting of 112 independently incorporated local BBB organizations in the United States and Canada, coordinated under the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) in Arlington, Virginia.

Claude eventually began working for the Scruggs-Vandervoort-Barney, largest St. Louis department store of that era, as a merchandising manager until 1930. The Brittains bought their first house in the Maryland Terrace subdivision of University City and would build an additional two more homes within University City in both 1919 and 1920, eventually moving into the later.

Even while laying out the village of Country Life Acres, they stayed within University City until ultimately moving to the region of Country Life Acres in 1928. Land ownership of the land would change hands throughout most of the end of the 1920s with Fred and Dorothy Young owning the land in 1929. The Youngs owned the property for only a little more than a year, selling it in 1930 to Branch Rickey. Rickey owned the property for more than a decade by the time of incorporation as a village in 1949. At the time of incorporation, the village only contained 66 inhabitants.

Residents of Country Life Acres are served by the Parkway School District.

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