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A MODEL CITY 

Its Industrial, Commercial and Social Interests 

Remarkable Growth and Prosperity 



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III", city of Bloomington, Illinois, widely known 
as The Evergreen Citj of Illinois, is situated 
almost on a direct line between Chicago and 
St. Louis, being L26 miles from Chicago and 
157 miles from St. Louis. 

The most important historical information 
relating to the business interests of Blooming- 
ton is not to be learned from written books. 
It is found in the geologic or pre-historic rec- 
ords of tli" coal measures ol the drift period, 
and of those later ages when nature so richly 
endowed our prairie surface with its deep cov- 
ering of unsurpassed black soil. 

An unsuccessful search for coal in l s '>:i and 1864, when 
the city appropriated two thousand dollars, which was ex- 
pended in boring six hundred feet, passing through a coal 
vein mistaken for Mack Blate, was followed by a successful 
boring in 1867, and Bloomington then read aright the great 
historical fact that unknown ages had carefully stored away. 
Over five hundred [eel below our prairie surface, millions oi 
tons of valuable fuel for the people of the future. 



Then in 1*74 it was demonstrated that in some remote 
time in the distant past, probably during the SO-called drift 
period, a water course Or water reservoir had been prepared 
containing a remarkably valuable supply of water, and the 
following year our water works were put in operation. 

History, not of our own locality, out general history of 
the Northwest, informs us that for main centuries the Red 
Men occupied the groves and prairies of this region. It tells 
us these tribes or races wen- continually at war, annihilating 
and exterminating each other, making no permanent im- 
provements and not even leaving a trace of their occupat ion 
within a dozen miles of this city. It leaves us to infer that, 
during all these centuries, kind mot her nature was continu- 
ally at work, dissolving the clay, mixing the material, pre- 
paring the vegetable mould, and covering the clay and the 
gravel with a deep deposit of the Bnest soil in the world, 
feeding the buffalo, elk, deer and other animals and game 
on which the Indians subsisted, and gradually lining a place 
for the grandest civilization of the world. 

It is quite possible we have' not as yet fullj read thi 

logic history of this locality. In addition to our valuable 



BLOOMINGTON: PAST AND PRESENT 




Scene at C. & A. Depot, July 4. 1S94, During A. R. U. Strike 



coal, water, and deep rich soil,— the three grand historical 
developments of the distant past,— we have strong evidences 
of an underlying supply of gas, it having frequently been 
found here in large quantities, and it is deemed a possibility 
the future may demonstrate that this, and perhaps other 
mineral deposits, exist in our immediate neighborhood. 
These allusions to what may well be called the "Business 
History" of our beautiful city, are of quite as much import- 
ance as the better known historical information that in 1822 
the first white settler arrived: that a few years later our 
grand old Blooming Grove was trembling in good earnest 
under the woodman's ax: that in 1833 the Legislature passed 
an act incorporating McLean county, and that Bloomington 
was founded in 1831. It is not, however, very generally un- 
derstood that Mr. James Allin, to whom we are mainly in- 
debted for the location and name of Bloomington, carefully 
noted its natural advantages before purchasing the claim of 
William Evans, or maturing his plans for the organization 
of a new county whose county-seat we hoped t > locate at the 
"north edge of Blooming Grove." He saw that the great 
north and south line of travel between the Galena lead mines 
and the well-settled parts of Southern Illinois passed either 
through or near Blooming Grove. The main emigrant 
road between the East and the West followed the dry land 
along a ridge between Danville and Peoria, and went directly 
by Blooming Grove. The trail between Lake Michigan 
and St. Louis was also in this vicinity, and Mr. Allin foresaw 
that lines of stage and emigrant travel could easily be in- 
duced to pass through this point; and it is highly interesting 
to note that four great lines of railway—the Illinois Central! 
the Chicago and Alton, the Lake Erie and Western, and the 
Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis-- all follow 
these old lines of travel, and all cross each other at Bloom- 
ington. 

A very important community of farmers was living at 
Blooming Grove and in the surrounding country in 1831. 
At the latter date our present city began its career in a 
humble manner. Its subsequent growth has been solid and 
permanent, and, like its earliest growth, dependent on our 
neighboring agricultural resources. Its historicul develop- 
ment can be followed with sufficient accuracy by a careful 
study of the information which follows, and w'e will not de- 
tain the reader by the customary details of dry uninteresting 
statements. It is enough for our present purpose if we as- 
sert that from New England, from the Middle and Southern 
States, from England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and other 
European lands, a remarkably tine population has migrated 
thither, and that this cosmopolitan mixture, with descend- 
ents to the manor born, now constitutes the very best ma- 
terial out of which to build one of the most energetic, most 
ambitious and most prosperous cities between the Atlantic 
and Pacilic oceans. 



EDUCATIONAL ADVANTAGES. 

The business value of schools and educational institutions 
is very difficult to estimate. We all know that colleges and 
schools tend to build up a town, but statistics will not show 
to what extent the wealth and population of a city may be 
based on these very valuable institutions. 

It is well known that in cities like Ann Arbor, Michigan, 
and Jacksonville, Illinois, the largest portion of the inhabi- 
tants make these cities their homes on account of the educa- 
tional advantages to be enjoyed there. In like manner, 
we know that a very large proportion of the inhabitants of 
Bloomington and Normal have come thither because of the 
State Normal University, the model school attached thereto, 
the Illinois Wesleyan College, our splendid public schools, 
our business colleges and other private schools. The public 
school system of Bloomington is unexcelled anvwhere, and 
its schools and teachers take rank with the largest and most 
intelligently governed cities of the state. The school build- 
ings are models of comfort, beauty and sanitary provisions. 
Special teachers are employed in the schools for music, draw- 
ing, cabinet making, domestic science and nature study, and 
excellent evening schools are also maintained. The citizens 






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take great pride in their excellent school system and the 
appropriations for carrying on the important work are large 
and freely made. 

Bloomington is well supplied with churches and almost 
every religious denomination is represented. The church 
edifices are for the most part modern and of architectural 



and constructive beauty. The church societies are flourish- 
ing and their pastors men of ability and learning. The Con- 
gregationalists. Baptists, Free Baptists. Methodists, Episco- 
pals. Presbyterians, Catholics, Unitarians, Salvation Army, 
Universalists, and Adventists are all prominent. There is 
also a Hebrew church, several independent churches, various 



















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BLOOMINGTON; PAST AND PRESENT 




Old McLean County Court House 



Among the most prominent is the Court House, Post-office. 
Second Presbyterian Church, various bank and school build- 
ings. The Court House is one of the finest structures to be 
seen anywhere and is the special pride of the citizens. 

Bloomington is well equipped with banks, newspapers, 
and various institutions that go to make up the successful 
carrying on of a populous community. The advantages for 
home seekers arc many and opportunities for manufacturers 
unsurpassed. The retail stores are well conducted, many of 
them marvels of elegance, and generally contain large and 
up-to-date stocks of goods. Prices are as low as elsewhere 
and merchants alert to the demands of the times. 

Unlike many similar organizations throughout the coun- 
try, which have been enthusiastically started and subse- 
quently fallen into decline, the Bloomington Business Men's 
Ass,, siation lias kept everlastingly at it and, as stated in its 
constitution, been active "to promote the industrial, mercan- 
tile and municipal welfare of the city of Bloomington.'' It 
was organized in January, 1900, and was incorporated the 
same year and lias ever since been of material assistance to 
the upbuilding of the city. In this work its committees have 
been of value in promoting more favorable locations for ex- 
isting industries, the introduction of new industries, the 
establishment of reasonable freight rates and by other efforts 
to enhance by all modern and legitimate methods the mutual 
welfare of business men and wage earners. The association 
is officered by Sam'] K. White. Prest.: John Eddy. 1st Vice- 
Prest.; Theci. A. Braley, 2nd Vice-Prest.; R. F. Evans, 
Treas.; Harry B. Harwood, Secy.; R. F. Berry, Correspond- 
ing Secy., and is known as one of the most up-to-date asso i- 
at ons of its kind in the middle west. 

Bloomington became incorporated as a town in 1843, and 
in 1850 received its first charter as a city, and in 1891 was 
reorganized under what is known as General laws for vil- 
lages, towns and cities. 

In the pages following will be found accurate and inter- 
esting sketches of various industrial and business concerns, 
representative merchants and leading professional men, 
those who stand foremost in thought and action in the 
Evergreen City. 



missions and reform clubs, Christian Science and Spiritual- 
istic meetings. 

The fraternal societies of Bloomington include represen- 
tations of all the best known and most important orders, and 
they are generally of large and constantly growing member- 
ship. The Masons and Odd Fellows are exceedingly strong, 
and other important organizations are: Knights of Pythias, 
Elks, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Court of Honor. Catholic 
Order of Foresters, Knights of the Maccabees, Loyal Ameri- 
cans, Modern Woodmen of America, National Union, Red 
Men, Royal Arcanum, Royal Neighbors of America, Yeomen 
of America, Ancient Order United Workmen, Union Veter- 
ans Union, Sons of Veterans, Spanish American War Veter- 
ans, Knights of the Globe, Grand Army of the Republic, 
Woman's Relief Corps, German Benevolent Society, Broth- 
erhood of American Yeomen, and Eagles. There are various 
temperance societies, womens clubs and charitable associa- 
tions. Literary, social and musical clubs are also numerous, 
the Illinois and* Bloomington Clubs being most prominent. 

Wither's Free Public Library and Reading Room is one 
of the best conducted and finely equipped in the state, noted 
for its efficient public libraries. The library occupies spac- 
ious and attractive quarters in its own building and contains 
about 30,000 volumes. The books have been carefully selected 
and the demand for them is large, constant and constantly 
increasing. A reference room contains standard works on 
every conceivable subject. The reading room is furnished 
with the best of current periodical literature, and leading- 
newspapers of the United States. 

There are two modern and well-equipped hospitals in 
Bloomington, the Brokaw Hospital and St. Joseph's Hos- 
pital, and the Kelso Sanitarium. 

Bloomington has one of the best managed street railway 
systems in the state and also a line connecting it with Nor- 
mal. In the last year two new lines have been built in the 
city. 

The fire and police departments of the city are adequate 
and under careful and progressive management. The streets 
are well lighted by electricity, and for the most part wide, 
well shaded by fine trees and kept clean, and the sewerage 
system is modeled after the most successful of other cities. 

Visitors to Bloomington are always impressed by the fine 
business blocks, public buildings and modern residences. 




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Eobder-Athey Hardware Co., (Incorporated 



THE HOLDER-ATHEY HARDWARE 
CO., INC. 

i :an s in- an immense and i ai led stock, 
doing a large volume of business annu- 
ally, ami employing modern and pro- 
gressive methods, the widely known 
Holder-Athey Hardware Co., 305-307 N. 
Main street, occupies a leading position 
of similar concerns of this state- Hard- 
ware of even description is carried, fine 
cutli iy. paints, nils and varnishes, silver- 
ware, fanning tools, poultry supplies, 



s toves and i anges. A spi ciaiitj is made 
of l.',« '■ I Iros.' paint and Majesl ic rani 
Both a wh< li sale and retail busini i 
carried on and from thirty to forty skilled 

workmi n an mployed, and ' I square 

feet of fiooi space is occupied, which in- 
cludes a large shop \s i ere shei t metal 

and fin nace work is carrii 'I on. Thi 

pany is officered by Dan Holder, pres 
id, ail. was bom in Tazewell county in 
1844 and educati '1 in Bloi mington, and 
since 1860 has been connected with this 
business He is a member of the Masons, 
Bloomlngton and Country Clubs. Howard 



Humphreys is vice-president, but is nol 
:,, livelj engagi d in i he busini ss. Sam 
I [older, secretary and tn asurei was 
horn, ra ised and educated in I lloomington 
and since leaving school has been iden 
tifi d with this firm and is a membei oi 
the Country Club. The business was 
bli hed in 1854 and incorporated 
in 1898, and ai the present time have 
< \ < i.i l sail smen on the road. The above 
named men a re a tnong our most 

and enei gel ic met chants, alerl to 
the advancement of the times. 



BLOOMINGTON RUG AND CARPET 
COMPANY 

One of the most important industrices 
of Bloomington, and one whose products 
sold in almost every state in the 
Union, is the Bloomington Rug & Car- 
i ' Co. The plant was established in 
and has the reputation of being 
the largest and best equipped rug factory 
in the country. Floor space of 8.000 
square feet is occupied and much of the 
machinery used is of the company's in- 
vention and is designed especially for the 
manufacture of their Superior Rugs and 
their works are in operation the entire 
year. Rugs are manufactured from old 
carpets that are more beautiful than the 
original carpet and all work sent out is 
guaranteed to be just what is claimed 
by the company. A specialty is made of 
ell ining. renovating- and resizing rugs 
and carpets. Special attention is also 
given all orders and correspondence i? 
promptly attended to. The immense fac- 
tory and office, located at the corner Di- 
vision street and Franklin avenue, i? 
tly on the Normal street car line. 
and the factory is fitted with the most 
modem and up-to-date machinery, whicl 
makes this the best equipped factory nt 
its kind in the United States. Mr. J. M. 
Elder, the efficient manager is a native ot 
McLean county, born In 1848 and received 
bis education in the public scl is. For- 
merly for seven veins he was engaged in 
the manufacture of brick and was also 
in the milling business, lie is thoroughly 
up-to-date in his methods and system of 



running this factory and through his 
careful and painstaking management its 

success is largely due. He is a val 

member of the Odd Fellows and K. of P 
and is highly esteemed by all who know 
him. 



FRANK SUPPLE 

Among the diversified industrii s of 
Bloomington. none is more interesting 
than that carried on by Frank Supple, 
with spacious and well equipped grain 




elevator at 506 S. Main street, where the 
latest and most modern methods of load- 
ing and unloading grain of all kinds are 
used,. The marvelous machines, with al- 
most human intelligence, takes the grain 
from the cars to any bin in the elevator 
at trie will of the man in charge, and up- 
to-date methods mark all operations. Coal 
is extensively dealt in also. Mr. Supple 
was born in 1865 In Virginia, and there 
■ ted. and sine- . ntering into the 
ness v orld has followi d the grain 
business and became established in 1883. 
lie i. one of Bloomington' li ading citi- 
■ pular in financial and so- 
cial circles and is a member of the Ma- 
sonic bodies, including the Shrine. 



WINTER <S COOPER 

Alien g i he besl people of Bloomington 
to those w ho take pi Ide In their ai pea r- 

ai the si Mi -is Winter ,V Coopei 

mercl ant tailoi loi d it 218 Wi -i Jef 
: street, is headqu trters. This hand- 
tore which oi m sq. fe< i 

Of tin. !i fitted with evi ry modern 

convenience and a in . stock "( imported 

and d tic « oolens and flannels of the 

latesl patterns and styles is carried, from 

which the mosi fastidious customei can 

his election Perfect fil and thi 

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trousers and up and $1S suits and up. Mr. 
J. Winter was born and educated in 
France. He is a member of tlie Masons, 
M. W. A. and Court of Honor, Mr. S. H. 
Cooper is a native of Indiana and was 
> I ; ated in Illinois and is a member of 
U.R.K. of P., Modern Woodmen National 
Union and I. u. M. A. Both gentlemen are 
of unquestioned integrity, and wide pop- 
ularity and highly esteemed in our city. 



THE SILL PNEUMATIC HORSE 
COLLAR CO 

The jerk on a noise's shoulder in a 
firm collar when starting a load and the 
jar of the wagon limning against bumps 
and <l> tlections in the si i c et, is not only 
liable to bruise or strain, but it injures 
the general health of the hois . This is 
easily prevented by the use of the Sill 
Pneumatic Horse Collar, Thesi famous 
high-class collars are put out in enam- 
eled, oxidiz d, silver or nickel plate, brass 
and gold finish. The widely known Sil! 
Pneumatic House Collar Co., located it 
313-315 K. Front street, will supply de- 
mands as fast as possibli in the order of 
Heir application. The Sill Pneumatic 
Horse Collar is favorably known and in 
constant use in every country in the 
world .inl every state in the union. In 
fart, the sun never sets on this famous 
collar, and was awarded high honors at 
Hie Louisiana Purchasi Imposition at St. 
Louis. Mo. It is built on strictly humane 
principles .'nnl will adjust itself to any 
shoulder. At the spacious, modern and 
complete equipped plant a lare force of 
workmen are employed and 11.500 square 
feel nf door space is occupied. The of- 
ficeis of the Aim are: E. L. Sill, presi- 
dent: W. P.. Sill, vice-president; Samuel 
Fesler. treasurer, and D. M. Sill, sec- 
retary and general manager. All members 
of the firm are actively engaged in the 
business and are incorporated with a 
capital stock of $100,000. The' gentlemen 
at.- all natives of Illinois and their repu- 
tation as progressive, substantial, enter- 
prising business men and representative, 
influential citizens is an enviable one. 



A. D. SCHEWE 

In every community a high-class meat 

market is a necessity. One of the lead- 
ing houses in Bloomington in this line 
of business is that located at 812 E. 
Grove street and conducted by Mr. A. 
D. Schewe. He deals in all kinds of 
fresh, salt and smoked meats and fresh 
butter, eggs, poultry and country produce. 
A specialty is made of fine fancy meats 
that are unexcelled by any similar con- 
cern in this section of the state. All 
goods are fresh and of highest quality 
and everything is kept in scrupulously 
clean and neat order. Four courteous as- 
sistants are employed and a floor space 
of l.SOO square feet is occupied. Mr. 
Schewe was born in Germany in 1S62 
and educated in Bloomington's German 
schools. He has been engaged in this 
line of business for over twenty years 
and has worked in all its branches from 
a bone trimmer to the highest branch. 
He is one of Bloomington's most enter- 
prising and progressive businessmen ami 
is a member of some of the best fra- 
ternal organizations in the city. 



H. S. McCURDY 

Reliability of service, excellence of 

g is ami systematic low prices havi 

placed the hardware store nf II. S. Mc- 

Curdy, 1-" \V. Front street, in the front 
ranks of similar concerns in this section 
of the state. All that is reliable and de- 
sirable in fine stoves, tin, granite ware, 
fine cutlery and hardware of every de- 




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John W". Evans Sons Company 



JOHN W. EVANS SONS CO. 

Bloomington boasts of a company of 
He finest contractors in the state, that 
' I John W. Evans' Sons, who are km wn 
throughout the country and have built 
some of the finest buildings on the square 
i. el in fact all over Bloomington, includ- 
ing tlie High school, Lincoln and Franklin 
schools, the handsome Livingston build- 
ing. First National and State National 
banks and the First and Second Presby- 
terian churches and the A. E. DeMange 
residence, which are the most magnifi- 
cent in the city and are unexcelled any- 
where in this section of the State. This 
company's territory is unlimited, being 
widely and favorably known, and having 
a reputation for reliability and excellence 
of service unsurpassed. They do con- 
tracting all thiough the middle West, and 
have established an extensive and high 
class trade. The John W. Evans' Sons 
Co. are also manufatureis of mill work 



■' lealers in iumbei and coal. Their 

finely equipped office i.s located at 511-517 
Notth Center street. The firm was 
originally established by Hayes and 
Evans in 1859 and came under the pres- 
ent propi ii torship and was incorporated 
with a capital stock of $75,000, paid up, 
in ISflO. the entile stock being held by 
tin Evans family. The enormous fac- 
tory and plant occupies about ten acres 
of ground and affords employment for 
150 men during the busy season. The 
officers of the John W. Evans' Sons Co. 
are: J. P. Evans. President: R. \v. 
Evans, Vice-President: W. V. Evans. 
Secretary, and F. R. Evans, Treasurer.' 
Bach of the four gentlemen aie mem- 
bers of the Bloomington and Country 
Clubs, highly prominent in commercial 
and social circles, and their standing as 
substantial, enterprising business men 
and representative citiz°ns is of the 
highest. 



scription can be obtained at this finely 
equipped store. A specialty is made of 
the highest grades of stoves. Competi- 
tion on all lines of goods is met, including 
quality and price. Four floors 25x150 
feet, are occupied, and five capable clerks 
are employed. Mr. McCurdy was born in 
Mexico City, Penn., in 1S35 and educated 
in Tuscarora Academy, Penn. He has 
been in business in McLean county since 
1854 and has always been known as a 
business man of integrity and a citizen 
of public spirit and progressive ideas. 



R. M. CALDWELL & SON 

The people of Bloomington are to be 
congratulated on the fact that in the 
grocery and produce store of R. M. Cald- 
well and Son, 419 N. Main street, they 
have a store tnat is unexcelled for high 
grade, reliable goods, sold at the lowest 
market price's. Carefully selected lines of 
staple and fancy groceries are carried, 
embracing standard brands of flour, 
supi rior canned goods, popular table 
delicacies, choice teas, coffee and break- 
fast cereals are carried, their specialty 
being The Best of Everything at the 
Right Prices. Six competent clerks are 
employed 1 and a floor sraee 22x100 is oc- 
cupied. Mr. Charles B. Caldwell who is 
now sole proprietor was burn in Shirley, 
111., in 1865 and educated in Bloomington. 
Since first entering into the business 
world he has been connected with the 
grocery business and is considered one of 
our most successful and up-to-date bus- 
iness men. 




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B. F. HOOPS & SON 

The wholesale handling of foodstuffs is 
a matter of great importance in a city 
the size of Bloomington. More particu- 
larly so when, as here, the people are 
discriminating and competition is alert. 
A local concern that stands among the 
foremost of produce houses in this section 
of the state is that of B. F. Hoopes & 
Son, 105-111 W. Monroe street. Estab- 
lished in 1SS5, this widely known and 



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finely equipped house has constantly 
maintained an unrivaled reputation for 
On- reliability and gi mi ral excelli nci 
good A specialty is made of produc 
and fine fruits. Twenty capable assist- 
ants are employed and flooi space of 15.- 
GOfl square feet is occupied Mr. A. II 
Hoopi s, president and in asui er oi thi 
linn, was born in Springfield, 111., in 1870 

ai lucated In Bloomington. Mr. J. C 

Creager, who is secretary of the Arm, was 
bora in Tarlton, Ohio, In 1846 and theri 
. , jur.it. a. i'i e\ ious to his i'n sent bus 

i i v , pi oprii tor ' it a gem ral nn r- 
chandise store at Tarlton. He was a 
member of the board of education ami 
was also township treasurer ai Tallinn. 
Both gentlemen are highly esteemed in 
Hi. community for their business integ- 
rity and estimable citizenship. 



GRABLE, THE TAILOR 

Gentlemen's custom tailming exeeutod 
in th.' highest style of the art. with 
prices moderate, is th special feature 
i lishment of George II. Grable, 
101 X. Main street. His creations an' 
noted for their fashionable appearance 
iiert shape, and are always perfect 
in lit. Mr. Grable caters to the best 
trade and. more-over, secures it. Many 
nf the mmi particulai peoi le in our city 




are his patrons. It is a union shop and 
two expert workmen are employed. He 
was born at Farmer City, 111., in 185S. 
and was ther educated, and when a 
young man spent four and one-half years 
in tie' printing business, and aside from 
that his life has been spent in the tailor- 
ing business. He became established 
here in 1899 .and has won the esteem of 
the public. He is a member of the Red 
Men M. W. A., North Ameiican Union, 
ami Masons. 




A.PARTMENT HOTEL 



THE APARTMENT HOTEL 

Bloomington's spacious, well equipped 
and carefully conducted hostelery, 'rim 
Vpartment Hotel was established in 190:; 
and ins proven on-' of tie- hotel suc- 
es of Illinois. The house is operated 
"ii the American plan and contains all 

t Lin improvements. There are forty 

finely equipped tooms and several appart- 
ments. In summing it up it may be said 
that the Apartment Hotel is a model of 
its class and its chief success lies in 
Hi. fact that those things ordinarily ni 
glected, receive careful attention and it 
has the reputation of being the cleanest 



hotel in Bloomington, Mr. .T. B. Savage, 
ill.- efficienl proprietor and manage] was 
born in Ohio in 1846 and there educated. 
Previous t" hotel business he was eng i red 
in th.' <h y u Is and also en bus- 

iness. He has I m. ii propriitoi ,,r ,i lintel 
for twenty years ami n a careful and 
aking man ig< r, '■•, en to the minute 
details: and personally looks aftei the 
comfort of his guests. The house is wide- 
ly known among the comm- rcial mi n and 

has a reputation for quietness ami g I 

order that is rare. Mr. Savage is a highly 
esteemed citizen in mir community and 
is a valued member of the G. A. R. 











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FUNK BROS SEED CO 

Known far and near and without boun- 
darj is th.- Funk Bros.' Seed Co., exten- 
sive dealers in seeds and grain of every 
d' sci iptinn. including pedigree seed corn. 
eighty varieties of oats and a full line "t 
farm and field seeds "i' standard varie- 
ties. Tlie Funk Inns, also control somi 

25 • i s "i i in i ii h. st soil in McLean 

county, where their grain and seeds are 

l.i' d. They are also prudu f tlm 

highest gradi nf cattle, hogs and sheep 
Th.- very bi st specimens of live stock 
thai years nf study and careful breeding 

can i lip i i i. ing bri d, raised, ami 

I'd "ii their farms every year, 'in these 
faints there are from 150 to 200 hand 
employed. At tlm- finely equipped Bton 
nf iim Funk Bros.' Seed Co., located at 
103 x. East street, every variety "f seeds 
and -I ain an- sold at prices pi Itlvelj as 
low as is • ons isti nt with the sup. i loi Ity 



ni g Is. and all business is done mi a 

metropolitan system. Their territory is 
unlimited and an- known throughout the 
country as the greatest seed corn grow- 
ers ii the world. The officers nf the 
company am all natives of Bloomington 

and members nf tlm Bl nington club. 

and are also members of tie- Masonic 

Including the Shrine. The offici i 
an E 1 1- Funk, president, a graduate 
nf Vale College in lsnis: L. H. Kerick, 
\ ice presidi nt, graduate of tlm Illinois 
Weslevan University; Frank ii Funk, 
gi ii. ral manager ami t n asui ei . a grad- 
uate "f Y;,i. . 1891s; Dean x. Funk, . i c 
I. i:u \ , a graduate nf Yale. isws. and .1. 
D wight Funk, agronomist, a graduate "f 
the Illinois Wi sleyan University. The 
gentlemen an- among Bloomington mo I 

■ and representative buslm a 

men ami thoroughly practical 



CON R. MUELLER 

Since its establishment in 1S90 the 
widely known dye house of Con II. Muel- 
ler, 106 W. Market street, has been head- 
quarters in Bloomington and vicinity for 
all dyeing, cleansing and pressing of gar- 
ments. All modem and progressive meth- 
ods are employed and patrons never 
disappointed as to results. Three capabl 
assistants are employed and a branch 
housi is also maintained at 31G X. Centi ' 
street. Mr. Mueller was born in Steetin, 
||' man] in 1865 and there educated 
Sue. l.ning school he has followed this 
one line of business and is thoroughly 
isant with all that pertains to it. 
II. is one of our leading business men 
and is a member of the Eagles, led 
ml Mutual Aid. 



BLOOMINGTON: PAST ANDJ PRESENT 




W. E. PATTON 

Being one of the largest concerns of 
its kind in the state, and having a wide- 
spread reputation for the reliability of 
its products, tlie poultry house of Mr. N. 
10 Patton, 512 S. -Main street, is consid- 
ered one of the leading of similar con- 
cerns in the country. The business was 
originally established under the nam.- <>t 
Til inn Bros, in 1890 and later came un- 
der (he present proprietorship. Mr. Pat- 
Inn has materially improved the stock 
and greatly increased the patronage. 
Poultry, eggs, butter, hides and wool, and 
everything that is required to make up a 
complete poultry house, is carried, Only 
wholesale business is done and a large 
shipping trade is carried on, car loads 
of poultry being shipped to New oil; 
City. Twenty assistants are employed 
and a floor space of 6,000 square feet is 
occupied. Mr. Patton was born and edu- 
cated in Indiana. He has followed this 
line of business for a number of years 
and is thoroughly experienced. PL has 
the merited reputation of being a busi- 
ness man of integrity and a citizen of 
public spirit and progressive ideas, and 
is highly esteemed in our city. 



\i ERGARTH 



F. W. NIERGARTH 

A grocery a ml moat market widely 
known for tin- excellence of its goods 
and always reasonable prices is that of 
F. W. Niergarth, 609-11-13 North Main 

si I eel. 

Large and carefully selected lines of 
groceries, meats, feeds, fruits, confections 
and provisions of evi ry description are 
carried, including choice teas, coffees, and 
si iees. A specialty is made of tin- highest 
grades of apples and potatoes. 

'I'lte heavily stocked salesroom of 10,000 
square feet, rivals in appearance an up- 



to-date food fair, and eleven courteous 
and capable clerks are employed. 

Tire business was established in 1S93. 
Mr. Niergarth was born in Bloomington 
1SC6, his birthplace covering the same 
ground where his store is now established. 
He was also educated in Bloomington. 

Formerly for rive years, he was travel- 
ing salesman for a furnishing goods house 
and was also in the shoe business for 
five years. Mr. Niergarth is a business 
man of progressive ideas, and thoroughly 
believing itr modern methods. He is a 
member of the Modern Woodmen and 
National Union. 



DR. PRICE & CO 

One of Bloomington's most important 
manufactories is that of Dr. Price & Co., 
successors to Drs. Price .>i Price, and 
manufacturers of medicine, flavoring ex- 
tracts and baking powder. The ttaile it 
controls reaches throughout the Middle 
West and as far west as Montana, being 
the most widely and favorably known 
manufactories of medicines in the coun- 
try. Dr. Price's flavoring extracts and 
baking powder are- unexcelled. They also 
manufacture Dr. Price's famous My 
Cream, Mullen Salve. Minute Relief, Bile 
Bitters, Headache Cure and Bronchial 
Tm, lies, which are unsurpassed for pub- 
lic speakers and singers. All s.-Js are 
made of only the purest ingredients and 
a speciaalty is made of "the right article 
at the right price." Tie- plant was orig- 
inally establish! d by Drs. Price & Price 
in 1SS3 and came under the present pro- 
prietorship in 1904. A large force of fae- 
tnry men and traveling salesmen are em- 
ployed. Dr. D. F. Price was born in 
Rutland City. Vt. in 1S33, and received his 
medical education at Ann Arbor Univer- 
sity, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Cincinnati, 
O. He has practiced medicine and fol- 
lowed this line all his life. Mr. John C. 
Allen was born in Heyworth, 111., in 1S71 
and there educated. He has served as 
constable, town tax collector and was also 
school director. Pie is a valued member 
of the I. O. O. F. and M. W. A. Both 
gentlemen are of marked ability and 
thorough experience, and to their earo 
and practical judgment the success of the 
business is largely due. 



MADAM SARAH 

Madam Sara, the prominent and widely 
known clarivoyant and palmist, of 411 N 
C-i titer street, has made herself popular 
in Bloomington and vicinity through the 
merits of her work. She is a natural 
born clairivoyant and carries out just 
what she claims to do, and the best of 
attention is paid to all of her patrons. 
She also carries an extensive correspond- 
ence work which is given special atten- 
tion. Advice is given on matrimony, 
business, health, speculation, etc., and all 
business is strictly confidential. Madam 
Sara became established here in 1S99 and 
has built up a sterling reputation for 
herself, and her patrons consist of many 
of tie best people of our city. 



C. S. BROWN 

Prominent among the leading stores of 
Bloomington is the sterling grocery of C. 
S. Brown, established in 1901 and located 
at 104 S. East street. The stock can red 
is one of the largest and most carefully 
selected to be found in tne city, embrac- 
ing the choicest fancy and staple gro- 
ceries and canned goods. An ample 
force of courteous clerks is employed and 
a floor space of 1,500 square feet is oc- 
cupied. Mr. Brown is a native of Ohio, 
born in 1S41 and since becoming a citi- 
zen of Bloomington, he has gained the 
esteem of the community and is known 
as a progressive, practical and enter- 
prising business man. 





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SOUVENIR 




L. L. WIEGAND 

H Igl 

taple i luce 

i i. .1 in compli I 

at the wi ii equipped and popular 
[i i.i w iegand, 

.M.ii I,. I - I Supi 

table d< licai ii - f irm and <!:•■> 1 

moki 'I meats an > urea 

ty is made of country pro 

rluce and fn The low. m 

i.i'i [uoted ill low as Is cor 

ill with reliable ind 

ii h as is found at this ston 

The business was established In 1S93, I 

has coi I n i-easei iublii ap 

proval and pat] n ige. This buildim 

i di ding 'ii ii" ci t j bu I 

i :i been impro\ ed from time to tinn 

. mi is n. iw modern in ever; ■• Fivi 

competent clerks an i mploj i d and two 
75x25 i, el are oi cupii i Mr. Wie- 
gand was educated In I Hi om 

ington. He is a butcher by trad< 
was formi rlj in that line of 

business. He is known as a progrei i 

g in. r< h:i nt and estimabli 
citizen, highly esti em< d and Is a mi mbi i 
of the Bu iness Men Asocial Ii in and 
< latholic < irder of Foresters. 



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LEWIS & SMITH 

imm' of the oldest established of simi- 

i rns in this seel ion ol i he sta b 

Mi. well equipped grain elevator, which 
vi : in st i stablished aboui fifty years 

ii,, n 901 E. Front street mill iducted 

\i , i,,,\\ is and Smith. Feed of till 
kinds, flour, meal, hominy, grain, hay and 
straw and all kinds of baled goods are 

tndled and the spacious elevatoi has 
i capai iv of 20,000 bushels of grain and 
car loads of baled g Is. All mill- 
ing is done within their own plant ex- 
cepi tin Hour, and six experienced work- 
men are employed. Mr. G. E. Lewis was 
born in Indiana in 1SG2 and educated in 
[ova. Previously he was engaged in th 
grain and lumber business in Keota, Iowa, 
where he served two terms as alderman. 
He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and 
M. \V. A Mr. O. E. Smith was born in 
onsin and educated in Iowa and was 
ged in farming for a few years and 
later taught school in Iowa. Both gen- 
ii, urn are highly popular, and the en- 

ise of which they an tin 1 l Is 

one of which Bloomington is proud. 



HOME RESTAURANT 

Among tii., many i esta un ants and quick 

lunch houses of Bh omington, 

i,, tter reputation foi g i fo< d si rved 

and excellence of set \ ice than the Homi 
ii. stauranl tit ::if, N. Cei reel A 

alty is made of meals cooked on 
short ordei and for quick lunches i r sub- 
stantial meal there is no better pla 
the city The fo< d is well cooked, the 
which numbers eight are attentive 
.and prices moderate. A fine line of 
choice cigars and tobacco are also kept. 

Is i ccupled 
and • \ en thing is kepi In scrupuli 
el. -an and nea t ordei . M r. John S. Du 

ger 1 1, was born in 

Arkansas, in 1873 , ucated a Pi 
sylvania. He has been In this lini 
business for flvi i n tnd n pr< lou 

engag. d in fi ig Hi bei istab- 

ii , i bu ill 
Iness and is highlj n 
garded by all who know him. 



H. A. RIESE 

Tin wholesale handling of fruits and 
produce in a city the size of Blooming- 
ton is a matter of great importance 

M particularly so when, as here, the 

people are discriminating and competi- 
tion is alert. A local dealei who stand i 

among th* foi em. .si oi - imila i c « i n 

II. A. Riese, 107 E. Front streel 

hed in 1897 this widely known and 
finely equipped house has constantly 
maintained an unrivaled reputation for 
the reliability and general exc II. nee ..i 
its goods. A specialty is made of fresh 
, is. oranges, apples, lemons, bananas, 
and cabbage, and 10,000 square feel ol 
floor space is occupied. Courteous as- 
sistants to the number of seven are em- 
ployed. Mr. Riese was born in Pekin, 
111., in 1S59 and there educated. Twenty- 
six years of his life has been devoted to 
this one line of business, five years ol 
which was in Denver. He is one of our 
lending citizens and is a member of the 
K. of P. 



PORTABLE ELEVATOR MANUFAC- 
TURING CO. 

The success and progress which follows 
i prise and merit is ably presented in 
the Portable Elevator Manufacturing Co., 
,i Bloomington's most important in- 
dustries. This concern was originally 
established in 1900 and was incorporated 
in 1902. They manu) i.ii.le ele- 

, which are known throughout the 
country and us, , : every grain - 

ii.- in the Union. The large plant. 

d at the corner of McClun and E. 

Grove streets, occupies a floor space of 

square feel and fui nishes emplo/- 

ploymenl for fifty hands, each of whom 
are thoroughly experienced and skilled 

workmen. The officers of th- n 

n Messrs. J. F. White, President, and 
« ; i : Read, Secretarj and Genera] Man 
.M t Read Is a native ol i lit loming- 
ton, horn in 1868, and educated in 
public schools. Formerly he was In the 
tail hardware with G. 1 1 Read 

Bro Me n Whit tnd Read an en 
terprl Ing and eminently practical and 
hoi -.lie hi', id. oi iii. ,1 with till in. 
pertaining to the city's welfare and an 
highly esteemed by all who know them. 



H. W. VINCENT 

in no branch of applied science has 
in.!, been so marked an advancement 
and so many improvements as in that .-f 
photography. The photographer of 

nuts: be a skilled artisl and a close stu- 
dent ti let- to becomi a Ii ader, and his 

apparatus musl be the most modern. In 
Mr. II. W. Vincent, Bl g pos- 
es i 1 1 gh :n i i-t > ears of pi 

tical i and elose slndy have 




, him the < 

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iii,. pa i a re 1 ■ stab- 

Blooming i ond u I 

, in. i om "' N Haiti 

Mi. i 

,„ | ,,n man- 

ii mi h ' Poloi Ml., but 

has bt numl ' 

i itlzi n of Bl stun. 



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BLOOMINGTON; PAST AND PRESENT 



WELCH & NEWTON 

In the upbuilding of Bloomington as a 
residential city the sterling firm of 
Messrs. Welch & Newton has been an im- 
portant factor. This is one of Bloom- 
ington's oldest and most reputable real 
estate and insurance agencies and is 
widely known. They have fine offices in 
rooms No. 1 1! - 1 7 in the magnificent Dur- 
ley building, where they do a large busi- 
ness in fire and life insurance, as well as 
negotiating loans, and buying, selling. 
exchanging and renting of property. They 
are sole agents for a number of the 
soundest companies in the country, prom- 
inent among them Glen Falls, United Un- 
derwriters. Reliance and Prussian Na- 
tional companies. Messrs Welch & New- 
ton are both natives of Illinois, the for- 
mer being born in 1S47 and the latter :n 
1838. Mr. Welch has been engaged in 
this business for oyer 13 years and for- 
merly was engaged in farming. He is a 
member of the I. O. O. F., Court of Honor 
and M. W. A. and served two terms as 
alderman in the Sixth ward. Mr. New- 
ton was county recorder eight years and 
county clerk for four years and then be- 
came engaged in bis present business. 
He is a member of the K. of P. and I. 
O. O. F. Both gentlemen are of the ut- 
most reliability and are closely identified 
with all the matters pertaining to the 
city's welfare. 



WALTER ARMBRUSTER 

Among the many and varied tonsorial 
parlors of Bloomington none rival in ex- 
cellence of wink, cleanliness and prompt 
service, the finely equipped shop of Wal- 
ter Armbruster, lln E. Front street. Par- 
ticular men patronize this fine resort for 
tonsorial work exclusively and in largo 
numbers. Special attention is paid to 
artistic hair cutting, massaging and 
shampooing, the famous Armbruster egg 
shampoo onlj being used, and entire sat- 
isfaction assured patrons on all work 




performed. Four chairs are operated, 
tedious waits avoided ami every work- 
man a master of the art. Mr. Armbrus- 
ter was born in Bloomington and edu- 
cated in the public schools. He has he.ii 
engaged in this Inisiness for over nine 
years and became established as at pres- 
ent in 1901 and is special agent for the 
Ess Tee I iee 1 1 . i i s - te,,ie He is highly 
n garded in Bloomington and is a member 
et Hi, German Benevolent Society. Mod- 
em Woodmen, Royal Circle and K. of C. 




First Baptist Church 



ED. LOGAN 

Carrying a large and carefully selected 
line of fresh, smoked and salt meats, and 
laving an unrivaled reputation for relia- 
bility and the quotation of lowest market 
prices, tie meat market of Ed. Logan. 

I S. Lee street, stands among 

leading concerns in this section of the 
city. High-grade meats of every de- 
scription are carried and a specialty is 
made of home-made sausage. Competi- 
tion is closely met and no concern quotes 
lower prices for goods equal in quality. 
Mr. Logan became established in his 
present business in 1904 and employs two 
courteous assistants. He was born in 
Bloomington in 1S5S and was also edu- 
cated here and since leaving school has 
practically spent his life in this line of 
business, and has been employed hysome 
of the largest concerns in this section of 
the state. He is known as a progressive 
business man and estimable citizen. 



ROBERT FLINSPACH 

Metropolitan up-to-date methods, good 
goods and low prices are the distinctive 
features of the grocery and provision 
house of Robert Flinspach. 503 S. Allin 
street, Carefully selected lines of gen- 
oral groceries. high-class provisions, 
canned goods, teas, coffees and spices are 
carried. A specialty is made of fresh 
country butter butter and eggs, and in 
this he is decidedly a leader. Competi- 
tion on all lines of goods is met in every 
particular and the store is never under- 
sold. The help numbers three and 2000 
square feet of floor space is occupied. 
Mr. Flinspach was born in Bloomington 
in 1SG7 and here educated, and previous 
to his present business, which was estab- 
lished in 1904, he was a painter and 
paperhanger. He is a member of the C. 
O. O. F. and is highly esteemed in both 
Inisiness and social circles. 



J. A. MUELLER 

High-grade groceries, both fancy and 
staple, provisions, tint' canned goods, pure 
:onfectionery, cigars and tobacco are 
carried in complete and carefully selected 
lines at the well eouipped and popular 
store of Mr. J. A. Mueller, at 802 W. 
Front street. A specialty is made of 
fancy groceries and notions and bakery 
solids Superior canned goods, table deli- 
cacies, breakfast foods and farm and 
dairy products are lending features. The 
lowest market prices are quoted, fully as 
low as is consistent with reliability and 
satisfactory goods. An ample force of 
courteous clerks are employed and all or- 
ders are promptly attended to. The 
business was established in 1ST9, and con- 
stantly increased in public approval and 
patronage. Mr. Mueller was born in 
New York city in 1S55 and educated in 
the Bloomington public schools. He is 
known as a progressive and enterprising 
merchant and estimable citizen, highly 
esteemed in our city. 



A. MATULLE 

One of the most attractive stores in 
Bloomington is that conducted by Mr. A. 
Matulle .iiid located at 1312 S. Main 
street. It occupies 3000 square feet of 

li ' space and the stock carried is one 

ot the largest in this section in the line 
of general merchandise, staple and fancy 
groceries, canned goods, choice teas and 
coffee and a specialty is made of fine 
country butters and eggs. Also a high- 
class meat market is conducted in con- 
nection with this well equipped store. 
Mr. Matulle is one of the old established 
ami successful merchants of this city, 
becoming established here in 1S93. He 
also owns another fine store at 1310 S. 
Main street. An ample force of courteous 
clerks is employed and all orders are 
promptly attended to. Mr. Matulle 
was born and educated in Germany 
and since becoming a citizen of 
Bloomington he has gained the 
highest esteem of the community 
and is known as one of our most 
enterprising and successful business men. 



SOUVENIR 




A. IN. RINEHART 

In every community the high class 
pharmacy is an important factor, both 
to the physician who relies on it for the 
accuracy of the prescriptions given by him 
and by the public, who look to it for puri- 
ty and freshness of the drugs and chemi 
cats used. The pharmacy of which Mr. 
A. N. Rinehart is proprietor, located at 
No. 720 W. Chestnut street is one of the 
two oldest in the city, being established 
in 1879. Drugs, paints, oils and varnishes 



are dealt in and a specialty is mad* of 
the filling of physicans prescriptions, the 
purest ingredients only being used. Floor 
space of 1.440 square feet is occupied and 
three courteous assistants are employed. 
Mr. Rinehart is a native of Virginia, born 
in 1S43 and educated in Bloomington and 
has been in the drug business here for 
thirty-seven years. He is a thoroughly 
experienced pharmacist, enterprising and 
believing in modern methods and is a 
highly esteemed citizen of our city and 
is a member of the Masonic fraternity. 



MARTENS-LEARY CO. BRANCH 

One of the most successful and largely 
patronized concerns of its kind in the city 
is the well-known farm implement house 
of the Martens-Leary Co. Branch, 112 W. 
Front street. The business was estab- 
lished several years ago by John T. Wal- 
ton, who was succeeded by the Martens- 
Leary Co. this year. The latter materially 
improved the service and greatly in- 
creased the patronage. A full line of 
high-grade farm implements of all kinds 
is carried. A repository of the finest 
carriages and buggies in the city, includ- 
ing harness of up-to-date patterns, are 
also carried. A specialty is made of 
stock fencing, Moline wagons. Rock 
Island buggies. Deere and Black Hawk 
planters, John Deere plows and cultiva- 
tors, gasoline and steam engines, and a 
full line of McCormick harvesting ma- 
chinery. Three competent salesmen are 
employed and 3750 square feet of floor 
Is occupied. Mr. J. M. Cusey. the 
efficient manager, was born and raised on 
a farm, and the past twenty years has 
been in the employ of the McOonnich 
Harvester Co., which has kept him in 
direct touch with farming and farming 
Interests, and is known as one nf the best 
Implement men in the country. 



MINTER MANUFACTURING CO 

In the manufacture of high-grade job 
work, band-sawing, brackets, screens, 
gable ornaments, balusters, window 
frames, tanks of all kinds, etc.. the Min- 
ter .Manufacturing Co., corner Grove and 
McClun streets, ranks among the leaders. 
and the reputation of their products 
stands high with the builders and con- 
tractors of the state. They also manu- 
facture pickets, fence posts, pila ter 
finish and blocks, newel posts and hftch- 

Ing posts, and make a specialty of w i 

novelties. The plant was established in 
1889 and occupies a floor space of 12,720 
square feet. Mr. W. P. Minter was born 
h 1832 and educated in Kentucky. Pre- 
I'ious to his present business he was en- 
u i- d in wool carding and the manufac- 
turelng of wool carding machinery. He 
set v. .1 with distinction in the army for 
three years and six months and is a 
member of the G. A. R He also se ed 
as city lax collector. Mr. B. F. Minter 
was born In Bloomington in 1869 and also 
educated hen Tie has always been in 
this business and is a novelty manufac- 
turer and mode] maker. Both gentlemen 
are promlm nl In i ommercial and financial 
circles and are men who are closely Iden- 
i Ifl ,i witli the bi i Inti n si ol I lie city. 



EAGLE MACHINE WORKS 

This firm was established about thirty- 
six years ago at 820 and 622 N. Main 

.i has e\ er sine in ta Ini d a 

ted reputation foi the general • x- 
i ellence of its products. Thej b 
m and hot water lion ■ hi 




iii.i boil is. engine supplies, hose, 
belting, packing, Iron pipe, fittings, hign 
ami low in • -in,. s ti .mi woi k, and sani- 
tarj plumbing and sewerage. A specialty 
is made of engine and machine repair- 
ing. A large stock of gas and electric 
light fixtures are constantly on hand. 
Robert Loudon the energetic proprietor 
was born in 1SU3 in the land made famous 




by Hobby Burns. He has devoted the 
Ltei part of his life to this business. 

1 at the present time employs from 1_' 

to 18 skilled workmen, and the Hoot spai 
occupied covers -0.673 square feet. Mr. 

London is one of the pi er machine 

workers of McLean County, an estimable 
citizen and a member of the Masonic 
frati riiity. 



MRS. C. L. DUGGER 

'I'll favorably known restaurant of 
Mrs C. I. Dugger, 210 W. Front street, 
was established in 1904, and ever since 
maintained an unsurpassed reputation for 
the excellence of its cooking and efll 
ei y of service. That fact is signifi- 
cant, showing as it doi itrons 
'Mm, ,iu i\ satislied and only to return 



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BLOOMINGTON; PAST AND PRESENT 



WELCH & INEWTOIN 

In the upbuilding of Bloomington as a 
residential city the sterling firm of 
Messrs. Welch & Newton has been an im- 
portant factor. This is one of Bloom- 
ington's oldest and most reputable real 
estate and insurance agencies and is 
widely known. They have fine offices in 
rooms No. 16-17 in the magnificent Dur- 
ley building, where they do a large busi- 
ness in fire and life insurance, as well as 
negotiating loans, and buying, selling, 
exchanging and renting of property. They 
are sole agents for a number of the 
soundest companies in the country, prom- 
inent among them Glen Falls. United Un- 
derwriters. Reliance and Prussian Na- 
tional companies. Messrs Welch & New- 
ton are both natives of Illinois, the for- 
mer being born in 1847 and the latter ;n 
1S3S. Mr. Welch has been engaged in 
this business for over 13 years and for- 
merly was engaged in farming. He is a 
member of the I. O. O. F.. Court of Honor 
and M. W. A. and served two terms as 
alderman in the Sixth ward. Mr. New- 
ton was county recorder eight years and 
county clerk for four years and then be- 
came engaged in his present business. 
He is a member of the K. of P. and I. 
O. O. F. Both gentlemen are of the ut- 
most reliability and are closely identified 
with all the matters pertaining to the 
city's welfare. 



WALTER ARMBRUSTER 

Among tlie many and varied tonsorial 
parlors of Bloomington none rival in ex- 
cellence of work, cleanliness and prompt 
service, the finely equipped shop of Wal- 
ter Armbruster, 110 E. Fri nt street. Par- 
ticular men patronize this fine resort for 

social work exclusively and in large 

numbers. Special attention is paid to 
artistic hair cutting, massaging and 
shampooing, the famous Armbruster egg 
shampoo only being used, arid entire sat- 
isfaction assured patrons on all work 




performed. Four chairs arc operated. 
tedious wails avoided and every work- 
man a master of tlie art. Mr. Armbrus- 
ter was born in Bloomington and edu- 
cated in the public schools. He has 1 n 

engaged in this business for over nine 
years and became established as at pres- 
i ni in 1901 and is special agent for the 
Kss Tee Dee hair tonic He is highly 

regarded in Bl nington and is a membei 

of the German Benevolenl Society, Mod- 
ern Woodmen. Royal Circle and K. of C. 








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First Baptist Church 



ED. LOGAN 

Carrying a large anil carefully selected 
line of fresh, smoked and salt meats, and 
having an unrivaled reputation for relia- 
bility and the quotation of lowest market 
prices, the meat market of Ed. Logan, 

I S. Lee street, stands among .0 

leading concerns in this section of the 
city. High-grade meats of every de- 
scription are carried and a specialty is 
made of home-made sausage. Competi- 
tion is closely met and no concern quotes 
lower prices for goods equal in quality. 
Mr. Logan became established in his 
present business in 1904 and employs two 
courteous assistants. He was born in 
Bloomington in 1S5S and was also edu- 
cated here and since leaving school has 
practically spent his life in this line of 
business, and has been employed by some 
of the largest concerns in this section of 
the state. He is known as a progressive 
business man and estimable citizen. 



ROBERT FLINSPACH 

Metropolitan up-to-date methods, good 
goods and low prices are the distinctive 
features of the grocery and provision 
house of Robert Flinspach. 503 S. Allin 
street. Carefully selected lines of gen- 
eral groceries, high-class provisions, 
canned goods, teas, coffees and spices are 
carried. A specialty is made of fresh 
country butter butter and eggs, and in 
this he is decidedly a leader. Competi- 
tion on all lines of goods is met in every 
particular and the store is never under- 
sold. The help numbers three and 2000 
square feet of floor space is occupied. 
Mr. Flinspach was born in Bloomington 
in 1807 and here educated, and previous 
to his present business, which was estab- 
lished in 1904. he was a painter and 
paperhanger. He is a member of the C. 
O. O. F. and is highly esteemed in both 
business and social circles. 



J. A. MUELLER 

High-grade groceries, both fancy and 
staple, provisions, fine canned goods, pure 
:onfectii nery, cigars and tobacco are 
carried in complete and carefully selected 
lines at the well eouipped and popular 
store of Mr. J. A. Mueller, at 802 W. 
Front street. A specialty is made of 
fancy groceries and notions and bakery 
goods. Superior canned goods, table deli- 
cacies, breakfast foods and farm and 
dairy products are lending features. The 
lowest market prices are quoted, fully as 
low as is consistent with reliability and 
satisfactory goods. An ample force of 
courteous clerks are employed and all or- 
ders are promptly attended to. The 
business was established in 1S79, and con- 
stantly increased in public approval and 
patronage. Mr. Mueller was born in 
New York city in 1S55 and educated in 
the Bloomington public schools. He is 
known as a progressive and enterprising 
merchant and estimable citizen, highly 
esteemed in our city. 



A. MATULLE 

One of the most attractive stores in 
Bloomington is that conducted by Mr. A. 
Matulle and located at 1312 S. Main 
street. It occupies 300(1 square feet of 
floor space and the stock carried is one 
of the largest in this section in the line 
of general merchandise, staple and fancy 
groceries, canned goods, choice teas and 
coffee and a specialty is made of fine 
country butters and eggs. Also a high- 
class meat market is conducted in con- 
nection with this well equipped store. 
Mr Matulle is one of the old established 

and su ssful merchants of this city, 

becoming established here in 1893. He 
also owns another fine store at 1310 S. 
Main street. An ample force of courteous 
clerks is employed and all orders are 
promptly attended to. Mr. Matulle 
was born and educated in Germany 
and since becoming a citizen of 
Bloomington he has gained the 
highest esteem of the community 
and is known as one of our most 
enterprising and successful business men. 



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A. IN. RIINEHART 

In every community the high class 
pharmacy is an important factor, both 
to the physician who relies on it for the 
accuracy of the prescriptions given by him 
and by the public, who look to it for puri- 
ty and freshness of the drugs and chemi 
cals used. The pharmacy of which Mr. 
A. N. Rinehart is proprietor, located at 
No. '-" W. Chestnut street is one of the 
two oldest in the city, being established 
in 1879. Drugs, paints, oils and varnishes 



are dealt in and a specialty is made of 
the filling of physicans prescriptions, the 
purest ingredients only being used. Floor 
space of 1,440 square feet is occupied and 
three courteous assistants are employed. 
Mr. Rinehart is a native of Virginia, born 
in 1S43 and educated in Bloomington and 
has been in the drug business here for 
thirty-seven years. He is a thoroughly 
experienced pharmacist, enterprising and 
believing in modern methods and is a 
highly esteemed citizen of our city and 
is a member of the Masonic fraternity. 



MARTENS-LEARY CO. BRANCH 

One of the most successful and largely 
patronized concerns of its kind in the city 
is the well-known farm implement house 
of the Martens-Leary Co. Branch. 112 W. 
Front street. The business was estab- 
lished several years ago by John T. Wal- 
ton, who was succeeded by the Martens- 
Leary Co. this year. The latter materially 
improved the service and greatly in- 
creased the patronage. A full line of 
high-grade farm implements of all kinds 
is carried. A repository of the finest 
carriages and buggies in the city, includ- 
ing harness of up-to-date patterns, are 
also carried. A specialty is made of 
stink fencing, Moline wagons. Rock 
Island buggies. Deere and Black Hawk 
planters, John Deere plows and cultiva- 
tors, gasoline and steam engines, and a 
full lino of McCormick harvesting ma- 
chinery'. Three competent salesmen are 
employed and 3750 square feet of floor 
space is occupied. Mr. J. M. Cusey, the 
• Hi' i' nt manager, was born and raised on 
a farm, and the past twenty years has 
bei a in the employ of tin- McOormlck 
Harvester Co.. which lias kept him in 
direct touch with farming and farming 
Interests, and is known as one of the best 
Implement men in the country. 



MINTER MANUFACTURING CO 

In the manufacture of high-grade job 
work, band-sawing, brackets, screens, 
gable ornaments, balusters, window 
frames, tanks of all kinds, etc., the Min- 
ter .Manufacturing Co., corner Grove and 
M< chm streets, ranks among the leaders. 
and the reputation of their products 
stands high with the builders and con- 
tractors of the state. They also manu- 
facture pickets, fence posts, pilaster 
finish and I'lmks, newel posts ami hitch- 
ing posts, and make a specialty of w i 

novelties. The plant was established In 
1SS9 and occupies a flour space of 12,720 
square feet. Mr. W. P. Mintei was bom 
in 1832 and educated in Kentucky. Pre- 
vious to his present business he was en- 
gag ii in wool carding and the manufac- 
turing of wool carding machinery. He 
served with distinction in ihe army t'>>r 
three y< in and six months and Is 
member of the G. A. R He also served 
i city tax collector. Mr. E. F. Minter 
was born In Bloomington in 1869 and also 

educated here He has always ' n in 

this business and is a novelty manufa 
turer and model maker. Both gentlemen 
aii' prominent in commercial ami financial 
nil.- and are men who are closely iden- 
liiiil wiih tin b'si interests of the city. 



EAGLE MACHINE WORKS 

Tins linn was established about thirty- 
ago at 620 ami 622 N. Main 

ami has ever sinCC ma ilitaim i] a 

merited reputation for the general • x- 

. ■ ll< mi' of iis products. Thej bi 

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-mi, iii,| bull rs. engine Supplies, I"' 

belting, packing, iron pipe, fittings, hign 
and low pressure steam work, ami sani- 
tary plumbing and sewerage. A specialty 
is made of engine and machine repair- 
ing. A large stock of gas and electric 
light fixtures are constantly on hand. 
[Jul nit Loudon the energetic proprietor 
was born in is:::; in the land made famous 




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by Hobby Burns. He has devoted the 
greater part of ins life to this business, 
and at the present time employs from 12 
in is skilled workmen, and the floor space 
occupied covers 20,676 square feet. Mr. 
Loudon is one of the pioneer machine 
workers of McLean County, an estimable 
citizen and a member of the Masonic* 
n. il. niity. 



MRS. C. L. DUGGER 

Th, favorably known restaurant of 
Mis. C. I.. Dugger, 210 W. Front street, 
was established in 1904, and i yei 
maintained an unsurpassed reputation for 

the excellence of Its king and etfi- 

Cl< my Of service. Thai fact is .signifi- 
cant, showing as ii does that patrons 
"in, awa i ii i fled and only to return 



BLOOMINGTON; PAST AND PRESENT 



tor the next square meal. The food is 
well cooked, the service neat and quick, 
and prices moderate. A specialty is made 
of short orders. Seven assistants are 
employed and the best of service assured. 
The restaurant was established in 1903 
and is managed by Mr. J. A. Bossert, who 
is a native of Bloomington and has fol- 
lowed this line of business for a number 
of years, in fact has devoted most of 
his life to it. Mrs. Dugger is a native 
of Illinois. She is a woman of charming 
personality and eminently progressive. 



AMERICAN HOTEL 

The historic and famous American 
Hotel, one of the first class hosteleries 
in Bloomington, Was established in L865 
and came under the present proprietoi 
ship in llMio. Finely located at 218 W". 
Front street, within easy distance of the 
business center and points of interest, this 
finely equipped house stands among the 
foremost of hotels in McLean County. 
There are 52 .spacious and well furnished 
sleeping rooms with steam heat and elec- 
ticic lights and a large dining room and 
connected are reading, writng and bath 
rooms. The table being furnished with the 







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best products of the markets. Commercial 
and professional trade is specially catered 
to and advantagous terms given. A 
specialty is also made of fine Sunday din- 
ners which are unsurpassed anywhere 
in the city. Help to the number of 17 is 
employed. Mr. J. N. Scrogin, the efficient 
proprietor is a native of Illinois, born in 
L853 and received his education in the 
public schools. Previous to his present 
business he was engaged in railroading. 
Mr. Sought is prominent in both business 
and social circles, highly esteemed in the 
comunity and is a valued member* of the 
I. O. O. F.. Red Men and Business Men's 
Association. 



C. H. PIINGREY 

To men having large property interests 
in the shape Of dwelling houses, factories, 
mills, warehouses, business blocks, farm 
buildings, etc., the assistance of the in- 
surance agent is indispensable. 

By his careful discrimination in the 
acceptance of business and distribution of 
risks the experienced underwriter be- 
omes the entermediary who gards the 
interests of the companies and property 
owners alike. Above all .he knows how 
to draw ui , ,n I raet so definite and com- 
prehensive that if a loss occurs the in- 
sured can count with certainty upon a 
prompt adjustment and settlement of his 
claims. 

An insuranec agency that has well 
earned the implicit confidence of a client- 
age embracing many of the leading mer- 
chants manufacturers and property own- 
ers of Bloomington, and of many of the 
prosperous farmers throughout the sur- 
rounding country, is that conducted by 





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McLean County Poor Farm Building 



C. H. Pingrey, with offices in the Eddy 
building. 

Mr. Pingrey issues polices on fire, life, 
tornado, health, elevator, plate glass, 
steam boiler, rent, accident, employers' 
liability, burglary, flywheel, accident ticket 
use and occupancy .surety bonds, and, in 
short, on all the risks now covered by 
modern insurance contracts. 

His list of companies embraces the fol- 
lowing strong organizations: 

Royal Insurance Co., of England; 
Aachen and Munich Fire Insurance Co., of 
Germany; Scottish Union and National In- 
surance Co., of Scotland; Queen In- 
surance Co., of America; Michigan Fire 
and Marine Insurance Co., of Detroit; 
Indianapolis Fire Insurance Co., of In- 
dianapolis; American Surety Co., of New 
York; Fidelity and Casualty Co., of New 
York; Accident and Liability Department 
of the Aetna Life Insurance Co., of Hart- 
ford. „ , 
From the above it will be seen that 
Mr. Pingrey provides facilities for plac- 
ing more distinctive kinds of specialized 
risks than is often found in one under- 
writing office, and it will also be noted 
that his list of companies is an ex- 
ceptionally strong one. 

We are informed by Mr. Pingrey that 
since the rebuilding of the business sec- 
li.ui of Bloomington that was destroyed 
in the memorable conflagration of June 
19, 1900, fire losses in this city have been 
small, giving the companies doing an 
agency business here no cause for com- 
plaint. 

In this connection it mav be remarked 
that the judgment and discrimination ex- 
ercised by Mr. Pingrey in the acceptance 
of business has always redounded to the 
advantage of his companies. He has been 
no less insistent, however, in guarding 
the rights of the insured, to which end 
his policies are models of terse, intellible 
English, containing no ambiguties or loop 
holes, whereby any portion of the insur- 
ance intended to inure to the benefit 
of the assured may be irretrievably lost. 
Wheri proper care is not observed in this 
respect it may happen that an owner who 
has insured his property will find out 
after a fire that the policy does not cover 
the loss as he had) intended. 

Mr. Pingrey always endeavors to ha» r e 
his contracts read so that no trouble 
or misunderstanding can possibly arise 
W hen a loss occurs and he has never had 
an instance in the entile history of his 
business where the companies have not 
fulfilled their part of the contract to the 
, nine expectation and satisfaction of his 
clients. 

Furthermore, the long experience and 
expert knowledge of underwriting pos- 
e -e,i by Mr. Pingery is always exercised 
not only to provide certain and absolute 
protection for the policyholder, but to pro- 
cure for him the most as well as the best 
insurance for his money. 



The number and high standing of the 
companies represented by Mr. Pingrey. 
and the high position which he holds in 
underwriting circles, commend his agency 
as a particularly good one to rely upon 
while the large business which it does 
clearly demonstrates that this reliance 
has made it a notable success in the in- 
surance interests of the city it serves. 



HEBERLING MEDICINE AND EX- 
STRACT CO. 

Although comparatively a recent addi- 
tion to the ranks of the manufacturing 
industries of Bloomington the Heberling 
Medicine and Extract Co., is one of the 
most important. The trade reached by 
them is almost a National affair as their 
goods are sold in many states in the 
union. They are manufacturers of a full 
line of extracts and medicines and make 
a specialty of selling goods on their 

merits. The firm was established in I 

a nd its reputation for reliability and gen- 
eral excellence of goods is an eviable 
one. This firm employes twenty skilled 
workmen and fifteen traveling salesmen. 
A floor space of 2.300 square feet is occu- 
pied. The company is composed of J. G. 
Heberling an expert Pharmacaligist who 
is thoroughly conversant with all that 
pertains to the milling of spices and 
drugs and the compounding of medicines 
and extracts, and has had many years 
experience with the largest firms in the 
country in this line and with this ex- 
perience are enabled to manufacture 
and place upon the market a line of 
eoods which have no superior, G. 
C. Heberling. The latter is a 
graduate of the Business College 
at Valparaiso. Ind., and an expert 
stenographer. Both gentlemen arepromi- 
nent in commercial and financial circles, 
thoroughly practical and familiar with 
every detail of the business. 



H. A. PIERCE 

One of the largest and most Important 
transient and boarding stables in the 
city is that conducted by Mr. H. A. 
Pierce at 424 N. East street. This stable 
was established here in 1901 and occu- 
pies a handsome structure with 10.71" 
square feet of floor space. The box and 
open stalls are comfortable and always 
kept in the most scrupulously clean and 
orderly condition, and none but the most 
reliable and experienced stablemen are 
employed. Mr. Pierce was born in Ath- 
ens. 111., in 1 S. r >7 and there educated. Pre- 
vious to his present business be was en- 
gaged in farming. He is experienced in 
bis business, enterprising, progressive 
and up-to-date, and one of Bloomington's 
public-spirited and influential citizens. 



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H. W. ULBRICH 

High grade, correct style of heavy and 
lightweight harness is a specialty at the 
well-known house of Mr. H. W. Ulbrich, 
106 W. Front street. He also deals in 
saddlery, horse clothing, trunks and suit 
etc., and goods are sold at prices 
positively as low as is consistent with the 
superiority of goods, a fact widi Iy known 
in owners of horses in Blooming-ton and 
vicinity, many of whom patronize this 
i ii exclusively. Four capable assist- 
ants are employed and special attention 
is given to all orders. The store occu- 
pies a floor space of P.000 square feet 
Mr [Tlbrich was born in Germany in 1845 
anil educated in Illinois. He has followed 
this lino of business for many years, be- 
coming establishi .1 here in 1882, and is a 
thorough business man and enjoys the 
highest reputation among his associati 

ill who know him. He is the alder- 
man of the Third ward and is one of ih. 
ular citizens in that section. 



C. J. McELWAIIN 

Thi widely known paint store of C I 
McElwain. 205 E. Front street, was estab- 
lished in istt and has ever since main- 
i .in unexcelled r< puts tion for re- 
liability i f its goods. Everything that is 
reliable anil desirable in paints, oils, var- 
brushes, etc.. is handled and 
ialty is made of general contracting 
and house painting. Floor space to the 
amount of 1700 feet is occupied andseven 
skilled workmen are employed. Mr. Mc- 
Elwain is a native of Illinois and ho 
Lis always followed tin- painting busi- 
ii' is known as 'in ot our leading 
business men. 



W. F. COSTIGAIN 

Metropolitan, up-to-date methods, good 
goods and low prices are the dlstincti/e 
features of tin- sterling grocery, meat and 
provision house of W. F. Costigan, located 
at S12 W. Locust street. Carefully se- 
lected lines of staple and fancy groo 
fresh, smoked and salt meats, all kinds 
of produce in season, bakery goods and 
notions, and a specialty is made of fresh 
butter and eggs. Competition on all lines 
of goods is met in every particular and 
the store never undersold, taking 'n 
consideration quality of goods. Five, 
■ourteous assistants are employed and 
.•ssi) square t'l.i ot Hum space is occu- 




pied. .\li Costigan was horn in Elgin, 
111., in 1863 and received his edU' 
there at the public schools. He became 
established in his present business in 19 i) 
and previous to that was an englnei 
the C. .*c A. and in all was with them 
II years. He is an estimable citizen and 
is a member of the Business Men's 

n. Butchers' Union. K. of C, C. O. 
11 !'' Bankers' Life Association, Knights 
i Father Matthews and B. of L. F. 



EXCELSIOR BOTTLING WORKS 

The manufacture of carl ated or sofl 

drinks is an industry which has grown to 
large proportions, and their use a 
bi m rage has to a great extent supei i di d 

that of spirit! - iiquoi - In Blooi g 

ton ii I,, st known manufacture) 

« F. Schuck pn Ex 

located at 106 - 
Low street. The business was first i 
lisle .1 in 1883 and has eversi) 
lain.',] .i sterling ri putation for I : 
and excellence of its products whii ; 
soda water, ginger ale, seltzei watei 
ami other delightful bi i i which 

as a tonic lo the stomach as well 
as a refreshing drink. Thi 

for the famous Vnderson S] 

Water of Waukesha Wisconsin. Tne 

i I'm) is fitted i equippi I 1 1 

wiih :hiner> designed ex- 
clusively for (bis line i i 

Schu ' ■ in ii in New York ' lit 

1*."»7 and edit ed lI El I'.iso. ill.. 
he learned his trad 

followed ever since. He Is one oi 
Bio mingt'on's most enterprising cltl 

and Is a m n I the M W A . I. O. 

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BLOOMINGTON; PAST AND PRESENT 



O'NEIL BROS. 

One of the most popular and largest 
patronized groceries and provision stores 
in the city is that located at 1,102 West 
( 'Ins i mil street and conducted by the 
O'Nei] Bins. High grade groceries, both 
fancy and staple, produce and provisions 
are carried in complete and carefully 
selected lines. The store occupies, 1800 
s(|. feet of floor space and is heavilj 
sunk, d with none but the purest and best 
of goods. The lowest market prices are 
quoted and five courteous cleiks are em- 
ployed. This store is one of our city's old- 
est established mercantile houses, being 
established in 1869. Both Messrs Wm. 
O'Neil and Daniel O'Neil are natives of 
Ireland and were there edui ati d The 
former was previously employed at the C, 
& A. R. R. shops and the latter was als 
employed as engineer on the C. & A. for 
sixteen years, ten of which he wis pas- 

sengei engii v. He is now serving ids 

second term as alderman. Both genii men 
are highly esteemed for theii business in- 
tegrity and estimable qualifications and 
are prominent in business circles. 



MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE CO. OF 
NEW YORK 

In the list of life insurance companies 
in the United States there is none which 
enjoys a higher reputation for solidity 
reliability and extent of business done 
than the Mutual Life Insurance Co. of 
New York. It has the largest income 
and the largest number of policyholders, 
and does the largest amount of business, 
a broad st itement, yet fully substant lated 
by solid facts. This company lias an 
office in Bloomington, which is under the 
efficient management of Mr. Chas. J. 
Monckton, whose handsome offices are in 
rooms 311-315-316 Eddy Building. Mr. 
Monckton was born in Keokuk. la., in 
1860 and educated in Hannibal. Mo., at- 
tending Hannibal College. He lias been 
engaged in this business for fifteen years 
and formerly was a traveling salesman. 
Mr. Monckton is one of Bloomington's 
best known life underwriters and is a 
gentleman of pleasing personality, and 
possessing the faculty of making and 
keeping friends, of whom he has a host. 



BROWN'S MARKET 

The spacious, finely and heavily stocked 
store of M. A. Brown, 601 North Main 
street shows decidedly, what enterprise 
and progressive methods, combined with 
original ideas and careful management, 
can do in tne twentieth century. The 
markets motto we might say is "if it 
swims we have it." Everything that is 
desirable in fruits, vegetables, fish, 
oysters, poultry, and game, is to be ob- 
tained here at the lowest market price 
The wholesale commission business is a 
specialty and five courteous assistants are 
employed, and three teams kept in con- 
stant service. The business was estab- 
lished in 1SS8 and in 1001 moved to its 
present quarters where 4.000 square feet 
Of floor space is occupied. Mr. Brown was 
burn :ii Botatourt Springs, Roanoke Co 
Va., in 1S50 ami received his education 
at the common schools of Minonk, 111., Pre- 
vious to bis present business be was a 
tiller of the soil, he lias served as post- 
master at Normal, 111., five years undi r 
Ex-President Cleveland. Mr. Brown is 
a member of the Court of Honor and M. 
W. A. 



JAMES McELLROY 

High-grade goods, reliability of service 
and He quotation of lowest market prices 
are the distinctive features of the finelv 
stocked and largely patronized grocery 



house of Jann s McEllroy, 005 W. Chest- 
nut street, and making a specialty of th.3 
famous McLaughlin's coffees, which ara 
known the world over for their purity 
and general excellence. Three capable 
assistants are employed and 1500 square 
feet of floor sjince is occupied. Mr. xvlc- 
Ellroy is a native of the Emerald Isle, 
born inl812, and educated in Scotland, 
and previous to his present business, 
which lie established in lsss. lie was an 
engineei mi the C. & A. for 33 years. II" 
is highly esteemed both in social and 
financial circles and is a member of the 
B. of I.. E and K. of i . 



W. F. ROEDIGER 



Bloomington is well supplied with line 
markets, but none excel in excellence of 
goods, efficiency of service and systematic 
low prices the finely equipped grocery 
and meat market of Mr. W. F. Roediger 
at 1107-1109 N. Main street. Here is to 
be found everything that is reliable and 
di sirable in the provision line, including 
choice Irish, salt and smoked meats, 
fancy and staple groceries, leading brands 
of canned goods, breakfast cereals and 
bottled delieacies. This store occupies a 
floor space of 7700 square feet and is one 
of tin: must heavily stocked groceries in 
tlie city. It shows decidedly what enter- 
prise and progressive methods, combined 
with original ideas and careful manage- 
ment, can do in the twentieth century. A 
specialty is made of catering to the best 
trade and eight courteous and capable 
clerks are employed. The business was 
first established by F. K. Roediger about 
35 years ago and came under the present 
name in 1S07. Mr. Roediger was born in 
Bloomington and educated in the public 

pel Is. He lias always followed this 

bin' of business and that he learned the 
system effectually is evinced in his store 

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BLOOMINGTON CANNING CO. 

Among our unique as well as import- 
ant industries must be mentioned the 
Bloomington Canning Co., with well 
equipped plant, established in 18S8, Cor., 
Division and East streets. The concern 
cans all kinds of vegetables and ma'ites a 
specialty of corn. From 125 to 150 skilled 
workmen are employed and' the average 
output each year in 80,000 cases of corn 
and (iil.noo eases of various other vege- 
tables and this year the firm have 4.200 
noes devoted to raising corn only The 
products of the Bloomington Canning 
Co., are known in nearly every state in 
the Union and two other factories are 
also controlled by the concern at Leroy 
and Chenoa Illinois .whose output is 
fuly as large as the Bloomington factory 
The officers of the incorporation are P 
Whitmer, Pres.. R. F. Evans, Vice Pres.. 
and Ira S. Whitmer Secy., and Treas.. all 
of whom have devoted many years to this 
one line of business and are thoroughly 
conversant with every detail of it. They 
are known as progressive business men 
alert to the advancement of the times 
and employing modern and improved 
methods in every way possible. 



A. L. SWARTZ 

Among the various restaurants of 
Bloomington, none have a superioi repu- 
tation for guild food served and excellence 
of service than that of Mr. A. L. Swartz, 
located at 810 E. Grove street. Business 
is done here on a metropolitan system. 
which means the best of cooking prompt 
attention to patrons and moderate 
charges. A side line of pure confectionery, 
cigars and tobacco is carried and a 

specialty is made of serving ice cream 

also a soda iountain is operated. Two 
courteous assistants are employed. Mr. 
Swartz was born and educated in Bloom- 
ington. He is an expert baker and is 
thoroughly experienced, having followed 
that iine of business for twenty-five 
m:iis. He became established here in 1903 
building up a successful business and 
gaining the approval of the public and is 
highly regarded by all who know him. 




Bloomington Waterworks and Electric Light Station 



SOL'VF.XIR 



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GEORGE ARMBRLSTER 

Handling vast quantities of groceries 

and lui e, and having a n ld< spn ad 

■ putatlon for reliability, supei lor g la 

1 the quotation of lowest mai ki i 

I ■ the grocei % ol Mr c leorge \i m 

bruster al i N. park street, stands 

among the foremost pure i i - ,i ■ 

bouses in the city. Large and carefully 
S' lecti d lines of groceries, produi ■ ■. 
bakei y gods, fi uits, fancj table delicacies, 

ci I goods, and choice teas and coffees, 

: " v cai ried and special! Ii s are mad< of 
butter and eggs and fine oranges and 

'.is. Til.- store occupies two 
IS '" reel and three courti ous and ex 
i" i ii need clerks are employed. Mr 
Armbruster Is a native of Bloomington, 
bom In I860, and educated In the public 

scl Is. He is a blacksmith by trade and 

previous i.> his present business he 
served on the Bloomington Bre depart- 
ment for six and one-half years. Hi Is 
one of our most enterprising busines 
men, highly esteemed and is a membei 
of in. Modern Woodmen, K. of C. and 
German Benevolent Society, 



CARL HAUG 

Standing among the most Important 
shoe houses and repairing shops of the 
c 'ty and having a reputation for relia- 

oilit i and excellei f n is handl il 

unsurpassed .is the finely equipped con- 

ce ' Carl Haug, 206 South Center street 

A complete lino of men's and childrens 
shoes, both second hand and new are kept 
ind i specialty is made of tin,, shoo re- 
pairing of every description. Mr. Haug 




and 3000 square feet of floor space is oc- 
cupied, llr. Snyder was born in Ohio in 
184 I .-mil there educated, and prei ions to 
his present line was a grain dealer, ii 
is known as a merchant of Integrity ami 
highly esteemed and is a member of the 
M. W. A. 



was horn in Bloomington in 1x711 and edu- 
cated in the public schools, lie began his 
lit'- work in the shoe business and was 
employed later as a lastei in a shoe 
factory in Seattle Washington. He be- 

" stablishel in his present business 

1903 and through fail dealing has hunt up 
a large business and gained the confi- 
dence and esteem of the people. Mr. Haug 
has been Noble Grand in the Odd Fellows 
ami is also a member of the Knights of 
th, Globe, K. of p. and Mascal 



F. M. SNYDER & SON 

Among the varied industries of Itloom- 
Ington and one which leads in its lini . 
the feed and mist mill at 117 S. I'. nl.r 
I and 1 mi bj F M Snydi 1 A lame 
stock of feed, meal. hay. straw, wood and 
graham is constantly on hand and a spe- 
cialty is mad,- of all kinds of grist grind- 
ing. Tie business was 1 tabllshed in 
1! ■ Four -killed workmen are employed 



BLOOMINGTON DRAY AND BAG- 
GAGE LINE 

The wideh and favorably Known Bloom- 
ington I >raj and Baggage Line of « i,,. , 
11 I II K I'lue and 11 1; PlUi .1- 
ai'e proprietors was established by II. I:. 
I'lue Si., in L885 and late, his .son be- 
came a partner. Teaming of all kinds is 

done, including draj agi . baggage, 1 

hold goods, and pianos, in this great cat e 
and attention Is given all articles and six 

c rnl ami experienced assistants iri 

employed, also four team- are 1., ■ , , 
constant service. Both gentlemen are 
natives of Illinois and were educated in 
the public schools. Mr. I'lue. Si. was 
formerly engaged in farming. They are 
members of the Team Drivers Union and 
1 hi n reputation as teamsters and con- 
tractors for teaming is not onlj merited, 

hut unsurpassed in this sectl if the 

Si. ,ie. 



INTERNATIONAL CORRESPOND- 
ENCE SCHOOL 

The Business Correspondence schools 
have become a most important educa- 
tional factor and the origin and location 
in Scranton, Pa., of the schools are due 
to the demand by tin min. is of Pennsyl- 
vania for spe, ial education to help them 
pass the mine-law examinations. To-day 
the International Correspondence Schools 
of Scranton. Pa., are known throughout 
the country and have branch offices in al- 
most 1 v. ry city in the United Slate- A 
branch office of these schools became es- 
tablished in Bloomington several years 

ago and now there ate over 7 moiled. 

Any business course desired will he taught 
through correspondence with He se schools 
and terms are reasonable and graduate- 
are fitted for any situation in business 
life and are to be found in the leading 
offices in this and other cities The 
Blomoington branch office is located at 
■lux X. Madison street, which controls all 
the territory surrounding the city for a 
radius of several miles. 



G. A. SCHINDLER 

With a merited and firmly established 
reputation for reliability and excellence 
of work performed, the finely equipped 
barber shop of Mr. G. A. Schindler. lo- 
cated at the corner of Main and Front 
streets, stands among the foremost of 
similar concerns in the city. Quick, clean 
shaving and correct stylish hair cutting 




is accomplished and three chairs are op- 

' ll! d and 1 he pat ronagi i- ng the 

most partlculai . 1. 11 in 1 hi cit 1 

ThiS hOP I "II ol Hie pi. Ill, e, 

i in lington whii 1, became establ 

about thirty years ago arid cam,- lui.lei 

lh e i' ■ Ml Schindler in 

1890. Mr. Schindl , Is a natti e ol this 

citj hi. 1 educated in the public cl 1 

1 1' 1 is a thoi ough expei i, i .i barbi • 

11:11 ing followed the trade for twent 

1 o'li popular with an his patrons 
and hlghlj ... i, , .,,,. d by all who know 
him. He is a member of the -M. W. A. 
in. i Maccabees. 



H. F. GOLDMAN 

For richness of stock and i ■-..■. n. i 

t g IS shown in, jewelry bouse in the 

city surpasses that of ll. F i loldm: 
SOI X. Main street. The business was 
established in 1885 and has steadily main- 

'• .1 ! merited reputation for reliability 

is and reasonable pries second to 

1 Carefully selected and modi i n 

lines of watches, dial I- . locks, Opt [C il 




goi .is and plati .1 and solid silvei war. 
ne carried A specialty is made of line 
watch .pairing. An expert jeweler is 
employed and satisfactory service being 
considered of utmost importance. Mr. 
Goldman was born in Hanover, Germany, 

in 1857, II.. has I n In the jewelry bus! - 

si 1871 and has always been 

known as a sagacious business man and 
a highly esteemed eilizen. 










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BLOOMINGTON: PAST AND PRESENT 



C. H. FREEMAN 

For richness of stock and general ex- 
cellence of goods shown, the sterling 
jewelry house of Mr. C. H. Freeman. 103 
X. Main street, stands among the best 
of similar concerns in the city. He car- 
ries a large line of watches, jewelry, 
silverware, talking machines and records. 
A specialty is made of fine watch repair- 
ing and for general excellence of work 
performed this reliable establishment is 
unsurpassed. Four expert assistants are 
employed and satisfaction is assured. Mr. 
Freeman is a native of Iowa. He has fol- 
1 this line of business for many 
years and became established here in 
1890. He is known as an energetic and 
progressive business man, alert to the 
demands of ihe public and is highly es 
6 in the ^'immunity. 



G. P. AYERS 

Headquarters in Bloomington for 

[Uimps. wind-mills, water tanks, t.inK 
heaters and everything in this line is the 
finely equipped store of <:. P. Ayers, -l" 
K Front stre t. The business was estab- 
i in 1 x'iT and has eve) sin.-, main- 
tained nn unexcelled reputation for re- 
liahilit\ of son ,ls unsurpassed anywhere 
in i his sei Hon i f the state. The sales- 
room is fill, d with the finest line of •- I 

embracing everything t.> be found in an 
up-to-date establishment of its kind. From 
thre,;. to sis assistants are employed and 
:, floor space of 3.600 sq. feel is 0' cupied 
Mr Ayers was bi rn in Virginia in 1st;.", and 
i, .1 in Bloomii gton. Pr< ous to his 
,, ..mi business Mr. Ayers was a rail- 
roader foi seven years. He is known a 
one of out most sagacious a ml em i gel ic 
1 nsiness in. ni and is a membet ol 
R, ,| Men. K. "f I' M VV. A , and Order 

Of F I .-on B. 



F. D. CORNMAN 

Standing among the foremost of the 
high-' ins- -lam houses of this city ami 

,g a reputation for the reliabilit s - 

excellence of goods unsurpassed, ■ ■ thi 

ton of r. D. Cornman, 205 S. Main 

i.i. Although only established in 
it has spiting into immediate popularity, 
square feet of floor space is occupied 
and a general line of medium and high- 
grade boots and shoes carried. Mr. Corn- 
man is a native of Pennsylvania, born in 
ls.74, and was there educated. Previous 
to embarking in business for himself, he 
has always bei n a salesman. II' 
known as an enterprising and courteous 
business man ami an estimable citizen, 
and is a member of the I. O. O. I-', ami 
M. W. A. 



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First Methodist Episcopal church 



J. Q. LARSON 

Among" the many and varied stores of 
Bloomington, is the store of J. G. Larson, 
304 S. .Mam street .where tin roofing, 

-I tins and sheet metal is extensively 

dealt in and a specialty is made of spout- 
ing and thoroughly reliable furnace work. 
s .ill. .1 hilp to the number of four is em- 
ployed ami floor space to the amount of 
1,210 sq. feet is occupied. Mr. Larson was 
born in Bloomington in 1SS6 and educated 
in the public schools. Since first entering 
into the business world has been in this 
same business and is known as a re- 
liable and capable business and estimable 
citizen. 



City Hall 



A. W. H. WOIZESKI 

Although only established during the 
present year, the blacksmith and carriage 
shop of A. W. H. Woizeski, 411 S. Center 
street, has sprung into immediate popu- 
larity and is headquarters for all kinds of 
wagon, carriage and wood work. A spe- 
cialty is made of carriage and plow work. 
Two skilled workmen are employed and 
nil work guaranteed. Mr. Woizeski was 
born in Bloomington in 1S72 and received 
his education in the public schools and 
since learning his trade has followed Ihe 
one line of work, and previous to his 
present line of business was with Mar- 
tens-Leary Co. nine years. He is known 
as a thorough business man and popular 
with all who know him. 



F. F. SIEBERT 

Among the most successful and la i 
patronized variety stores in the city is 
that of F. F. Siebert. 101) W. Front street. 
All that is reliable and desirable in dry 

g is. notions and toys are carried: also 

complete lines of tin and galvanized ware, 
kitchen utensils, fine oil cloth and lin- 
oleum are extensively dealt in. Four- 
courteous and capable assistants are em- 
ployed and floor space of 2000 square feet 
is occupied. Mr. Siebert was born in 
Blcomington in 1S63 and educated in the 
public schools. He became established 
here in 1897 and by fair dealing and re- 
liability has made many friends by whom 
he is held in highest esteem. 



D. F. DELLAHAUNTY 

Artistic and prompt printing for par- 
ticular people aptly applies t.. D. F. 
Dellahaunty. located at 112 X. East street. 
'I'll.' business was established in 1897, 
and in its particular lines of endeavor — 
commercial ami society printing and book 
binding, is unexcelled by any similar con- 
cern in this section of the state. The 
office is fitted witli tie latest and most 
stylish faces of type, and has the facili- 
ties fur high grade work of every de- 
scription, including book and catalogue 
printing. Three skilled workmen are 
employed and a floor space of 3000 square 



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[eel is 01 cupl -I. Mr. I lellahaunty is a 
native of Bloomington, bom In i^'i 1 -. and 

dved his education in the parochial 

scl Is. He has devoted his life to this 

line "i business and lias won for himsell 
;m envi ible reputation as an energet ii 
capable manager of his business, 
courti ous and popular, and one who 
a live interest In the welfare and ad- 
rancemenl of thi city. 



SELLMAIN AIND BATSOIN 

Owners of g I horses In this city and 

I'icinitj are familiar wit h i he famous 

horseshoers, Messrs, Sellman& Batsc i 

I'M \\". Monroe street. When work is 
.ion.- ai this reliabli shop, the patron 
is assured of first-class, correct work. 
This shop lias a reputation for reliability 
a n.i i Hi. nil' j "i sen ice unexcelled by 
anyone in this county. Five skilled as- 
sistants are Employed and all work is 
prop< tiy and promptly attended to. .Mi-, W. 
K. Sellman was born in New Jersey in 
1862 ami educated in Illinois. II.* has 
followed this trade fot tweyt-flve years. 

Hi' is a in. ml,, r i.l the I I'M Fellow s, j;,.,| 
Men, Mas., us and Modern Woodmen. Mr. 
W. 'r. Mats, ,1, j.. ■, n;ii ii e of Indiana, born 
in 1868 and received his education in Illi- 
tmis. ii,- ha- worked at this trade since 
1883 an, i the greater part of this time 
has I,, en spenl in business tar himself. 
He is a member of the Modern Woodmen 
and Red Men. Moth gentlemen are tho- 
roughly experienced and are expert 

horseshoers. They are among HI ning- 

ton's most enterprising and highly es- 
teemed citizens. 



B. HEMMELE & SON 

Carrying carefully selected lines of gro- 
1 ries and pri duce and having a reputa- 
tion fin- reliability and moderate prices 
second to no similar dealer, the finely 
stocked grocery of B. Hemmele & Son. 
located at 918 W. Market street, is one oi 
tin- most advantageous places in the city 
at which to trad.-. They handle only 
high-grade goods, the finest of groceries 
and produce; also fresh, smoked and 
salted meats and all kinds of fruits. 
Specialties are made of fresh eggs and 
butter. This store is one of Blooming- 
ton's oldest established and most favor- 
al.ly known groceries, being first estab- 
lisl , ,] in 1S72. and came under the pres- 
old name in 1904. Mr, B. Hemmele was 
horn in Pennsylvania in ls:'.7. and is what 
we term a self-educated man. lie came 
here in 1862 aid was engaged in farming 
for about our year and has work,,] at 
various positions. He is a member of the 
A ii IJ. W. Mr. Albert Hemmele is a 
nativi of Bloomington. loin in 1883, ami 
' ducated in the public si hools. Both 
gentlemen are highlj esteemed for their 
business integrity and capability and have 
wi a Hi,- patronage and highest regard of 
tho peoj 'h 



FRED BEHR 

One of Bloomington's mercantile ho 

Which stands high in public favor is tho 
sterling dry goods and notion store lo- 
cated a< [101 w, st chestnut street and 
ion, in. ted by Mr Fred Behr. It is one 

"f the oldest and most reliable of in i- 

ington's business houses, being estab- 
lished in 1869. Complete lines of dry 
g is. notions, men's, women's and chil- 
dren's hoots and shoes ari cat tied, th' 
lin, s h. ing unexci lied by any similar con- 
ie in the city. Prices are always rea- 
sonable, positively as low as is consistent 
with superiority of goods, Three courte- 
ous clerks are employed and a ii ■ space 

of 2000 square fei I Is occupied. Mr. Behr 



is a native of Germany, born In 1843, 
»i" ' hi was educated. I te has follow i d 

this lin, of business C n . ye&i - and 

i familiar with every detail pertaining to 
it. lie is highly regarded in commercial 

circles anil by all who know him. 



connected with some of the best hotels 
in the country aid is known as one of 
Bloomington's moi I pro ;n Ive young 
business men. 




< inn Fellows' Temple 



M. L. MOORE CO. 

Every article required in the line of 

leather g Is is made at the sterling house 

of M. 1.. Mo,,,., Co.. manufacturers and 
retailers of leather goods of all kinds. 
harness and stable fittings, trunks and 
suit cases, in fact a fine line of leather 
goods that is unsurpassed anywhere in 
this section of the state. This firm was 
established in 1851, and has built up a 
most extensive trade, a trade based on 
the highgrade of goods carried and fair 
and honorable treatment accorded every 
patron. The handsome store located op- 
posite the Post Office, occupies 4,050 sq. 
fe.t of floor space, and is heavily stocked. 
Eighl en able assistants are employed and 
special attention is given to all orders. 
Mr. M. I.. Moore is a native of Illinois, 
horn in 1829 and received his education 
in Jacksonville. Me served with distinction 
three years in the U. S. Army in the 
Civil War. Mr. J. W. Moore was born 
in Bloomington in 1866. He has devoted 
th, greater part of his life to this one 
line of business being thoroughly ex- 
perienced and is a valued member of the 
K of P. Mr. Wtal. Schmidt, who was 
a workman in the shop for twenty-five 
years and has been a member of then firm 
fur four years, was born in Bloomington 
in 1866 and educated in the public schools 

and Nor 1 University. He is a membei 

of the Court of Honor, of which he has 
the distinction of being a Supreme Direct- 
or, there being only seven in the United 
Suites. He is also Captain of the Uni- 
form Rank K. of P.. and •> member of 
the Modern Woodmen. The three gentl 
men are each members of the Business 
Men's Association and are noted foi tie ii 
enterprise, ability and progressive bus- 
iness policy, and are highly esteemed in 
th mmunity. 



WELLS PAINTATORLM 

Unique in its name though very im- 
portant and located in Th'' Odd FellOWS 

Temple is the popular Weils Pantatorlum. 

ThOUgh onh . -1 ill shl d in III" I it has 

sprung into immediate popularity through 
ttie general excellence of its work which 

mine, and pressing your Clothes and 

shining your shoes foi the nominal sum 
Of I 1 per month. This COI Cl m nol 
;, i n 3 to Hi. besl class <a I rade, hut. 

set. secures it. Two skilled work- 

i .no emploj ed a i ,1 1 ,3 !0 squat e feet 

.i Boor space is upied. < ' T. Wells the 

en rgotie proprietor w-as hot n al Win- 
he ter, III., in 1 ss i and i hen educ I 

and previous '" 'us present business was 



PEOPLES BOWLING ALLEYS 

Bowling is a new amusement for Bloom- 
lngton and one that is hound to catch the 
enthusiasm of all pleasure seekers. Just 
as it has where over it i.s Introduced. It 
not only affords unbounded amusement, 
hut strengthi us the muscli s "f i verj part 
of the body and Improves the health. As 
Pri nietit Roosevelt would say . it is 
strenuous, ami strenuositj is just what 
Americans require. The Peoples bowling 
alleys located in the Odd Fellows Temple 
are tin- most popular in Central III. The 
alleys number thle, and are of the finest 
typi manufactured, pins ami halls the 
same. The alleys were established in 1902 
and 2,500 square feel of flooi space is 
occupied. The help numbers five and 
expert pin setters only are i m] loyed. The 
alleys are controlled by a stock company 
whose motto is the Publics Amusement 
is our Pleasure. Match games are fre- 
quently held through the wee ; and the 
management has organized a team of the 
best players of the city to represent the 
city at the Inteination.il Bowling tourna- 
ments. Mr. I 'has. Wells, one of me stock- 
holders and business manager personally 
looks after the pleasure of the customers 
and is thoroughlj i'"ii' I'sml with all that 
1 ei ta ins to it. 



L. H. UEPEW 

Since its establishment in 1S8T the 
widely known dye house of L. H. DePew 
In:; E. Front street, has been headquar- 
ter: in Bloomington and vicinity for all 
costuming dyeing, cleansing, repairing 
and pressing of garments. All modern 
and progressive methods are employed 
and patrons nevei disappointed as to re- 
sults. Finn capable assistants are em- 




ployed, and Win situate fee) of ll 
i.s occupied. Mr. Depew was born in 
Bloomington in 1856 and there educated 
and since leaving school lias followed 
this one line of work, and is considered 
an expert in all that pertains to it. He 
a member of the Uniform Rank K. of 
P.. and M. W. A. Mo is heartily in ac- 
eoni with anything that tends to the mi- 
iie ' tnent of our city. 



J. H. KELLY 

Among the \ tried barbet shops oi 
Bloomington none rival En excellence of 
cleanlinei and prompt s,i vice t he 
nisi , equipped hair dressing n torn of .' 
M. Kelly, corner I i"v ard and i Ihestnul 
streets. Particular men patronize this 
tine resort for tonsorial work exclusively 
and in large numbers, Special attention 



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BLOOMINGTON; PAST AND PRESENT 



is paid to artistic hair cutting, sham- 
pooing and massage work, and entire sat- 
isfaction assured patrons on all work per- 
formed. The railroad trade is catered to 
especially. Three chairs are operated, 
tedious waits avoided and every workman 
a master of his trade. Mr. Kelly was 
born in Bloomington in 1S7S and educated 
in the public schools. He has been en- 
gaged in this business since leaving 
school and became established in lvir>. 
He runs a union shop and is highly 
esteemed in the community and is a 
member of the K. of C. 



THE BAZAR 

Standing pre-eminent as a department 
store, carrying an immense stock and 
haying a reputation for reliability ot 
service and excellence of goods unsur- 
passed in this city. The Bazar, located 
at 424 N. Main street is decidedly one 
of the institutions of Bloomington. Fine 
trunks, traveling bags, toys of all kinds, 
granite ware and every descrip- 
tion of general merchandise are 
carried in complete lines and a 
specialty is made of household 

goods and fine china ware. Floor space 
to the amount of 2.0S0 square feet is oc- 
cupied and six courteous clerks are em- 
ployed. Mr. Sam Waldman, the efficient 
proprietor was born in Hungary in 1873 
and there educated. He has always fol- 
lowed this line of business and became 
established here in 1901, and is known as 
a careful and painstaking manager, high- 
ly esteemed for his business integrity 
and estimable citizenship and is a mem- 
ber of the Modren Woodmen and Ma- 
sonic fraternity. 



JOHN HAUG 

Carrying carefully selected lines of foot- 
wear, and having a reputation for relia- 
bility and moderate prices second to no 
similar dealer, the finely stocked shoe 
store of John Haug, 525 North Main 
street, is one of the most advantageous 
places in the city at which "to trade. 
Medium ami highgiade men's and boys 
shoes, carefully selected for their style, 
titling and wearing qualities, are carried. 
A specialty is made of fine shoe repairing 
and prices are positively as low as is 
consistent with good goods satisfactory 
service being considered of utmost im- 
portance. Ilr. Haug is the Pioneer Shoe- 
man of Bloomington and was established 
in ISCS and' was born in Germany in ls::x 
and there educated. He has always been 
in the shoe business and is known as a 
business man of integrity and progressive 
methods ami a citizen held in highest 
esteem. 



JAMES GRAY 

Among the leading concerns in Bloom- 
ington which is worthy of special notice 
in this edition is the house of Mr. James 
Gray, 210 E. Front street. He is an 
electrical contractor and also deals in a 
complete line of electrical supplies, and 
does all kinds of electrical work, electric 
wiring, etc. A specialty is made of con- 
tracting. Three skilled assistants are 
employed and the work performed by 
these peole is unsurpassed, and patrons 
are assured of no after trouble. Mr. 
Gray is a native of Bloomington, born 
in 1SS0 and educated in the public schools. 
He is an electrician by trade, but pre- 
vious to bis present business he was en- 
gaged in bridge erecting and became 
established here in 1902. Mr. Gray is one 
of Bloomington's most prominet busiess 
men enterprising and progressive, and is 
highly esteemed in business and social 
circles, bring .-, valued member of United 
Order of Foresters and Illinois Club. 




Washington Street, Looking East prom center 



GEO. BRAND & SONS 

It is rarely that such a spacious and 
heavily stocked furniture house as that 
of Geo. Brand & Sons, 319 N. Main street, 
is tu In found outside of the largest 
cities. This finely equipped store is 
metropolitan in every respect, carrying 
immense and complete lines of high grade 
furniture unsurpassed anywhere in this 
section of the state. Fine bed room suites, 
brass and iron beds, sideboards, buffets, 
china closets, fine leather upholstered 
furniture of every description are carried. 
A specialty is made of line antique furni- 
ture. Floor space of 21,000 sq. feet is oc- 
cupied and a contract is now let to build 
a huge warehouse which will be com- 

[l i this summer. Nine courteous and 

capable assistants are employed. The 
business was originally established by 
Geo Brand in ISO? and later came under 
the partnership of the sons. When first 
established they were manufacturers of 
all they sold. Geo. F. Brand was born in 
Bloomington in 1S5U and also Harry L. 
Brand in 1SG0 and both were educated 
in the public schools. Both gentlemen 
begun their life work in the furniture 
business, and are known as business men 
nf integrity and progressive methods, and 
an- highly esteemed in the community. 



THE HUB FURNITURE COMPANY 

Metropolitan and modern mi thods are 
marked features of the The Hub Furni- 
ture Co.. No. 223 E. Front stieet. The 
firm was originally established in Owens- 
boro, KV,. in 1SSJ and became estab- 
lished in Bloomington this year. It has 
continuously carried out the policy of 
handling only reliable, thoroughly ser- 
viceable furniture and general house fur- 
nishing goods, sold at the lowest maigiii 
nt profit. The handling of second hand 
furniture is also an important part ot 
(he busim ss. and will exchange new 
goods for old or rent anything in stock, 
also a special 5 per cent urscount is given 
to newly married people. Courteous as- 
sistants to the numbei ol *> are employed 

iml Ti.000 squaie feet of floor space are 
occupied and filled to repletion with me- 
dium and high-grade goods. T. W. San- 
ders the enterprising proprietor is a na- 
tive el Tennessee born in 1849 II. has 
always followed this one line of business 

nil] is a member of the Knights of Honor, 
:iini although only in Bloomington a short 
time he has proven hirr.s If an alert and 
able business man of integrity, 



H. P. HAZLE CO. 

Among the leading real estate dealers in 
Bloomington, and one which has been 
largely interested in the welfare of the 
city is the H. P. Hazle Co., whose well 
ai pointed office is located at 101 .. . Front 
street, and who for the past twenty-five 
years have handled some valuable pieces 
of property. This company also deals in 
loans and makes exchanges of property. 
Mr. H. P. Hazle was born in Ohio in 
1S49 and came to Bloomington when it 
was only a village with a population of 
S00 people. He is a graduate of Wesleyan 
and Normal Universities and also of the 
Bryant and Straton Business college of 
Chicago. Mr. riazle taught school in Mc- 
Lean county for twelve years previous to 
his present business and is widely and 
favorably known. He is one of Bloom- 
ington's influential business men. and 
representative of her best citizenship and 
by his genial emu tonus manners has 
won deserved popularity with all classes. 




-rWiKEtf? . rarpM'liyiifiMiGOTailMmt- ■ 



Old First Christian Church 



MRS. DR. STEIN 

In the list of mercantile houses which 
are deserving of more than passing men- 
tion is that of Mrs. Dr. Stein, dealer of 
dry goods and drugs, and located at 1002 
S. Main. This is probably one of the 
oldest establishments in the city and is 
known far and near for the reliability an. J 
excellence of goods handled. A specialty 
is made of patent medicines and a com- 
plete line of the purest, freshest dru^s 
are carried. The fine line of dry goods 
is unexcelled for style nnrl quality. Mrs. 
Stein was born in Germany and was edu- 



Si lUVENIR 



I'.l 



cated ni Si I i '•' '~ h '' has follow* I 
this line of business for a number of 

and becai stablished here in 

1S80. She has had a wide expi 
,, r business and is progi up-to 

I ,1,1,1 practical and to fall and 
, rable dealing her success is due. 




New First Christian Church 



W. G. AINDRUS 

Headquarters in Bloomington for the 
famous Indian motorcj cli bii ! cles ol 
various makes and repairing ol thi inie 
is (lie widely known stun of Mr. W. G. 
Andrus, located at 501 N. East street. * 
specialty is made of fine repairing and 
all work is promptly dune by skilled me- 
chanics, assuring patrons of the best 
possible service. Only machines of stand- 
ard make and the best and most n liable 
manufacture are handled by this reliable 
concern. Three capable assistants are 
employed and 800 square feet of floor 
space is occupii d. Mr. Andrus was born 
in London, Canada, in 1867 and there 
ited. lie is an expert machinist and 
a firmly •stablished reputation for 
reliability and integrity, is thoroughly 
practical, progressive and up-to-date and 
is a valued member of the Masonic bodies, 
including the Shrine. 



SPRIINER, DIBELL & SIMON 

The widely known carriage factory and 
repairing shop of Springer. Dibell & 
Simon, :;06-30K W. Front street, n 
only established in 1905 has rapidly 
gained a reputation for reliability and ex 
cellence of work performed. Carriaees 
and wagons are manufactured complete 
and a specialty is mad,, of general repair 
work and painting promptly executed 

i six to seven skilled mechanic ai 

employed and floor space of 8125 squa e 
feel is occupied. Wm. A. Springer was 
born in Pennsylvania in 1860 and wa ed 
ucated in Illinois. A. J. Dibell was born 

in Kingsville. O.. in 1st;:; and ther In 

acted. He has been in this line of busl- 
for six years and was formerly a 
carpenter. He is a member of the M. 
W. A. and Yeomen of America. Leo H. 
Simon was born in McLean county in 
IsTs and educated in the public s, i 
He is a skilled blacksmith, which ti d 
he followed for eight years previous to 
his present business. Mr. Simon is a 
member of the Odd Fellows. The threi 
gentlemen are highly esteemed for theii 
business Integrity and estimable citizen- 
ship. 



E. IN. HODGE 

i ine of i he largest and fim 
lively and sale stables in Bloomington 
that ol Mi E x i lodgi located il No 
106-408 N. i ''in, i street. This stabli 




Main Street, Looking North from Jefferson 



, ■ tablishi d hen a boul fourteen \ ean 
,n,i occupies ■< ii' ■ni structure with a 
rloor space of i75-_' square feel The box 
and open stalls are comfortable and al 
ways kepi in the most scrupulously clean 
and ordrely condition, and none but the 

most reliabl,- and experien l stablemen 

are employed. Mr. Hodge is a large 
dealer in horses and makes a specialty of 
ties. He is a native of California, born 
in 1SC3. and was educated in He- public 
schools, also attended the Bloomington 
i Is. He is experienced in his busi- 
ness, entei prising, progressive and up-to 
date and on. ,,f our city's pubuic-spirited 
and Influential citizens. 



stocked with a tine ami reliable line of 
id in, urpassed anywhere in the state. 
.Mr. E. E. Fenn is a native of Illinois. 
born in 1SG7 and educated at Dwight. III.. 
attending the Dwight High School. Pre- 
vious to his present business, he was in 
the grocery, confectionery and fruit busi- 
ind was also a wholesale fruit 
,i, aler in Chicago. Mr. Fenn became es- 
tablished here in 1896 and ranks among 
r.l< omington's most influential, represent- 
,ii., substantial citizens and progressive 
business men. 



E. E. FEININ 

Headquarters in Bloomington for bi- 
cycles and motorcycles and general re- 
pairing of ill,' same, is the widely known 
house of E. E. Fenn. 618 N. Main street. 
Only machines of standard make and the 
best and most reliable manufacture are 
handled, the famous Monarch. Rambler. 
and Imperial, both in bicycles and motor- 
cycles, are extensively dealt in, also the 
Cleveland and National bicycles and the 
great Merkel motorcycles. A specialty is 
made of repair work and brazing, all 
work being promptly done by skilled me- 
asuring patrons of the best pos- 
sible service. This finely equipped store 
Montage of 25 feet and is heavily 



FRANK GUNN 
Gentlemen's custom tailoring execut- 
ed in Hi,' highest style of art with prices 

lerate, is the special feature of the 

establishment of Frank Gunn, 309 N. Main 
street, Mis creations are noted for their 
fashionable appearance and correct shape, 
and are always perfect in fit Many of the 
most particular people in our city are 
patrons of Mr. Gunn's. The business was 
, i iblished in iss<; and sprang into im- 
mediate popularity. Five expert and ex- 
perienced workmen are employed. Mr. 
Gunn is a native of Ireland, born in 1S57 
and educated in his own country. He has 
always been engaged in the tailoring 
business aid is considered a practical 
and painstaking tailor and an estimable 
iiii.ii. He is a member of the K. of C. 
and C. O O. F. 




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BLOO.MINGTON; PAST AND PRESENT 




Illinois Wesleyan University and Amie Chapel 



SUTER'S MARKET 

High-grade goods, metropolitan busi- 
ness methods and fair prices have placed 
Suter's market. 1009% N. Park street, 
decidedly in the lead of high-class meat 
markets in the city. Poultry, fresh, 
cured and salted meats of superior qual- 
ity are kept and a specialty is made of 
fine fancy meats. All meats handled are 
of the highest quality and the stori is 
kept in clean and neat order, which ac- 
counts for the large patronage among the 
lust people on the North Side. Two 
courteous assistants are employed anil all 
orders are given special attention. Mr. 
Phil D. Suter, the efficient proprietor, 
was born in Pennsylvania in 1SS0 and 
educated in Illinois. He has worked in 
all of the branches of the butcher busi- 
ness and is thoroughly conversant with 
all that pertains to it. He is one of our 
progressive and practical business men 
and is a member of the Modern Woodmen 
and Butchers' Union. 



WM. B. MYERS 

In the list of leading manufacturers 
who have contributed materially to the 
prosperity of Bloomington. Mr. Win. "B. 
Myers, 21 S S. Main street, stands prom- 
inently. He manufactures fine bank and 
office fixtures and also makes a specialty 
repairing 1 ianos and musical instruments 
and packing household goods for ship- 
ment. For general excellence of goods 
and high class work this house rank- 
second to no similar concern in flu's sec- 
tion of tin' state. Mr. Myers was born 
in Manchester, York county. Pa., in 1846 
and there educated. He is an experl 
cabinet maker and has devoted mist of 
liis life t.i this line of work. He cam. b 
Bloomington in lSfi6 and became estab- 
lished in his present business in 1880. 
Mr. Myers is a gentleman of ability ami 
practical experience and is a valued 
member of the K. of P.. Red Men and 
.M.u im rchor Society. 



W. A. OERKEIN BAKERY CO., IMC. 

The domestic and fancy bakery of W. 
A. Gerken Co., 118 E. Front street, has 
long been the resort of particular and 
discriminating people who desire only the 
best of bakery products made from pure 
food supplies. Superior bread, fine pastry, 
and cake of every description, freshly 
made, is always to be found here. Fancy 
baking is a speciality, and cakes for wed- 
dings and parties supplied at short notice. 
Prices are reasonable, fully as low ns 
good, reliable bakery goods can be sold 
for. Twenty skilled' assistants are em- 
ployed and 3600 square feet of floor spare 
is occupied, and a large out-of-town busi- 
ness is done annually. The business was 
established in 1S70 by TV". A. Gerken and 
came under the present proprietorship 
and was incorporated in 1003. and is of- 
ficered as follows: Mrs. W. A. Gerken, 
president; diaries Schalk, vice-president, 
and J C. Steege, secretary and manager. 



MRS. BELLER 

Mrs. Beller, the eminent and favorably 
known Clarivoyant, 221 E. Front street, 
has made herself popular in Bloomington 
and vicinity through no other source than 
the merits of her work. She is a natural 
born clarivoyant medium and makes a 
specialty of readings, and special atten- 
linn is given her correspondence work. 
Advice is given on business, matrimony, 
spi culation. health, and troubles of the 
heart. She does what others claim to 'I" 
but don't. A special suite of private 
parlors for ladies and gentlem n are 
maintained and all business is strictly 
confidential. Unlike most people of her 
profession who only stay in a city but a 
few weeks. Mrs. Beller became estab- 
lished in 1S90 and has built up a enviable 
reputation for herself, and her patrons 
consist of some of the best people of our 
city. 



BLOOMINGTON RUBBER STAMP 

WORKS 

One of Bloomington's most important 
Industries is the manufacturing of rub- 
ber stamps carried on by Mr. T. M. 
Clarke, 207 W. Washington street. Print- 
ing wheels, self inkers, pocket stamp 5 . 

"i iv and corporation seals, dates, 
metal-body and solid rubber type, and 
steel stamps are also manufactured, but 
a specialty is made of rubber stamp- 
Mr. Clarke is a publisher of Robb's Bill 
Register and Clarke's "Pass Report ' 
form of remittance and the products of 
liis factory are used in almost every state 
in the Union. His reputation as a stamp 
maker is unsurpassed as he is thor- 
oughly experienced in the business. Mr 
Clarke wis born in the historic city oi 
Kenilworth, Warwickshire. England, in 
IM::. his boyhood playground being tin! 
surrounding the castle of Queen Eliza- 
beth. He came to America at the agw 
of 27 and found employment as salesman 
in a dry goods store and later became 
established in his present business. He 
is a member of the National Union and 
M. W. A. and was its clerk for seven 

ears. He is one of Bloomington's repre- 
ss ntative citizens and is highly esteemed. 



T. ISENMAN 

Among the leading mercantile houses 
which contribute in marked degree to 
the commercial standing of Bloomington 
there is none which enjoys higher repu- 
tation, both in point of superiority of 
the goods handled and trade enjoyed, than 
the grocery and meat market of Mr. T. 
Isenman. at 400 S. Allin street. This 
st. in' was established in 1901 and has 
built up an extensive and high-class 
'roll. The stock carried is one of the 
largest and finest in this section and em- 
braees the choicest fancy and staple gro- 
ceries and a complete line of fresh and 



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salted meats. A specialty Is mad 
home-made sausage. An ample force •! 
courteous assistants are employed and a 

floor spar.- nt 1 750 square feet Is u 

pied. Mr. tsenman was born In Germa 
in 1st::; and there , ilia '.ite,i, lie is a gen- 
tleman of pleasing personality, genial and 
courteous, always ready to oblige his 
patrons and careful t" satisfy all their 

demands, he has mail.- for himself a host 
ef frienas in all classes. 



W. A. FISCHBECK 

with a merited ami firmly established 
reputation for reliability, superiority "i 
goods ami moderate prices, the two finely 
equipped drug stores of W. A. Fisch- 
beck, 121 s. Center street ami 120 s. Main 
street, stand among the foremost of the 
pharmacies of central Illinois. The bust 
ness was established twenty-six years 
ago ami has ever since been headquar- 
ters for drugs, chemicals, toilet articles 
i ubber and leather goods, perfumes, si i 
tidnery, paints, oils and varnishes, A 
side line of violins, mandolins, guitars 
and accordians are carried, a specialtj 
being made of physicians' prescriptions, 
■ nlv pure ingredients being used. The 
help numbers four, three of which are 
registered pharmacists, and S4M5 squan 
feet of floor space being occupied. W. A. 
Fisehbeck was born in Germany in 1S60 
and educated in America, gradu 
"in the pharmaceutical branch of the 
Northwestern University of Chicago. Ill 
He has devoted his life to the drug busi- 
ness and is one of Bloomington's leading 
business men. 



J. F. NAVE 

. tablished in 1901, and now Ite Ing an 
nvlable reputation for handling reliable, 
high-grade, staple ami fancy ;;i oci ries, 
tore of j. F. Nave, 1020 \v. Front 
tr& i stands among He' toi emost "i 
similar concerns in this section. A spe- 
eialtj i- made of country produce in 
son, and u line line of superior canned 
goods, table delicacies, and choici tea 
coffees and spices are carried including 
a line of smoked m its. The lowest mar- 
ket prices are quoted and competition 
fully met. Three courteous assistants 
an' employed and 1,500 square feet of 
floor spaci is occupied. Mr. Nave tin 
energetic proprietor is a aative of Illi- 
nois born in 1N77 ami received his edu 
cation in the public schools, and previous 
to his present line was engaged in lie 
commission business. He is considered 

mi' inn leading merchants, pregressive 

and alert to modern methods, and is a 
member of the M. W. A. and K. of P. 



ED. HURST 

Although established but a short time, 
He studio conducted by Mr. Ed Hurst 
at ::"."> AY. Washington street has achievi il 
most gratifying propositions. Mr. Hurst 
enlarges portraits and carries a line of 
high-class framed pictures. His creations 
display the work of a skilled artist and 
his best work is performed on every pic- 
ture. He also deals in the famous Edi- 
son phonograph and a full line of records. 
Several salesmen and agents are em- 



ployed in towns surrounding Bloomington. 
Mi Hurst was born and educated in 
Pa. Previous to his pi 
i employed as b 

for J. R SteVl m-.in Im ill 1 mi i 

S ears and in bis • arlii i life in w 

i in the grocei y business. lb Is 
thoroughly experienced in his bu i 
and is highly popular with all I.. 



C. F. FLEISCHER 

Carrying oi the largest ami choic 

est stocks of imported and fanes grocer- 
ies in thn city, complete Inns of staple 
g eries and provisions of every descrip- 
tion, everything in fresh and smoked 
meats, oysters and fish, and having an 
unrivalled reputation for efficiency of 
service, quotation of moderate prices and 
opolitan business methods, the store 
of Mr. C. F. Fleischer. 101.3 N. Pari 
street occupies a formost position annum 
similar concerns. Standard brands ot 
Hour, superior canned goods, table condi- 
ments, bottled delicacies, farm products 
sell ' i teas and coffees are kept. Four 
capable and courteous clerks are em- 
ployed. Mr. Fleischer was born in 
Bloomington in ls7_' and educated in the 
public schools. He became established 
In 1899 inil is a business man of progres- 
sive ideas, thoroughly believing in mod- 
ern methods. He is a member of the I. 
'i i' F and .Modern Woodmen. 




22 



BLOOMINGTON; PAST AND PRESENT 




THE CO-OPERATIVE STORE 

About one ear ago a representative of 
a trade journal issued under the auspices 
of a wholesale co-operative mercantile 
society interested a number of persons 
largely Chicago & Alton shop people, in 
laying the foundation for a co-operative 
mercantile store in Bloomington. The 
organizers and first commissioners ap- 
pointed to take subscriptions for stock 
wen II. Keating, G. L. Eldridge. H. A. 
Lloyd, Wm. Fey, John Coupe and Otto 
Wallace, who succeeded in getting sub- 
s' riptions for stcck to the amount of 

S5, after which a stock company was 

incorporated and the following officers 
were elected: H. Keating Pres., J. P. 
Tulley Vice-Pres., June Crandall Secy., C. 
F. Koch Treas. and Business Manager, 
and Hi. board of directors as follows: H. 
Keating, June Crandall, John H. Coupe, 
Carl Jaeger, J. P. Tulley and Mis. Alici 
Gardner. The prime object of the organ 
ization being the establishing and carry- 
ing on of a general merchandise busi- 
m ss, including groceries and general fam- 
ily supplies, as also a general line of 
shop and railroad men's supplies, making 
a si ialty of doing a strictly cash busi- 
ness. The board of directors decided to 
tender C. F. Koch the position of treas- 
urer and business manager, which offer 
ii>' finally accepted. It was then decided 
to find a location on North Main street, 
but finally deemed more practical to lo- 
cate nearer the square if a location could 
be secured, or as soon as it became pos 
sible to find one. Their efforts in that 
respect finally resulted in leasing a build- 
ing at the corner of Madison and Wash- 
ington streets, which place they get Julv 
1, 1:405. and until then they will remain 

ii Mr. Koch's place when- he lias I n 

in the grocery business for 30 years. The 
business opened Nov. 5, 1904, and has 
been constantly on the increase ever 
since. The plan adopted is called the 
Rochadale system, originating in England, 
where it is very popular, as also in Ger- 
many. Of late years it has been intro- 
duced and is gaining a strong foothold 



Scene in Miller Park 



in America. The idea was met with 
favor here and is now being given a 
thorough trial, already resulting in a 
lib ral support, not only by the member- 
ship hut also by a great many people all 
over the city, and so far the outside 
patronage amounts to as much as the 
membership itself and the business has 
:ull\ met the expectation of the organiza- 
tion. Mr. Koch, the efficient manager, 
is not only a practical man and thoi 

ly conversant with all that pertains 
to the business, but is an influential cu- 
rved our city with honor 
ns ma> or two terms. 



JOHN 0. WELCH 

The people of the North Side are to be 
congratulated upon having one of the best 
and finest equipped grocery and provision 
houses in the city, that of Mr. John G. 
W leh. located at 405 E. Locust street. 
Large and carefully selected lines of 
staple and fancy groceries are carried, 
choice meats, superior provisions, lead- 
ing brands of canned goods, table deli- 
cacies, fiuits, bakery supplies, select teas 
and cofffes, also leading brands of flour. 
in fact every thing that is required to 
make a complete store of this kind, and 
the line carried is one of the finest to 




German Methopist2Episcopal Church 



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be found in the city and the stoic's mo) 
to is "good tilings to cat." Five compe- 
tent clerks are emplo: i d rtml all ordi rs 
i\ en special attent ion. Mi . W< li h 
ntaive of Bloomington anu was edu 

cated In the public schools. He i ame 

stablished hi n in 1900 i rid Is known as 
i busim -s man of integi ity and prog 

ideas, and has ■ ved is alderman 
and supervisor and is highly esteemed. 

E. R. DARLINGTON LUMBER CO. 

One of the old established and wid Ij 
known concerns in Bloomington devoted 
to the handling of lumber of all kinds, 
eoal and coke, tile caping, cement, lime, 
wire fence and everything in builders 
supplies, sash doors, blinds, tar and roof- 
ing papers, mouldings, etc., is the E R 
Darlington Lumber Co., located at 309 S 
Lee street. The yards and building covi I 
a territory of several acres. The busi- 
ness was established in 1S9S and during 
every jear of its time has conducted an 
i xtensive business, not only in Illinois. 
but their territory is unlimited. This 
company also has branch offices in Ar- 
lowsmith, Raymond, Taylorville. Virden. 
Girard, Auburn. Havana, Golden and 
three in St. Louis, their main office being 
in St. Louis. Mr. H. C. Schwulst, the 
efficient manager and stockholder, is a 
native of Bloomington. born in is«;i>. and 
also received his education here. He has 
been employed in the lumber business tor 
eighteen years and formerly for two years 
was in the grocery business. He is highly 
in. ,1 for his business integrity and is 
a valued member of the German Benevo- 
lent Society, of which he is treasurer, and 
is :: stockholder in the German-American 
Bank and Bloomington Stove Works. 



PALACE LIVERY STABLE 

The largest, finest and best equipped 
liver} in Bloomington. and one which for 
the past sixteen years has controlled the 
hi t class Of trade in rliis city and county 
Is the Bala,,- Livery and Boarding stable. 
located at 113-119 S. Madison street, and 
ol which Mr. F M. Maurer is the propri- 

The stables rupy 17." square 

feet of II space and has a capacity of 




C. W. COLLISON 

Vmong the recent additions to the ranks 
of Bloomlngton's business houses, and one 
which has already attained high po- 
-ii ion and enji ys a lai ge ti ad< . Is the well 
equipped grocery and confectioner} store 
of Mr. C. W. Collison located at Cor. Allin 

,v- W I streets and established i" 1904. 

,\ complete line of high-grade groceries. 

m h meats, pure confectionery, and 

ami i ' ■! acco is carried. . vis,, lmt and 



i, ,ii tons of hay and stable room for 

17', bead of horses. It is fitted with every 

riience and has a ladles' waiting 

n mil almost equal to the parlors in some 

ir i" -t homes. Mr. Maun i di als In 

fancy horses and was in this line of 
business about fifteen years in Indian- 
apolis, ln>i He was born and educated 
in Kentucky and became established here 
in isv.i and is now the oldest liveryman 
in the city. He Is a g n of mat ked 

,, i onality and is one of t hi eit} 's i 

i no popular bus Ines mi n with n 

■ i . circli "i friends. 




cold drinks, ice-cream soda, and mixed 
drinks are served in season. Mr. Collison 
also lias privileges for serving refresh- 
ments in Miller Park. He employes five 
capable assistants in his store and 
fourteen at the Park during the summer 
season. His store occupies a floor spaci 
of 1.200 sq. feet and is heavily stocked 

with one of the finest lines of g Is in 

the city. Mr. Collision is a native of 
England born in 1866 and educated In 
Michigan. He is one of Bloomington's 
most progressive business men and sub- 
stantial .influential citizens. He is a valui d 
member of the National Union. 



Previously hi a \i engaged in the dry 

od and his reputation as a 

progressive, substantial, enterprising 

business man and a repres ntative, In- 
fluential citizen is an enviable one. Mr. 

I i. iinan is an he led member ol i 

Modern Woodmen. 



A. E. WAITE 

Knowing that the eye is the most deli- 
cate and in many respects most important 
organ of the body, it is necessary in 
procui me glassi s for defi ctive eyesight to 
consult only an experienced and graduate 
optician. A Bloomington ocular refrac- 
ih, hi-, who stands high in his profession 
i A. !•'.. W'aii, locati d at 220 N. Center 

n,i. and dining his few yeais of public 
service has constantly maintained a rep- 
utation for reliability unsurpassed. Mr. 
Wait,, furnish - everything in glasses 
and frames and grinds his own lei 
The business was established In 1901 and 
to day is among the foremost of its kind 

a I entral Illinois. Mr. Waite was bom 
in Bloomington in 1S70 and was here 

, .iii.ni. ,| and graduated from the N 

. i ii Illinois S' I l "i i ipht harm lot I !•■ 

is an estimable citizen and is hlghl. 
garded In our city. 

E. J. LIERMAN 

of the most prominent of the lead- 
tores in Bloomington is the sterling 
grocery of Mr. E. J. Lierman, located at 
reet. A complete line of 

i' i i Ions a rid a fine line of 

canned g Is oi evei y desci Ipt Ion is car- 

i li ,i S| iaii ies are i I of country 

butter, fresh-laid i and fai m and 

I'd produce in season. Two cour- 

t, "ii i ml capable assl tani are i m- 

ployed .""i a B pace ol I i iquai e 

I pt i upled. Mr. Lierman wa I 

in Illllonl in 1x77 and there edui ited 



SNOW & PALMER CO., INC. 

■ I e of the .ei > antages which i he pi 
ol Bloomington and vicinity have which 
i. not possessed by every city is puri 

milk. Tii' Snow & Pali !o., to whom 

i he ei edit for this is due, is en f the 

most Important of this city's indui Irli 
li was established in 1880 and ini - 
porated under the laws of Illinois in 1901. 
Milk, cri .ini and butter and dairy products 
i every desci ipt Ion are sold a i wholesale 
and retail. 900 gallons of milk and '" ll 
gallons of .i.ain being sold daily. die 
produi ts of i his dairy are distributed to 
all paits of the city. Their large dair? 

farm at Mi 1 .. an. Ill . COVerS .hi i i I 

100 acres and the plant located at the 
i of Oak and Jefferson streets.where 

i e milk is made ready to be distributed, 
occupies 7360 square feet of floor space 
Twentj careful and experienced workmen 
are employed. Mr. W. I>. Sin w. pn 
dent of the firm, was born in Massachu- 
setts In 1856 and obtained his education 
in Illinois. I b- is a member of the Ma- 
sons. Mr. II. M. .'aimer, secretary and 
treasurer, is a native of Illinois, and edu- 
cated in the public schools. He is also 

i Mason. Both gentlemen are thor- 
experienci .1 dairymen, careful 
painstaking managers and enjoy the 
highest reputation among their many 
friends and patrons. Snow & Palmer arc 
patentees of a bottle filler that is being 
manufactured under a royalty by a 

crei i', package manufacturing com 

pany, which is the largest in the world 
of that line. Quite a number- of them 

have been sold and give g 1 satisfactii n 

One of its merits is its rapid work and 
low pi ice, and being very simpli 



COL. D. L. BROWN 

A pi aliaiitv of Col. D. I. Brown .the 
widely known auctioneer, is that he 
caters to the auctioneering of live stock 
an. i farm sales. He became established 
hen in 1897, ami through fair dealing has 
won in wa} to the front ranks of i 

I, n, i :ol. I 'i own was born In Illi- 




nois in 1x71. whi , hi also recei I 

ducal ion, and is considi red om ol our 

i late and progressh • busi- 

, . i men l le is widely and fa w>i tbl 

I, i mi is a member of the National 

a His office is located in the Hi rd- 

,,i tl'tl i I. nil, ling. 



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BLOOMINGTON; PAST AND PRESENT 



THE LIVINGSTON BARBER SHOP 

Clean shaves and up-to-date hair cut- 
ting are the hading features of the Liv- 
ingston barber shop, location in the Liv 
ingston building, and although only es- 
tablished in 1903 it is today one of the 
most popular shops in central Illinois. 
Five chairs are operat" d and in connection 
with the shop are large bath rooms and a 
private parlor for ladi> s and children 
and Mrs. J. H. Mantle personally looks 
after the lady patrons. A specialty is 
made of facial massage, shampooing and 
scalp treatment. Mr. J. H. Mantle the 
energetic proprietor is a native of Illinois 
and since entering into the business woi 10 
has followed this line of work. He is 
considered one of Bloomington's progres- 
sive business men and is highly esteemed 
ia the community, and is a member of 
th I. O. O. F.. M. W. A. and Court of 
Eionor. 




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IKE LIVINGSTON & SONS 

It is rarely that such a spacious and 
heavily stocked clothing house as that of 
Ike Livingston .V Sons is to be found out- 
side the largest lilies Every department 
is a complete store in it~i if, including the 
children's department, where tin- lines of 
goods shown are unsurpassed anywhere. 
Sevi ral thousand square feet of floor 
space is occupied and a large for. < of 
capable and courteous salesmen aie em- 
ployed. Established in 1865, tiiis mam- 
moth house has long been pre-eminent 
to! its outfitting capabilities, and has a 
merited reputation for reliability and 
i ffieiency of service. This concern makes 
a specialty of the world-famous W. L. 
Douglas shoes, also the Stein-Bloch and 
Hart, Shaffner & Marx .Laliing. 



BLOOMINGTON PRESSED BRICK 

CO., INC. 

Among the diversified industries of 
Bloomington none is more interesting 
than that carried on by tli Bloomington 
Pressed Bliek Co., with spacious and well 
equipped plant and yards a I corner of 
Monroe and Western avenue. The pro- 
ducts of the concern are pressed, paving 
and common brick, and makes a specialty 
of furnishing brick suitable for resi- 
dences. The firm was incorporated in 
1S93 and employs fifty skilled workmen 
and the resources for obtaining material 
are among the best in the state. The 
concern is officered by Henry Keiser. 
president; L. M. Graham, secretary, and 
O. W. Dunlap, treasurer and manager. 
Mr. Dunlap is a native of Bloomington, 
born in 1866, and educated in our public 
schools, and since entering into the busi- 
ness world lias followed this line of busi- 
ness. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. 
and K. of P. The three officers of the 
firm are among Bloomington's influential 
citizens and are highly esteemed in our 
city 



PAUL F. BEICH 

Confectionery is recommended by many 
eminent physicians, both in Europe and 
America, and advocate the eating of 
same as being healthful. For this reasi 
tin United States war department fur- 
nish, s its soldiers in the Philippines with 
tons "f candy annually. It is generally 
agreed, however, that the confectionery 
must be pure. Pure confectionery is cx- 
tensively wholesaled and manufactured 
by Paul F. Beich, 109 E. Front sir., i, a 
specialty being made of Reich's Pansy 
chocolates, which are sold by all leading 
dealers. Tli.' floor spa..' consumed >s 
i, 250 square feet; seventy-five skilled 
assistants are employed. Mr. Beich is 
also proprietor of the Bloomington Cara- 
mel Co., whose output is caramels of 
various and assorted kinds. The factory 

In i numbers 250, and 65, ) square feel 

of floor space is occupied. The products 
..I' both factories are shipped t" various 
parts ni' Mi.' country and a number of 
traveling salesmen are constantly kept 
on tin- road. Mr. Beich has spent twenty- 
five years in this business and has mad.' 
every branch a scientific study, which 
enabled him to firing it to this high 
stan. Ia I'd and his motto is "cleanliness 
i ml purity of gi ods 



L. B. THOMAS & SON 

Tlie value of insurance in all its legit- 
imate branches as an investment is no 
longer a mooted question. The only ques- 
tion which .alls for deliberation is the 
soundness of the insurance company, the 
reliability of the agency through which 
tin' risk is issued. In Bloomington these 
conditions exist in satisfactory manner in 
the stilling agency of L. B. Thomas & 
Son. whose office is located at No. 107 
N. Main street, and became established 
in 1S5S. At this office some of the strong- 
est fire and life insurance companies ari 
represented, also Hartford Steam Boilers 
and Lloyd's Plate Class Insurance com- 
panies. Mr. Thomas' offici has a front- 




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agi i.t 25 feel and three courteous ate. 
experienced assistants are employed. He 

u :;■ horn in Bloomington in 1838 and was 
aducated here and at Antioch College m 
Ohio and other places, and since entering 
into the business world has followed this 
line of business and served for fourteen 
years on tie board of education and was 
mayor of our city for six years. II. is 
considered one of our most enterprising, 
public-spirited citizens, thoroughly in ac- 
cord with all that pertains to the welfare 
of the city, and is a member of the -Ma- 
sons and Elks. 



STEAM BOTTLING WORKS 

The purity and excellence of its pro- 
ilm is. the Steam Bottling Works, located 
at 71J E. Taylor street, and conduit.. 1 
by Mr. Henry II. Quosick, are unex- 
celled by any similar concern in the 
country. Corbonated drinks, mineral and 
soda waters, ginger ale. pear cider, root 
beer, raspberry cream, wild cherry, sar- 
saparilla, carbonic gas, etc., are manu- 
factured and bottled, only the best of 
materials being used. Mr. Quosick man- 
ufactures all his flavoring extracts, which 
aie unsurpassed for their purity and ex- 
cellence. The factory is a model of its 
kind, fitted with tin- most modern im- 
proved machinery and everything is kepi 
in scrupulously clean and neat order. 
One of tin machines used in this model 
plant was mad.- in Germany. Three 
skilled workmen are employed and from 
450 to 500 cas.s at, filled daily. This 
concern was flrst established by Mr. H. 
G. Quosick in 1884 and came under the 
present proprietorship in 1900. Mr. Quo- 
sick was born in Germany in 1S74 and 
came to America when but a small boy. 
He has been engaged in this business for 
sixteen years and formerly for two years 
he was foreman for I In- Virginia Brew- 
ing Co.. at R.annke. Va. He is the only 
union bottler in Bloomington. Mr. Quo- 
sick is a skilled acrobat of much note, 
has won several diplomas in gymnastic 
work and has organized three athletic 
clubs in this city. He is a member of 
th.' M. W. A. 1021, White Cross, Turners 
and Musicians' Union, 



FREESE BROS. 

Carrying on.. ,,f the largest and choicest 
stocks of imported and fancy groceries in 
the city, complete lines of staple gro- 
ceries and provisions of every description, 
and having an unrivalled reputation for 
efficiency of service, quotation of mod- 
erate prices and metropolitan business 
methods, the Freese Bros.. 608-610 W. 
Monroe street, occupies a foremost posi- 
tion among similar concerns. Superior 
canned goods, table condiments, bottled 
delicacies, breakfast foods and select 
teas and coffees are kept, also a fine line 
of fresh, smoked and salted meats, poul- 
try and oysters. A specialty is made of 
fresh butter and eggs. The heavily 
stocked salesroom occupies 0000 square 
I'.t of floor space and six capable clerks 
in.' employed. Messrs. William and 
George Freese are both natives of Bloom- 
m, born in 1863 and 1866, and edu- 
cated in the public schools. Formerly. 
for six years, tiny were in the green- 
busim ss. Mr. William Freese is 
a member of the Retail Merchants' As- 
s ciation and K. of P. and Mr. George 
l-'i • ■• se is a member of the Elks and U. R. 
K of P.. of which he is major, and has also 
been alderman for three years. Both 
gentlemen are members of the Business 
Men's Association and are among Bloom- 
ington's most progressive and enter- 
prising merchants. 



DEWENTER & CO. 

The finely equipped, heavilv stocked 
mill's furnishing goods house . .f Dewen- 
ter ,vi Co., lis w. Washington street, was 
established in 1870. Today this store 
stands pie-eminent in its line, contain- 
ing large lines of furnishing goods, hats 
old cans. The line of goods carried is 

..I Hi.' finest in th.- state and is un- 

• m -oiled for quality and reliability. The 
spacious and heavily stocked store occu- 
pies floor space of 1700 square feet and 
four competent clerks are employed. Mr. 
I w titer has been in this business all 
bis life and is considered one of our 
most progressive and alert merchants. 



SOUVENIR 



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THE BLOOMINGTON STORE FIXTURE 
COMPANY 

Thi Bloomington Stoie Fixture Co.. 
I -,,i ii. ■!■ of i 1 "' -i is and 1 1 airie St i <■ is. is 
headquarters in Bloomington for Hm 
Drug and Jewelry Kixtutos. Hmk furni- 
ture, and up to-date store and o-l ce tix- 
i in es. 

In addition to iis Geneial i atalogue ol 
store and offloj fixtures this Arm issues 
special Bank, Drug and Jewelry cats 
logui s, which thej send to anj addi • 
application. 

This plant was originally established in 
1866, by li. A. Miner, and in 1894 was 

ii porated as the Bloomington si 

Fixture Co. Their building consists of 
Ave Hums and basement, 70x115 ft, and 
they employ from forty to forty-five men 

Mr. S. It. White, the President of this 
Company, is also the proprietor ol 
White's Place, a most beautiful, com- 
fortable, and healthful section in the 
Northeastern part of the city. Here you 
will see beautiful shade trees, shrubbery, 
private parks, hikes, and numerous othi r 
modern improvements, and it is the only 
place in Bloomington set apart for light 
driving-, and where everything is made 
to insure the pi' asure and comfort of its 
inhabitants. Mr. White was born inl 
Huntington. Indiana, in 1846. and edu- 
cated in the public schools there. He is 
well known as a most sagacious and en- 
ergetic business man and is a valued 
member of the Bloomington Business 
Men's Association, of which he is Presi- 
dent. 




Bloomington Store Fixture Company 



ROBERTSON MANUFACTURING CO. 

None of the industries of Bloomington 
iijuv :i better reputation ami ii" name 
better known than that of the Robeitson 
Manufacturing Co. They manufacture 
simbonnets. hose supporters and infants' 
and children's fianneletteware. For high 
grade trade ami for reliability of service 
Mi sterling establishment is unsurpassed 
by any similar concern in the country. 
Tin Arm was originally- established mid 
Incorporated in Decatur in ls'.iT and 
moved to Bloomington in 1902. It imme- 



diately sprang into popularity and today 
is known throughout the country; it is 
not only known but their goods are sold 
in every state in tin- union. The factory, 
which is located at 217-223 Douglas 
street, is finely equipped and occupies 
9000 square feet of floor space. Sixty 
skilled operators are employed and each 
garment is a masterpiece of their art. 
The machinery is of the most modern 
type, thus enabling them to compete with 
any concern of its kind in the country in 
quality and artistic finish . 




S. R. WHITE MANUFACTURING CO. 

(ille of the largest and finest equipped 

of similar concerns in Central Illinois is 
the S. R. White Manufacturing Co., cor- 
ner Douglas and Prairie streets, m&nu- 

faetui i i - of and deali is in lumber, coal, 
porch work ami Interior house work of 
ail kinds. This reliable factory was es- 

i.-ii llshi d in 1879 bj Samuel I:, while, 
■mil wiih iis immense plant and unrivaled 

fai Mil ieS is Olle ol I he UU iSt eotIl|ih I 

lahlislum nts of its kind in liiis section Of 

Hie Sl.lte Tile fuetolV is 1' < l< I X L' ."i ' I feel ill 

area, a substantial two ami three-ston 
brick structure, equipped with every val- 

u.-mle machine for handling woodwork to 

the best advantage. The i mployes num- 

bi i- from I'm i v to fifty. Ora E. White 
He efflcli nt manager, was horn in Bloom- 
l,., ■ . :. |j-n , ■ e'vcrl ' ; '■' • ' I'e 




e! i m. has been with the Whlti 

Manufacturing ( o, for a number of years 
and is highly esteemed in busine is cii 
clcs for bis Integrity I estimable citi- 

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HERRICK & ECKART CO., INC. 

Unrivalled in immensity of str/ck, pro- 
gressive methods of business and reputa- 
tion lor I Ii ral, pi lee-. the Clollliug 

house ,r Herrick .V Eckart > !o st md 
pre-eminent in its class in this sectioi 
the state. This finelj i quipped ton 
located at the cornel of Jefferson and 
Center streets, is metropolitan in every 
respect, and carries Immense and com- 
plete lues ol g Is ol ue, hum ami high 

grade ready-to-weai clothing, hats, caps 

ami furnishing g is for men, youths and 

also trunks, hags and dress suit 

cases. K\ ei y depa i tmeri i is a < ipli 1 1 

store in itself, including the children's de- 
partment, Where the lines of goods shown 
are unsurpassed anywhere Systematic 

low prices rule on all g Is handled, and 

mpel Itloti succi ssfully met in i * er> 
partfi ulai Tie ftooi space ocei Ii i < 



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BLOOMINGTON; PAST AND PRESENT 



5000 square feet, and an ample foice of 
courteous and capable clerks are em- 
ployed. Established and incorporated in 
1901, this sterling: house has been fore- 
most for its outfitting capabilities, and 
has a merited reputation for reliability 
and efficiency of service second to no 
similar concern, and a specialty is madi 
of Rogers, Peet & Co's clothing. D. C. 
Herrick was born in New York, where lie 
was educated, and It. S. Eekart was born 
in Illinois and there educated. Both gen- 
tlemen have followed this line of busi- 
ness most of their lives and are consid- 
ered among our most astute and prom- 
inent business men, thoroughly in accord 
with anything pertaining to the we] 
of the city. 



GRAY BROTHERS 

The spacious, finely and heavily stocked 
store of the Gray Bros., 42S-30 N. Main 
street, shows decidedly what enterprise 
combined with original ideas can &o in 
the 20th century. In brief, this finely 
equipped store is a model bakery, groci i 
and provision house combined. Staple 
and fancy groceries of every description 
are carried, including leading brands of 
canned goods, table delicacies, pure food 
supplies, breakfast foods, choice teas and 
coffees. The bakery is complete and mod- 
em, and the products masterpieces of the 
baker's art. The courteous and capable 
, mployes number fourteen and four teams 
are in commission. The firm was es- 
tablished in 1S75. The Gray iJios. also 
own another fine grocery store at 11:; W. 
Front street. J. W. Gray was born in New 
York City in 1S49 and there educated. He 
has devoted the greater i art of bis lit',.- to 
the grocery business and formerly owned 
a oakery and confectionery store at 
Farmer City, 111. He is a member of the 
Odd Felows and Royal Arcanum. George 
T. Gray was born in Johnstown. N. Y'., in 
1853 and educated in Bloomington. He is 
a member of the National Union. Dewitt 
Gray was born in Fort Plain, NY', in 
is;,i and also educated in Bloomington. 
The gentlemen are known as business men 
of integrity and progressive methods and 
highly esteemed in the community. 




THE OLD RELIABLE EMPLOYMENT 

AND MATRIMONIAL BUREAU 

Probably the only concern of its kind 
in the city is the Old Reliable Employ- 
ment & Matrimonial Bureau, located over 
414 N. Main street and condm ted by Mrs. 
R. Houghton. All kinds of help and those 
wishing help will find assistance at this 
Employment Bureau, the best and most 
reliable of help will be secured free of 
charge. Special attention is given to the 
Matrimonial Bureau and those so in- 
clined will receive careful attention at all 
times. In connection with this Mr. R. 
Houghton & Co., is one of the leading 
firms engaged in real estate loan and in- 
surance business and have been largely 
instrumental in the building up of our 
citj Mr. Houghton & Co., are also pro- 




Mrs. R. Houghton 

prietors of the only strictly European 
hotel in the city, which contains all mod- 
ern improvements, with electric lights and 
electric bell in each room. Rooms 75 cents 
per night and up and meals 75 cents and 
up. This is one of Bloomington's most 
spacious, well equipped and cairefullfy 
conducted hosteleries and became estab- 
lished in 1S96. Mr. R. Houghton is a 
native of Bloomington, born in 1853 and 
received his education in the public 
schools. He owned a butcher shop on E. 
Front street for about 20 years and pre- 
vious to his present business was engaged 
in the real estate business. Mr. Houghton 
is a genial, corteous host, and an ex- 
perienced hotel man and of wide ex- 
perience in catering to the requirements 
of the general public. 



Hills Hotel 

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A. BUTEL 

With a merited and firmly established 
reputation for reliability and excellence 
of work and moderate prices, the finely 
equipped shoe repairing shop of Mr. A. 
Beutel, S13 TV. Chestnut street, stands 
among the foremost of similar concerns 
in this section of the state. Shoe repair- 
ing of all kinds is done and a specialty 
is made of fine repairing. He is also 
a custom shoe maker, having learned the 
trade in Vienna many years ago and be- 
came established here in 1SS4. Mr. Beu- 
tel is a native of Austria, born in 1861, 
where he also received his education. 
Since becoming a citizen of Bloomington 
he has built up an extensive and high 
class trade, his patronage being among 
the best people of our city, and in mat- 
mers pertaining to the city's welfare he 
is always active. He is a member of the 
McLean Co Gun Club. 



FRANK BOLING 

• me of the best known and most popu- 
lar men in Bloomington, and one whose 
friends are legion, is Mr. Frank Boling. 
Mr. Boling is one of the busy men of the 
city. He has for several years been the 
leading sign maker and decorator and 
does fine work in frescoing and furnishes 
thi latest and most artistic designs for 
ferscoing. He has done work in this line 
for some of the leading concerns 
and finest buildings in the state 
and gives for reference B. M. 
Kuhn. German-American Bank, S. 

R. White and State National Bank 
of Bloomington and Bank of Anna- 
wan, Annawan, 111.. Harry Taggart, Mr. 
Burgeous and George Monser of Wenona, 
111., and many others. Mr. Boling is an 
artist of more than average merit, a 
skilled. conscientious workman and 
always prompt in fulfilling all obligations. 



LEE ROBERTS 

Purity and excellence, high grade and 
low prices have been the qualities which 
have always marked the goods sold by- 
Mr. Lee Robetts, and which have made 
his handsome, well stocked grocery the 
headquarters for the best people of the 
East Side. This standard grocery house 
became established many years ago, but 
came under the present proprietorship 
March 1, 1905. The store is located at 
1002 East. Grove street and has a front- 
age of 24 feet. The stock catried is large 
and carefully selected and a specialty is 
made of the Wedding Ring ami Wishbone 
brands of canned goods. Mr. Roberts 
was born and educated in Philadelphia, 
Pa. Formerly, for five years, he was en- 
gaged in general merchandise and gro- 
cery business and was employed with the 
C. i- A. R. R. as ticket agent at Croft. 
111., where he was also postmaster. He 
is a member of the Loyal American so- 
ciety and is one of Bloomington's pro- 
gressive business men and representa- 
tive of her best citizenship. 



JUDGE HENDRYX 

Probably no other man in the city is 
better known than Judge Hendiyx. and 
probably no other justice of the peace 
can boast of having mat tied 3.000 couples 
in the past twenty years, as can Judge 
Hendryx. whose offices ate located in the 
Stephen Smith building. He has finely 
equipped parlors, apart from his public 
court rooms, where wedding ceremonies 
may be performed. An organ is kept in 
the pallors on which wedding marches 
may be played when so desired. Mr. 
Hendryx is a native of Illinois, born in 
1844, and spent his early life on a farm. 
He became established in Bloomington in 
1SS5. He served with distinction five 
years in the army and was deptuy sheriff 
for five years, and is a member of tne 
G. A. R. 



A. LOPIN 

Among the well known mercantile 
bouses of Bloomington there is none 
which enjoys a greater meed of popu- 
larity than that of Mr. A. Lopin, 119 S. 
i 'ente, street. Though only established 
in 1904, this sterling imporium has gained 
a reputation for reliability and excellence 
of goods unsurpassed by any similar con- 
cern in the city. While money to loan 
on personal property etc., is the principle 
business, a full line gents' furnishings, 
shoes, trunks, suit cases, and jewelry is 
kept. Mr. Lopin is a native of Europe 
born in 1SS1 and received his education 
in America. Previous to his present busi- 
ness he was in the same line of business 
in Champagne, 111. Mr. Lopin is one of 
Bloomington's progressive, public-spirited 
citizens and successful business men and 
is a member of the K. of P. 



FRANK MOEWS 

High grade groceries, both staple and 1 
fancy, produce and smoked meats are 
carried in complete and carefully selected 
lines at the well eeiuipped and popular 
store of Frank Moews. 731 W. Jackson 
street. A specialty is made of fresh but- 
ter and eggs and the famous McLaugh- 
lin's coffees. The lowest market prices 
are quoted, fully as low as is consistent 
with reliability and satisfactory goods. 
Four capable clerks are employed and 
1500 squaie feet of floor space is occu- 
pied. The business was established in 
1M'T». Mr. Moews was born in Get many 
in 18G1 and was there educated and has 
always followed this line of business- He 
is one of cur city's best citizens and is 
a mpmher of the M. W. A. and German 
Benevolent Sock ty. 



S< »UVENIB 




GRAND OPERA HOUSE 

Bloomington, widely and favorably 
known among the leading theatrical com- 
panies of the country as one of the best 
show towns in the state, possesses a 
handsome and finely equipped Opera 
1 1. .use. the Grand, located at the corner 
of Market and East streets. The list of 
attractions presented here is a credit to 
the practical business management uf Mr. 
Fred Wolkau, Jr., and some of the best 
companies in the country have occupied 
us stage. The house was built In 1892 
ana ha 5 a eat Ing capacity of 1400 and 
an excellent orchestra. Mr. Wolkau is 
also manager of the Coliseum, a band 
some brick structure, located at the cor- 
ner of Wi si and Front streets, and de 
voted to Indoor circuses, roller skating, 
conventions and large gatherings of all 
kind-, and large balls, such as charitj 
i.alls. etc. The house can seal 2,500 to 
3,000 people and has 12,000 square feel of 
door space. It was built aboul 
years ago and I one of the best equipped 
coliseums In this section. Mr. "Wolkau 
is a native of Bloomington. born In 1871 
and educated In the public schools, and 
also attended Brown's Jiusinoss College, 
lie lias always followed thi theatrical 
business in some line and lias been man- 



ager of the opera house for five years and 
the Coliseum for seven years. He is 
thoroughlj experienced In this business. 
alert to the demands of a discriminating 
public and highly regarded by all who 
know him. 



J. O. KILLION & CO. 

Carefully selected lines of staple and 
fancy groceries are carried at the well- 
known and largely patronized store of J. 
(i. Killlon & Co.. located at 101 S. State 
street. A specialty is made of fine fancy 
groceries, produce of every description, 
leading brands of (lour, canned goods, se- 
lect leas and coffi es, table delicacies, 

1. .a tied e, is and breakfai 1 foods are, 

also carried. None 1ml the freshest and 
h.-sl goods are handled and prices are as 
low as is consistent with the sup 
quality of goods sold. Three competent 
assistants are employed and floor space 
01 17:--. ■ 1 1 1 : i re feet 1 3 occuj iii d. The 
members of this company an- Messrs. J. 
11, Killlon ami H. A. Welch. Mr. Killion 
is a native of Indiana, born In 1863. and 
edui 'I'd in Mdriiii enmity. Formerly 
for thirteen years he was in the general 
merchandise business. lie is a member 
of the K. 1 I P. and M. W. A. Mr. Welch 



is a native of this eonnly, bom in I | ". 
and educated In the schools of his native 
town; also attended Eureka College, 
Previous to his present business he was 
red in farming. He is a member of 
the Masons and K. of P. Both gentle- 
men are- thorough business men. employ- 
ing modem methods, and arc highly re- 
garded by their many friends and patrons. 



JACKSON BROTHERS 

line of the most recent livery and d. 
tabli s in Bloomington is that located at 
h», \\\ Front street and conducted h\ the 
Jackson Brothers. This stable was 1 stab 

lished in hum and during the brief pi 1 

of iis establishment has gained a high- 
class reputation. Everything 's kept In 
the cleanest and neatest order and the 
sialls are comfortable. Special attention 
given to boai ders and rates are always 
onable. A ilo,,r ■ |.a. . of 1 l.nnfi square 
occupii d and four experli 
tablemen are emploj ed. The Jacks, .11 
brothers, whom an twins, were born in 
Laurel county, Kentucky, in 1841. They 
were engaged mi farming until they be- 

eai stahlishcd in their present busl- 

Both gentlemen are members of 
iii Masonic fraternity and are highly 
I 'ity. 



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BLOOMINGTON; PAST AND PRESENT 



DEERE & CO. 

One of the largest and most important 
manufactories in tie country is that of 
Deere & Co.. Moline, 111., who for more 
than half a century have been the lead- 
ing manufacturers of plows, harrows and 
cultivators. Specialties of this great man- 
ufactory are the new Deere gang and 




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sulky plows, which are known the world 
over. This world-famous manufactory 
was established in 1S47 by John Deere. 
who gave the world the steel plow, and 
now this establishment covers an area 
of 43 acres and furnishes employment for 
1500 workmen. Mr. A. T. Freeman, gen- 
eral agent for Deere & Co. in central Illi- 
nois, is a native of this state, born in 
1S49. and obtained his education in the 
public schools. His early life was spent 
on a farm and later was connected with 
the hardware business and has been with 
Deere & Co. since 1S95. He established 
a transfer house and opened an office here 
in 1900. Mr. Freeman is represents t u e 
of the highest class of citizenship, thor- 
oughly experienced and capable business 
man, highly regarded by all who know 
him and is a valued member of the I. O. 
O. F. and Elks. 



The Coliseum 



S. R. POWELL 

Mr. S. R. Powell, located at 211 Doug- 
las street, is probably the only one in 
the city who makes a profession of edu- 
cating saddle horses. He has beeen en- 
gaged in the business since the age of 
nine years and is without a doubt one 
of the finest horsemen in the state. Some 
of the finest saddle horses in the city are 
results of Mr. Powell's woik. He was 
born in Richmond, Ky., in 1S49 and re- 
ceived his education in Lexington. Ky 
He became established here in 1S94 and 
has always been considered a gentleman 
of utmost reliability, prompt in fulfilling 
all his promises, fair and honorable in all 
his dealings, genial, courteous and oblig- 
ing. In all matters pertaining to the wel- 
fare of the city he has always been 
closely identified. 



J. ROSS CLARK GROCERY CO. 

Among the leading mercantile estab- 
lishments of the busy South Side, there 
is none which ranks higher than the J. 
Ross Clark Grocery Co.. whose well 
stocked store is located at No. 522 S. Lee 
street. The stock carried is large, com- 
plete and of the highest quality and three 
courteous clerks are employed. Aside 
from the groceries, they carry a choice 
line of confectionery and cigars and to- 
bacco. A specialty is made of groceries 
and provisions and prices are uniformly 
reasonable. This business was originally 
. stablished by the late Mr. J. Ross Clark 
in 189fi and is now conducted by Mrs. 
Clark and Son, who are natives of Illi- 
nois. They are noted for their enterprise, 
ability and progressive business policy 
and are highly esteemed in our city. 




Julius Dietrich 



BLOOMINGTON JOURNAL 

In Bloomington today there is but one 
German paper — it is The Bloomington 
ournal. Editorially the Journal has made 
a marked success for itself, inasmuch as 
it is thoroughly independent, being free 
from entangling alliances of any sort. 
The self-evident fact that the Journal is 
read and has the largest local circulation 
of any German paper in Central Illinois, 
which shows conclusively that the people 
demand a free press, an independent 



press and an unbiased press, which the 
Journal is and will continue to be. Con- 
nected with the Journal is a first-class 
job printing plant. The business was 
Brsl established in 1879 and has its office 
at :'.ll S. Main street. Julius Dietrich. 
proprietor and editor, was born in Hai- 
nichen, Germany, in 1S5S and was there 
educated. He has always followed news- 
paper work, and is thoroughly conversant 
with all that pertains to the business, and 
known as a business man of integrity 
and highly esteemed in the community. 



SOUVENIR 



29 




Looking Southwest from the Dome of the McLean County Court House 



LAWRENCE & LAWRENCE 

In the work of building up the citj ol 
Bloomington there is no one who has 
been more active than Messrs. Lawrence 
.v I iawrence, the well-known real estate 
and fire insurance agents, whos* up to 
date office is located at 203 in the Eddy 
building. The business was first estab- 
lished in 1903. They ha mile a large 
amount of valuable propeity ami repre 
sent the J. B. McKiney Land Investmenl 
i'il of the famous Yazoo Vallley, Mem- 
phis, Tenn.. and Northwestern Land Co., 
of Minneapolis, Minn., and do an exten- 
■ i ■■ i tire insurance business, represenl ing 
as special asents the Mercantile of Bos- 
ton; Assurance of America, of New York: 
Newark, of Newark, and Pelican, of New 
Yoik. Mr. F. C. Lawrence was born in 
Ohio and educated in Bloomington public 
scl Is. Previous to bis present bu- 
ll.' was employed by Uncle Sam as mail 
carrier A. p.. Lawrence was born in 
Bloomington in 1SS2 and was here edu- 
cated, and since leaving school has 
worked at civil engineering some, and 
then went into his present line. Both 
gentlemen are enterprising and influen- 
tial citizens and successful business men 
and by erenial. courteous manners, have 
won deserved popularity with all classes. 



JUDY & TYLER 

Among the leading real estate dealers 
in Bloomington. there is none who have 
beer mi ■< active in the work of building 
the city than Messrs. Judy & Tyler, i 1 "- 
widely and favorably known real estate 
and loan agents and insurance under- 
writers, whose office is located in II"' 
Hanna Building. They handle a large 
amounl of valuable ami most desirabh 
property ami are also • migra tion agents 
for til-- Illinois C» ntral R. R., and make 
a specialty of land-- adjacent t" it, and dp 
■ i • nsive business, represi nting as 
■iii agents the Milwaukei Mechanics' 
P'ire Ins n ram--' Co. .Mr. J .11 Judy was 
Lo ■ counts in L846 md edu- 
■ i i in the public schools, subsequently 

■ I ■ ending law school al CI n VIr. w. 

B. Tyli r was born in 101 Pas... III., h 
and then • ducat ed. II. is also a mi m- 
h#»r i.f the Illinois Club and i .ou i ol 
n inor, of which he waja state deputy for 
four years Both gentli men are Influ- 
ential citizens and succe: ful business 
mi n :"-d highly esti emed by all who 
know them. 



JEWEL TEA COMPANY 

Purity and excellence in -ill goods han- 
dled have always been the watchwoi as 
of the widely and favorably known 
Jewel Tea Co., established in L904 and 
located at 511-% W. Pn nt stre. i. " ,hoic< 
teas and coffees, spices, flavoring ex- 
tracts and pure baking powder are dealt 
in and for reliability and general excel- 
lence of goods handled this concern Is un- 
surpassed in this section of the state 

The motto of the Jewel Tea Co., "G ' 

i- at re Lsonable prices an* bett< ■ 

than i r goods at any price."' is bj n 

means unsupported by fact. Threi 
courteous assistants are employed and all 
old.] s promptly attended to. Mr. II II. 
Espenship, the efficient manager, is a 
native of Pennsylvania, born in 1875. 
Previous to his present business ho was 
engaged in railroading. Mr. Espenship Is 
a gentleman of pleasing personality, en- 
terprising, progi .'ssiv^ and up-to-date 
and is one of Bloomin^ton's representa- 
tive citizens. 

p PROFESSIONAL 8 

1 MEN S 

DR. EDWIN P. SLOAN 

I ii Edwin P. Sloan, promim nt .-is psy- 
ii hi and surgeon, was born in Neosha, 
Mo 'i 1876 His i uly education was ob- 
tained in tin public schools of his native 
town and subsequentlj studied medicim 

i i in l"ni\ . i -- i r > Mi dical I 'olli ge, K n 
i !ity, Polyi linic Post t ira luati I lolleg. ol 
New York, Polyclinic Posl Graduati Col 
■ of I Ihicago and the Univei It! ol 
i :■ i in Gei manj He i ami to Mi., an 

. ounty in 1898 and I m i tabli hed in 

Bloomington In 190 1, and all hough but a 

horl t mi' has elapsed since his i tab 

i hment in our city, I >r. Sloan i: teadllj 

I" '■ Hi-- « "I. Ij 9 nd t.i\ •] iMi know n 

and gaining i hi i onfidi nee and i tei i 

our citizens. He makes a specialty of 
surgery and female diseases and ha hi 

H i ii appointed offices In i n 612 614 In 

tii" > ii i sin im building 1 1 I a i tbi 

of t he Am. ' lean Mi dica I Associa I ion 
[llinol Stati Mi dical S t; and M 

' '"tllll.V M. .In il S I 



R. A. WIELATZ 

It is In keeping with a city like Bloom- 
on with its many music stores that it 

likewsi must have music studios and i 

surpasses in reputation that of R. A 
Wielatz, 518 X. Main street, where piano 

and i iolin are taught .a si laity being 

made of piano. Mr. Wielatz is a native 
of 1:1 nington born in 1S71 and grad- 




uated from the I Fnivei sitj of Neb. in I 19 I, 

Ii-- is .hi. of the popular teachers of 

il 111., having follow,.! thi mu Ii il 

i - all ids life, he is popular in 

both business and social ciilci 



F. J. WELCH, M. D. 

Dr. i\ J. Welch, one of Bloomington 

must prominent genet al pi was 

born in Morrow, O., in 1859. llis eaily 

dui al em was obtaim d In the 

sel N ol his i 

he studied tl thi Chiekerii ■_■ Institute "i 

i iii.iiin.ii i and also al 11 lo Mi dical 

Institute. He was at one time health ol 
lie, r iii Bloomington a nd became i stab- 
lished here in i i I V.mot his fellov 
• it izi-ns *>t' Bloomington Di \ \ ■ Ich Is 

h 'i.i In lii.uiH s i . een and Is a i b r 

of the McLean < !ounty Medii al - 

of w Iii. Ii In waj Cretan ! : '' ! '' i ,l!l 
.■i o a membei ol thi Stal Medical So- 
ii nd is also a membi r of the K. of 
i ■ ■> i Red Men. 1 1 is well appoint 
is located al Cor. Front and .Mam street 



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BLOOMINGTON; FAST AND PRESENT 



Normal: The Past Linked With the Present 



ORMAL was founded by Jesse W. Fell, and in- 
corporated into a town April 6, 1858. 

May 7, lx~>7. the Normal University was lo- 
cated here, (the town at that time being called 
North Blooming-ton) which marks an epoch in 
the growth of the town. 

It has since enjoyed a steady increase in pop- 
ulation, and is now one of the most flourishing 
of the smaller towns in the state. 

The schools of Normal, including a fine high 
school, rank with those of the larger towns, 
being well managed and housed in spacious 
and modern buildings. 

Normal is well supplied with churches and the organiza- 
tions are prosperous, and several of the houses of worship 
are very handsome and modern in every respect. 

Fraternal organizations are well represented and are 







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strong in numbers, especially so considering the population 
of the town. 

The Illinois Soldiers' Orphan Home is also located at 
Normal. This great charitable institution was dedicated on 
the 17th of June, 1869, and stands today as a monument to 
its originators. Four hundred children are happy and con- 
tented there, and are being educated to become useful men 
and women. 

The town is governed economically and generally to the 
satisfaction of the citizens. It has excellent water service. 
The railroad service is good and the eleotric car facilities 
unusually excellent. 

Normal is widely known for the fine nurseries located 
there and its famous horses. 

The stores are generally largely stocked, the merchants 
enterprising and progressive. Some of the representative 
merchants are more particularly spoken of in the following 
pages. 




.Main Building State Normal School, 



DEININIS & KEADY 

Contemplative purchasers of real es- 
tate are doubtless aware of the constant 
rise of desirable property in Normal and 
vicinity, but to become thoroughly in- 
formed as to the exact conditions of the 
real estate market they must consult a 
man who makes it a business to study 
the situation from all points of view. 
Such are Messrs. Dennis & Keady, the 
oldest established fiirn and the widely 
known general land and immigration 
agnits. whose well appointed office is 
located at 119 North street. They have 
listed twenty thousand acres of Iowa 
lands and 100.000 acres of Canada lands 
and also have lands for sale or exchange 
in Missouri and the Dakotas. They also 
do an extensive business underwriting 
fire. life, tornado, plate glass and acci- 
dent insurance and surety bonds and 
rentals. Messrs. C. A. Dennis and Alex 
Keady are both natives of Illinois and 
received their education in the public 
schools. Mr. Dennis is a member of the 
Yeomen and Mr. Keady is a member of 
the Masons and G. A. R. Both gentle- 



men were previously engaged in farming 
and an- energetic, enterprising and pro- 
gn ssive business men and are highly es- 
teemed citizens. 



FRANK WARD 

Carefully selected lines of general gro- 
ceries, including the best makes of flour, 
unexcelled canned goods, bottled deli- 
cacies, and choice teas and coffees, are 
carried at the well stocked store of Mr. 
Frank Ward, at 112 North street. A 
spei iality is made of the famous Chase 
& Sanborne's coffees and Wingold flour. 
"Low prices always rule her'-, and no com- 
petitor excels either as to price or quality 
of goods. Floor space of 1,700 square feel 
is occupied, and four' capable clerks are 
employed and careful attention given all 
patrons. Mr. Ward is a native of Illinois, 
born in 1x7:'. and was educated in the 
public schools. He is known as a mer- 
chant of integrity and thorough reli- 
ability, and became established here in 
UMi';. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., 
Modern Woodmen and Rebekahs and is 
highly esteemed by all who know him. 



JAMES MILLER 

Standing among the foremost of sim- 
ilar concerns in the city, and having a 
reputation for reliability and excellence 
of service unsurpassed, is the finely 
equipped barber shop and bath rooms 
conducted by Mr. James Miller, located 
in North street. Nothing is done here 
unless it is done properly, which accounts 
for the large patronage among a particu- 
lar and discriminating class of men. 
Quick, clean shaving and cleansing 
shampooing is accomplished. Three 
chairs are operated and tedious waits 
avoided. The finely equipped bath rooms 
operated in connection are the finest in 
the city. Mr. Miller was born and edu- 
cated in Indiana and was engaged in 
farming until ten years ago. He becami 
established in Normal this year and is 
rapidly gaining a merited reputation for 
reliability and excellence of work per- 
formed. He is considered one of our most 
progressive business men, highly es- 
teemed and is popular with his many 
patrons. 



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31 




GEO. CHAMPION 

Carrying an immense and varied stock. 
doing a large volume of business annu- 
ally and employing modern and pro- 
gn ssive methods, the widely known hard- 
ware house of Mr. Geo. Champion, corner 
Ash and Linden streets, occupies a leading 
position among similar concerns in this 
section of the state. Hardware of e 

iption is carried, stoves and ranges. 
cutlery, paints, oils, varnishes, also gar- 
il- ii. flower and field seeds of every de- 
scription. A specialty is made of the 
I'.loomington Stove Co's heaters and cook 
stoves. A well equipped sheet metal shop 
is also operated in connection with the 
store, where all kinds of tin and shi 
metal work is perfoimed. The business 
was established in 1S6", and ever since 



has • ' '.is,.: ml, maintai m tnv iable 

reputation foi reliability, excellence of 
goods and systematic low prices. Floor 
space of 7425 square feet is occupied and 
live competent assistants are employed. 
Mr. champion was born and educated in 
Bristol, Eng. He is an expert railroad 
machinist and was engaged in that line 
previous to his present business. He was 
township collector for two yeais, council- 
man one year, city treasurer two years, 
rink f.ur years and lias been mayor four 
years. Mr. Champion has also served as 
supervisor on the county board and was 
chairman of the special building commit- 
tee when the court house was built. Ib- 
is a Royal Arch Mason, Knight Templar, 
and is past commander of Chas. E, Hovey 
Post, G. A. R., and is also a member of 
the Eastern Star. 



JAMES H. WILLIAMS 

For richness of stock and general ex- 
cellence of goods shown, no jewelry hous. 
in Normal surpasses that of Mr. James 
lb Williams. located at 1^1 Ninth street. 
The business became established in 1888 
and nas steadily maintained a m< 

reputation for reliability of g is and 

reasonable prices, second to none. Care 
fully selected and modern lines watches, 
■ Locks oui j. welry of everj desci iption 
are carried and a si,i. line of cigars, sta- 
tionery anil choici confectionery. A ep< 
cialty Is mad.- of fine watch and clock 
repairing and Mr. William:- floes ill the 
: pairing for the scl Is and Sol- 
dier's Home, lb- was bom in Lincoln, 111.. 
in 1868 and was educated in the Normal 
public s< hools. Previous to his present 
business In was employed as traveling 
sal. sman and is known as an energetic 
:o I progressive business man. alerl to 
tie- demands of tii> public, ind Is repri 



J. F. CRICHFIELD 

w.ll located in Beaufort street, there 
is no more popular place in tin- city at 

wbirh to gel i i ami si repairing 

ilon.' than at iiio well equipped shop of 

.Mr .1, F. 'Vi Id- Noll ing i- iloiio at 

Ho- pop unl< ss it is done pi operly, and 
this accounts for the large patroi 

.i .ii- criminating and particulai 

class ot people. Shoos are als ade to 

order and everj patron is assured sntis- 
t. ot .on m ever; particular. Two experi- 
enced ii poms are i mployed. Mi'. 
Crlchfield is a native of [ndiana, born in 
I ii i ..Pi. i in. .] bis educat Ion in I he 

"III'' schools. lb- was form, i Ij . n 

gaged in farming and bi came e tabll hed 

as al present in 1901 and has built up an 

extensive and high class business, lb 1 Is 
on.' of Normal's mi I n i i i i i eemed 

CitlZI lis ami is a Ill-till o I of Hi. V., .111,11 
1 



AUGUSTINE ix CO., MJKSEkY 

Widely and favorably known through- 
out in.- United States, tor the reliab 
and genuineness of its products, is the 
Augu in.- S Co. Nurserj al Normal, III. 
Tin- firm was established in is.;; and In- 
coi poi ated in 1903 « Ith .1 capital took ..i 

10. Tl die- ami packing grounds 

Located at the juncl en of the i l " 

ami i . & .\. railroads ami a large ship- 
ping trade is carried on. the products of 
tins nursery being shipped to everj state 
p. Hi. inn. hi. Each year tin- business 
increases in patronage. A spei ialtj i 
mad.- of i he famous Sudduth pear, ..i 
which this company are exclusive props 
sip.. . I- 1 mi 1 1 ... ..r all kinds are deall 
In, il-o small fruits, such as berries of 
,'erj description, ornamental shrubs and 
bulbs, roses, climbing shrubs and vines, 
weeping trees, evergreens, and everj 
kind "f nursery stock. The orchards and 
packing grounds covei an area ot be 

i«. - M I"" an. I 500 acres and from 25 I 

ii ghlj experienced men are em- 
ployed, 'rii.- nurseries and grounds are 
Inspected annually and a certifii ate ot 

Inspectl oinpani.-s every shipment. 

Mr. Henry Augustine, presidenl ami tnai 

agei .a tin- firm, was born in I' j I 

vania and went to Fulton county in 1867. 
11.- served with distinction bun years in 
tie- army as captain of Company A. 55th 
Illinois. lb- was at on.- time in tin- drug 
business in Canton and came to Normal 
about thirtj years ago ami later bei ime 
established in his present business. Mr. 
Augustine is prominent in commercial 
and financial circles and is closely iden- 
tified with the best welfare of Normal 
and a firm believer in h.-i future. 



O. R. ERNST 

Carrying the largest and choices! stock 
ot imported and fancy groceries in the 
county, complete lines of staple groceries 
an. i provisions of every description, and 
having an unrivaled reputation for efti- 
ciencj of service, quotation of moderate 
prices am! metropolitan business meth- 
ods, the si. no of o. R. Ernst, us North 

treet, occupies a foremost position 
among similar concerns. Standard brands 
ot .aimed goods, such as the Royal I'.lin- 
line, superior table condiments, home- 
mad. |. lli.-s and bottled delicacies, farm 
and orchard products, breakfast foods. 

ii. I select teas, coffees and spices are 
kept. A specialty is made of Spurr'S 
Revere coffees, which are known the 
world over, and also Marshall's Rest 
flour, which is bought in car load lots, 
thus enabling him to compete with the 
largest concerns in the state. The heavilj 
stocked salesroom rivals in appearand 
an up-to-date food fair, and six coin ic- 
ons ami capable clerks are employed. The 
business was established as at present In 

1901 by Mr. Ernst and has istmi 1 1 > m- 

. i. as.-.l in patronage and public approval. 
Mr. Ernst was born in Carlisle, Pa., in 

ISS id was there educated, and since 

Laving school has spent three years in 
a wholesale notion hous.- in Pennsylvania 
in. I three years in tb.- grocers bu 
in Iowa, in- is considered on.- ot Nor- 
mal's most progressive business men, 
highly esteemed by all who know him, 
an. I is a in. in)., r ..I Hi.- M. W. A. 



WALTER H. CLARK 

Mr. Wall.-:- II. Clark, out widelj and 
favorably known Justice of tin- Pea e, 
is a native ol McLean county, born in 
l s 1 1 and hi re educati i and a f c attendi a 
Abingdon College at Abingdon, III. He 
" ' ime established here in 1900 and has 

W> II appoint. .1 I an. es m m I. I I. i.l 

quarters building. Mr. Clark is 01 

our public-spirited citizens, always in- 
ter, si.. I in the city's welfare, and previ- 

'.1 S III 1 i' p' I ^ lit -.11:11 ,-. . Mil 



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BLOOMINGTON; PAST AND PRESENT 



-i a ble for foui years. He also sei ved 
with distinction three and one-half years 
in the civil war in Company E, 52nd Illi- 
nois. He is prominent in financial and 
social circles and is a member of the G. 
A. R., having been commander of Post 
146 in 1S9S. 

Mcknight & Mcknight 

One of the most popular as well as one 
df tin must attractive stores in Normal 
is that of Messrs. McKnight & McKnight, 
which is located at the southeast corner 
of North street and Broadway, and which 
is headquarters fur books and tine sta- 
tionery. Fine confectionery is also car- 
ried and a handsome soda fountain is 
operated in connection. A specialty is 

made of school books and stati y. Tin 

steie occupies 1320 square feel of 
floor space and is heavily stocked 
with high-grade goods. Three cour- 
teous assistants are employed . The 
proprietors of this institution are 
Mr. McKnight and his sister, both 
nt whom are natives of Illinois. Mr. 
McKnight has been agent for the Daily 
Pantagraph newspaper of Bloomington 
fur fourteen years, having entire charge 
nf their subscription list, advertising and 
correspondence and other business in 
Normal. The paper lias 530 regular sub- 
scribers within the incorporate limits of 
the town. Mr. McKnight and bis sister 
are of pleasing personality, courteous and 
liberal and enjoy the highest esteem nf 
their many friends and patrons. 

JESSE BLACKBURN 

i nie of the ulil established and widely 

known <■ o ins in Normal devoted to the 

handling of coal, lumber and builders' 
hardware and supplies, is the house nf 
Mr. Jess,. Blackburn, whose office and 
yards are located at the cottier of N. 
I. inden and Ash streets. The business 
was established in 1S66 and be has ... 
since conducted business at this location 
A specialty is made of coal, both hard 
and soft, and pries are kept down within 
the reach nf all. Three callable assistants 
ii employed. Mr. Blackburn has been 
in this business a number of years and 
thoroughly understands every detail of 
the business, lie was bom in Pennsyl- 
vania in 1S29 and there educated, lb- 
was a member of the city board for ii\' 
years and a member of the school board 
for three years, and is progressive and 
enterprising and highly regarded both as 
a business man and citizen. 




S. MOOTS 

High garde, cotrect style harness, 
mail' to uider. is a specialty at the well- 
known house of Mr. S. Moots, lncated at 
the corner of Linden and Beauford 
streets, manufacturer of harm ss and 
dialer in saddles, collars and stable fur- 
nishings. Carefully selected lines of 
robes, whips, blankets, mats. etc.. are 
carried and sold at the lowest possible 
prices, a fact widely known to owners of 
lueses in Normal and vicinity, many of 
whom patronize this concern exclusively. 
Two skilled workmen are employed and 
floor space of 22011 square feet is nccu- 
pied Mr. Moots was born in Ohio in 
1SL'7 and there educated, lie was for- 
meily engaged in farming. Mr. William 
Hasslinger, the efficient manager, is a 
native of Illinois and has been employed 
with Mr. .Mots for two years. He is 
thoroughly experienced anil has built up 
a successful business and merited and 
received the approval of the people. Both 
gentlemen are known a-' business men of 
integrity ami are highly esteemed in the 
community. 



E. M. GREGORY 

Scientific plumbing is now an essential 

.i m of the most important features 

■ I II mod, m building operations a tot 
■ bib recognized by state authorities and 
In arils nf health. A local plumbei wdio 
fi Mows all modern mi thuds and pro- 
gressive ideas respecting sanitary plumb- 
ing is Mr. E. M. Gregory, whose finely 
equipped supply house is located on E. 
Beauford street. Steam, gas and water 
piping nf every description is executed 
and general plumbing is done. Foul 
skilled workmen are employed and floor 

spai f 1250 square feet is occupied. Mr, 

Gregory is a native of Bloomington. born 
in 1877. and educated in Hie public 
schools. He has followed the plumbing 
business a number of years and became 
established here in 1S99. lie is known a .- 
one of Normal's most up-to-date busim ss 
men and is a member of the Modern 
W Imen and K. of < '. 



WILLIAM BRUSCH 

With the well-dressed men nf Normal 
there is no more popular bouse Mian 
that nf Mr William Brusch, whose well 
equipped stoic is located at ::is E. Beau 
foid sii-e.t. Mr. Brusch established bis 
business in 1898 ami has ever maintained 
i merited reputation for the excellence 
nf bis work and style and lit of his cre- 
ation-. Cleaning, pressing and repairing 
is a specially and patrons n si assured 
that the work wall b.- thoroughly satis- 

i elm \ i- 1 ■ space of t.'.ii squai e f< et is 

occupied and one experienced assistant 
is employed. Mr. Brusch was born and 
educated in Germany. He is a thoroughly 
experienced tailor, having been engaged 
in tin- business for thirty-three years. 
lb- is a well-known and highly respected 
citizen and substantial business man and 
is a vain, d member nf the Modern Wood- 
men of America. 



A. E. SI OUT 

In every community the well-ordered 
pharmacy is a necessity, and the skilled 
pharmacist a most important factor. But 
in order to be of the greatest value the 
stock carried in the pharmacy must be 
of tho highest quality and the skill and 
honesty of the pharmacist unquestioned. 
Normal is f oi tunate in possessing both 
in that of Mr. A. E. Stout, located at the 
southeast corner of North street and 
Broadway. Pure drugs and chemicals, 
rubber goods, toilet articles, pet fumes arc 
cariied; also a nice line of jewelry, fine 
imported and domestic cigars, bicycles, 
stip). lies and cameras and supplies. A 
specialty is made of physicians' prescrip- 
tions, th. purest drugs and chemicals 
only being used. The store was first 
established in 1S95 and as at present in 
llinii and occupies 1360 square feet of floor 
space. Mr. Stout is a native of Illinois, 
born in 1S74, and educated in the public 
schools. He has been engaged in the 
drug business for nearly thirteen years 
and is considered a. skillful and pains- 
taking pharmacist and is a highly 
.•steemed citizen. He is a member of the 
K. of P.. Yeomen. Maccabees and M. W. 
A., of which he has been clerk for three 
years. 

AUGUST FISSEL & SON 

The well stocked grocery store of 
Messis. August Fiss.-l & Son. at 107 
Beaufort street, is one of the most pop- 
ular in the city, carrying as it does high- 
grade goods sold at the lowest market 
prices. Staple anel fancy groceries, in- 
cluding leading brands of hour, superior 
canned goods, choice teas and coffees are 
carried, also a fine lino of cigars and to- 
bacco. A specialty is made of feed. This 
is one- of Normal's old. st mercantile es- 
tablishments, being established in 1874. 
Three capable clerks are employed ami 
- floor space- of 5000 square feet is occupied 
Mr. August Fissel was born in Germany 
in 1841 anel there educated. He is an 
experienced groceryman. having followed 
this line for many years. Mr. Fred Fissel 
is a native of Illinois, born in 1881, and 
educated in the- public schools. Since 
leaving school he has been engaged in 
the grocery business with his father. He 
is a me-mber of the Modern Maccabees 
Both father and son are known as pro- 
gressive business men and since the es- 
tablishment of their store in 1S74 have 
steadilj gained in reputation for the 
reliability and excellence of goods car- 
ried, and are- representative of the city's 
bi i . ii izenshlp. 



MaKers of the 
Bloomington Souvenir 



H. E. Baldwin 
Business Manager Bloomington Souv< nir 



FRANK I. MILLER 

Established iu is'.'*, the printing ollicc of Mr. 
Frank I. Miller, 318 N. Center street, in its par- 
ticular lines of endeavor -commercial and so- 
ciety printing is unexcelled. The office is titled 
with the latest and most stylish faces of type, 
modern and fast presses driven by electricity, 
and has facilities for high grade work of every 
description, including book and catalogue wor 
fancy calling cards, wedding invitations, e c. 
The motto of this reliable establishment is 
"Good work at the right price is better than 
poor work at any price.'' In order t > accommo- 
date more trade Mr. Miller is preparing to re- 
move his office to No. J:.'!) West Jefferson street, 
where it will occupy 2200 sq. feet of floor space. 




C. L. Freeman 
Circulation Manager Bloomington Souvenir 



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