Fred Kuester’s first store, seen here at the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach, opened in 1937, in what was then a sparsely-developed part of town. Advertising itself as “the hardware store and more,” the business became a fixture in the retail community for decades as Fred Kuester, an Evansville native, gained a national reputation as a pioneer in the industry for his store designs, varied merchandise, and other innovations. Branches later operated on Diamond Avenue, Vann Avenue, in the North Park, Fairlawn and Lawndale shopping centers, and in venues as distant as Owensboro, Kentucky, before the business was phased out after the death of Kuester’s widow in 2000.
FOOTNOTES: We want to thank Patricia Sides, Archivist of Willard Library for contributing this picture that shall increase people’s awareness and appreciation of Evansville’s rich history. If you have any historical pictures of Vanderburgh County or Evansville please contact please contact Patricia Sides, Archivist Willard Library at 812) 425-4309, ext. 114 or e-mail her at www.willard.lib.in.us.