Yesteryear

Yesteryear

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YESTERYEAR: Helfrich Park by Pat Sides At the urging of the West Side Nut Club, the city purchased a large tract of land for recreational...

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This photo was taken in late 1959, when the Carlton Theater at 216 Main Street was about to be razed to make room for...

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YESTERYEAR: Reitz Bowl Circus by Pat Sides Since it was built in the early 1920s, Reitz Bowl has hosted a variety of activities besides football...

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Olus “Tex” Justus entertained Tri-Staters for more than three decades as host of “T. J. Time,” a morning program featuring “old time” country music...

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YESTERYEAR: Peerless Laundry by Pat Sides The photograph was taken shortly after Peerless Laundry’s expanding business relocated from Main Street to a new facility at...

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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...

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Established in 1899, B. J. Shetler began his young company with two teams of horses and wagons, which traveled as far as Princeton and...

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Winter of 1917-1918 This view of Southeast Second Street was photographed from Main Street, across the street from the Strouse & Bros. store, in...

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YESTERYEAR: ORR IRON COMPANY BY PAT SIDES, Archivist of Willard Library  Orr Iron Company employees gathered outside of their building in 1949 after a fire safety...

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As early as 1856, the federal government recognized Evansville’s significance as a transportation center by designating it an official Port of Entry. Evansville businessman...

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YESTERYEAR: Liederkranz Maennerchor Building Since it was erected in 1912, the building at 302 Market Street, pictured here in 1950, has housed a variety of...

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Photographed at the Evansville riverfront in 1917, this Boy Scout troop represented B’nai Israel Temple. The young men had probably just finished marching in...

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Bud’s Service Station was located at 1 Jefferson Avenue, where the street intersects with SE Second, a block south of the Alhambra Theater in...

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Although most people may still remember it best as the Farmer’s Daughter restaurant, the four-story building at 228-230 Main Street originally opened as Washington...

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s. Ritt was the managing editor of the Evansville Press and involved in many community projects during his half-century tenure with the newspaper. One...

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EVANSVILLE COTTON MILL  by Pat Sides FOR WILLARD LIBRARY A few years after the Civil War ended, the Evansville Cotton Manufacturing Company was built on seventeen...

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In 1940, Republicans were anxious to thwart Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s election to an unprecedented third term as U. S. president. War had recently broken...

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by Patricia Sides at Willard Library On October 16, 1956, two famous personalities arrived at the Evansville airport within hours of each other. The first...

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This building, which still stands at 7-11 NW Fifth Street, has housed a variety of tenants over the years, most recently Lic’s Deli &...

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YESTERYEAR: The Evansville Coffin Company The Evansville Coffin Company was a fixture in the North Main Street commercial district for decades. Organized in 1881, the...