THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE CONTAINS A DESCRIPTION OF THE DOWNTOWN area of MT. PLEASANT and FARMER CITY. THE information was taken from the many newspapers that have served FARMER CITY dating from 1868. Information before 1870 was obtained from articles by JIM JACKSON who came to MT. PLEASANT in 1853. Special mention to the following people, past and present, who have made this possible: C. CLIVE BURFORD for many historical articles that aided this article and many more: THE SCARBROUGH FAMILY COLLECTION which made organizing this article much easier and more complete: MARSHALL COLLIER for the map that he made in 1974 ((This Map was not included in the info given)) listing a lot of the MAIN ST. BUSINESSES. This article was assembled by DR. DAVID P MORGRET OD of FARMER CITY. Additions and corrections have been made since 1987 by JESSE S. HAMMER, a grocer whose family staarted in FARMER CITY in 1912.

THE ARTICLE WILL START NORTH OF THE SQUARE ON THE EAST SIDE OF

MAIN STREET WHERE STENSEL’S FUNERAL HOME HAS BEEN FOR MANY YEARS AND WILL PROCEED SOUTH TO ROUTE 54. THE MOST RECENT BUSINESS WILL BE LISTED FIRST TO AID IN THE LOCATION NORTH MAIN STREET EAST SIDE.

114      KENNETH KELLY RES. 1994.                                                                      (NO.1)

ROBERT BARROW RES.

  1. HOWARD RES. 1920

ANDY CUMMING RES.

112      THE BLOSSOM SHOP JIM WAITE 1974-1994                                            (NO.2)

THE BLOSSOM SHOP ROBERT & DORIS BARROW 1954-1974

ANDREW HUBBARD RES.

106      CALVERT-BELANGEE-BRUCE 1886-2017                                      (N0. 3)

STENSEL’S-CALVERT-BELANGEE FUNERAL HOME 1982-1986

STENSEL’S FUNERAL HOME 1902-1982

BUSINESS ON THE SOUTH SIDE STREET

W.M.SHERMAN 1921 FRANK BUNNELL-PAINT 1920

ELZA PETTIT REPAIR SHOP 1910-1920’s

HURLEY BROS. BUGGIES BEFORE 1920

  1. ROLLA RICHARDS 1860’s

 

104      CALVERT-BELANGEE-BRUCE 1986-2017                                      (NO.4)

STENSEL’S-CALVERT-BELANGEE FUNERAL HOME 1982-1986

STENSEL’S FUNERAL HOME 1902-1982

O.C.BEAUTY SHOPPE AND HOUSE OF BEAUTY OSCEE STENSEL

1925-1980

  1. JACK TROWBRIDGE DDS
  2. FRANK STOUGHTON DDS

ROY BRACKEN PAINTS 1920-1950’s

BOB LEWIS RADIO AND REPAIR SHOP

PEORIA CREAM STATION 1940’s

BARGER HEATING AND APPLIANCES & JESS W. HAMMER FURNACE SALES AND SERVICE 1935-1939

CREAM STATION CLAUDE REESER 1930’s

FRENC’H’S TIRE AND ELECTRIC SHOP 1920’s

GENE JACKSON HARNESS SHOP

BLACKSMITH’S HERNY FARMER ,DILL FARMER,GUS BAKER

BEFORE 1920’S

H.C.PORTER FARM IMPLEMENTS 1880’s

F.G. MULLIGAN FARM IMPLEMENTS 1870’s

 

GOING ACROSS EAST MARKET ST. SOUTH MAIN ST. STARTS

101      FARMER CITY MUNICIPAL OFFICE BLDG.1986-2017                            (NO.5)

THARP SALES AND SERVICE

SHELL OIL CO. DEAN RIGGS 1920-1960’s

SUGAR CREEK CREAMERY-MARY TAYLOR 1920’s

COLUMBIAN OPERA HOUSE WALTER S. YOUNG 1894-1910’s

Z.T.LILLARD DRY GOODS 1874-1884

105      CITY HALL BUILT IN 1904-2017                                                                 (NO.6)

109      DR. GEORGE E CASTROVILLO 1961-2017                                                (NO.7)

DR J.A. NOWLIN AND SONS DR. OWEN & 1910-1960

FIRST BLOCK SOUTH OF THE SQUARE

111      O. A. PEITHMANN & WILLIAM PEITHMANN ATTORNIES                      (NO.8)

NONEE PEITHMANN C.P.A. 1967-2011

FARMER CITY POST OFFICE 1927-1967

NEW BUILDING BUILT IN 1927

W.C.MCMURRAY OWNED BUILDING AFTER 1884

FRONT OF BLDG. MCMURRAY USED IT AS POST OFFICE,

GROCERY STORE 1891, AND JUSTICE OF PEACE UNTIL 1896

HARNESS SHOPS 1896-1920’S ALBRIGHT & MCDONALD, D.

MITCHELL, AND E.C. JACKSON

Roy Bracken Paint Store 1920’s

REAR OF BUILDING.RAILROAD EXPRESS: JOHN MORELAND AND

Wallie Weedman

2nd Floor        Dr. John D. Gardiner; M.B. Morrell Photographer;

Myrtle Green Mitchell Photograph Gallery

Sam s. Capin Dry Goods 1871-1884

Bldg. built in 1871

113      APARTMENTS 1991-1994                                                                             (NO.9)

VACANT 1988-1991

BEAU MONDE FITNESS CENTER 1987

BANE ELECTRIC & REFRIGERATION 1986-1987

LOVE’S DEPT STORE FOR LADIES 1976-1980

TEENAGE CENTER 1974

GENE’S PAINT & WALLPAPER STORE 1958-?

VERNELL KENT PAINT STORE 1944-1958

BOB LEWIS SERVICE STORE 1940’s

ROBERT WILSON CAFE 1940’s

GEORGE FULLER CAFE -1930’s

BANNER CAFE STEINBERG 1927-1931

EARL MOORE RESTAURANT 1920’s

P.D. HARPER HARDWARE STORE 1910-1920

CITY RESTAURANT C.G. MCKEE 1900-1910

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1868-1886

115                                                                                                                  (NO. 10)

  1. & MRS JENKINS OF CHAMPAIGN 1994

TERRY & SUE CRADDOCK ANTIQUES MAYBE 6 MINI MALL1993-1994

TY KWAN DO INSTRUCTION CLASSES 1987-1988

VACANT 1986

VICTORY CHRISTIAN CHURCH CENTER 1980’s

LOVE’S LADIES STORE 1971-1975

PHIPPS DEPT. STORE 1951-1960’s

WILSON’S DRY GOODS 1938-1951

  1. ATHEY DRY GOODS 1925-1938

A.T. WILLERTON DRY GOODS 1915-1925

HAMMER AND SANGSTER FURNITURE 1890’s

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1868-1886

117                                                                                                                  (NO.11)

BARBS CRAFTS AND ANTIQUE GALLERY 1987-1994

2ND FLOOR ALSO ANTIQUE SHOPS. 1994

DIANA’S FABRICS–DIANA & CALEB WAYNE 1983-1986

T-N-T SHIRTS & CRAFTS AND MONGOMERY WARD CATALOGUE

STORE-MARY JORDAN 1983-1986

DAN DAVIDSON DEPT. STORE 1975-1979

MINNIE DEPT. STORE 1942-1975 REX AND THELMA

SEBASTIANS 1929-1940

SHERMAN& GROVER TULL DRY GOODS 1916-1927

SAM MITCHELL & J. A. LINDSEY DRYGOODS 1897-1916

CARY BURFORD & SONS ,SET ,WILL AND JAY BEE HIVE STORE.

DRY GOODS 1870-1897

THIS IS THE OLDEST BUSINESS BLDG. IN FARMER CITY BUILT IN 1870

2ND FLOOR BEFORE 1900

  1. W.G. COCHRAN; DR.A. NORRIS; DR. J.D. GARDINER; DR.J.

A.DAVIS; A. HAYNIE ATTY; FRANK L. GILLESPIE A

ATTY NEWSPAPERS: ‘REAPER ,REPUBLICAN, SUN,

FARMER CITY JOURNAL. MORELAND & LOWERY

INS. W.C. MCMURRAY INS.

2ND FLOOR AFTER 1900’s

1985-1994 VACANT

  1. JOHN & DEDRA SELLETT DR.C.C.SHAFER DDS DR.JOHN

ZIEGLER; DR A.M. WILKES DDS; GROVER WATSON ATTY; GEO

  1. SHERE INS.; DOWNS BEAUTY SHOP; GLADYS BEAUTY

SHOP.

WALLACE BUSINESS FORMS INC.

GREEN ST. CROSSES MAIN AT THIS POINT

201      GARY AND JOANIE MCKINNEY ANTIQUES 1987-1994   (NO.12)

K & S FURNITURE STORE #2 1979-1987

FOLEY FURNITURE JIM AND ROSIE 1975-1979

STIMLER FURNITURE 1970’S

KEN ARNOLD FURNITURE 1960’s

FLOYD BURTON FURNITURE 1960’s

DAVE FREDERICKSON FURNITURE STORE 1946-1960

WILL HAMMER AND CHAS. WEBB FURNITURE STORE

1896-1946

J.H.DAVIDSON & CO GREEN FRONT GROCERY & POST

OFFICE 1881-1895

FRED BECKELS BARBER 1870-1879

JOHNS WILSON BAKERY & RESTAURANT 1870 -1879

  1. M. CUMMING BLACKSMITH 1850-1860’5

205      GARY AND JOANIE MCKINNEY LOT 1987–1994             (N0. 13)

BURNED TO THE GROUND IN 1986

WAYNE COPLEY TRUE VALUE 1968-1986

WILLIAM STRATMAN- GAMBLES AND TRUE VALUE

1957-1968

DON THURBER GAMBLES 1950-1957

HOWARD NEWMAN GAMBLES 1945-1950

ROBERT WILSON CAFE 1943-1945

ROBERT WALDEN CLOTHING 1937-1943

  1. LEVY &CO.; GUS LEVY & CO.; G LEVY & SONS;

LEVY & J. FRANK 1880-1937

NEW YORK STORE: I.STERN; H.LEVY AND G. LEVY

1871-1879

 

207                                                                                                                  (NO.14)

GARY AND JOANIE MCKINNEY PARTY ROOM 1987-2011

BANE’S ELECTRIC & REFRIGERATION SALES AND SERVICE 1987-1990

BURNED IN 1986

WAYNE COPLEY TRUE VALUE 1972-1986

SHERMAN CAHAL BARBER TILL 1972

VAUGHN’S JEWELRY 1953-1956 VAUGHN OBERLINK

JOLENE’S DRESS SHOP RUBY MOORE AND ETHEL

MCCONKEY 1951-1953

JOLENE’S DRESS SHOP SCOTT AND CLARANELL

HAMMITT 1947-1951

RHETTA KASSNER DRESS SHOP 1940-1947

SAM MITCHELL DRY GOODS 1916-1939

POST OFFICE –CASH WEEDMAN & WIFE 1898-1910

P.V. COOL BAKERY & RESTAURANT 1870-1879

209                                                                                                                  (NO.15)

GARY & JOANIE MCKINNEY’S MAIN RESTAURANT

CALLED JO JO CAROUSEL 1993-1994

WAGON WHEEL INC CURTIS AND JOYCE MILLER

1989-1992

WAGON WHEEL LOUNGE SONNY LAMB 1976-1989

SIDE POCKET TED SCHIELD

LOWMAN TOGGERY DEAN LOWMAN 1935-1960’s

LYLE MORGAN CLOTHING 1930-1932

H.R. SAVAGE CLOTHING 1927-1929

EPPSTEIN CLOTHING ABE’S SON (JOE) & SON IN

LAW (SAM SUMMERS).

ABE EPPSTEIN & JACOB BACH CLOTHING 1880-1896

H.C. PORTER FARM IMPLEMENT DEALER 1870-1879

211                                                                                                                  (NO. 16)

RENAISSANCE ART STUDIO-STAINED GLASS SHOP,

MIKE RICHARDS 1982-1994

GLEN’S STRIP JOINT-FURNITURE RESTORATION 1984-1986

THE CARD RACK 1970’S

DUANE GROSS ELECTRIC CO. 1960,S

ROGER CURTIS ELECTRIC CO. 1953-1960

JACK FULLER ELECTRIC CO. 1951-1953

LEE MCBRIDE ELECTRIC CO. 1923-1945

KINCAID SHOE STORE MONTI AND TED 1904-1923

NATHAN AND VANDEVENTER SHOES 1900-1904

BACH& KINCAID OAK HALL CLOTHING STORE

1890’S.

 

BEFORE 1880 THIS WAS AN ALLEY

213      GARY AND JOANIE MCKINNEY 1989-1994                                   (NO.17)

PRAIRIE TOWN COLLECTIBLES-FINE ARTS STUDIO &

GALLERY AND ANTIQUES MITCH AND MARY YEADON

1986

KENDALL THEATER-JOHN KENDALL FAMILY 1917-1970

KENDALL THEATER JOHN KENDALL 1914-1917

SCENIC THEATER DAVE MITCHELL 1910-1914

CHICAGO STORE-VARIETY STORE J.N.CLOUSE 1904-1910

VANSCAYER CORNER DRUG STORE 1880’S

LAWMAN & DAVIDSON DRUGGISTS 1875-1879

W.T. BEAN & A. DAVIDSON DRUGGISTS 1870-1875

215      FOOD PANTRY 1990-1994                                                               (NO.18)

MAIN STREET VIDEO 1986-1991

RADIO SHACK 1973-1986 TRACY KENT, BETTY &

MAURICE KENT.

POOL HALLS: CHARLES THOMPSON 1959-?, HARRY LUCAS

1956-1959 DAYS POOL HALL 1950; SHERMAN MERRITT;

D.M. SELSORS 1921-1935; HOWARD WILLIAMS 1917-1921.

REX JACKSON -GROCER-1914-1917

  1. GONEY-BAKER 1912-1914
  2. ALBRIGHT HARNESS 1880-1896

W.T.BEAN SHOES & BOOTS 1870-1979

217                                                                                                      (NO.19)

BROWNIE PIZZA 1992-1994

APARTMENTS UPSTAIRS 1986- 1994

NEW IMAGE SALON 1975-1978

WOODS STYLING SALON 1971-1974

  1. C.M.DUFF DENTIST 1960’S

RITA FULLER & ROBERT SMITH INS. 1950’S-1961

GOTTLIEBS CLOTHING STORE 1945-1950’S

GAMBLES 1943-1945

ROBERT WILSON MAGAZINE SHOP 1940’S

LINNEMAN’S JEWELRY STORE 1935-1942

CARL JEWELRY 1930’S

J.P. SCHILLING JEWELRY 1911-1935

DR.C.W.HULL–UPSTAIRS 1920’S

S.E.KELLY–JEWELER 1910-1918

MRS MARY MCLAIN HELMICK 1860’S-1879

FIRE IN 1879

MASON’S, KNIGHT’S OF PYTHIAS AND GRAND

TEMPLERS MET HERE BEFORE THE FIRE ..

219      FEESE INSURANCE AGENCY INC. 1991-1994                               (NO. 20)

VACANT 1986

KNOW & THEN

QUILT SHOP

SONNY’S PLACE SONNY LAMB 1972-1976

CHARLES THOMPSON POOL HALL 1960S TO 1972

RICHARDS BEAUTY SALON 1960’S

WOODS BEAUTY SALON 1960’S

SCOTTY’S SALON 1956

GEORGE FULLER COFFEE SHOP 1950’S

AL CAHAL COFFEE SHOP 1946

COFFEE SHOP ROBERT WILSON 1940

HARLAN WYCOFF CAFE 1930’S

FRENCH’S CAFE 1930’S

POWDER PUFF CAFE 1920’S

FARMER CITY CONFECTIONERY 1920’S

ROBERT FULLER 1920’S

ED SIMMONS 1910′ S

221      Vacant-Owned by Tom Rick 2011                                           (NO. 21)

FARMER CITY JOURNAL 1985-Oct. 2010 APARTMENTS UP

RAYMER PRINTING 1977-1985

SEARS STORE -LYNDON SHORT 1966-1970’S

DAWSON’S APPLIANCE AND GEN. CONTRACTOR MR. &

MRS MERLE D. DAWSON 1953-1966

ECONOMY STORE WILLIAM(SHORTY) BATES & RUTH

BATES 1923-1953

CHICAGO STORE J.N. CLOUSE 1910- 1923

  1. E. JACKSON GROCERY 1880’S

OLD MCLAIN HOTEL 1850’S-1879

223      BRUCE AND GREG GAMMAGE 1987-2011                                    (NO. 22)

GAMMAGE LAW FIRM 1970-1987

VOGUE CLEANERS 1962-1970

A.B. HATCHERY R. E. AUGUSTUS, GEORGE AND EUGENE

HOFFMAN 1938-1958

COLLIER’S & SONS HARDWARE 1933-1938

LARKIN’S GROCERY – G. FULLER 1929-1930’S

JIM(RED) BELL BARBER 1921-1924

JIM REED- BARBER 1900’S -1910

BLUE FRONT BARGAIN STORE M. F. KIRKPATRICK 1890’S

DRESS MAKER SHOPS; MATTIE MORELAND& MRS M. L.

WEEDMAN, MRS JOHN HYATT, DELLA BLAND DEVER

  1. W. HOUTZ & CO. CASH EMPORIUM 1880

OLD MCLAIN HOTEL 1850’S 1879

2ND FLOOR GAR LEMON POST AND WRC HELD MEETINGS

 

WATER ST. CROSSES MAIN ST. AT THIS POINT

301      FARMER CITY STATE BANK 1971-2011                                          (NO.23)

P GROCERY 1940’S MIKE CRAGO WAS MGR. FOR OVER 30 YEARS … 1940-1960’S.

RUBIO REYNOLDS

CURRENCY EXCHANGE ROSS E RINEHART

GEORGE COLLIER & SONS HARDWARE 1906-1933

HARPER BROS HARWARE 1900’S

1890’S J.H BEAN GROCERY, STENSELS CABINET SHOP &

UNDERTAKING,HOLSER’S MILITARY SHOP, WHITAKERS

REST. AND BATSON REST.

1880 P.V. COOL RESTAURANT ,SHAFFER & WHITAKER

REST.

1870-1880 F.M.BEAN AND J. H. BEAN HARDWARE.

1870-1892 BEAN OPERA HOUSE.

 

305      FARMER CITY STATE BANK 1971-2011                                          (NO.24)

CARD RACK LYLE AND LAVERNE MORGAN 1958-1960

IRISH MOORE INN 1950’S

DERBY INN 1945-1950’S

JESS W. HAMMER WESTERN AUTO 1945

B. CAFE: JOE AND BETTY HAMMER 1935-1945

Paul McHenry and Vera Beavers McHenry, It was a Cafe in the 1940’s

CAFE’S EARL MCHENRY / VERA STIVERS/TARMAN &

HUFFMAN QUALITY CAFE AND MEALS 1920’S

PETE’S EAT HOUSE 1900’S -1910

JOHN ROSS & G. S. ADOLPH TAILORS – 1870’S

 

309      FARMER CITY STATE BANK 1971- 2011                                         (NO.25)

TOM MCCONKEY FORD MOTOR CO 1958-1960

BUD MCCONKEY & ELSIE ALSIP FORD AGENCY

ART LOWMAN FORD AGENCY

ART LOWMAN AND ROY SAVAGE FORD AGENCY

HALL AND REESER- MITCHELL CARS 1910’S

HARVE IJAMS & SONS MITCHELL CARS 1910’S

HENRY MITCHELL HARNESS SHOP 1864-1910

 

ROUTE 54 CROSSES MAIN ST. AT THIS POINT

 

311      CASEY”S MARKET 1988-2011                                                          (NO.26)

VACANT 1986

KOPPS AMOCO SERVICE STATION 1982

SONNY”S SERVICE STATION

BARRET’S SERVICE STATION

FRANK MCINTYRE’S SERVICE STATION

FARMER CITY RUBBER CO. 1914-1933

OFFICE OF DR. J. A. DAVIS IN THE EARLY DAYS.

 

CROSSING OVER MAIN STREET WE WILL DESCRIBE THE WEST SIDE OF MAIN STREET GOING BACK TO THE SQUARE.

 

404      MERLE D. DAWSON CONST. CO AND JESSE S. HAMMER  (NO.27)

BUILT THIS BUILDING IN 1959 TAKING OVER

12 LOTS FOR BLDG AND PARKING LOT ..

IN 1994 THE HAMMER FAMILY CELEBRATED 82 YEARS

IN BUSINESS

FARMER CITY I.G.A. INC. JESSE S. HAMMER DONNA J

HAMMER & MICHAEL KENT HAMMITT 1983-1994

FARMER CITY I.G.A. JESSE S. HAMMER SOLE OWNER

1982-1983

IN 1980 THE FRONT PART WAS REMODELED BY

JERRY RAU CONSTRUCTION CO

FARMER CITY IGA. PARTNERSHIP MERVIN J. GARDNER

AND JESSE S. HAMMER 1959-1982

HOMER VANCE CAR REPAIR.

BLACKSMITH SHOPS C.L.ROLLINS 1940’S BERT

SKIRVIN FOR MANY YEARS; EARLY DAYS KNUPP & SONS

 

ROUTE 54 CROSSES MAIN ST. AT THIS POINT

 

320      KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS BUILT THIS BLDG. IN 1894.                  (NO.28)

IT HAS ALWAYS USED THE 2ND FLOOR.

BLUE RIDGE FLOWER SHOP 1987-1994

WEBB’S MEN STORE 1960-1986.

FREDERICKSON FURNITURE NO.2 1950’S.

HAROLD OVERMEYER CAR REPAIR

FARM IMPLEMENT DEALERS: E.P.WILSON,S.E.HOLMES,J.

HOLMES,TRENKLE BROTHERS .,JOHN KNAPP

ROY SAVAGE -BUICK CAR DEALER

CAR DEALERS: M.B. MALONEY- OVERLAND CARS; HELMICK&

LOWMAN FORD CARS; 1910’S 1920’S

LORDS FARM IMPLEMENT 1870’S

JOHN MCKINLEY RES. 1860’S

 

318      BLDG. BUILT BY THE REDMAN LODGE 2ND FLOOR USED (NO.29)

FOR  MANY YEARS BY THE AMERICAN LEGION POST #55

2ND FLOOR MADE INTO APARTMENTS 1994

PEOPLES CAFE 1986-1994 JIM FOSTER

PEOPLES CAFE OWNER THEN MR. & MRS JIM FOSTER

1930’S -1986

FORMER OWNERS : WAYNE AND JOSIE ROCKHOLD,

  1. & MRS CHAS. HELMICK, ALMA LENNING,

TED & JAKE AMLONG, CARL & COTTON MONEN,

JACK & KATY MONEN.

QUALITY CAFE- ORA O’NEAL MOVED HERE ABOUT

1929 FROM THE EAST SIDE OF MAIN STREET.

HAROLD’S GROCERY JAKE HAROLD 1920’S -1929?

 

316      PEGGY’S HALLMARK SHOP 1986-1994                                         (NO.30)

MAY’S BROS HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING

1983-1986.

T-N-T SHIRTS & CRAFTS & SEARS CATALOGUE STORE

MARY JORDAN 1981-1983

SEARS CATALOGUE STORE -PEGGY MAY 1976-1981

NECCI SEWING MACHINE SHOP -OWNER KREPPS

  1. C. PACE REAL ESTATE & BROKER 1959-1970

ELMO CADLE SNACK SHOP 1957-1958

JOHN COMSTOCK PASTRY SHOP 1953-1956

HORNSBY’S 1939-1942

  1. & C. MONEN VARIETY STORE 1938-1939

CLARK MONUMENTS– C.D.ROCK & ROY ROCK

1910’S-1930’S

ANDY ALBRIGHT HARNESS SHOP 1870’S-1880

 

314      B&B (NEW NAME) BOB AND BARB JARBOE 1994                     (NO.31)

THE -N- SPOT BOB& BARB JARBOE 1990-1993

CORPORATION OWNED OUT OF CHAMPAIGN PIA’S

1989-1990

LOlL WILLIAMS OWNER 1987-1989

MR & MRS TOM STANLEY 1981-1986

MARION RUDISILL 1971-1981

THE DIAMOND HORSEHOE-BOB & MARIANNE MCKINLEY

1948-1971

EL CLAR CAFE MRS T. O. JOHNSON 1936-1946

ROBERT PARISH TAVERN 1940’S

WILBUR FOULKS INS. 1020’S-1930’S

MILAN MOORE & HASWELL MOORE JEWELRY BEFORE 1920

1870’S’S F.M.RITT-SEWING MACHINES,POST OFFICE

ROBERT HAYS GENERAL STORE 1860’S

312      MERLE’S STYLING 1980’S- 2011                                                     (NO. 32)

MARTY’S BARBER SHOP 1970’S

GEO HOFFMAN INS. 1967-1976

SEPTI-SAN CO. DON THURBER 1950’S-1960’S

WESTERN AUTO STORE 1949-1954 WALT PEALE,GLEN

TENNYSON, WILLIAM STRATMAN

SMITTY’S BARBER SHOP 1938-1947

JIM (RED) BELL BARBER SHOP 1924-1938

L.S.BEALOR BARBER SHOP 1921-1924

310      1990-1994 ILLINOIS BALLET, AND PRAIRIE                                 (NO. 33)

DANCENTRAL, SCHOOL OF PROPER TRAINING

1989-1990 DRESS SHOP

LOVE’S APPARREL1987

WEAR HAUS CLOTHING 1970’S-1980’S

NEW BUILDING

BURNED

POOL HALL; ROY HUNTER, JAMES PRICE,VERNELLE

WARREN, NALEWAY POOL HALL, WALT’S REC. CENTER

GUY WENCE AMUSEMENT CLUB 1910’S FOR MANY YEARS

FRANK ZILICK BARBER ON 2ND FLOOR 1920-1940

 

308      RICKS TAVERN– W.T.RICK FAMILY 1983-1994              (NO. 34)

WESTERN AUTO–ART & JEAN ARTMAN 1970’S

CABINET SHOP WEAR HAUS 1970’S

FARMER CITY “LOCKER PLANT: ED REESER,RAY REESER,

FRANK KIRK, FRED REYNOLDS 1940’S–1960’S

ELMORE MEATS 1930’S

HURLEY MEAT MARKET 1920’S-1930’S

  1. L. KREPPS MEATS 1910-1920’S

 

306                                                                                                                  (NO.35)

 

304 LISA WARREN BEAUTY SHOP 1994

VACANT 1986

LAMBS VARIETY STORE 1985-1986

HORNSBY’S VARIETY STORE 1941-1985 FRANCES TURPIN

MANAGER

COLLIER’S HARDWARE AND APPLIANCE STORE 1935-1941

  1. S. HAMMER WAREHOUSE 1933-1935 HE HELD ONE OF

THE FIRST DANCES FOR THE MARCH OF DIMES.

FARM IMPLEMENTS & HARDWARE :WINGERROTH,: HYATT

SHELL & JONES; FRED ARBOGAST; PHIL ROUS.

  1. L. WALLER GENERAL STORE 1960’S

 

302                                                                                                                  (NO.36)

            THIS WAS A STAIRWAY TO THE SECOND FLOOR -CLOSED

 

300      MCKINLEY WATER CONDITIONING 1986-2011

FEESE INS. 1986

FARMER CITY INSURAL INC. 1980’S

GOOD EARTH REALTY 1974-1980

COUNTRY COMPANIES INS. 1970’S

BROCK & HENSLEY PRODUCE 1940’S

REX JACKSON GROCERY 1917-1974

HAMMER & HAMMER GROCERY 1912-1917

HAMMER & YEAGLE GROCERY 1911-1912

JACKSON & CO. GROCERY 1906-1911

WEBB. AND SWINEY GROCERY; MUNCH AND WEBB

GROCERY;- JIM JACKSON & BRO GROCERY 1891-1895

  1. W. ALDER GRAIN BUYER 1890
  2. W. COOK GROCERIES 1876-1880’S

BUILDING BUILT IN 1976 BY THOMAS SLICK

RICHTER BROS STORE DRY GOODS & GROCERIES 1860

 

WATER STREET CROSSES MAIN ST. AT THIS POINT.

 

226      MAIN STREET VIDEO 1991-2011                                                    (NO. 37)

LIL’ ANGELS 1987-1988

LIL’ ANGELS CHILDREN SHOP MRS SHARI BAIN

1980-1986

COUNTRY SAMPLER 1974-1979

BOB LEWIS HARDWARE 1950-1970 JAMES E. COOKE

RADIO REPAIR

PHIL ROUS HARDWARE 1935-1950

HARROLD’S GROCERY 1930’S

WILSON & WATSON WOMEN’S STORE & GROCERIES

1920-1929

JAY E. MCKAY GROCERY 1912-1922

C,C, ELLIOTT DEPT STORE & GROCERIES 1902-1912

J.H. BEAN GROCERY

HOWARDS GROCERY 1870’S 1879

WILLIAM YOUNG GROCERY 1860’S

 

MASONS BUILT DOUBLE BUILDING IN 1879 FOR 224 & 226

 

224      F. C. G & H SOCIETY 1991-2011                          (NO. 38)

SOMMER’S DANCE STUDIO INC. 1980-1990

CAFES:         SCOTT’S PLACE 1980’S MATCH BOOK CAFE 1977-1979

  1. P. BURGER CASTLE 1976 SNORKY’S PLACE 1975

S & H CAFE 1970’S, THE FARM HOUSE 1970,S,

DEANS CAFE 1960’S C.& L CAFE CHARLES & LUCY

THARP 1960’S ELMO’S SNACK SHOP 1950’S.

WESTERN AUTO STORE WILLIAM STRATMAN 1954-1956

THE BLOSSOM SHOP MR. & MRS ROBERT BARROW. 1951-1954

LYLE AND LAVERNE MORGAN 1947-1951

ROUS GIFT SHOP 1940’S

BREHM’S CANDY KITCHEN 1892-1930

ABE EPPSTEIN & JACOB BACH ‘CLOTHING 1870-1879

 

222      VACANT 1991-2011                                                                        (NO. 39)

DANIEL DOLBERT OWNER 1991-1994

  1. DAVID R. MORGRET OPTOMETRIST 1984-1991
  2. J. NILE MITCHELL OPTOMETRIST 1918-1946
  3. S. E. KELLY OPTOMETRIST AND EXRAY.

BUILDING BUILT BY S. E. KELLY IN 1918

MAX NATHAN DEPT. STORE 1904-1906

CHRISTIAN GARVER & SAMUEL GARVER DRUGGISTS 1870-1879

 

220      SMITH-JOHANNS INS. AGENCY 1961-2011                                   (NO. 40)

PHOTO SHOP WALTER SHARP 1959

MIS -KAY DRESS SHOP COLBY CARLOCK 1957

WAYNE LARISON CABINET SHOP 1950’S

RUSSELL MEYERS UPTOWN GRILL 1940’S-1951

GEO. FULLER UPTOWN GRILL 1940’S

ROADES ICE CREAM SHOPPE 1940’S

A.P. GROCERY 1924-1930’S HORATIO E. RIGGS, MIKE CRAGO

  1. BATES–THE ECOMONY STORE 1914-1923

WARD WEEDMAN VARIETY STORE 1900’S 1914

MAX NATHAN DEPT. STORE 1904-1906

JOHN CAMPBELL GROCERY BEFORE 1904

MURPHY& MICHAEL SALOON 1870-1879

 

218      VACANT ?-2011                                                                              (NO. 41)

Farmer City General Store ?-?

F.C.DRUGS INC.BILL SIVER & MARK CASTRAVILLO OWNERS

1992-1994

MASON’S DRUG STORE LEON AND DON MASON OWNERS 1954-1992

WILLIAM P. MASSOCK DRUG STORE 1928-1954

CLYDE HUDDELSTON DRUG STORE 1898-1928

STILLER BROS DRUGS 1895-1898

  1. LITTLE JOHN DRUG STORE 1888-?
  2. W. SANGSTER GROCERIES 1870-1879

 

216      Farmer City Art Glass ????-2011                                       (NO.42)

Salt Creek Printing ????-????

RAYMER PRINTING 1984-1994

BELLES BOOTERY WALLACE & CLARABELLE LAMB 1974-1983

MOS”S AND EDWIN EPPSTEIN & SONS BOOTS AND SHOES MARIAN

EPPSTEIN

–MR HENRY SCHMITZ REPAIRED SHOES FOR YEARS 1886-1973

  1. M. CUMMINS SHOE SHOP 1881-1886

GEORGE ERLER SHOEMAKER 1860’S -1870’S

  1. BERMAN JEWELER 1870’S 1879

 

214      YOUNG’S –YE OLDE HAIR SHOPPE 1980-2011               (NO. 43)

JAKE YOUNG BARBER SHOP & ED YOUNG’S STYLING SALON

1938-1980

DICK MITCHELL MEAT MARKET 1928-1930’S

WALDEN’S BARBER SHOP 1930- 1938

W.H.GOULD JEWELER& OPTOMETRIST 1917-1920

FRED DIEGEL GROCERY 1910-1910

DAVE MITCHELL -FIRST PICTURE SHOW -1905-1910

THIS WAS AN ALLEY IN THE EARLY DAYS

 

212      VICTORY CHRISTIAN CHURCH CENTER 1986-1994                   (NO.44)

MINI MALL OWNER ROGER AND PAT SCHNEMAN 1982-1986

SHROCK CABINETS 1974-1978

  1. & S. FURNITURE 1962-1974 (TED SCHIELD & HARLAN KIMLER)

FARMER CITY IGA 1946-1959 JESSE S. HAMMER & MERVIN GARDNER

PARTNERS. MARGARET T. HAMMER WAS ACTIVE IN THE STORE TILL

SHE WAS 88.

HAMMER’S GROCERY MARGARET T. HAMMER 1934-1946

HAMMER’S HAPPY HOUR STORE JESSE S. HAMMER SR.1917-1934

WILLIAM YOUNG & SONS GROCERY 1880-1910’S SON’S BRUCE & TOM

JOHN LONGMATE GROCERY STORE 1870- 1879

  1. YOUNG RES.BEFORE 1874.

JESSE S. HAMMER SR. DIED IN 1934

JESSE S HAMMER BUILT A 2 1/2 STORY BRICK BUILDING WITH 4 FT

FONDATIONS TO REPLACE THE TWO OLDER BUILDINGS IN 1917

 

210      VICTORY CHRISTIAN CENTER 1986-1994                         (NO.45)

REPEAT ALL OWNERS FROM 1917=1986 THAT OCCUPIED 2 STORE

SPACES.

J.H. MITCHELL MEAT MARKET 1910’S

HARRISON &’ SONS HARDWARE 1870’S-1879

  1. YOUNG RES. BEFORE 1870’S

 

208      MID-WEST AGRI. INS.SERVICES INC. 1991-1994                          (NO.46)

TRI-COUNTY INS. 1991

KELLY INS. TED& TERI KELLY OWNERS 1988-1991

VACANT 1986

GAME MASTER ANSON LAMB 1986

ROBERTS JEWELRY STORE 1967-1982

CLARENCE BLOOM JEWELRY 1960’S

VAUGH’S OBERLINK JEWELRY 1956-1960

LAVERN MORGAN GIFT SHOP1956-1958

V.C.SWINEY JEWELRY & ETHEL

REEDER BOOTERY1946-1950’S

KINCAID SHOE STORE 1923 1945

LOU A. THOMASSEN BAKERY 1921-1923

HYATT & CO. MILLINERY 1921 AND BEFORE

BEN OVERSTREET JEWELRY 1890’S -1908

I.C. SABIN SHOES 1890’S

W.T. BEAN SHOE STORE 1883-1890’S

WILLIAM YOUNG GROCERIES 1870’S 1879

  1. YOUNG RES. BEFORE 1870

 

206      K. & S. FURNITURE STORE 1976-2011                                          (NO. 47)

MARSHAL. T.AND RICHARD COLLIER ALLLIANCE AND WALLPAPER

STORE 1941-1976

CURTIS DRUG STORE 1933-1941

GARVER DRUG STORE BENNY GARVER 1880’S 1933

(BENNY WOULD PLAY SCHOOL DAYS ON HIS TRUMPET ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL)

WM YOUNG RES BEFORE 1870

 

204      K. & S. FURNITURE STORE 1974-2011                                          (NO. 48)

FARMER CITY STATE BANK 1952-1971

ROYAL BLUE STORE ELMER SAGE, LESTER KIRBY

KROGER STORE 1927-1934 O.C.EVERETT

HARRY L WILLIAMS HARDWARE 1900-1920’S

HARDWARE STORES: HARRISON & SONS, HARRISON & GREER, PONS & RICHARDS, FOX& CARR, WILLIAMS & JOHNSON 1898-1900’S

  1. H. SELTZER FURNITURE 1870’S – 1880’S

PRESENT BUILDING BUILT IN 1879 AND REMODELED IN 1952

  1. YOUNG RES. BEFORE 1870.

 

202      K. & S FURNITURE 1974-2011                                                        (NO. 49)

PRESENT BUILDING WAS BUILT IN 1879 AND REMODELED IN 1952

FARMER CITY STATE BANK 1941-1994

FARMER CITY CURRENCY EXCHANGE ROSS C. RINEHART 1930’S-1941

THE OLD FIRST NATIONAL BANK 1894-1930

FIRST NATIONAL BANK 1874-1894

2ND FLOOR

ROBERT GAMMAGE 1961-1970

HERRICK LAW OFFICE 1868-1961

 

GREEN ST. CROSSES MAIN STREET AT THIS POINT

120      WAYNE COPLEY OWNER 1994                                                       (NO. 50)

PIZZA PARLOR 1987-1989

FAMILY PIZZA WAYNE AND MARY ANN COPLEY 1983-1986

COPLEY COUNTERS SHOP 1977-1980

ARNOLD FURNITURE STORAGE

EARL AND ANN RICH GROCERY 1955-?

KROGER STORE 1934-1955 GLEN SNIFF, H.H. HACHETT

PARROTT & CO. 1916-1930’S

THE FAIR; DRY GOODS & GROCERIES

TULL BROS. 1903-1916

BUSEY 1900-1903

A,M.WAND 1895-1900

V.N. HINKLE 1890-1895

PRESENT BLDG WAS BUILT IN 1894–GOULD AND YOUNG

DAVID KELLY & JOHN GOULD BLACKSMITH’S 1870’S-1880’S

R.N. HANKINS RES. & WAGON SHOP BEFORE 1870

 

2ND FLOOR AND REAR OF GOULD BLDG.

BEFORE 1900-DR. A.D.JESSELS, DR.L. STORE KELLY,

  1. M. T. MACE

AFTER 1900 – DR. I. C. MORRICAL DR. JOHN ZIEGLER

  1. R. M. HATHAWAY, DR. J. E. NIENHIUS

 

  1. CARL NYDEGGAR, L.G. RITTENHOUSE

VET., SAM AMACHER DRY CLEANING,

A.E. POWLEY DRY CLEANING, DR. HARRY T.

CLARNO VET. PRE- FAB 1950’S, EARL HENRY

BARBER.

118      APARTMENTS – 1990-1994                                                               (NO. 51)

VACANT 1987-1990

VARIETY STORE 1986-1987 JIM COPLEY

COPLEY COUNTERS 1970’S -1986

BOWLING ALLEY’S: LEVI MURPHY 1950’S

EDDIE’S BOWLING 1945-1951

FOX BOWLING 1940’S

FARMER CITY BOWLING 1930’S

ELZA PETTIT SECOND HAND STORE 1920’S -1930’S

PARROT & CO. GROCERY 1908-1920’S

J.W. NICHOLS & SONS GROCERY 1900-1908

THE FAIR GROCERY GROCERY A.M. WAND 1895-1900

HAFFNERS BARBER SHOP 1890-1894

H.S. CHAPPELEAL BOOTS AND SHOES 1870′-1880’S

R.N. HANKINS RES. & WAGON SHOP BEFORE 1870

116      1994 PURCHASED BY RAY ALEXANDER                           (NO. 52)

1988-1992 VACANT

1987 BURNED

1987 HENRY’S BARBER SHOP

1986 NEW IMAGE BEAUTY SHOP

1986 HENRY’S BARBER SHOP

TREND SETTERS 1975-1985

PROVIN MUSIC SHOP 1974

A.M. MIDDLESTEAD MUSIC STORE 1950’S -1960’S

SHERE INS. AND CONNELL INS.

WOODS BARBER SHOP 1950’S

L.S. BEALOR BARBER SHOP 1924- 1956

J.S. GASSAWAY BARBER SHOP 1910’S-1920’S

KALAHORS BARBER SHOP 1910’S

HAFFNER’S BARBER SHOP -1894-1900’S

PRESENT BUILDING BUILT BY HAFFNER 1894

M.L. WEEDMAN MEATS 1885-1894

ORIE HARRISON CIGAR STORE 1884

R.N. HANKINS RES. & WAGON SHOP BEFORE 1870

 

114      BUILDING TORN DOWN IN 1987 LOT REMAINS VACANT   (NO. 53)

PRE-FAB TRANSIT CO. 1960’S -1986 MOVED TO NEW BLDG.

THE NEW COMMERCIAL HOTEL 1894-1957

COMMERCIAL HOTEL 1876-1894

BUILDING BUILT ==BY CUMMINGS IN 1894

R.N. HANKINS RES. & WAGON SHOP BEFORE 1870

 

112      BUILDING TORN DOWN IN 1987                                              (NO. 54)

LOT VACANT 1987-2011

PRE-FAB TRANSIT CO. 1960’S 1986

DAISY VANCE INSURANCE 1960

ROSS C. SWARTZ INSURANCE 1940-1960

JOHN WEEDMAN NATIONAL BANK 1885-1932

PRESENT BLDG. BUILT IN 1894

JOHN WEEDMAN BANKER 1876-1885

THOMAS BROS & JOHN WEEDMAN BANK 1870-1876

R.N.HANKINS RES. & WAGON SHOP BEFORE 1870

 

THE NEXT BUSINESSES ARE DIRECTLY WEST OF THE SQUARE

110      PRE-FAB TRANSIT CO. 1960’S-1994                                               (NO. 55)

SHAFFER’S ANTIQUES 1950’S

JOE CLARNO IMPLEMENT DEALER 1950’S

LAWRENCE IMPLEMENT DEALER 1949-1952

  1. M. STUTZMAN IMPLEMENT DEALER 1936-1949
  2. DICK MITCHELL BUTCHER 1921-1928

ELI TUCKER GROCERY 1903-1910

JONES BROS GROCERY 1910’S

GEORGE CHISHOLM GROCERY 1870’S 1903

 

108      1994 PRE-FAB TRANSIT                                                                   (NO. 56)

1986 VACANT

DAVIS SIGN & DISPLAY 1950’S

FARM IMPLEMENTS F. M. STUTZMAN; JOE CLARNO

NEALS BAKERY 1921-1930’S

BANEY’S BAKERY

  1. L. WEEDMAN MEAT MARKET 1895-1902

R.C. MARTEN HARNESS SHOP 1890’S

 

106      1994 WAYNE COPLEY                                                                  (NO. 57)

1986 VACANT

FARMER CITY FIRE DEPT. 1930’S- 1970’S

O.H. REESER AUTO SALES

WARTON AUTO SALES 1920’S

  1. N. MORELAND FURNITURE 1911-1918

G.W. HELMICK -MAXWELL GARAGE 1910

C.M. MOORE LIQUORS 1890’S

MORELAND BUILT BLDG IN 1911

 

104      VACANT 1994                                                                                 (NO. 58)

REEVES DAIRY BAR 1960

SY’S DAIRY BAR 1950’S-1960’S

CHAS. MEYER’S FARM SUPPLY 1940-1954

STENSEL’S BUILT BLDG IN 1895

STENSELS UNDERTAKERS 1895-1922

STENSELS SHOP 1922-?

 

102      WAYNE COPLEY 1994                                                                      ( NO. 59)

CHUCK BAIN’S RELOADING OF AMMUNITION STORE 1989-1992

LAUNDRY 1955- 1970’S

FARMER CITY JOURNAL 1895-1952 E.S. WHITEMAN, OWNER

2ND FLOOR

INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS 1895-1950

 

MARKET STREET CROSSES MAIN· ST. AT THIS POINT N. MAIN STARTS

101      GEORGE DUNN I. H. AND CASE DEALER 1966-1994                  (NO. 60)

RUSSELL AND FRED MILBURN FARM SUPPLY 1954-1966

CHASE MEY&RS FARM SUPPLY 1945-1954

APARTMENTS 2ND FLOOR 1945-1954

 

103                                                                                                                  (NO. 61)

GEORGE DUNN INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER & CASE DEALER

1947-1994

R.T. CORD I. DEALER 1941-1947

CHARLES STROHL INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER DEALER 1930’S

BUICK GARAGE 1930’S

  1. E. HYATT INTERNATIONAL; DEALER 1930’S

HYATT, SHELL & JONES GM AUTO & FARM MACHINERY 1920’S

G.W. HEKMICK FARM IMPLEMENT & AUTO 1900’S-1910’S

BUILDING BUILT BY O. WARNER IN 1895

 

107      GEO DUNN I. H. & CASE DEALER 1947-1994

MONROE HOTEL 1930’S – 1938 BUILDING WAS TORN DOWN

ELDORADO HOTEL 1890’s-1920’s O. WARNER; ANSON ALlBEE

PARK HOTEL 1880’S B. GRAY PONCE WHITE

  1. NICHOLAS HOTEL 1870’S

 

109      GEO. DUNN I. H. & CASE DEALER 1947-1994                             ( NO. 63}

PARK BARN BERT WEEDWARD LIVERY 1910’S

A.W. HUFFMAN & CO. 1900’S

SWINEY LIVERY STABLE. 1890’S

BREEDER OF HORSES 1880’S