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FELIX STREET - DIVIDES NORTH AND SOUTH 4th STREET
NORTH 4th STREET BEGINS HERE





Circa 1873
Circa 1873
SANDERS & WELCH WHOLESALE
COOKING STOVES
Number 4 North 4th Street






Circa 1867
T. FAIRLEIGH & COMPANY
HARDWARE & CUTLERY
Number 6 North 4th Street






Circa 1867
THOMAS R SMITH
Druggist & Chemist
Number 10 North 4th Street






Circa 1867
A. J. WILLS
BOAT STORES, GROCERIES, PRODUCE, GAME
Number 83 North 4th Street




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ST JOSEPH CIVIC ARENA
100 North 4th Street

This is St Joseph's new auditorium, it is called the Civic Arena
It is bounded by 4th and 5th Streets, Felix and Francis Streets

This new structure was built to replace the original City Auditorium

It is not nearly as well liked as the original auditorium

One of the new defective multi-level parking lots is just east of the Arena

It's top level has been blocked off as it was deemed to be unsafe

The city is now wanting to either remove the defective level or repair it

Nothing to date has been done to the upper level as yet

Photo #1 - One of the defective parking lots, Civic Arena in background
Photo #2 - Civic Arena & City parking lot as viewed from 5th & Felix
Photo #3 - Civic Arena as viewed from 4th & Felix
Photo #4 - Civic Arena as viewed from 4th Street
Photo #5 - 2013 photo of the defective parking lot taken by David Osgood
Photo #6 - 2013 photo of the defective parking lot taken by David Osgood
Photo #7 - Civic Arena as viewed from 4th & Felix




Circa 1924
B S Riney Carpets
106 North 4th
Circa 1930
Frank Smith Hat Cleaning
106 North 4th
Demolished during Urban Renewal







Circa 1924
TOOTLE-CAMPBELL DRY GOODS FACTORY
109 North 4th
Circa 1930
TOOTLE-CAMPBELL DRY GOODS FACTORY
109 North 4th
Circa 1942
VACANT
109 North 4th
Circa 1958
NELLY DON FABRIC SHOP
109 North 4th
Demolished during Urban Renewal







Circa 1894
Kemper, Hundley & McDonald Dry Goods Company
112-116 North 4th Street
Circa 1924
Johnston-Woodbury Hat Company
112 North 4th
Demolished during Urban Renewal







Circa 1958
Donnelly Garment Company
113 North 4th
Demolished during Urban Renewal





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Circa 1930
AMERICAN ELECTRIC COMPANY
116-118 North 4th
Circa 1942
AMERICAN ELECTRIC COMPANY
116-118 North 4th
Circa 1958
AMERICAN ELECTRIC COMPANY
116-118 North 4th
Demolished during Urban Renewal

American Electric Sales Office located at 300 North 3rd

One of St Joseph's oldest electrical & radio supply companies
The American Electric sales office is still located at 300 North 3rd Street
American Electric has currently built a new structure at 8th & Messanie

Photo #1 - Original American Electric building at 116-118 North 4th
Photo #2 - 1950's or later - note difference in top of the building
Photo #3 - The empty lot created during Urban Renewal
Photo #4 - Sales office at 300 North 3rd Street
Photo #5 - Sales office at 300 North 3rd Street
Photo #6 - 1930's photo
Photo #7 - 1929 St Joseph News Press advertisement






Circa 1946
NATIONAL BELLAS HESS
119 North 4th
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Catalog department for Bellas Hess
Photo - 1946 newspaper photo of Bellas Hess catalog department




Circa 1930
Western Hat & Cap Campany
120 North 4th
Circa 1942
Western Hat & Cap Campany
120 North 4th
Demolished during Urban Renewal




FRANCIS STREET INTERSECTS



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Circa 1880
R.L. McDONALD WHOLESALE DRY GOODS
202-210 North 4th
Circa 1899
HUNDLEY-FRAZER DRY GOODS
202-210 North 4th
Circa 1917
UNITED STATES RUBBER COMPANY
McCORD-NORTON DIVISION
202-208 North 4th
Circa 1924
McCORD-NORTON SHOE COMPANY
202-208 North 4th
Circa 1930
McCORD-NORTON SHOE COMPANY
202-208 North 4th
Circa 1958
SMITH BROTHERS MFG CO
BIG SMITH MEN'S CLOTHING
202-210 North 4th

Constructed in 1880 for R.L. McDonald Wholesale Dry Goods
By 1899, Hundley-Frazer Dry Goods occupied the building
The building is listed as a historical building
Located on the Northwest corner of 4th & Francis
In 1880 R.L. McDonald wholesale dry goods occupied this building
In 1917 the United States Rubber Company took over McCord-Norton
McCord-Norton was previously located at 104-108 North 3rd Street
McCord-Norton made rubber shoes
J.E. McCord and T.F. Norton owners
It later became the home of Big Smith
Makers of Big Smith jeans & overalls
Big Smith was one of the first jean companies to leave town



Photo #1 - Present day
Photo #2 - Present day
Photo #3 - Circa 1920's
Photo #4 - Present day
Photo #5 - Circa 1970's
Photo #6 - Circa 1920's - looking west on Francis
Photo #7 - R L McDonalds Dry Goods
Photo #8 - 1936 Big Smith workers
Photo #13 - 1899 Hundley-Frazer advertisement
Photo #15 - 1981 St Joseph News Press advertisement




Circa 1924
Aetna Life Insurance
203 North 4th Street
Circa 1924
J W Stephens Insurance
203 North 4th Street
Circa 1930
VACANT
203 North 4th Street
Circa 1942
Ross Auto Park No 4
203 North 4th Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal




Circa 1924
St Joseph Tent & Awning
204 North 4th Street
Circa 1930
St Joseph Tent & Awning
204 North 4th Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal




Circa 1924
THE SAXTON BUILDING
205 North 4th Street

Room 201 E H Brown Insurance Adjuster
205 North 4th Street
Room 203 C S Kemper Manufacturers agent
205 North 4th Street
Room 204 Ellen Carter, Artist
205 North 4th Street
Room 205 St Joseph Fire Prevention
205 North 4th Street
Room 207 J L Rogers Manufacturer Agent
205 North 4th Street
Room 208 P P Sheridan Manufacturer Agent
205 North 4th Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal




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Circa 1850
ENGLEHART-DAVISON WHOLESALE MILINERY
212-214 North 4th
Circa 1924
ENGLEHART-DAVISON WHOLESALE MILINERY
212-214 North 4th
Circa 1930
ENGLEHART-DAVISON WHOLESALE MILINERY
212-214 North 4th
Circa 1942
ENGLEHART-DAVISON WHOLESALE MILINERY
212-214 North 4th
Circa 1958
ENGLEHART-DAVISON WHOLESALE MILINERY
212-214 North 4th
THE LOFTS
APARTMENTS
212-214 North 4th

Established in 1850
Located between Boudreau's Louisana Seafood & Steaks and Big Smith
Rather than tearing this building down, only the inside was gutted
The outside was then fully restored but remained gutted
As of 2013, the building is complete and has been converted into Lofts for rent
This is one beautiful, unreplaceable building, many thanks to those who saved it

Photo #1 - 1928 Advertisement
Photo #2 - The building with the insides gutted
Photo #3 - The building insides being restored
Photo #4 - Completed restoration photo
Photo #5 - 1899 Advertisement
Photo #6 - 1899 Advertisement




Circa 1924
John Brittain Dry Goods Company
216-224 North 4th Street
Circa 1930
John Brittain Dry Goods Company
216-224 North 4th Street
Circa 1942
John Brittain Dry Goods Company
216-224 North 4th Street
Circa 1958
Boston House & Window Cleaning Company
216-218 North 4th Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Established in 1850




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Circa 1849
WHEELER & MOTTER MERCHANTILE
Circa 1850
LOADING DOCK USED BY NOMA LITES
219 North 4th
Circa 1892
TOOTLE, WHEELER & MOTTER MERCHANTILE
219-223 North 4th Street
Circa 1924
WHEELER & MOTTER MERCHANTILE WHOLESALE DRY GOODS
219 North 4th
Circa 1930
VACANT
219 North 4th
Circa 1942
VACANT
219 North 4th
Circa 1958
LOADING DOCK USED BY NOMA LITES
219 North 4th
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Wheeler & Motter Merchantile began business in 1849
This building was constructed in 1889
It was said to have been one of the city's most impressive buildings
The company was said to carry the largest inventory of dry goods, carpet, notions and furniture west of New York
The building no longer exists (guess it wasn't that impressive)
Photo #3 - 1899 advertisement





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Circa 1882
BRITTAIN-RICHARDSON DRY GOODS
224 North 4th
Circa 1890
JOHN S. BRITTAIN DRY GOODS
224 North 4th
JOHNNY FRY'S RESTAURANT
224 North 4th
BOUDREAU'S LOUISIANA SEAFOOD
224 North 4th
(Southwest Corner of 4th & Jules)

In 1882, John D. Richardson became partners with John S. Brittain
The Brittain-Richardson Dry Goods was located on the Southwest corner 4th and Jules which is currently the home of Boudreau's Louisiana Seafood
In 1890, John D. Richardson dissolved his partnership with Brittain and built his own Dry Goods building at 300 North 3rd Street
Some photos circa are about 1882, some are more current
This building has been fully restored and modified as a restaurant

The entire 200 block of North 4th Street was once known as "Wholesale Row"

Per the 'Downtown St Joseph Walking Tour' booklet, the warehouse buildings were built in the early 1880s
The booklet goes on to say that 'Wholesale Row' is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

I remember a pawn shop occupying this building before it was Johnny Fry's

It later became Johnny Fry's Restaurant

In January 2001, Robert Boudreau opened his restaurant here

Mr Boudreau passed away February 2014

It is still open for business in 2014 and serves great seafood & steak meals


Photo #1 - sumbitted by Andrew Poage
Photo #5 - 2014 photo of Boudreux restaurant
Photo #6 - Refurbished building front
Photo #11 - Photo of Robert Boudreaux
Photo #12 - Interior view of Boudreux restaurant




JULES STREET INTERSECTS



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Circa 1906
BATTREALL-WHITTINGMILL SHOE CO
302-306 North 4th Street
Circa 1921
BATTREALL SHOE COMPANY
302-306 North 4th Street
Circa 1924
BATTREALL SHOE COMPANY
302-306 North 4th Street
Circa 1930
VACANT
302-306 North 4th
Circa 1942
VACANT
302-306 North 4th
Circa 1956
HILLYARD CHEMICAL COMPANY
302-306 North 4th Street
Circa 1958
HILLYARD WESTERN WAX SALES
302-306 North 4th Street

(1906; E.J. Eckel) Warehouse/Light Manufacturing Facility.
Classical Revival influence. Five story brick building with simple projected metal cornice on facade, (matches 301 N. Third St.)
Stone cartouches beneath fifth story level of building corners one to each elevation. 1/1 sash; fenestration sheathed on second through fourth stories, but rhythm of bays maintained within brick arcading. First story below stone stringcourse covered with panels; entry altered.
Connected to 301 N. Third Street by "bridge." Alterations do not substantially impact the design or materials of building and are acceptable within the established registration requirements.
Battreall was a major manufacturer of men, women and children's leather shoes. Photo #1 is an early 1900's photo of the Battreall-Whittingmill Shoe Company
One of their buildings was located on the northwest corner of 4th & Jules Street and the 2nd was located at 301 North 3rd Street
After extensive remodeling in 1956, it is currently the main headquarters of Hillyard Inc.
The original auditorium can be seen in the far right side
Photo #3 - Feb 1956 St Joseph News Press photograph
Photo #5 - Remodeled main 4th Street entrance




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Circa 1908
TOOTLE-CAMPBELL DRY GOODS
308-324 North 4th
Circa 1924
TOOTLE-CAMPBELL DRY GOODS
308-324 North 4th
Circa 1930
TOOTLE-CAMPBELL DRY GOODS
308-324 North 4th
Circa 1958
TOOTLE-CAMPBELL DRY GOODS
308-324 North 4th
HILLYARD INDUSTRIES
308-324 North 4th

(1908, E.J. Eckel with Ames & Young) Warehouse/Light Manufacturing Facility. Classical Revival style. Eight story brick building with Neo classical ornamentation. Projected copper cornice with dentil masonry pattern. Eighthstory bays separated by large terra cotta panels with fanciful decoration.
All stories with nine window bays with decorative continuous surround of terra cotta; 1/1 Chicagostyle sash. Projected entablature of terra cotta with wave pattern and egg and dart bed mould between second and third stories. Stringcourse of terra cotta as continuous lintel to second story openings. Cartouche at extreme corners of building at second story level.
Large window bays on first story with fanciful terra cotta surround with half round paneled window at building corners. Center recessed entrance with broad terra cotta surround, ornamental metal gates, and light stanchions.
Currently occupied by Hillyard Industries
Photo #3 - 1909 photo



FARAON STREET INTERSECTS





Circa 1915
THE PEOPLE BUILT THE AUDITORIUM
400-424 North 4th Street




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Circa 1905
ORIGINAL CITY AUDITORIUM
400-424 North 4th Street
Circa 1924
ORIGINAL CITY AUDITORIUM
400-424 North 4th Street
Circa 1930
ORIGINAL CITY AUDITORIUM
400-424 North 4th Street
Circa 1958
ORIGINAL CITY AUDITORIUM
400-424 North 4th Street
Circa 1985
ORIGINAL CITY AUDITORIUM
400-424 North 4th Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Photo #1 - 1938 photo, note gas station
Photo #2 - Original city auditorium
Photo #3 - Original city auditorium
Photo #4 - Original city auditorium
Photo #5 - Old turn of century postcard
Photo #6 - Late photo
Photo #7 - Vintage postcard
Photo #8 - 1905 construction
Photo #9 - Late photo
Photo #10 - Late photo of auditorium
Photo #11 - Side & rear view
Photo #12 - Ornate window
Photo #13 - 1905 Dedication Plaque
Photo #14 - Front face
Photo #15 - Front entrance
Photo #16 - Entrance closeup
Photo #17 - Taken just prior razing
Photo #18 - 1916 Auditorium Stock
Photo #19 - Original auditorum entrance
Photo #20 - Destruction photo
Photo #21 - Destruction photo
Photo #22 - Destruction photo
Photo #23 - Destruction photo
Photo #24 - SJ Gazette destruction article
Photo #25 - Asking for opinions
Photo #26 - May 31, 1905 breaking ground
Photo #27 - 1905 ground preparation
Photo #28 - 1945, Jack Benny & Rochester leaving Hotel Robidoux for show
Photo #29 - 1945, Country Club beer cooler at City Auditorium's Jack Benny show
Photo #30 - 1945 advertisement for the auditorium Jack Benny's show
Photo #31 - February 14, 1945 St Joseph News Press advertisement for Jack Benny
Photo #32 - Construction of the auditorium



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Circa 1905-1985
LACK OF MAINTENANCE
ORIGINAL CITY AUDITORIUM
402-424 North 4th Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal

The auditorium was not maintained, remodeled nor repaired on a regular basis. The photos below show that upkeep had not been performed. Rather than restore it, someone thought it was cheaper to just raze the building. The photos above were taken prior to it's demolition
Construction of the original auditorium began in 1905. The auditorium doors opened for business on March 1, 1909. This was the original city auditorium, it seated 6000 people
The auditorium was razed in May 1985
It was a very nostalgic, well constructed, historical and attractive building
However, over the years, the city did not do preventive maintainence and upkeep on the structure, they let it slowly deteriate
Rather than updating, repairing, renovating & repainting the old building that was loved by everyone, the city decided it would be more cost efficent to tear it down and replace it with a new modern civic arena which seated far less people
It turned out to be a big mistake as very few people like the new auditorium and they have a hard time getting big name attractions due to the small size of the new building
I hear that the city is now considering the construction of a new auditorium and possibly move the casino downtown to help increase downtown activity



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ENTERTAINMENT AT THE
ORIGINAL CITY AUDITORIUM
402-424 North 4th Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Some of the events held here were the great circuses, big bands, basketball games, high school events, musical shows, wrestling matches, farm & horse shows and many other events

Photo #1 - 1950 Women's AAU event
Photo #2 - 1912 Boy's Drill Team perfoming
Photo #3 - 1912 Girl Drill Team performing
Photo #4 - Nov 1950 Roy Rogers show
Photo #5 - A band setting up
Photo #6 - Wrestling advertisement
Photo #7 - Wrestling advertisement
Photo #8 - Central Cheerleaders
Photo #9 - Wrestling Advertisement
Photo #10 - Midget Lord Littlebrook
Photo #11 - Lady Wrestler Betty Niccoli
Photo #12 - Lady Wrestler Jean Antone
Photo #13 - Lady Wrestley Kay Noble
Photo #14 - Omar Atlas
Photo #15 - The Sheik
Photo #16 - Andrea The Giant
Photo #17 - Dick the Bruiser
Photo #18 - Lord Littlebrook and Little Tokyo 2
Photo #19 - January 8, 1971 wrestling on KFEQ TV advertisement
Photo #20 - 1947 or 1948 - Preparing the floor




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ORIGINAL CITY AUDITORIUM WRESTLERS
WHO WON HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS AT
THE CITY AUDITORIUM FROM 1953-1972
402-424 North 4th Street
The building was demolished during Urban Renewal

Wrestlers above won the Heavyweight Championship from 1953-1972
Sonny Meyers won the 1st one in 1953 and 6 more times over the years
Photo #12 shows what years they won the Championship

Photo #1 - Cowboy Bob Ellis
Photo #2 - Bob Geigel
Photo #3 - Bulldog Bob Brown
Photo #4 - Danny Littlebear
Photo #4a - Danny Littlebear
Photo #5 - Harley Race
Photo #6 - Lee Henning
Photo #7 - Mike DiBiase
Photo #8 - Roger Kirby
Photo #9 - Ronnie Etchison
Photo #10 - Sonny Meyers
Photo #11 - Thor Hagen
Photo #12 - NWA Championship Wrestlers
Photos were submitted by Brooke Hickman




Circa 1930
WILLIAM WILSON FILLING STATION
401 North 4th
Circa 1942
WILSON AUTO PARK
401 North 4th
Circa 1958
MUNICIPAL AUTO PARK
401 North 4th
ROSS AUTO PARK #4
401 North 4th
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Currently it is a parking lot for the law enforcement




Circa 1930
Ernest Conard Confectionary
405 North 4th
Circa 1942
VACANT
405 North 4th





Circa 1942
MRS BARNEY FURNISHED ROOMS
413 North 4th




ROBIDOUX STREET INTERSECTS



Circa 1850
FLETCHALL'S MARKET
504 North 4th
Circa 1930
HENRY HULL GROCERY
504 North 4th
Circa 1942
WILLIAM BOYER GROCERY
504 North 4th
BAIL BOND OFFICE
504 North 4th

Established in 1850
It is not known if this was the original building
Has been a Bail Bond office for many years
Appeared to be closed down the last time I looked




Circa 1942
MRS SUSIE SEARCY FURNISHED ROOMS
510 North 4th




ISADORE STREET INTERSECTS





Circa 1921
L. H. BATSELL & SONS BUILDING COMPANY
601 North 4th Street
Circa 1930
L. H. BATSELL & SONS MILL WORK
601 North 4th
Circa 1930
BATSELL & GEORGE
GENERAL CONTRACTORS
601 North 4th
Circa 1942
M. K. GOETZ WAREHOUSE
601 North 4th




FELIX STREET - DIVIDES NORTH AND SOUTH 4th STREET
FELIX ADDRESSES BETWEEN 4th & 5th BEGIN HERE



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Circa 1857
STATE SAVINGS BANK
400-402 Felix
Circa 1899
MISSOURI VALLEY TRUST COMPANY
400-402 Felix
Circa 1942
MISSOURI VALLEY TRUST COMPANY
400-402 Felix
Circa 1942
ST JOSEPH RETAIL GROCERS ASSOCIATION
402½ Felix
Circa 1942
MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION LOCAL No 50
402½ Felix

Established in 1857, this was the State Savings Bank, A. M. Saxton was the president
By May, 1881, Saxton had withdrawn from the corporation. C. B. France was elected president, R. L. McDonald was chosen vice-president, and E. Lindsay cashier. The bank had a capital of $100,000 and surplus of $75,000
The bank retained its state charter until 1890 when it was made a national bank
In 1899, the Missouri Valley Trust Company took over the building
Missouri Valley Trust Company is located at the SE corner of 4th & Felix
The Missouri Valley Trust Company is still in operation in 2015
In 2018, another business occupied the building for commercial use

Photo #1 - Current photo
Photo #2 - Current photo
Photo #3 - Current photo
Photo #4 - Current photo
Photo #5 - Current photo
Photo #6 - 1940's black & white photo
Photo #7 - The beautiful interior
Photo #8 - Circa 1907 photo
Photo #9 - The vault
Photo #10 - Beautiful teller window
Photo #11 - Early 1900's photo
Photo #12 - 1875 Advertisement
Photo #13 - 1878 Advertisement
Photo #14 - 1882 City Directory advertisement




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Building Circa:1890
Circa 1899
PERKINS & DERGE CLOTHING COMPANY
401 Felix
Circa 1905
DERGE-BODENHAUSEN CLOTHING COMPANY
401-403 Felix
Circa 1924
ST JOSEPH HAT COMPANY
401 Felix Street
Circa 1930
ST JOSEPH HAT COMPANY
401 Felix Street
Circa 1937
JONES HAT COMPANY
401-403 Felix
Circa 1942
CHESMORE SEED CO
(RETAIL STORE)
401-403 Felix Street
Circa 1953
CHESMORE SEED COMPANY
401 Felix
JOHNSON-WOODBURY HAT COMPANY
401 Felix Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal




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Circa 1924
MISSOURI VALLEY TRUST COMPANY
402 Felix Street
Circa 1930
QUALITY LETTER SHOP
402 Felix Street
Circa 1937
ST JOSEPH RETAIL GROCERS ASSOCIATION
402½ Felix







Circa 1900
Geiwitz & Holland Shoe Company
403 Felix
Circa 1900
Eliza Clifford Dressmaker
403 Felix
CHESMORE SEED RETAIL STORE
401-403 Felix
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Multi level city parking lot now occupies this location




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Circa 1900
HALSTEAD PHARMACY
405 Felix
Circa 1900
SAMUEL WAMPLER JEWELER
405 Felix
Circa 1900
SALTZMAN PROJECTING EXHIBIT
405 Felix
Circa 1910
JAMES SHOE STORE
405 Felix
Circa 1924
Family Shoe Store
405 Felix
Circa 1937
Abraham Tootle Shoes
405 Felix
Circa 1937
Frank Smith Hatter
405 Felix
Circa 1942
Abraham Tootle Shoes
405 Felix
SQUARE DEAL SHOE STORE
405 Felix
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Multi level city parking lot now occupies this location




Circa 1900
ANNIE CADWELL BOOK BINDING
406 Felix Street
Circa 1930
ABRAHAM TOOTLE MEN'S FURNISHINGS
406 Felix Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal




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Circa 1869
NATHAN D. GOFF
HATS & CAPS
407 Felix
Circa 1900
HENRY PARR JEWELRY MFGR
407½ Felix
Circa 1908
CHESMORE'S SEED
407 Felix
Circa 1930
STANDARD ELECTRIC COMPANY
407 Felix
Circa 1937
STANDARD ELECTRIC REPAIR DEPT
407½ Felix
Circa 1942
STANDARD ELECTRIC COMPANY
407 Felix
SHEA FURNITURE COMPANY
407 Felix
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Multi level city parking lot now occupies this location
Photo #2 - 1931 Standard Electric News Press advertisement






Circa 1880
SCHNEITTER RADIO COMPANY WAREHOUSE
409-411 Felix
Circa 1914
McQUINN CLOTHING COMPANY
409 Felix
Circa 1930
CHESMORE SEED COMPANY RETAIL STORE
409 Felix
Circa 1937
WOODSTOCK TYPEWRITER SALES
409 Felix
Circa 1937
VACANT
411 Felix
Circa 1942
SQUARE DEAL SHOE STORE
409 Felix
Circa 1955
ZWONKA FIX IT SHOP
409 Felix
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Multi level city parking lot now occupies this location






Circa 1880
SCHNEITTER RADIO COMPANY
410 Felix
Circa 1880
SCALISI SHOE REPAIR
408-410 Felix
Circa 1900
J C CLIFFORD MILLINERY
410 Felix
Circa 1909
NEVIN & SCHWIEN
Wines & Liquors
410 Felix
Circa 1930
C. L. ROYER STAMP COMPANY
410 Felix
Circa 1930
CHESTER KENGERSKI SHOE REPAIR
408 Felix
Circa 1942
CHESTER KENGERSKI SHOE REPAIR
408 Felix
Circa 1942
QUICK SHOE REPAIR
408 Felix
Circa 1942
A V BANES MEDICINE COMPANY
410½ Felix
Circa 1942
C. L. ROYER STAMP COMPANY
410 Felix

Schneitter Radio Company office was located at this address
Later Goldsberry and Son Rubber Stamps occupied the building




Circa 1900
WILFRED McDONALD HARDWARE & STOVES
411 Felix
Circa 1930
W. C. KENNEDY SEEDS
411 Felix
Circa 1942
VACANT
411 Felix
Demolished during Urban Renewal




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Circa 1899
DUTTON BROTHERS DENTAL OFFICE
412-414 Felix
Circa 1900
R U HENRICK JEWELER
412 Felix
Circa 1905
GEORGE H. CATLIN JEWELER
412 Felix
Circa 1909
DUNCAN SEED COMPANY
412 Felix Street
Circa 1910
GOODYEAR RAINCOAT COMPANY'S STORE
412 Felix Street
Circa 1920
ROBINSON, McWILLIAMS & BURNHAM
INSURANCE AGENCY
412 Felix Street
Circa 1930
ENRIGHT PLUMBING & HEATING COMPANY
412 Felix Street
Circa 1930
J KAHAN JEWELER
412 Felix Street
Circa 1942
DANNEN GRAIN & MILLING COMPANY
412 Felix Street
E. O. KOCH & SONS
Surgical & Health Supports
412 Felix Street
NORTHWEST MISSOURI GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
412 Felix

Currently the home of Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society
Photo #12 - 1930 City Directory advertisement




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Circa 1900
FRANK KESSLER SHOE COMPANY
413 Felix
Circa 1903
JAXON SHOE COMPANY
413 Felix
SWARTZ SHOE COMPANY
413 Felix
Circa 1907
KANTOR SHOE COMPANY
413 Felix
CAMPBELL SHOE COMPANY
413 Felix
Circa 1918
COBB SHOE COMPANY
413 Felix
Circa 1930
C. A. STONER SHOES
413 Felix
Circa 1942
VACANT
413 Felix
SOUTHERN PIT BARBEQUE
413 Felix
OLE HICKORY BARBEQUE
413 Felix
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Multi level city parking lot is now at this location
Tom Hoecker started this BBQ restaurant, Nichols was the last proprietor
Photo #2 - 1906 St Joseph News Press advertisement
Photo #3 - 1918 Cobb Shoes News Press advertisement
Photo #5 - 1907 Kantor Shoe News Press advertisement






Circa 1900
PACIFIC EXPRESS COMPANY
414 Felix
Circa 1900
UNITED EXPRESS COMPANY
414 Felix
Circa 1905
CHICAGO GREAT WESTERN RR
Ticket Office
414 Felix
Circa 1930
WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH
414 Felix
Circa 1937
AMERICAN DISTRICT TELEGRAPH
414 Felix
Circa 1942
WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH
414 Felix
Circa 1942
AMERICAN DISTRICT TELEGRAPH
414 Felix

In 1937, American District Telegraph Company was also in this building with Western Union




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Circa 1900
KAHN & COMPANY CLOTHIERS
415-417 Felix
Circa 1930
BURACK & KOLBRENER MEN'S FURNISHINGS
415 Felix Street
Circa 1940
HAYNES-MARECHAL PAINT & WALLPAPER
415-417 Felix
Circa 1937
CHARLES STONER SHOE STORE
415 Felix Street
Circa 1937
FRANCIS PAINT & WALLPAPER
417 Felix Street
Circa 1942
HAYNES-MARECHAL PAINT & WALLPAPER
415-417 Felix
Circa 1942
HESSE GLASS COMPANY
415-417 Felix
Circa 1955
MONTY-HAYNES-MARECHAL PAINT & WALLPAPER
415-417 Felix
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Multi level city parking lot now at this location
Nichols was the proprietor of Monty's
Photo #2 - 1914 St Joseph News Press advertisement
Photo #3 - 1940 St Joseph News Press advertisement




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Circa 1890
BENNETT & VEGELY
416 Felix
Circa 1900
TEXTOR BROTHERS FANCY GROCERIES
416 Felix
Circa 1909
NEVIN & SCHWIEN WINES & LIQUORS
416 Felix
Circa 1942
COBB SHOE COMPANY
416 Felix
Circa 1930
COBB SHOE COMPANY
416 Felix




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Circa 1899
SALTMAN PROJECTING EXHIBIT CAMERA CO
418 Felix
Circe 1910
A. WENDOVER JEWELERS
418 Felix
Circa 1911
MAXWELL JEWELERS
418 Felix
Circa 1937
VACANT
418 Felix
COBB SHOE COMPANY
418 Felix
Circa 1942
NATIONAL OPTICAL STORES CO.
418 Felix
Circa 1944
NATIONAL OPTICAL STORES CO.
418 Felix
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Photo #1 - 1899 St Joseph News Press advertisement
Photo #2 - 1944 St Joseph News Press advertisement
Photo #3 - 1910 St Joseph News Press advertisement
Photo #4 - 1911 St Joseph News Press advertisement
Photo #6 - 1930 Maxwell's Jewelry City Directory Advertisement






Circa 1927
J. KAHAN
419 Felix
Circa 1930
SINGER SEWING MACHINE COMPANY
419 Felix
Circa 1937
VACANT
419 Felix
Circa 1942
VACANT
419 Felix
SUPERIOR WINDOW CLEANING CO
419 Felix
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Multi level city parking lot now at this location




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Circa 1878
E.D. HOLTHAUS CONFECTIONS & ICE CREAM
420 Felix
Circa 1900
JOHN SCHNEIDER MEN'S FURNISHINGS
420 Felix
Circa 1900
PHILADELPHIA DENTAL ROOMS
420½ Felix
Circa 1930
ST JOSEPH SPORTING GOODS
420 Felix Street
Circa 1937
VACANT
420 Felix Street
Circa 1942
SNYDER OFFICE EQUIPMENT CO
420 Felix
Circa 1942
BISHOP TYPEWRITER COMPANY
420 Felix
Circa 1945
HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CORPORATION
420 Felix
Circa 1950
SNYDER OFFICE EQUIPMENT CO
420 Felix




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Circa 1900
THOMAS EDWARDS HATS,CAPS & GLOVES
421 Felix
Circa 1900
BOEGLE'S BOOTS & SHOES
421-423 Felix
Circa 1930
CHICAGO, ROCK ISLAND & PACIFIC RAILROAD
John J. Goodrich
421 Felix
Circa 1937
ST JOSEPH OFFICE EQUIPMENT COMPANY
421 Felix
Circa 1937
HENRY McMURTRIE INSURANCE
421 Felix
Circa 1942
JOHN JOSEPH RESTAURANT
421 Felix
Circa 1953
JOHN JOSEPH RESTAURANT
421 Felix
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Listed as John Joseph Restaurant in 1953 city directory
Multi level city parking lot now at this location
Photo #1 - 1921 Boegle's St Joseph News Press advertisement
Photo #2 - 1930 Rock Island RR St Joseph News Press advertisement
Photo #3 - 1905 Boegle's St Joseph News Press advertisement




Circa 1900
FRANK LIGHTHEART CIGAR STORE
422 Felix Street
Circa 1930
SQUARE DEAL SHOE & HOSIERY
422 Felix Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal






Circa 1856
BOEGLE BROTHERS SHOES
423 Felix

Circa 1937
SQUARE DEAL SHOE & HOSIERY COMPANY
423 Felix
Circa 1942
MULL-TH0MPSON OPTICAL COMPANY
423 Felix
Circa 1953
TH0MPSON OPTICAL COMPANY
423 Felix
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Multi level city parking lot now at this location
Photo - 1912 St Joseph News Press advertisement






Circa 1900
MODEL TAILORING
424 Felix
Circa 1930
CORBY CIGAR STORE
424 Felix
Circa 1942
CORBY CIGAR STAND
424 Felix

Corby Cigar Store was located at the Corby Building






Circa 1878
J. FORBES & COMPANY FANCY GROCERIES
425 Felix
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Importers of fine groceries
Multi level city parking lot now at this location




Circa 1900
RYAN RESTAURANT
426 Felix





Circa 1893
BLOCK BROTHERS
427 Felix
Circa 1896
BLOCK BROTHERS
425 Felix
Circa 1898
BLOCK BROTHERS
425-427 Felix
Circa 1900
BLOCK BROTHERS
423-425 Felix
Circa 1905
BLOCK BROTHERS
425-427 Felix
Circa 1930
THE BARGAIN CENTER
425 Felix
Circa 1937
BARGAIN CENTER DEPARTMENT STORE
427 Felix
HAHN MUSIC & APPLIANCE COMPANY
427 Felix
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Ernie Hahn - proprietor of Hahn Music
Multi level city parking lot now at this location






Circa 1900
ISSAC GORDON MILLINERY
428 Felix
Circa 1900
LEONARD LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY
428½ Felix
Circa 1917
MISSOURI PACIFIC TICKET OFFICE
428 Felix
Circa 1953
MECHANICS BANK
428 Felix




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Circa 1902
CORBY-FORSEE BUILDING
422-428 Felix
Circa 1942
CORBY-FORSEE BUILDING
422-428 Felix
Circa 1958
CORBY-FORSEE BUILDING
422-428 Felix
THE FOUNTAINS APARTMENTS CORBY PLACE
422-428 Felix

In 1910, the John Corby and Dr Edgar Forsee Corporation constructed a 12 story building called the Corby-Forsee Building at 422 Felix

In 1927, an addition of another floor was added to house the St Joseph Grain Exchange making the building 13 stories tall

It was the 1st multi-level office complex to be built in St Joseph

The building had 200 offices, each with it's own lavatory

It has now been converted into a senior living complex called The Fountains at Corby Place

Photo #1 - Corby Building Facad, now called The Fountains at Corby Place
Photo #2 - Corby Building
Photo #3 - Corby Building
Photo #4 - Corby Building Elevators with brass doors
Photo #6 - 1931 photo of lighted sign on top of the Corby Building
Photo #7 - 1922 photo, showing Corby Building with sign on top
Photo #8 - 2012 photo, looking west from top level of Corby Building
Photo #9 - Main entrance of the Corby Building
Photo #10 - 1914 newspaper photo of lighted sign on top of the Corby Building
Photo #11 - Looking east down Felix, the Corby Cigar Store's sign visible
Photo #12 - Westward view down 4th Street from the Corby Building
Photo #13 - 1928 photo of the first floor - St Joseph Grain Exchange
Photo #14 - An old photo of the Corby Building
Photo #15 - 1899 Doctor J.H. Sampson advertisement
Photo #16 - 1915 Photo
Photo #17 - 1967 Herbert H Powell Insurance advertisement
Photo #18 - Looking east down Felix, the Corby Cigar Store's sign visible
Photo #19 - 1920 Comptometer School St Joseph News Press advertisement






Circa 1899
NOLD & WILD LUMBER
1202 North 4th

Photo - 1899 Advertisement




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Circa 1930
C. H. NOLD LUMBER COMPANY
1224 North 4th
Circa 1970
WILSON & WEIPERT
Roofing & Sheet Metal Company
1224 North 4th
Circa 1980
AAMCO TRANSMISSIONS
1224 North 4th

Photo #1 - 1970 St Joseph News Press Advertisement
Photo #2 - 1980 St Joseph News Press Advertisement
Photo #4 - 1930 City Directory advertisement



FELIX STREET - DIVIDES NORTH AND SOUTH 4th STREET
4th & FELIX BEGINS HERE



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Circa 1870
JOHN CORBY'S
STATE NATIONAL BANK
4th & Felix







LOOKING EAST ON FELIX
BETWEEN 4th & 5th STREETS
Buildings on left were demolished during Urban Renewal

A multi level city parking lot replaced all of the buildings on the left side of this photo between 4th & 5th on Felix Street




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THE WHOLESALE DISTRICT ON 4th STREET

Demolished during Urban Renewal






Circa 1889
ROBERT A. HOPE MEN'S FURNISHINGS
Northeast Corner at 4th & FELIX






Circa 1902
4th & FELIX






Circa 1947
LOU ROCHER'S LIQUOR
4th & FELIX




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Circa 1919
WWI VICTORY ARCH & RETURNING TROOPS
4th & Felix and 8th & Felix

A World War I Victory Arch was placed at both ends of downtown Felix
One at 8th & Felix and one at 4th & Felix
Photo #1 is looking east at 4th & Felix Street
Photo #2 is a postcard




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Circa 1894
NATIONAL BANK
4th & Felix
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
4th & Felix
Circa 1930
EARLEY D. BIRD FARM LOANS
4th & Felix
COMMERCE BANK
4th & Felix

Located on the southwest corner of 4th & Felix
Check out the old original street lights
Originally the National Bank, then First National and now Commerce Bank

Photo #1 - 1st National Bank
Photo #2 - 4th & Felix looking East
Photo #3 - Currently Commerce Bank
Photo #4 - Current view from 4th St side
Photo #5 - Old photo of the bank
Photo #6 - 1st National Bank
Photo #7 - 1967 News Press advertisement
Photo #8 - 1930 City Directory Advertisement



FRANCIS STREET INTERSECTS





Circa 1930
WESTERN PLUMBING COMPANY
406 Francis

Photos - 1930 City Directory advertisement




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BILL'S CLUB
408 Francis Street

Photo #1 - Bill's Club marquee is visible mid-block
The Pioneer Building with its distinctive roofline is clearly visible in the background

Photo #2 - The Photographer walked a further past Bill's Club and took a photo of a crane taking out an old building on the SW corner of 5th and Francis
Photos donated by Dave Sietzen




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Circa: 1847
Zion Church
4th & Francis Street

1881 pencil sketch of a church at 4th & Francis
This church was built in 1847 by Rev. T.S. Reeve and the New School Presbyterians
Zion's German Evangelical Church bought the building in 1865 and stayed until October 1881
The Saxton National Bank was organized in 1883
It cut down the hill at this site and erected its building there
This bank lasted until 1894, when it was consolidated with Schuster-Hax National Bank and reorganized as the First National Bank of Buchanan County.




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LEO'S CASTLE ON THE HILL CAFETERIA
4th & Francis
Circa 1951

Photos - 1951 St Joseph News-Press advertisements for Leo's "Castle On The Hill" restaurant




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Circa 1885-1935
SAXTON NATIONAL BANK
4th & Francis

In 1885, this bank was located on the northeast corner of 4th & Francis
At the time, it was the largest bank in St Joseph
Photos #4 & 5 are the lion statues once located at the entrance
Photo #6 is Abe Saxton's home






Photo Circa 1976
4th & Francis

1976 Photo during Urban Renewal looking north on 4th Street
Big Smith can be seen in the background




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REGNIER & SHOUP CROCKERY
4th & Francis

Once located on NE corner of 4th & Francis Street
Supplied the new Hotel Robidoux with all the dishes and glassware
Hotel Robidoux can be seen further down the block
Photo #2 is a hand lettered glass paperweight






Circa 1906
REMINGTON TYPEWRITER COMPANY
414 Francis

Photo - 1905 St Joseph Newspress advertisement






Circa 1916
LEE BROOM
420 Francis

Automobile tire recapper




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Circa 1922
HOTEL JEROME & LEE BROOM RESTAURANT
416-420 Francis

On June 17, 1922, Lee C Broom leased the property at 416-418 Francis
Lee C Broom constructed the Hotel Jerome on the site
The hotel, a six story, 75 room hotel, opened in 1922 at 416-418 Francis Street

The hotel was managed by Mr Harold Gordon

In 1936, the Lee Broom restaurant was located in the adjoining buiding at 420 Francis
The restaurant later became Gordon's Restaurant

On the 1st day of August, 1936 Broom leased all property for 15 years to William T. Wheeler
Lee C Broom passed away in June 1946

The hotel was gutted by fire on March 4, 1957 and ordered by the city to be demolished

Some of the above details were donated by: Don Erck, Elk Grove, CA

DESCRIPTION FOR PHOTO #5 SUBMITTED BY Andrew Poage:
This photo shows the sides of the old American Electric building and the Tootle-Hosea building (center and right) on north 4th street. We would now be looking at Civic Arena and the parking garage

Photo #1 - The empty lot where the Hotel Jerome once was, Hotel Robidoux is visible in the background
Photo #2 - The Jerome Hotel
Photo #3 - Jerome Hotel advertisement
Photo #4 - Jerome Hotel postcard
Photo #5 - The remnants of the hotel
Photo #6 - March 4,1957 fire - note Gordon Restaurant sign is visible
Photo #7 - Slightly better photo than #2
Photo #8 - Hotel Jerome stationary
Photo #9 - Lee Broom Restaurant
Photo #10 - Lee Broom Restaurant
Photo #1 donated by Dave Sietzen




GORDON'S JEROME CAFE
418 Francis Street




JEROME COCKTAIL LOUNGE
420 Francis Street




PONY EXPRESS SHOP
428 Francis Street






Photo Circa 1877
WILCOX & GIBBS SEWING MACHINES
429 Francis Street




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Circa 1907
HILLYARD CHEMICAL COMPANY
4th & Jules Streets
HILLYARD DISINFECTANT COMPANY
4th & Jules Streets
HILLYARD,INC
4th & Jules

Hillyard, Inc is located at 4th & Jules Streets
Earlier known as Hillyard Disinfectant Company and Hillyard Chemical
Hillyards is a privately owned cleaning products company
Their speciality is providing products for cleaning and maintenance of wood basketball courts
Newton S. Hillyard founded the company in 1907 as a cleaning supplies manufacturer
Hillyard's son Marvin asked him to sponsor a basketball team
Newton S. then developed the company's signature cleaning supplies that made the floors "less oily"
It is in it's 4th generation of family ownership since 1907


Photo #1 - Hillyard plant at 4th & Jules
Photo #2 - 1942 envelope postmark
Photo #3 - 1963 circa
Photo #4 - 1971 advertisement
Photo #5 - Transport and drivers
Photo #6 - Horse drawn sales wagon
Photo #7 - 1930's sales truck
Photo #8 - 1967 Advertisement





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AERIAL VIEW
BUCHANAN COUNTY COURT HOUSE




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Circa 1874
BUCHANAN COUNTY COURT HOUSE
411 Jules Street

Built in 1874, the Court House had a major fire in 1885 and was rebuilt
Located on the southwest corner of 4th & Jules
They recently rebuilt the west and south steps however they are no longer used
All entrances except the east door are now closed off for security reasons
Everyone must now pass through a metal detector when upon the building

Photo #1 - 1880's era, note that it had a different looking dome
Photo #4 - Note: the Skelly station was removed during Urban Renewal
Photo #6 - Court House photos before and after 1885 court house fire
Photos #7-13 were taken in 2013 by David Osgood
Photo #14 - Circa: 1906 postcard
Photo #15 - Skelly Station across from Court House 25.9 cent gasoline
Photo #16 - 1972 Court House & Jail




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DOWNTOWN SKELLY STATION
501 Jules
Demolished during Urban Renewal

This gas station was located east of Buchanan Court House
A city parking lot replaced the structure during Urban Renewal






BUCHANAN COUNTY POOR HOUSE
4th & Faraon




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