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FELIX STREET - DIVIDES NORTH AND SOUTH 9th STREET
NORTH 9th STREET BEGINS HERE



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Circa 1935
ALBERT'S COMPANY
101 North 9th Street
Circa 1955
ALBERT'S APPLIANCE
101 North 9th Street
PLATTE BUSINESS COLLEGE
101 North 9th Street

In the 1940's, Albert's Appliance occupied this building
Photo #2 shows when Platt College occupied this building
Photo #4 view is looking west from 10th Street
Alberts can be seen at the western end of the street
Photo #5 was taken sometime in the 1940's






Circa 1917
ST JOSEPH UNDERTAKING COMPANY
105 North 9th Street






Circa 1954
HOLLYWOOD HOUSE OF BEAUTY
106 North 9th Street






Circa 1921
AUTO TIRE COMPANY
107 North 9th Street






Circa 1930-1940
PLATT-GARDS BUSINESS UNIVERSITY
108 North 9th Street
G. G. THOMPSON WALLPAPER & PAINT
108 North 9th Street




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Circa 1951
TRAIL THEATER
111 North 9th Street

Grand Opening was Friday May 2,1951

Grand Opening Newspaper Advertisement:
Adults 65c Children 14c
First movie shown: Fathers Little Dividend
Starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett , Elizabeth Taylor
Free flowers for the ladies
Radio Broadcst announcing the Grand Opening
Dedication by Mayor Stanley I Dale
Exciting new features of design,safety,comfort and convenience
Plan Now, Be A First Nighter

The Trail Theater is located on North 9th Street, between Felix & Francis
The Trail Theater was the last remaining old theater in full operation
It has since closed it's doors
It had a side exit which led to Mannings Grocery Store parking lot
People parking in Mannings Parking lot during the store's hours caused problems
When it opened in 1951 it was considered one of St Joseph's most modern theaters

The Trail was remodeled in 1960, many of the special lighting effects were altered
The red sidewalk was removed as well as the quarry tile
The Trail was owned by the Dickinson Theaters of Kansas City
The Trail was sold on April 15, 2011 to a local businessman
He is in the process of restoring the theater for multi-purposes
Seating will be cut down and the screen will be saved for movies
Photos #12-24 were taken on June 30, 2014 by Terry Plumb







ZION CHURCH
320 NORTH 9th STREET

Still standing and in use in 2017
Missouri Methodist Hospital was once located across the street






509-511 NORTH 9th STREET

This Duplex no longer exists






609-611 NORTH 9th STREET

This Duplex no longer exists, a very large cement parking lot replaced it






613-615 NORTH 9th STREET

This Duplex still exists






617-619 NORTH 9th STREET

This Duplex still exists






620 NORTH 9th STREET

This building no longer exists, just a vacant grassy lot
All houses in this block on west side of street are gone






621 NORTH 9th STREET

This building still exists






622 NORTH 9th STREET

This building no longer exists, just a vacant grassy lot
All houses in this block on west side of street are gone






623-627 NORTH 9th STREET

This building still exists, it now has trees in front of it
It looks much better than this photo now



CHURCH STREET INTERSECTS





638-640 NORTH 9th STREET

This duplex no longer exists, it is now just a vacant grassy lot
All houses in this block on west side of street are gone






644-646 NORTH 9th STREET

This duplex no longer exists, it is now just a vacant grassy lot
All houses in this block on west side of street are gone






Circa 1929
CHRISTENSEN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
701 North 9th Street

Photo - 1929 St Joseph News Press advertisement



FELIX STREET LISTINGS BETWEEN 9th & 10th STREET BEGINS HERE



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Circa 1929
GRAY BROTHERS TIRE COMPANY
908 Felix Street

Photo #1 - 1929 St Joseph News Press advertisement
Photo #2 - 1930 advertisement




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Circa 1942
WESTERN AUTO SUPPLY COMPANY
902-908 Felix

A Western Auto store was located on the south side of Felix between 9th & 10th

The city was in need for an off-street parking area for the main library

The city purchased the entire block of buildings, had them removed and created a large parking lot

The parking lot is bounded by 9th-10th Streets and Felix-Edmond Streets
It proved to be a great asset to downtown St Joseph and is used my many

More information about this is available under St Joseph Public Library section further down

Photo #1 - The razing of the Western Auto building by Hasting Wrecking Company
Photo #2 - Western Auto advertisement for the 902 Felix address




Circa 1937
Kaiser Motor Supply Company
915 Felix Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal



Circa 1937
SANDERS APARTMENTS
926 Felix Street
Circa 1942
LASALLE APARTMENTS
924-928 Felix Street
Demolished for library parking lot



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Circa 1902
ST JOSEPH PUBLIC LIBRARY
927 Felix Street
Circa 1902
SCHOOL DISTRICT OF ST JOSEPH
927 Felix Street
Circa 1902
CITY DIRECTORY LIBRARY
927 Felix Street
Circa 1919
US JUNIOR ROTC
927 Felix Street
Circa 1902
BOARD OF EDUCTATION CLINIC
927 Felix Street

St. Joseph Public Library, located in the downtown neighborhood of St. Joseph, Missouri, is a two story building with basement which measures approximately 123' along the east and west axis and 108' along the north and south axis. The library rests on foundations of stone and brick.
It is constructed of brick and reinforced concrete faced with beige marble and limestone on its ornate exterior and is capped with a red tiled roof which culminates in a skeletal glazed dome. The exterior of the building has recently been cleaned with pressurized hot water and coated with Hydrocide tinted waterproofing by Sonneborn, applied by Mid-Continent Waterproofing Co., Fort Scott, Kansas
Notable decorative features include a pedimented projecting central bay on the primary facade embellished with Ionic Half-columns on bases, an entry loggia, heavy almost Hanneristic voussoirs at the first floor level and Michaela window surrounds capped with the characteristic Eckelian wreath motif.
The St. Joseph Public Library is significant as the building which has housed this city's free public library for so many years and which served as the birthplace and first location of the St. Joseph Museum, two leading social institutions of St. Joseph.
In addition, it is a fine example of civic architecture influenced by French Baroque Classicism, designed by Edmond Jacques Eckel, one of the foremost architects of St. Joseph and of the mid-western United States.
How it all began:
In May, 1887 Mr. Warren Samuels announced in the St. Joseph newspapers that he would donate free use of a room in his building at 6th and Charles Streets for a library if money could be raised for books. A subsequent campaign led by Mrs. John S. Lemon, Mrs. T. F. Van Nattan and Mrs. George Hull raised $3000 by August of that year through the sale of life memberships to the library at $50 each. The library opened November 8, 1887 and accumulated over 3,200 books by the end of its first year.
In 1890, Mr; Purdy Wright, City Clerk of St. Joseph, being impressed by city-wide interest in the organization of a free public library, began circulating petitions to obtain a 3/10 of a mill tax to finance such an institution, In 1891, this proposal was approved by voters with a margin of 6 to 1
By the 1890's the library had outgrown its small. Since state law did not recognize a library as legal entity qualified to float A-bond issue for funds, the Library Board joined forces with the School Board to plan a building to benefit both.
In March, 1900 a bond issue of $200,00 both for a library building to house the free library and administrative offices of the School District and for other elementary school buildings was submitted to the voters. It passed and construction began in 1901. The new library opened on March 13, 1902.
The library has always been a center for information and assistance to clubs, schools and local colleges. In addition, in 1907 it was designated as a depository for publications of the United States Government Printing Office. This collection has grown to 78,024 items. Moreover, in the files of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools are records of thousar of students covering the years 1854 to 1981. These are used as a research resource by local citizens interested in genealogy and local history.
A room in the basement of the library was reserved for use as a museum in 1902. It was not until 1926, however, that a movement initiated by local college students, led by their science teacher, Mr. Orrel M. Andrews, resulted in the establishment of a natural science museum. By 1927, a Board of Directors was elected and the Board of Education donated space on the second floor for the fledgling museum. It opened with 6,TOO exhibits, anu by 1940 had a paid director.
Gifts and loans soon made the space inadequate so the museum moved to a building of its own in 1942. It is now a city-supported, nationally accredited St. Joseph Museum with an outstanding American Indian collection.
The St Joseph School District, who owns this building, also has it's offices in this building
The downtown library has been totally remodeled
It really looks nice inside, glad they fixed it up instead of letting it deteriorate

Photo #1 - Circa 1903 - Horse & buggy day photo
Photo #2 - Public Library
Photo #3 - Entrance to children section
Photo #4 - Present day front view
Photo #5 - Old interior view
Photo #6 - Library floor plan
Photo #7 - St Joseph Bookmobile
Photo #8 - Interior view
Photo #9 - 1903 photo
Photo #10 - Ceiling photo
Photo #11 - Glass floor photo
Photo #12 - Modern view from 10th Street
Photo #13 - Interior view
Photo #14 - Old interior view
Photo #15 - Old postcard
Photo #16 - Harrison County Bookmobile
Photo #17 - Eugene Fields Little Boy Blue
Photo #18 - Library viewed from 10th Street
Photo #19 - 1915 Article about the Library
Photo #20 - Circa 1903 St Joseph Public Library



9th & FELIX LISTINGS BEGIN HERE





Circa 1946
HOAD-POWERS RURALGAS SERVICE
9th & Felix






Circa 1923
ST JOSEPH RAILWAY, LIGHT, HEAT AND POWER
9th & Felix Street

St Joseph Railway, Light,Heat and Power Company advertising Edison Electric Flat Irons and folding baskets for $5.95 at 9th & Felix
Payments of only 50 cents per month added on your electric bill
Their regular building suffered fire damage and the company made this a temporary headquarters




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Circa 1919
DIAMOND MOTOR COMPANY
Authorized Essex Dealer
9th & Felix




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Circa 1927
BREON MOTOR COMPANY
Authorized Chrysler Dealer
9th & Felix




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1894 MEIRHOFFER UNDERTAKING
Circa 1894
9th & Felix






Circa 1923
GRAY BROTHERS TIRE COMPANY
9th & Felix




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Circa 1970's
CITY MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT #1
UPPER LEVEL DEEMED UNSAFE
Circa 2016
MOSIAC PARKING GARAGE

9th & Felix

This is the first of three multi-level, million dollar parking lots constructed after Urban Renewal

It is bounded by 8th-9th Streets and Felix-Francis streets less a small portion belonging to a business as can be seen in photo #2

Note the barred entrance to the upper level in photo #1, the upper level was deemed unsafe and has been closed off almost since it's construction

This parking lot is located at 9th & Felix, across the street from the Trail Theater

Parking is currently allowed in the lower level, it is rarely used by anyone
The city is considering either fixing or removing the top level of the parking lot
In 2016, Mosiac Hospital purchased the parking lot, razed it and is currently rebuilding a multi level parking lot in it's place
It is planned to have several shops in it also

Photo #1 - Looking northwest from 9th & Felix, note the barracade blocking the entrance
Photo #2 - Looking southwest from sidewalk in front of the Trail theater
Photo #3 - 1977 St Joseph News-Press photo, the view is from 9th & Francis



FRANCIS STREET INTERSECTS - FRANCIS STREET ADDRESSES BEGIN HERE



MODERN MOTORS USED CARS
900 Francis




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Circa 1910
CONSER'S SANITARY SOFT WATER LAUNDRY
908-914 Francis
Circa 1932
CALKINS MOTOR COMPANY
Authorized Willys Dealer
908 Francis
Circa 1942
Safeway Stores Inc
904-908 Francis




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Circa 1915
CONSER LAUNDRY & DRY CLEANING
910 Francis
MANNING'S HY-KLAS DRIVE-IN MARKET
910 Francis

Once a very popular grocery store in the heart of downtown St Joseph
Manning's parking lot extended to 9th street along side the Trail Theater
Theater patrons parked in Manning's lot which caused many problems during Manning's store hours
When Manning's was sold and razed, a Taco Bell was constructed on the site and it still remains there in 2018




Circa 1942
Howard's Sandwich Shop
916 Francis




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Circa 1921
S. R. S. BATTERY COMPANY
918-920 Francis
Circa 1930
JAMES B. FURR
916 Francis
Circa 1930
P. B. KANOSKI
920 Francis Street
Circa 1942
ENRIGHT PLUMBING & HEATING
922 Francis
Circa 1942
Frank Lee Bicycle Shop
918 Francis
Circa 1942
Iron Fireman Sales Company
922 Francis
Circa 1953
3 stores, 916-922 Francis
ALBURN MUSIC CENTER
918 Francis
GIBSON'S CAFE
916 Francis
MELODY MUSIC
918 Francis
BUSINESS MACHINES & EQUIPMENT
918 Francis
BELL SERVICE SYSTEM
922 Francis

These buildings no longer exist
Photo #3 - 1954 Bell Service news press advertisement




King Hill Building
KING HILL LODGE #19
3rd Floor
923 Francis Street





PATRICK FLATS
Circa 1930
Mrs Molliw A Sharp
924-928 Francis Street





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Circa 1914
A. McCARTHY & SON
926-928 Francis Street
Circa 1940
BON TON CLEANERS
926 Francis Street
Circa 1942
BON TON CLEANERS
926 Francis Street

The building no longer exists
Photo #1 - 1914 St Joseph News Press advertisement
Photo #2 - 1940 Joseph News Press advertisement



NORTH 10th STREET INTERSECTS




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MILLER CHEVROLET & BUICK
Circa 1967
KEITH MARSH CHEVROLET
901 Jule Street

Located between 9th & 10th streets on Jules Street where it meets Frederick Avenue
This structure once was a Miller Chevrolet dealership in the 1960's
In 1967, it was Keith Marsh Chevrolet
In 1980, it was a Buick dealership
No dealerships occupy the location anymore

Photo #1 - Current view
Photo #2 - 1980 photo of Buick dealership
Photo #3 - Miller Chevrolet
Photo #4 - Miller Chevrolet
Photo #5 - Keith Marsh advertisement
Photo #3 submitted by Brooke Hickman






Circa 1859
JAMES OWEN HOUSE
9th & Jules

James Owen built this house on the corner of 9th & Jules in 1859
The house no longer exists




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Circa 1947
LOG CABIN MINIATURE GOLF COURSE
9th & Jules



FARAON STREET INTERSECTS





Circa 1921
OSTEOPATHIC HOSPITAL
9th & Faraon



FREDERICK AVENUE INTERSECTS





Aerial View 8th to 10th & Frederick

This is how Frederick Avenue look before Urban Renewal




Five Corners Bar & Grill
901 Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal







Best-All Dry Cleaners
903 Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Best-All Cleaners can be seen on the lower left in this photo
The building no longer exists
Notice that the Pony Express Statue has not yet been installed




Joseph Marshall Dentist
903½ Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal






Model Supply Shop
905 Frederick Avenue
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Back in the 1950's, I used to buy my model airplanes here
Demolished during Urban Renewal - the building no longer exists
Photo - 1955 St Joseph News-Press advertisement



Quality Sewing Machine Co
907 Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal




Pony Express Barber Shop
907a Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal



MELROSE MARKET
CARL'S GOLDEN GLOW BEAUTY SHOP
909 Frederick Avenue
Demolished during Urban Renewal

In the early 1930's, Giuseppe "Joe" Manganaro moved his Italian grocery store from 807 Francis to 909 Frederick Avenue

By the early 1950's, Carl's Golden Glow beauty shop had occupied this location

Information donated by Jeff Soto, Manganaro's great grandson



Ring Side Grill
915 Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal



Civic Center News Stand
917 Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal

This was a very small shop that was jammed from floor to ceiling with new & used magazines, books and newspapers

It was a neat place to browse



New Yorker

New Yorker Cafe & Tavern
923 Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Once located at 923 Frederick
In later years, it moved to Faraon, between 9th & 10th streets, behind Mannings Market
The New Yorker is no longer in business




Downtown

MARSHALL & DUNN GROCERY
9th & Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal






Circa 1925
CENTRAL OIL COMPANY
Station #1
9th & Frederick




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PLATT'S COMMERCIAL COLLEGE
YWCA
9th & Frederick
9th & Felix
3131 Frederick Ave
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Until Urban Renewal, this collage was located at 9th & Frederick
At one time, the YWCA was also located in this building
This business College moved to the NE corner of 9th & Felix, see photo #4
In 1986, Platt College moved again to 3131 Frederick





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Circa 1879
GARD BUSINESS UNIVERSITY
514 Francis
9th & Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Gards was originally at 514 Francis Street in the Pioneer Building

Gard Business University later moved to the SW corner of 9th & Frederick

Urban Renewal removed this entire block of buildings and created a parking lot

The upper level has been deemed unsafe and has been blocked off now for years

The city is still debating what to do about it

Gards was located across 9th Street from the Trail theater

Looking at the photo #2, 9th Street was once a 2 way street




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