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UNKNOWN GROCERY STORE
2713 Locust Street

The owner(s) of the grocery store is unknown at this time
The house on the left was built and owned by Nicholas Brady
None of the buildings in the photo still exist




ACME MUSIC COMPANY
1410 Olive Street







AERIAL VIEW OF I-229 HIGHWAY







AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST
CENTERING ON WESTERN TABLET AREA
CIRCA 1940'S

The Western Tablet complex (Westab) is visible in the center of this photo





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AERIAL VIEW LOOKING WEST
CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AREA
CIRCA 1945

Central High School, the old Municipal swimming pool surrounded by trees, the athletic track and the tennis courts are visible

Sherwood Elementry at 29th & Edmond is visible at the very bottom right

Just to the left of Sherwood the upper playground is visible





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AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST
CIRCA 1940-1950'S

Photo #1 is a very large overview looking northeast
Central High School area is in the center of the photo
State Hospital #2 can be seen above the Central High area

Photo #2 is Central High School, Municipal Swimming pool and Noyes track
Note that the Municpal swimming pool is surrounded by trees

Photo #3 is Sears & Roebuck and the parking lot at 22nd & Messanie

Photo #4 is State Hospital #2, the narrow dirt road below the hospital is Faraon





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AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHWEST
CIRCA 1940-1950'S

Photo #1 - A very large aerial overview looking to the northwest

Photo #2 - In the top right corner is the State Hospital #2

Photo #3 - Central High School, Municipal Swimming Pool and Noyes track

Mark Twain and Myrtle Miller schools are seen at the bottom of the photo

Photo #4 is Mark Twain and Myrtle Miller schools

Photo #5 is the houses in the Meadow Lane addition at 32nd & Messanie street




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AERIAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTHWEST
CIRCA 1940-1950'S

Photo #1 - Large aerial overview of the midtown area

Photo #2 - Sears & Roebucks, St Peter & Paul Catholic church and Barlett Colored High school

Photo #3 - Barlett Colored High school & St Peter & Paul Catholic church

Photo #4 - Central High School, Municipal Swimming Pool and Noyes Track

Photo #5 - Sears & Roebuck store at 22nd & Messanie





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AERIAL VIEW LOOKING WEST
CIRCA 1960'S

Photo #1 - Large aerial photo looking west from Interstate I-29

The old Highway US 169, which no longer exists, in the top of photo

The railroad overpass which also no longer exists can be seen

Photo #2 is Continental Can Company on Easton Road






AERIAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTHWEST
FROM 12th & OLIVE STREET
Circa: 1905

The old Everett Grade School at 12th & Olive is visible at bottom left






ARNOLD NURSING HOME
701 South 11th





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Circa 1890
ARTESIAN ICE & COLD STORAGE
Main & Jules
Circa 1920
2nd & Atchison
SW Lower Lake Road
1604 Cross

The Artesian Ice Company was formed in 1890
A warehouse was constructed at Main & Jules Streets to service the Goetz brewery
A warehouse was constructed at 2nd & Atchison to service the railroad & stockyard industries
A new warehouse was constructed on Lower Lake Road
The office is currently located at 1604 Cross






B-7 WESTERN CLOTHING STORE
I-29 at South 169 Exit

This western clothing store was located just west of Paint Pony Lounge
They specialized in western clothing
They had 3 stores, located in King City, Cameron and St Joseph
Why the store's name B-7 (B bar 7) was named as such:
B for Bashor and the 7 was the number of family members
The store was owned by Bonnie & Eddie Bashor
At the time this photo was taken it was an antique shop
Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes






BASEBALL LEAGUE IN 1910
2611 South 6th Street







ST JOSEPH DRUMMERS BASEBALL LEAGUE

St. Joseph Drummers, named so for all the salesmen in the wholesale Mercantile warehouses in St. Joseph

I believe they played around 1900 to 1914 at a field somewhere around 6th and Mitchell

Anyway standing in the top row, 3rd from left, is Dutch Zwilling. Dutch went on to play for the Chicago White Sox - 1910

American League, the Chicago Whales - 1914 and 1915

Federal League, and the Chicago Cubs - 1916 National League

He led the Whales with 29 home runs in 2 years, and was awarded a silver bat that is in the baseball hall of fame

He also managed the Kansas City Blues, was a scout for the NY Yankees and NY Mets (friend of Casey Stengle)

Photo and informtion submitted by Brooke Hickman




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BATTERS BOX RECREATION COMPLEX
CLUBHOUSE RESTAURANT & BAR
Highway US 169 & Highway A

Photo #1 - Drink coaster
Photo #2 - Group sitting outside of the Batters Box




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BELLON'S BAKERY
BURNSTEIN BAKERY
LEO'S BAKERY (CHRISTMAN)
KATHY'S KLOSET
2601 Lafayette


Located on the northeast corner of 26th & Lafayette Street
3 different bakeries have occupied this building over the years
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




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BEE WAYNE BAKERY
521 Edmond
Demolished during Urban Renewal
2516 Mitchell
221 South 22nd

Bee Wayne bakery was once located on the northwest corner of 6th & Edmond

The downtown Bee Wayne sign is visible in photo #1

This is the only photo I have of Bee Wayne at this location

The downtown building no longer exists, it is currently a city parking lot
In the 1950 City Directory, Bee Wayne Bakery was listed at 2516 Mitchell

In 1935, 2518 Mitchell was Norris Drug Store and later became a Herman Drug Store

Bee Waynes was located on the west side of the drug store as photo #2 shows a bricked up wall and a doorway

The middle door is access to the apartment above

By 1960, the Bee Wayne bakery had moved to 221 South 22nd Street

It was one of St Joseph's most popular bakeries

John (Jake) Jacobs purchased the bakery building on South 22nd and converted into a garage to service his used cars and also served as his office for many years






BELCHER'S FUN HILL
2512 Pear

This was a small miniature golf course. They later had tampolines you could jump on for a small fee
Photo - 1971 newspaper advertisement






BIRD'S EYE VIEW SHOWING INDUSTRIES





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BLUE TOWN
South 10th

Several business buildings on South 10th Street were painted blue, thus the area was called Blue Town
As of August 2012, the last of the Blue Town buildings was torn down
Blue Town Packard was located at 1016-1020 SOuth 10th Street
Everett Seward was the owner of Blue Town Packard

Photo #1 - Blue Town Tavern - Taken prior to razing in 2012
Photo #2 - Blue Town Tavern - Taken prior to razing in 2012
Photo #3 - Blue Town Tavern - Taken prior to razing in 2012
Photo #4 - Blue Town Tavern - Taken prior to razing in 2012
Photo #5 - Blue Town Tavern - Taken prior to razing in 2012
Photo #6 - Blue Town Tavern - Taken prior to razing in 2012
Photo #7 - Blue Town Tavern - The last Blue Town building is gone
Photo #8 - Blue Town Packard advertisement
Photo #9 - Blue Town Packard advertising paper weight
Photo #10 - Blue Town Packard advertisement
Photo #11 - Blue Town Packard advertisement







BOB MADGET INC
2425 South 6th Street

St Joseph's oldest demolition company
Building Demolition, Heavy Hauling and used building materials
Photo - 1915 Bob Madget calendar
The Bob Madget company razed many buildings during the Urban Renewal program






BOLIN AUTOMOTIVE
1211 South 10th Street





BON TON CLEANERS
S&S PLUMBING
1528 Mitchell Ave

Bon Ton Cleaners are out of business
The building is currently occupied by S&S Plumbing




BUIS BEAUTY SHOP

BUIS BEAUTY SHOP
30th & Lafayette

Located on north east corner of 30th & Lafayette
This used to be Buis Beauty Shop, owned by Gale Buis' parents
Various shops occupied the adjoining space, at one time it was a grocery store

2008 Photo submitted by Terry McGinnis




BURLINGTON BANNER CAFE
Florence Road & King Hill Avenue

Florence Road & King Hill Avenue
Florence Road was closed off many years ago by Burlington Railroad
Structure is now gone




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BURNSTEIN BAKERY
817 South 8th

Tokens redeemable for a 5 cent loaf of bread
Burnstein Bakery made some great rye bread
I was never in the store but in the 1950's, my grandfather brought rye bread home from their bakery numerous times a week
The building still stands, St Joe Laser occupies the building






BUTCHART GREEN HOUSES
3316 Pickett Road




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BYERS TRANSPORTATION
801 Hickory





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CABBAGE ROLL GERMAN RESTAURANT
2641 Lafayette

Want a unique dining experience? Try the Friday night buffet at the Cabbage Roll
It is owned and operated by 2 gentlemen of German descent
Larry Matt and Andy Halamar opened the restaurant Aug. 1, 1989
Both men come from German backgrounds
The restaurant has extensive German decor
Superb home cooked German and other cusines are served buffet style on Friday evenings
The Buffet is available only on Friday beginning at 5pm by reservation only
Beside the buffet there is also a desert section filled with homemade deserts
They serve sandwiches for lunch Monday-Friday from 11-2 PM
The Cabbage Roll is closed on Saturday and Sunday
Ask them for a copy of the buffet schedule, their buffets change every month
The building was once Gorman's Hy-Klas grocery store

Photo #1 - Cabbage Roll restaurant submitted by Terry McGinnis
Photo #2 - Cabbage Roll restaurant submitted by Rodney Keyes
Photo #3 - Example of a buffet menu July through September 2014
Photo #4 - Larry Matt and Andy Halamar, Owners of the Cabbage Roll
Photo #5 - Current photo of the entrance
Photo #6 - Business card with owner names
Photo #7 - The backside of the business card showing open schedule





CAIN'S GARAGE & TRAILER SALES
2926 Pear

Photo submitted Rodney Keyes




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CAMERA SHOP
1890 Building
25th & Messanie

The large brick building was built in 1890
It was located in the 2500 block of Messanie Street
Chuck's Barber Shop was the smaller building on the east side of it
In the 1960's there was a camera shop, in later years other businesses were in the building
In 2014, the brick building was razed, currently an empty lot exists




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CB & Q OVERPASS
NOYES BOULEVARD & MESSANIE
The old railroad bridge has been removed
Over the years, many trucks had gotten struck the low bridge
As seen in photo #9, Officer Ron Davis issuing truck driver a ticket for hitting the overpass

Photo #1 - Noyes & Messanie intersection looking north
Photo #2 - Across from Moila looking north
Photo #3 - Frederick & Noyes - looking north
Photo #4 - Further north on Noyes - looking north
Photo #5 - 1937 view of the CB & Q Railroad bridge
Photo #6 - Only the east bridge abutment remains in 2013
Photo #7 - View from 28th Street, Henry's or Parkway Broasted Chicken visible
Photo #8 - Blown up view of the railroad bridge
Photo #9 - Officer Ron Davis issuing truck driver a ticket for hitting the overpass
Photo #10 - Removal of the bridge
Photo #11 - Removal of the bridge




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FLASH TAVERN
CARMEN'S TAVERN
DALE'S INN
THE HIPPOPOTAMUS
3735 So 11th Street Road

The Flash Tavern opened back in the 1950's and after numerous taverns occupying the building, it was torn down in the late 1970's or early 1980's
It was a small tavern located on the south side of 11th Street Road, just west of 16th Street
The building in now gone, just an empty field





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CENTRAL POLICE STATION
710 South 9th

This was Central Police Station for many years
Greg Filardo purchased the building and is storing his collectibles within
In August 2, 2010 - the History Channel's American Pickers visited & filmed Greg's collectibles. He has some fantastic items
You can see the video here. Click Here Watch Video
Photos #1-6 taken in 2013 by David Osgood






CENTRAL STATES RACEWAY
5211 Easton Road

Photo: 1984 newspaper advertisement for Family Go-Kart Racing




Chapman Cabinet Shop

CHAPMAN CABINET SHOP
1401 Sacramento

This shop was located 1401 Sacramento
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




Charm Girl Cabinet Shop

CHARM GIRL CABINET SHOP
1615 South 33rd Street

This shop was located 1615 South 33rd Street
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes






CHUCK'S HAIR CENTER
24th & Messanie

Chuck's barber shop was a popular barber shop in the 1960's
In 2014, both buildings were razed, currently a large empty lot now exists




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CIRCUS FAIRGROUNDS & CONCESSION STAND
6th & Atchison

The Fairgrounds located at 6th and Atchison was used for circuses and other events

In photo #1, Rick Stafford's grandfather, James (Jimmy) Byrne, the man leaning on the pole, and his crew sold Coca Cola at the concession stand

Look at those shirts, they have Coca Cola written all over them

Check out those old Coca Cola bottles & cases

This area no longer exists, the Light & Power company and Highway US 36 overpass consumes this area

Photo #1 - Concession stand in the early 1900s at the Fairgrounds
Photo #2 - A circus is set up and ready for business
Photo #3 - St Joseph Trolley stopped at the circus at 6th & Atchison
Photo #1 was submitted by Rick Stafford






CITY STADIUM
Circa 1930's
27th & Messanie




COTRELL FURNACE COMPANY
413 North 13th Street





CRANE SUPPLIES HARDWARE STORE
5010 King Hill Avenue





CRANE TV
26th & Lafayette

Television repair shop
In 1960, I purchased a used pinball machine from Mr. Crane for $50




CREVERLING CABINET & HARDWARE
1415 Messanie Street




CUT RATE LUMBER COMPANY
5th & Patee Street




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Circa 1955
CRISWELL OIL COMPANY
917 South 9th Street

Was located between Olive and Lafayette on South 9th Street
Currently an automotive repair shop






MIDWEST SALES COMPANY
921 South 9th Street




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Circa late 1800's
D. H. SCHMIDT CARRIAGE & WAGON CO
925 South 9th
(9th & Lafayette)

Dietrich Hermann Heinrich Schmidt, Birth: Dec. 10, 1861
Gandesbergen, Nienburger Landkreis, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Death: Jan. 1, 1928, Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA
Photo #1 is the original building when the business began
Located at 9th & Lafayette. Manufactured moving vans, trucks, carriages, buggies and business wagons
Photos #1 & #2 submitted by Wheeler Schmidt




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DEVIL'S BACKBONE

This area was originally called France's Hill
Back in the 1970's Don Burns and Rick Drozd began creating some paths for motorcycle riding. Soon afterwards, many guys on motorcycles showed up and with their help, the entire area became a hill climbers & trail rider's paradise
Also in the 1970's, police found marijana growing here, they cut it down and had a huge bonfire going
In recent years the city leveled most of the mountain
A city park called Carden Park was created here
In 2014, a new city school called Carden Park School was constructed in this area

Photo #1 - Devils Backbone as seen from the southern downtown area
Photo #2 - Devils Backbone as viewed in the 1700 block of south 12th Street
Photo #3 - Rick Drozd hillclimbing on Devil Backbone back in the early 1970's
Photo #4 - A view in the heart of the mountain
Photo #5 - House at 2101 South 14th St that was built in 1893
Photo #6 - 1947 photo of Devils Backbone
Photo #7 - 1889 photo of France's Hill, AKA Devils Backbone
Photo #8 - Circa 1851 view from Devil's Backbone
Photo #9 - Looking north from Devil's Backbone, Westab is visible




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DEVIL'S BACKBONE AREA
NEW SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION

Some years ago, the city escavated & removed most of Devil's Backbone
In it's place, the city created a new city park called Carden Park
The city later decided to build a new school at that location
During 2013, Carden Park School began construction
My wife and I decided to see where the new school was being constructed
It took us a while to find where this new school is being built
The area is fairly surrounded by narrow and hilly streets
Maybe the city will widen the streets by the time the school is ready to open
EASY DIRECTIONS TO THE NEW SCHOOL SITE:
Go to 22nd & Duncan, then go west on Duncan to 14th & Duncan
At 14th & Duncan, the new school will be visible on the southwest corner
Photos #1-6 were taken on October 1, 2013




Dick Ruoff Grocery

DICK RUOFF HYKLAS GROCERY
29th & Edmond

Once a white wood sided building, this store was located on the NE corner of 29th & Edmond
This was a popular HyKlas grocery store owned and operated by Dick Ruoff
I remember in the early 1950's my grandmother giving me a quarter, telling me to get a loaf of bread and quart of milk, allowing me to buy a 3 Musketeer candy bar and still have change to give her back
The bread was wrapped in wax paper and the milk had a cardboard stopper
2008 Photo submitted by Terry McGinnis






DOUBLE M CHINCHILLA FARM
36th & Pacific





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DUGDALE PACKING COMPANY
South 11th Street

Dugdale Packing was once was a major beef packing company that was located a few blocks south of Quaker Oats on 11th Street
Photo #1: As the building appears in 2012
Photo #2: 1950 Dugdale Fleet photo




DYER HARDWARE STORE
1013 Hickory




E & M Dress Shop

E & M DRESS SHOP
3302 Mitchell Avenue

Located at 3302 Mitchell Avenue
There has been a lot of different businesses in this building
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




EAST END HARDWARE
3222 Mitchell Avenue

Chuck Combs his wife were the owners & operators. Chuck told me that Mrs Combs passed away in 2002
This was a full service hardware store, if he didn't have it, he would get it for you. Several businesses have occupied the location since the hardware store closed




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EINBENDER'S CLOTHING STORE
701-705 South 8th Street

Einbender's 1st clothing store was once located on the Southeast corner of 8th & Locust

It was built in 1940 by Lester Einbender's parents, Mr & Mrs A.J. Einbender, and the store had doubled in size by 1948

The above photo was taken looking SE from 8th & Locust
The photo was taken on January 25, 1957

Five fire companies, included 20 on duty firemen and half a dozen off duty firemen, battled the fire in 20 degree weather for 8 hours and 35 minutes

It took them 4 hours to get it under control trying to prevent the fire from spreading to a warehouse directly south of Einbenders

The Heitman Mattress Company was located directly south of the warehouse at 715 South 8th. Mr Heitman thanked the Fire Department for preventing the fire from reaching his building

Almost a dozen policemen were directing traffic

Damage was estimated at $800,000 (a lot of money back in 1957)




Einbenders

EINBENDERS WOMENS CLOTHING
POLLOCK REFRIGERATION
POLLOCK HOBBY SHOP
10th & Sacramento

This shop was located on the SE corner of 10th & Sacramento
Once owned by Lester Einbender, later Maurice & Bob Pollock had their refrigeration & hobby shop here






ELECTRO TV REPAIR
807 South 8th Street

E.R. Sullwold owner




Circa 1920
ELWOOD COAL COMPANY
615 Monterey






FAIRVIEW MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE
33rd & Pacific





FARBER SEED COMPANY
South 4th Street





FARMER'S STORES
311 Cherokee





Fisher Grocery

FISHER A-G GROCERY
SUGAR SHACK BAKERY
2310 South 11th Street

Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes






J S HOPKINS AUTO & TRUCK SERVICE
1701 South 4th




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FLORA'S CAFE
1310 South 6th

Flora's Cafe was on the south end of a block of buildings across from Union Depot as seen in photo #4
It appears to have been a barber shop with baths, barber poles and a BATH sign can be seen in photo #4
Some photos submitted by Rodney Keyes




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Circa 1920
FOGARTY-KNEIB & COMPANY COAL
1402 South 12th Street
Circa 1930
FOGARTY COAL & GRAIN
1312 South 10th
South 6th Street
KNEIB COAL COMPANY
15th & Mitchell
1402 Renick
OLIVER COAL COMPANY
16th & Penn

Fogarty Coal yard was on South 6th Street about 1930
The Kneib Coal Company was located at 15th & Mitchell
Kneib Coal Company was also located at 1402 Renick
Oliver Coal company was located at 16th & Penn
The Fogarty building is currently painted white


Photo #1 - Three St Joseph coal suppliers were Fogarty, Kneib and Oliver
Photo #2 - Fogarty Coal & Grain when it was at 1312 South 10th Street
Photo #3 - Fogarty Coal & Grain when it was at 1312 South 10th Street
Photo #4 - Oliver Coal company on the southeast corner of 16th & Penn (now a vacant lot)






FOGARTY HARDWARE
1301 South 9th

Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes






FOX LAUNDRY AND DRY CLEANING
26th & Messanie






FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE
Pear Street

They have moved several times since they occupied this structure
They are currently located at 501 Faraon






GARY's BARBER SHOP
AND JAK's TROPHY SALES
22nd & Lafayette St

Located on the northeast corner of 22nd & Lafayette Street
Gary's Barber Shop was located in the right half and Jak's Trophy in the left
Jak's still operates in this building




GEIWITZ HARDWARE
5026 King Hill Avenue




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GENERAL MARINE (SPEEDLINER BOATS)
AMG RESOURCES MIDWEST
2435 South 6th

In the 1950's, General Marine manufactured Speedliner boats and other marine items
The building is currently occupied by AMG, which is a recycling company
Photo #1 - 1950 magazine advertisement
Photo #2 - 1959 magazine advertisement




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Circa 1930's
GENERAL WOODWORKING
8th & Mitchell Avenue

General Woodworking was located on the southeast corner of 8th & Mitchell
Carl H Wellenkoetter born on July 5, 1906 in Germany, passed away Nov. 20, 1976
The master woodworker came to St. Joseph in the 1930s from Germany
He started a woodworking company near to what used to be Schreiber's Mill
The company went by various names over the years
During World War II, it was called Wellenkoetter Sash and Door
For most of it's life it was called General Woodworking
During the war he had a government contract to make mahogany glider seats and wing spars
Inside photos #4 & 5 were taken in 1970
Photo #6 is a photo of Carl H Wellenkoetter taken in the 1950's






GEORGE FRANCIS HY-KLAS GROCERY
31st & Penn

Located on northwest corner of 31st & Penn
Later sold to John Warden who ran the store for numerous years
2008 Photo submitted by Terry McGinnis






GLEN SCHULER BODY SHOP
901 South 9th Street

Glen Schuler's Body Shop once stood on the southeast corner of 9th & Olive Street, across Olive Street from Leaverton Auto Supply - currently a large parking lot occupies the space




Glidewell Pharmacy

Glidewell's Pharmacy
3002 Lafayette

Glidewell Pharmacy, located at 3002 Lafayette, served one neighborhood for 84 years
Ray Glidewell had opened the original pharmacy in 1908
The pharmacy is out of business now and another business resides there




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ST JOSEPH & GRAND ISLAND BRIDGE
OVER THE MISSOURI RIVER

This was the first railroad bridge built to cross the Missouri River at St Joseph

It was built by the St. Joseph Bridge Building Company

The bridge opened on May 20, 1873

The St. Joseph & Denver City Railroad made the initial crossing

The original bridge had six piers with three spans of 300 feet and one fixed span of 80 feet

It had a draw span of 365 feet making the total span 1,345 feet long

On June 16, 1879, the bridge was transferred to another party and operated under the name of the St. Joseph & Grand Island Railroad Company

The bridge was primarily used by the Union Pacific railroad

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad also had trackage rights to the bridge

In 1903, construction began on a new steel swing bridge, it was completed in 1906

Although the bridge today is totally covered by rust, it is still operational

Photo #1 - 1875 article about the bridge
Photo #2 - Newspaper article about rebuilding of the bridge beginning in 1903-1904
Photo #3 - 1873 postcard
Photo #4 - Looking down the tracks
Photo #5 - View with the bridge swung open
Photo #6 - Old photo with bridge swung open
Photo #7 - 1937 photo of locomotive on the bridge
Photo #8 - Late 1990's view of the bridge
Photo #9 - Late 1990's view of the bridge
Photo #10 - Late 1990's view of the bridge




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ROY'S GREEN HILLS SUPER MARKET
3415 South 22nd Street

This store was built in 1957
I went to the grand opening when I was in the 7th grade
The building was puchased in 2011 or 2012 and turned into a night club with dancing

Photo #1: 1961 Advertisement
Photo #2: 2012 Photo of Green Hills building
Photo #3: 1981 Advertisement
Photo #4: Newspaper photo when Mattingly's opened next to Green Hills store



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RAY'S GREEN HILLS SUPER MARKET
3602 Mitchell Avenue

Due to the landlord wanting to raise Ray's rent by a considerable amount, Ray Heitman closed this store and moved operations here to his 3225 North Belt store

It was a really nice & very large store

Except for a couple small shops, this once booming shopping center is now pretty much deserted

Rumor is Hi-Vee stores merchandise here occassionally



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HATCHER POTATO CHIP FACTORY
GROVES CHECKER FOODS
2633 Lafayette Street

There has been a lot of different businesses in this building
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




HABER HOTEL
1214 South 6th Street





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Circa 1849
HAX-SMITH FURNITURE COMPANY
4th & Mitchell
Demolished during I-229 Construction

Hax-Smith was a furniture manufacturing company from 1849 to 1974
Louis Hax (1830-1898) is buried in Mount Mora Cemetary in St Joseph
L. H. Smith was the company secretary
Louis Hax was an immigrant from Austria
The Hax furniture Company was disolved in 1974 after being business 125 years
In addition furniture manufacturing, he was involved in banking, mining & transportation
Louis Hax had a retail outlet at 510 Felix, which later became W. T. Grant department store






HEATON BOWMAN FUNERAL HOME
319-323 South 10th







HY-KLAS WAREHOUSE
4th & Mitchell Avenue

Photo - 1951 St Joseph News-Press newspaper article






Circa 1919
HUTCHINSON LUMBER & COAL CO
14 & Michell Avenue





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INTERSTATE 229 CONSTRUCTION





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I BUY ANYTHING
2210 Messanie

Located east of 22nd & Messanie Street, across from Sears on the south side of the street

You could spend hours walking inside and outside looking at all the junk he had for sale

(That "junk" would now considered valuable antiques)

Mr Kelder would buy anything from anyone and have it available for sale

For many years, there was a giant shotgun hanging over the doorway

His son, Curly Kelder, once told me that it took many 18-wheelers and many train cars to ship the store's contents to someone who had purchased everything after his father died. It was something like 9 trucks full and a bunch of boxcars

Photo #1 - submitted by Marcie Vogel,her grandfather had taken this photo in 1944
Photo #2 - Advertisement
Photo #3 - Current photo of building
Photo #4 - I Buy Anything sign
Photo #5 - St Joseph News-Press article about I Buy Anything by Alonzo Weston
Photo #6 - A national magazine article about I Buy Anything
Photo #7 - Giant ball of twine at I Buy Anything's business
Photo #8 - The giant 1050 lb ball of twine is now kept at Patee House Museum




INDEPENDENT LUMBER & COAL COMPANY
711 Hickory

They used to sell coal for furnaces





INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
4th & Mitchell Avenue




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JERRE-ANNE CAFETERIA
2640 Mitchell

Jerre-Anne Cafeteria was located at 26th & Mitchell and had served a great homemade dinner and fabulous homemade pasteries since it opened in 1930

Their homemade pies were the best in town, they sold them both wholesale and retail

Jerre-Anne was more than just another restaurant. It was a piece of St. Joseph history

Jerre Anne was one of the oldest restaurants in St. Joseph when it closed in July 2008

It began as a delicatessen that was owned and operated by two sisters: Afra Stolz Lineberry and Frances Carolus

The sisters began by just offering cool refreshments to the trolley drivers and their passengers, since the trolley's route ended on the corner in front of Jerre-Anne

The Jerre-Anne was named after Frances' two daughters, Geraldine "Jerre" Carolus Lawhon and Anne Carolus Benitz

In July 2008, Jerre-Anne closed it's door and went out of business. As of May 2013, the building still sits empty

Photo #1 - Looking west, 2009 photo
Photo #2 - Old photo of entrance
Photo #3 - Jerre-Anne sign
Photo #4 - St Joseph News-Press article
Photo #5 - Winter east view of entrance
Photo #6 - Cakes, Pies and pastries for sale
Photo #7 - Cafeteria foods for sale
Photo #8 - Overview of interior
Photo #9 - Overview of interior
Photo #10 - Cafeteria foods for sale
Photo #11 - food & dining areas
Photo #12 - food & dining areas
Photo #13 - west dining area
Photo #14 - August 2,1930 opening adv



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JESSE JAMES
JESSE JAMES HOUSE
1318 Lafayette
South Belt Highway & Locust
12th & Penn
THE JAMES HOME IN KEARNEY, MO


In his younger years, Jesse James and his family lived in Kearney, Missouri
In his final years, he lived and died in St Joseph, Missouri at 1318 Lafayette
Some photos in this section include the Kearney home
The outlaw Jesse James was killed in the house on Lafayette on April 3, 1882
Jesse James house in St Joseph has been located in 3 different locations over the years
Originally, Jesse James house was located at 1318 Lafayette Street which was pretty much countryside back in the 1800's
In 1939, the house was moved to the busy Belt Highway location beside the Jesse James service station and an admission was charged to see the inside of the house
In 1977, the house was moved to a location directly behind Patee House Museum at 12th and Penn
This is only two blocks away from its original location
The house has been restored to help preserve it


Photo #1 - Jesse James house at it's original Lafayette Street location
Photo #2 - Jesse James house at it's original Lafayette Street location
Photo #3 - Jesse James house at it's original Lafayette Street location
Photo #4 - Jesse James house at Patee House museum
Photo #5 - Jesse James house at it's original Lafayette Street location
Photo #6 - 1979-1980 Patee House Museum at 12th & Penn
Photo #7 - Frank James, age 70, charging to see the their old house Kearny Misouri
Photo #8 - Jesse James house at it's Lafayette Street location
Photo #9 - Located behind Patee House Museum at 12th & Penn
Photo #10 - An old photo Jesse James house at 1318 Lafayette Street
Photo #11 - A drawing made the day after the fatal shooting at 1318 Lafayette location
Photo #12 - The moving of Jesse James home in 1977 from the Belt Highway to Penn
Photo #13 - 1979-1980 photo of the backside of the Jesse James home at 12&th & Penn
Photo #14 - 1979-1980 front side photo at 12th & Penn
Photo #15 - 1939 newspaper photo of Jesse James home moved to the Belt Highway
Photo #16 - Jesse James home unpainted
Photo #17 - Monument on Jesse James Hill, 1318 Lafayette
Photo #18 - Jesse James home at 1318 Lafayette
Photo #19 - Postcard
Photo #20 - 1882 St Joseph Daily Gazette newspaper artist sketch
Photo #21 - Moving of Jesse James house from Lafayette to the Belt Highway
Photo #22 - A back view of the James house extension in Kearney Missouri
Photo #23 - An old photo of the house
Photo #24 - A back view of the James house extension in Kearney Missouri
Photo #25 - A front view of the James house extension in Kearney Missouri
Photo #26 - 1977 St Joseph News-Press article about moving the house in 1939
Photo #27 - Jesse James Country poster showing his activities
Photo #28 - Moving Jesse James house from the Belt to Patee House Museum
Photo #29 - Jesse James house at the Belt Highway location
Photo #30 - Jesse James house at the Belt Highway location
Photo #31 - Jesse James in coffin, surrounded by 4 men
Photo #22 submitted by Carol Stephens




Joe Holland Barber Shop

JOE HOLLAND BARBER SHOP
2303 South 11th Street

Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




Circa 1920
JOE LETTS COAL COMPANY
1210 South 15th Street





Circa 1920
JOHN W. BRUCE
COAL, WOOD & CEMENT COMPANY
6th & Olive Street






Circa 1939
KELLY SHOE SERVICE
2617 Lafayette

Shoe repair shop






KING'S CLEANERS
1021-1023 South 10th Street







KNEIB COAL & IMPLEMENT COMPANY
1229 South 15th

Two coal suppliers in St Joseph were the Fogarty and Kneib Companies
At the top is the Fogarty Coal yard on 6th Street in about 1930
Bottom left, the Kneib Coal Company when it was located at 15th & Mitchell
Bottom right is the Kneib Coal Company when it was located at 1402 Renick




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KARLE CARRIAGE WORKS
802 South 9th

Alphonse Karle founded Karle Carriage Works in 1876
John Karle continued the business from 1963 until his death in 1999
On October 20,2000 Karle Carriage Works closed after 125 years in business
The original company repaired broken wagon wheels and other wagon parts

Then the company began selling carriages, buggies and spring wagons

As America's modes of transportation changed so did the Karle business

Karle Carriage Works were in business for five generations

Karle's services ranged from towing to bodywork

Karle Carriage Works specialties included the straightening of frames on cars and trucks and the rebuilding of those vehicles




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LEAVERTON AUTO SUPPLY
827 South 9th

In the 1950's & 60's, Leaverton and Polsky Auto Parts were the main auto part stores
Leaverton's Auto Supply had a major fire in 1985




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LETTS BOX COMPANY
1802-1822 South 4th St
(4th & Jackson)

W.T. Letts, who had immigrated here from England, began this company

It was later turned over to his son Joe Letts, Sr

When he retired, his sons Joe Letts, Jr. and Warren Letts took it over the business

Letts Box Company manufactured wooden boxes, such as egg crates, fruit boxes, chicken coops, pint berry boxes, etc.

By the mid 1960's, the demand for wooden boxes declined greatly, everyone began using cardboard and paper boxes, the business was dissolved in 1967

Check out the neat brick street

The structure no longer exists, it was removed during the construction of I-229

Photo #1 - Letts Box Company as it appeared in 1918
Photo #2 - 1958 Letts Fruit crate
Photo #3 - 1958 Letts Fruit crate
Photo #1 submitted by Rodney Keyes
Photo #2 submitted by Travis Freeman
Photo #3 submitted by Travis Freeman
Company information provided by W.T. Lett's great granddaughter, Marly Letts






LOVE'S TRAVEL STOP
4601 S Leonard Rd

A fairly new truck stop just off of Interstate 29






MADINGER BOOT & SHOE FACTORY
ST JOSEPH BOOT & SHOE FACTORY
1301 South 9th

Circa unknown, before automobiles and paved streets
Also known as St Joseph Boot & Shoe Factory




MARTY HARDWARE & SUPPLY STORE
6209 King Hill Avenue




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MATTINGLY'S
BEN FRANKLIN
3500 South 22nd Street

In 1961, Mattingly's opened a new store in the strip mall just south of Green Hills grocery store that opened in 1957

In the early 1970's, after Mattinglys closed, Dan Madinger purchased the building and opened a Ben Franklin at this location

A long time friend of mine, Virginia Roberts, had worked for both companies as a sales clerk

Photo #1 - Opening of Mattinglys in 1961
Photo #2 - Ben Franklin advertisement when Madinger owned it




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MARSHALL AUTOMOTIVE STORE
921-923 South 10th Street

Photo #1 - submitted by Rodney Keyes
Photo #2 - taken in 1960's after store had closed down
Photo #3 - 20 year anniversary advertisement




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McBRIDE'S YAMAHA
905 South 10th Street




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Circa 1885
R. L. McDONALD SHIRT FACTORY
1202 Penn

From 1885 until 1933, the McDonald Shirt factory was located in the Patee House building
Photo #1 - Circa 1911
Photo #2 - Circa 1903
Photo #3 - R.L. McDonald shirt factory






MID-WEST SAUSAGE COMPANY
2402 South 5th Street

Photo - 1935 Advertisement






MILK PRODUCERS
1022 South 10th Street







MODERN HARDWARE & REPAIR
1116 South 26th Street

Was located on west side of 26th between Seneca & Penn
Known to have been in business in 1955
The structure is currently gone




Moose Davis Firestone

MOOSE DAVIS FIRESTONE
22nd & Olive Street

Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




MULDER'S FOOD MARKET
1115 Olive Street




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MUCHENBERGER BROTHERS
WALL PAPER & PAINT COMPANY
7th & Olive Street





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Circa 1936
MUCHENBERGER CENTER
500 Sycamore Street

Originally this was once Muchenberger Wallpaper

Leo Muchenberger submitted his old wallpaper factory to the city in 1936 with the stipulation it would be used for recreation for the city's youth

For many years, children were able to use some of the Muchenberger services free of charge, other services required a small payment

Muchenberger Center at Fifth and Sycamore streets covers two acres and provides a community recreation center with a gym for basketball, volleyball and other games, pool and game rooms, a stage, restrooms and dressing rooms, a kitchen, softball field, playground equipment and wading pool

In 2012, the city built a new Muchenberger recreation center at 2701 Southwest Parkway

The old center has been closed down, it is no longer open
Photo #4 - 1978 newspaper photo




NEUDORFF HARDWARE
114 South 4th Street




NINDERY HARDWARE
6122 King Hill Avenue






NORTON ICE CREAM COMPANY
1805 Garfield

Manufacturer of great tasting ice cream
Photo - 1929 advertisement
The building still exists






O. K. STORE
6th & Hickory





ONE STOP DEPARTMENT STORE
5910 King Hill Avenue







Circa Early 1900's
O'NEILL'S MILLINERY
1121 South 10th





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OWEN HENSON HY-KLAS #14
CHAPMAN THRIFTEE
2001 Messanie

This was a fun challenge figuring this one out

Susan Angell sent me 2 photos wanting to know the name of the grocery store in the background

In 1947-1948, Susan's mother, Emma Overton, took the photos of her friends standing at an unknown location

Susan stated that her mother and the girls attended Central High School so that narrowed the field down

After researching several possible locations, John Fulmer figured out the location where Susan's mother was standing when taking these photos

The girls are standing on the southwest corner of Warsaw and Messanie Street

The wall in the background is the old St Peter & Paul church's wall

The small wall on the right side belongs to a yard at that location

The store in the background was located at 20th & Messanie

Owen Henson Hy-Klas #14 is listed in the 1942 city directory with that address

In the late 1950's it became Chapman Thriftee

Following Mr Chapman's death in 1967, Mrs Chapman sold the building and it was subsequently torn down

The old East Side Human Resource Center building now stands at that location

East Side Human Resource Center has moved to 18th & Slyvanie

Photo #1 submitted by Susan Angell
Photo #2 submitted by Susan Angell
Photo #3 - blowup of store
Photo #4 - submitted by John Fulmer
Photo #5 - Current photo of location submitted by Rodney Keyes






PHILLIPS ICE CREAM
1222 South 10th





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Circa 1889
PARK BANK
10th & Patee

One of the oldest banks in St Joseph Missouri
Chartered in 1889




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Circa 1855
PATEE MARKET
PATEE HALL
PATEE MARKET HEALTH CENTER
904 South 10th Street

In 1855 John Patee submitted a square block of land to the city for a public market

In 1906 construction began on a new Patee Market and was completed in 1909

The building is located on 10th street, between Olive & Lafayette

As of 2012, the building has offices for the following services:

Health Administration, Animal Control and Rescue, Clinic Services, Environmental & Food Safety, Community Health Services, Women-Infants-Children (WIC), Social Welfare Board, Birth/Death Certificates, Epidemiology, Health Permits, Maternal and Child Health, Health Department

Photo #1 - A horse watering trough is visible
Photo #2 - The fancy horse watering trough
Photo #3 - Early century photo
Photo #4 - Early century photo
Photo #5 - Early postcard
Photo #18 - 1907 taken in front of Patee Market, later becomes Patee Hall
Photo #19 - 1917 Postcard
Photo #20 - April 29, 1910 St Joseph Gazette advertisement for the new Patee Market
Photos #8-17 - 2013 photo taken by David Osgood




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Circa 1858
PATEE HOUSE HOTEL
Circa 1865
PATEE FEMALE COLLEGE
Circa 1869
PATEE HOUSE HOTEL
Circa 1875
ST JOSEPH FEMALE COLLEGE
Circa 1882
WORLD'S HOTEL
Circa 1885
R.L. McDONALD SHIRT FACTORY
Circa 1933
SUN GARMENT FACTORY
Circa 1953
H.D. LEE COMPANY
Circa 1957
VACANT
Circa 1965
PATEE HOUSE MUSEUM
1202 Penn

John Patee opened his luxurious four-story brick hotel in 1858

It was built in 1858 as a luxury hotel

Patee House served as the Pony Express headquarters from 1860 to 1861

Pony Express operators Russell, Majors and Waddell had their main office here

The Pony Express riders stayed in the hotel

During the Civil War, the Union Army occupied the building

It was used as their Provost Marshal's office and holding war trials in the ballroom

When the Union Army took over the hotel, John Patee was backing the Confederacy

John Patee decided to sell the building in a nation-wide lottery

When 100 tickets came back unsold on April 28, 1865, Patee bought the 100 tickets himself and won back his own hotel

In 1882, it was called World's Hotel

Chronological History of the Museum
Patee Hotel 1858 - 1865
Patee Female College 1865 - 1868
Patee Hotel (again) 1869 - 1872
St. Joseph Female College 1875 - 1880
World's Hotel and Epileptic Sanitarium 1881 - 1883
R.L. McDonald Factory 1885 - 1933
Sun Garment Factory 1933 - 1953
H.D. Lee Co. 1953 - 1957
Vacant 1957 - 1963
Patee House Museum 1965 to present
Photo #1 submitted by Wheeler Schmidt




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PATEE HOUSE MUSEUM
10th & Patee

Located at 10th & Patee, this building contains lots of very interest artifacts from the yesteryears of St Joseph's history. Jesse James house sits outside on the property
2008 Photos submitted by Terry McGinnis






PATEE PARK 1960 CELEBRATION
9th & Penn

Patee Park bank can be seen in the background




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PATEE PARK
PONY EXPRESS PARK
9th & Penn

Patee Park is bounded by Seneca, Penn, 9th and 10th streets

The park has a fountain, playground equipment, antique steam engine on display, a gazebo, shelter and flower gardens

The park is located across the street from the historic Pony Express Stables

This park was originally called Patee Park

The park was renamed to Pony Express park

Photo #1 - CB & Q Northern 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive
Photo #2 - CB & Q Northern 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive
Photo #3 - Patee Park fountain - Circa 1900
Photo #4 - Early view of Patee Park fountain
Photo #5 - CB & Q Northern 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive
Photo #6 - CB & Q Northern 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive
Photo #7 - CB & Q Northern 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive
Photo #8 - Steam Locomotive information & specs
Photo #9 - Donation plaque of locomotive to the city
Photos #10-17 - May 1962 St Joseph Gazette newspaper photos and articles about moving of the loco & tender
Photos #5-9 taken in 2014 by Rodney Keyes
Photos #10-17 Newspaper articles scanned and submitted by David Kneib





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PAUL GROWNEY GROCERY
819 South 29th Street

Located on South 29th Street, between Messanie and Angelique
This was a popular small family grocery store
It was owned and operated by Paul Growney & Mrs Growney from 1917 to 1970
The store was later purchased by Otto Pinzino & his wife
Otto and his wife operated for a few years as Pinzino Grocery
Photo #1 - Submitted by Eleanore Growney
Photo #2 - Letterhead submitted by Elenore Growney
Photo #3 - 2008 Photo submitted by Terry McGinnis




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PENN STREET SQUARE ANTIQUE MALL
1122 Penn Street

Antique Dealers, established in 1985
The Penn Street Square Antique Mall closed it's doors on Feb. 29, 2012




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Circa 1929
PONY EXPRESS BRIDGE
US Highway 36

This was the Pony Express Bridge spanning the Missouri River at St. Joseph

The bridge was constructed in 1929 and was removed in 1984 at the age of 55

The East Span was demolished on February 17, 1984 at 9:13 AM

The West Span was demolished on March 14, 1984 at 10:02 AM

Photos #13-25 were taken by Steve Roberts

The Pony Express bridge was once a beautiful bridge but it was slowly deteriorating

In 1983, they began replacing the dilapidated Pony Express Bridge that spanned the Missouri River with a new twin span bridge

We made a lot of trips over the old bridge to Wathena, Kansas. Every weekend was a trip to Jack's Tavern in Wathena. Those who went to Junior College made trips between classes. It was a neat looking bridge, but it was in terrible condition

The new bridges are a major improvement

Photo #1 - The Pony Express Bridge opening ceremony in 1929
Photo #2 - The bridge as seen from the river
Photo #3 - The new bridges under construction and the old bridge prior to it's razing
Photo #4 - Distant view of the new Missouri River bridge
Photo #5 - Close up of the new bridge and the old bridge prior to razing
Photo #6 - Taken in 1982 prior to demolition, new piers installed
Photo #7 - Pony Express bridge demolition
Photo #8 - 1979 Newspaper photo: Crews installing signals to control traffic
Photo #9 - Postcard when the bridge was in it's glory
Photo #10 - The Pony Express Bridge
Photo #11 - Pony Express bridge demolition
Photo #12 - Pony Express Bridge in it's glory
Photos #13-25 of the bridge demolition were taken by Steve Roberts
Photo #26 - Edmond C Olson Sr Center Line Striping - August 20, 1929
Photo #27 - Edmond C Olson Sr Center Line Striping - August 20, 1929
Photo #28 - Edmond C Olson Sr Center Line Striping - August 20, 1929
Photo #29 - Looking west towards the river and Kansas, the Pony Express Bridge is visible
Photo #30 - The old and new US 36 Highway Pony Express Bridges side by side
Photo #31 - The new US36 bridge as seen from Kansas
Photo #32 - Kansas City Times newspaper photo






PONY EXPRESS ROLLER RINK
902 Penn

The structure is gone, only a vacant lot remains






PONY EXPRESS BOWLING ALLEY
902d Penn

The structure is gone, only a vacant lot remains




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Circa 1858
PONY EXPRESS STABLES
Circa 1960's
PONY EXPRESS MUSEUM
914 Penn

The stables are located at 914 Penn Street
The structure faces Patee Park in Saint Joseph, Missouri
In 1858, Ben Holladay constructed the original pine clad building
At the time, it was known as the Pike's Peak Stable
It's purpose was to serve his transportation business to Colorado
The original stable measured 60 x 120 feet
The stable housed approximately 200 horses
Thirty years later, the St. Joseph Transfer Company remodeled the stables after they had been damaged by fire
During remodeling, while the roof retained its original configuration and shingles, the walls were resided with brick
In 1950, the Goetz Foundation restored 55 feet of the building by using original roof timbers and bricks
Today, the building serves as the Pony Express Museum
Numerous tenants have occupied the stables over the years

SUMMARY OF BUILDING USE & OCCUPANTS:
1858-1860 Ben Holladay Stables
1860-1861 C.O.C. & PP Express (Pony Express)
1861-1887 Stables of various owners
1887-1901 St Joseph Transit Company
1901-1903 Stables and also vacant at times
1903-1912 Western Mattress & Excelsior Company
1912-1933 Voltz Manufacturing & Lee Roofing Company
1933-1950 Vacant
1950-1960 Goetz Brewing owned it- restored the 55 foot front
1960-City of St Joseph turned it into the Pony Express Museum

Photo #1 - Artist sketch published in the 1860's
Photo #2 - As it looked originally in 1860's
Photo #3 - As it looked originally in 1860's
Photo #4 - Restored and made into a museum
Photo #5 - Restored and made into a museum
Photo #6 - Restored and made into a museum
Photo #7 - Pony Express Monument
Photo #8 - Restored and made into a museum
Photo #9 - Restored and made into a museum
Photo #10 - Restored and made into a museum
Photo #11 - Restored and made into a museum
Photo #12 - 1930-1940 photo - Note Voltz Mfg on wall




Pryor Plumbing

PRYOR PLUMBING
1901 Messanie Street

Located at 1901 Messanie Street
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




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Circa 1926
QUAKER OATS
LIFELINE FOODS
2811 South 11th

Every day the smell of the oats and puffed wheat was present in the area

The Quaker Oats cereals manufacturing plant opened in 1926

The plant produced hot and cold cereals, as well as pancake mixes

For 75 years, Quaker Oats was one of the largest employers in St Joseph

The longtime cereals manufacturing facility closed for good in May of 2001

Quaker Oats pulled out of St Joseph in 2001, putting over 600 employees out of work
Lifeline Foods now occupies the huge facility

LifeLine Foods is a leading innovative company producing products for both domestic and international markets

The items produced originate from two primary business enterprises; corn-based food ingredients and ethanol

The key advantage to LifeLine's business model is the unique ability to extract maximum value from the corn kernel and capitalize on both the food and ethanol production







RAY & LARRY'S AMBULANCE SERVICE
7th & Angelique

This was a short-lived private ambulance company

However, Ray and Larry's Ambulance Service is well remembered by many people

Originally owned by Raymond Brady, he joined forces with one of his rivals, a man named Larry

I believe they were located somewhere around 6th or 7th & Angelique or Messanie






SOUTH US 169 HIGHWAY
South of Redstone Lumber

This section of US 169 highway was removed
The overpass was removed when the Belt Highway was extended
The road now dead ends where the overpass once began




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REDSTONE LUMBER COMPANY
3605 South 169 Highway

Redstone Lumber was located on the east side of old South 169, just north of a small bridge that passed over some railroad tracks
The State of MO extended South Belt Highway and created a new South US 169 section that also connects with US Highway 371 and I-29
The old US 169 section was closed off at the old bridge and the bridge was removed
The new addition is a great asset to travelers

Photo #1 - Paul Bunyon statue that once marked their store front in 1964
Photo #2 - South Belt Highway once dead ended here. Old Highway 169 is shown at the bottom right of the photo, Redstone Lumber was further down the highway
Photo #3 - 1970 newspaper advertisement




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R. L. McDONALD SHIRT FACTORY
1120 Penn




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SAFEWAY
GILCREST WATER BEDS
BEAUTY SUPPLY & SCHOOL
MIDTOWN PAWN SHOP
1307 S. 22nd

1956 photo - The policeman is standing in the middele of 22nd & Mitchell intersection directing traffic






ST JOE COAL COMPANY
16th & Penn

They sold coal for home furnaces and ice blocks for ice boxes before refrigeration






ST JOE HARLEY-DAVIDSON
402 South 9th Street

This was the home of St Joe Harley-Davidson for many years
This store closed when the McCreary's build a brand new store on South 169 very close to I-29






SAVERINO SAFE, KEY & LOCK COMPANY
1001 South 10th Street





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SAVERINO SAFE, KEY & LOCK COMPANY
2402 Messanie

Saverino is the oldest locksmith company in St Joseph
The Saverino boys are still in business in 2015
Saverino's Lock & Key is owned and operated by the Saverino brothers
One the best locksmiths in town
Got a key that you can't get duplicated? The Saverino boys can duplicate it
Bicycles are also sold & repaired here also




SCANLAN'S HARDWARE
238 Illinois





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SCHREIBER MILLS INC
8th & Mitchell

In 2014, the razing of the Schreiber Mills facility had commenced
The 2014 photos (#3-5) were taken by David Osgood
We drove by it on January 21, 2015 and some of it is still standing
Sure is taking a long time to raise this structure
Photos #6-8 were taken in 2015




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Circa 1870
SEAMAN & SCHUSKE METAL WORKS
1604 Frederick Avenue
1215 South 4th Street

"Oldest Sheet Metal Shop West of the Mississippi"

Charles H. Seaman was a dealer in tinware and groceries

Charles H. Seaman was born in 1830 in England, where he learned to work with tin

After living for fifteen years in New York, he came west to St. Joseph in 1870 and opened a tin shop in the 1600 block of Frederick Avenue

Like many other merchants, he conducted his business at several locations on Frederick Avenue

Charles H. Seaman and his son built a highly successful business

The son, a partner in the firm of Seaman and Schuske, constructed a two-story brick building with an elaborate cast metal storefront in 1899
(probably a product of the firm)

This building survives in nearly pristine condition at 1604 Frederick Avenue, currently occupied by Ragdon Corporation

SHEET METAL SPECIALTIES:
Custom industrial, Architectural, HVAC, Laser Cutting & Plasma Cutting, Custom HVAC Fabrication

ROOFING SPECIALTIES:
Flat roofs, Torchdown, Heatwelded, Spray-on, Slate, Clay Tile




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SEARS & ROEBUCK
5th & Felix
Circa 1956
22nd & Messanie Street

Sears was orginally downtown at 5th & Felix
Sears opened at 22nd & Messanie street on August 16, 1956
In later years, Sears moved to East Hills Shopping Center

Photo #1 - The Sears escalators
Photo #2 - An old Sears business card
Photo #3 - Grand Opening advertisement Aug 15, 1956
Photo #4 - 1956 Newspress photo of the escalators
Photo #5 - Grand Opening advertisement Aug 15, 1956
Photo #6 - Garage entrances visible
Photo #7 - Advertisement of 5th & Felix Sears store opening







SECTORS DISTRIBUTING
4629 Easton Road

Coors Beer becomes available in St Joseph in 1978




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SEEBURG MUFFLER
2345 Mitchell Avenue

In the late 1970's, Steve Hadorn opened Seeburg Muffler shop at this location
The building was previously a Texaco Home Oil service station
Photo #1 submitted by Rodney Keyes






7-ELEVEN CONVENIENCE STORE
A & B PAWN
26th & Messanie Street

7-Eleven built this building in the late 1970's
A year later, they moved to 22nd & Messanie because the kids were stealing them blind
I delivered Frito Lay products to both stores and I saw kids stealing items at both stores
Both stores were highly understaffed and the kids took advantage of it
In later years, this building became A & B Pawn Shop
Photo submitted by Terry McGinnis




Circa 1920
SEITZ-CAMPBELL FEED, FUEL & COAL
9th & Patee







SHANIN PHARMACY
PAPPY'S GRILLE
2501 Messanie Street

Originally owned & operated by Al Shanin
Back in the 1960's, lots of kids, mostly high school students, would come in only to play the pinball machine after school. If they didn't buy something, they would be usually escorted out of the drug store

It had a full service soda fountain and a couple of tables in the eating area

After Al's death, the pharmacist Thad Hall purchased the business and ran it for many years

The building was sold & remodeled as Pappy's Grille

It is still Pappy's Grille in 2015




Shanty Town

SHANTY TOWN
11th & Atchison

Shanty Town, used to be located across street from Quaker Oats back in the 1930's during the Depression




Spark Of Beauty

SPARK OF BEAUTY & BARBER SHOP
1312 South 27th Street

Located at 1312 South 27th Street, just south of Jerre-Ann's

I used to get my haircut here in the early '60s
I can't remember what it was called back then
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




Staffords

STAFFORD's GENERAL MERCHANDISE
2314 South 11th St

This store was located at 2314 South 11th St
It was owned & operated by Byron Stafford
Photo was taken in 1957
Photo was submitted by Rick Stafford






STANDARD OIL BUILDING
4th & Monterey





STAR BEAUTY SHOP
1101 Olive Street





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Circa 1901
STAR BREWING COMPANY
Circa 1907
PETER J. SCHENK BREWERY
10th & Jackson Street

Two breweries occupied the building at 10th & Jackson
Star Brewing Co. 1901-1907
Peter J. Schenk Brewery 1907-1919
The fate of the brewery buildings is unknown




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STONIES DRY CLEANING SERVICE
JOHNSTON AIR & FURNACE
22nd & Messanie Street

This was once Stonies Cleaners, a very popular dry cleaners company
It was later occupied by Johnston Furnace/Air Conditioning Company
Reggie Johnston ran the furnace company, he graduated from Central High in 1960 or 1961
Reggie passed away in 2012






Circa 1901
STERLING PICKLING WORKS
8th & Seneca

The Sterling Pickling Works stood at 8th & Seneca
It was operated from 1901 to 1953 by M. J. & Charley Heerlein
Photo - a postcard in the book St Joseph Missouri A Postcard History




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Circa 1887
STUEBNER CLEANING COMPANY
STUEBNER MATTRESS
1101 South 18th
STUEBNER'S CARPET CLEANING
1103 South 18th Street

August (Gus) Stuebner (1869-1971)
In 1887, Mr Stuenber established a steam cleaning business specializing in carpet & rug cleaning

They advertised feather and mattress renovation
Mr Stuebner sold the business in 1946

Workers would lay out carpets on the floor and or hang them vertically, large or small, and then clean them

A friend of mine used to work here cleaning the carpets in the late 1960's

He showed me how they cleaned the rugs

Back in the old days, many people did not have wall to wall carpeting, most people just had removable rugs

People would have their mattresses, featherbeds and feather pillows rebuilt & restuffed

I imagine in today's world, people prefer to buy new rather than repairing the old ones

The buildings are still standing and are for sale

Photo #1 - Old advertisement for Stubner's Mattress & Rug Cleaning
Photo #2 - Stubner Mattress
Photo #3 - Stubner Carpet Cleaning & sales
Photo #4 - Stubner Carpet Cleaning & sales
Photo #5 - Stubner Carpet Cleaning & sales
Photo #6 - Stubner Carpet Cleaning & sales






SUN MANUFACTURING CO
12th & Penn

Once a manufacturer of shirts




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SUNNY SLOPE NURSING HOME
3325 South 11th Street




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Circa 1879
WYETH-TOOTLE MANSION
Circa 1947
ST JOSEPH MUSEUM
1100 Charles Street

William and Eliza Wyeth requested legendary architect E.J. Eckel to design the 1879 Wyeth-Tootle Mansion to resemble the castles they had seen on the Rhine River as they were traveling in Germany
Over one million bricks were used in the construction and the front portion of the building was covered with native sandstone
The original St Joseph Museum was located at 19th & Felix
It was in the McAlister/A. J. August mansion and had outgrown the mansion
This mansion was purchased from the Tootle family in 1947 by William Goetz and the Goetz Brewery for $35,000 and was gifted to the St. Joseph Museum
Mr. Goetz also purchased and gifted the Harry L. George Native American collection, which is the most significant part of the Museum's collections
The Museum board raised $35,000 to renovate the structure into a museum
In 1948, voters approved a tax levy for supporting a municipal museum
In 1953, the St. Joseph Museum deeded the mansion to the City of St Joseph
Besides having run out of space for more exhibits, the mansion also lacked climate control for proper storage of the many delicate Native American artifacts
An opportunity was offered to take over the Glore Psychiatric Museum
The Glore Museum had been operated by the State Hospital on Frederick Avenue
This move provided a ten-fold increase in space and a better climate control
In 2004, most of the exhibits were relocated to the Glore Museum site
This move allowed for the restoration of the mansion's interior
The dining room is now furnished with the gift of the Wyeth table service
Some years ago, one of the bedrooms was restored on the second floor
Other second floor rooms have been renovated for temporary exhibits
Exhibits such as "Enterprising St. Joseph" featuring products developed by local companies
Also a recreation of the architect Edmund J. Eckel's office has been completed
The City of St. Joseph has been restoring the exterior of the mansion in phases, beginning with the front elevation
The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is owned by the City of St. Joseph and operated as a Museum under contract with the St. Joseph Museums, Inc.

The above information was provided by David W. Lewis Jr.
(Museum Board President)


Photo #1 - Old color photo
Photo #2 - 2008 Color photo
Photo #3 - Interior photo
Photo #4 - 1950's photo
Photo #5 - Old photo
Photo #6 - Current Photo
Photo #7 - Very old photo
Photo #8 - Old postcard
Photo #9 - Color photo
Photo #10 - St Joseph Museum
Photo #11 - Museum Hill Association
Photo #12 - Museum Hill Association




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WYETH-TOOTLE CARRIAGE HOUSE
1100 Charles Street

The Wyeth-Tootle Mansion had one of the largest carriage houses in St Joseph
It is currently being used as storage for the St Joseph Museums

Photo #1 - Museum Hill Association Photo
Photo #2 - Museum Hill Association building description




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UNION DEPOT HOTEL
1304-1308 South 6th

A block of businesses that are no longer in business
Union Depot Hotel with a cafe, Lou J Meyers saloon, a barber shop and a pharmacy
A horse can be seen in front of the unknown building at the left end
In the mid 1920's the pharmacy was Jones & Pilgram's Pharmacy




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UNION DEPOT aka UNION STATION
1221 South 6th

The first depot opened 1890-1891 (See top picture in photo #5)

On February 10, 1895, the original depot burned down

In 1896, a new depot was built to replace the original - see photo #1

November 1934, the "Silver Streak Zephyr" made it's maiden run
K.C., St.Joseph, Omaha & Lincoln

Railroad lines serviced here: Santa Fe - Burlington Route - Chicago Great Western
Rock Island - Missouri Pacific - Union Pacific

During the late 1950's and early 1960's, the Burlington Route, Chicago Great Western and Rock Island moved out of the Union Depot into their own stations

Soon after, all passenger trains were discontinued thus the depot was not needed

This once beautiful structure was located on South 6th Street, just north of Mitchell

It had marble floors and gold plated bathroom fixtures

At one time, 50 to 90 passenger trains came through this station daily

The depot sat empty for many years
Burlington razed the building in 1960 without notifying anyone

The Union Depot contained the following companies:
St Joseph Depot Company, Union Station Cafe, Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad station, Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad station, Union Pacific Railroad passenger station, Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad passenger station, Chicago Great Western Railroad passenger station, St Joseph Union Depot baggage room, Yellow Cab Company and Western Union Telegraph Company


Photo #1 - 1886 St Joseph Union Depot
Photo #2 - 1934 "Silver Streak Zephyr" maiden run
Photo #3 - Engineer L.P. Miller and his grandchild
Photo #4 - Engineer L.P. Miller and his grandchild
Photo #5 - St Joseph's 2 Union Depots
Photo #6 - CB & Q Doodlebug at Union Station
Photo #7 - 1959 photo of depot inside
Photo #8 - Trolley at depot
Photo #9 - Union Station Restaurant
Photo #10 - Union Station Cafe
Photo #11 - Hannibal & St Joseph RR mail car
Photo #12 - 1862 Engine #35 & mail car
Photo #13 - Zephyr Vista Dome advertisement
Photo #14 - Rear view of Union Depot
Photo #15 - City bus unloading at the Union Depot
Photo #16 - CB & Q Doodlebug at Union Station
Photo #17 - CB & Q 0-6-0 switcher in 1938
Photo #18 - CB & Q 2-6-2 locomotive at Depot
Photo #19 - 1955 Burlington Zephyr at Depot
Photo #20 - St Joseph Union Depot about 1920
Photo #21 - Depot scene in the 1950's
Photo #22 - Hannibal & St Joseph RR mail car
Photo #23 - The original Union Depot
Photo #24 - View looking east from yards
Photo #25 - Union Depot Cafe lunch counter
Photo #26 - President Taft at Union Depot
Photo #27 - Circa 1911 Union Depot backside
Photo #28 - Francis Kneib & CB&Q EMD E7
Photo #29 - 1941 Zephyr coming into Union Depot
Photo #30 - Color Postcard
Photo #31 - Short order Lunch Counter
Photo #32 - Restaurant area
Photos #2,3,4 were submitted by Ken West
Photo #24 submitted by Rick Stafford
Photo #28 submitted by David Kneib








Circa 1929
US POST OFFICE
2637 Lafayette

1929 St Joseph News-Press article of a new post office




US POST OFFICE

US POST OFFICE
2637 Lafayette Street

Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




USHLER'S HARDWARE
1810 Olive Street




Vavra Bakery1 Vavra Bakery2

VAVRA'S BAKERY
1202 Sycamore Street

Located at 1202 Sycamore Street
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




Virgil's Muny Inn

VIRGIL'S MUNY INN
33rd & Mitchell

Located on northwest corner of 33rd & Mitchell
2008 Photo submitted by Terry McGinnis




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WALKER MANUFACTURING COMPANY
18th & Penn

This large company sat on the NW corner of 18th & Penn
Walker's made dampers for furnaces
The plant moved it's operations to Georgia and shut the plant down
After the plant had closed, hazardous waste was stored here and caused quite a stir




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WALPOLE'S DRUG STORES
FARLEY PLUMBING
1805 Olive

in 1937, Walpole Drug Stores had 4 drug stores in St Joseph
The building is currently occupied by Farley Plumbing




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WALPOLE'S DRUG STORES
2407 Messanie

1937 newspaper advertisements
Walpole had 4 stores in St Joseph in 1937




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WEISENBORN DAIRY
ADAMS DAIRY
14th & Mitchell Avenue

In 1958, Mr. Wilbur Weisenborn was forced to sell the family farm to make way for the new interstate
Anyone know anything about this dairy before 1958? Need more info please
Check out how the old milk cartons opened




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WESTERN TABLET
WESTAB
MEAD
11th & Mitchell Avenue

Until 2004, Westab was one of St Joseph's major employers

The writing tablet was invented by William Albrecht

In 1906 William Albrecht opened the Western Tablet Company in St. Joseph

Western Tablet became the world's largest paper tablet producer

Western Tablet trademarked the Big Chief in 1947

In the 1920's, Western Tablet moved its headquarters to Dayton,Ohio

Most of the manufacturing remained in St. Joseph

In 1964 the company was renamed "Westab"

The Big Chief line peaked in usage in the 1960s

In the 1960s, another Westab invention, the spiral notebook, claimed a bigger market share

In 1966, Western Tablet was acquired by the Mead Corporation

In later years, Mead sold the Big Chief line to Springfield Tablet of Springfield, Missouri

In January 2001, Everett Pad and Paper of Everett, Washington purchased the Big Chief inventory from Springfield

Everett Paper closed down their plant and the Big Chief tablet production was halted

The plant in St. Joseph where the tablets were produced was closed in 2004

In 2012, American Trademark Publishing of Brookshire, Texas resumed the production of the Big Chief Writing Tablet

Westab always displayed a huge Santa Claus, sleigh and raindeer on it's rooftop during the Christmas season

The Santa Claus rig was purchased by the city and is currently used in Krug Park during the Christmas season

The Westab building is being converted into apartments (last I heard)

Photo #1 - Westab bridge crossing 11th Street
Photo #2 - Big Chief painting on interior wall
Photo #3 - Western Tablet layout in 1948
Photo #4 - 1956 aerial view
Photo #5 - 2004 Interior view of the vacant building
Photo #6 - One view from 11th & Mitchell
Photo #7 - The Santa Claus rig once on top of Westab
Photo #8 - 1978 night aerial view of Mead plant
Photo #9 - Western Tablet
Photos #10-12 taken in 2006




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WHITAKER CABLE
1002 South 9th
3501 Leonard Road

Manufacturer of automobile items that were made of wire

Opened the first St Joseph plant on Frederick Avenue in 1940

Moved to 1002 South 9th Street in 1947

Built a new plant at 3501 Leonard Road

Whitaker Cable closed in the winter of 1981, 200 jobs were lost

Photo #1 - Employees working - unknown circa
Photo #2 - Whitaker Cable advertisement
Photo #3 - Advertisement for job opening
Photo #4 - Box for automotive battery cable made by Whitaker Cable
Photo #5 - Whitaker Cable product catalog
Photo #6 - A very old advertisement before the St Joseph plant opened
Photo #7 - 1963 inside view of the Leonard Road plant
Photo #8 - Aerial view of the Leonard Road Plant
Photo #9 - Leonard Road Plant






WING PRINTING COMPANY
413 South 4th

Paul Wing proprietor






WOODBURY FRUIT MARKET
9th & Mitchell

This was once a great fruit market
Used to have a huge cattle tub filled with water and Black Diamond watermellons out front
They used to let you plug the mellons and the cost was 3 cents per pound the last time I purchased one back in the 1960's
Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes




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WONDER BREAD THRIFT STORE
1107 Mitchell





WYATT PARK CHRISTIAN CHURCH

WYATT PARK CHRISTIAN CHURCH
28th & MItchell Avenue

Located at 28th & Mitchell Avenue
2008 Photo submitted by Terry McGinnis




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