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A LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT GOOSE TOWN
It covers an area primarily from Messanie to Lafayette from 16th to 24th
This area was populated predominently with people of Polish & Czech descent
The majority of businesses were located on Olive Street
In early years, geese were herded down the middle of Olive Street
Thus, the area became known as Goose Town by many people and is still called Goose Town today


LISTED BY NUMERICAL ADDRESS STARTING AT 16th & OLIVE



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PETE RUNSKE SHOE REPAIR
1621 Olive
MERRITT'S OFFICE SYSTEMS
1621-1623 Olive Street

The shoe repair building was located on the left side of Merritt's Office Systems building. The shoe repair building has been incorporated into their structure
Photo #1 submitted by Rodney Keyes




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Circa 1948
JOHNNIE'S MARKET HY-KLAS #22
1623 Olive St

Johnnie and Mary Louise Mackiewicz owned Johnnies Market Hy-Klas #22

It was located on the northwest corner of 17th & Olive Street

Johnnie Mackiewicz purchased the store in 1948 and sold it in 1981

The family lived in the apartment above the store the entire time they owned it

Jean Ann Mackiewicz's Aunt Eunice helped with the store and delivered groceries

Jean Ann Mackiewicz Fleege is Johnnie's daughter

Jean Ann Mackiewicz Fleege submitted this information and 2 old photos

Merritt's Office Systems currently occupies the building

Photo #1 - circa 2011 (now Merritt Copier Service) submitted by Rodney Keyes
Photo #2 - Jean Ann's Aunt Eunice is driving the delivery truck
Photo #3 - Jean Ann as a young girl with her Aunt Eunice on the store steps




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INDUSTRIAL ELECTRIC & MACHINE
FUEL SAVERS OF ST JOSEPH
1721-1725 Olive Street

Currently occupied by Fuel Savers of St Joseph
The Fuel Savers building is a combination of 3 addresses, 1721,1723 & 1725 Olive

Industrial Electric and Machine once occupied the 1721 Olive address

However, I talked to a man standing in front of 1722 Olive and he says that he tore down the structure at 1721 Olive in the late 1970's or early 1980's and it was a house

So the mystery question is, did the Industrial Electric work out of a house or was there another structure here prior to the house?

Sounds like some more research is needed here

Photo #1 submitted by Rodney Keyes






UNKNOWN STRUCTURE
1722 Olive Street

Currently this is just a storage area
The man in white shorts said it once had bays and looked like it might have been a garage at one time
This is the same man who said he tore down the 1721 Olive building




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BROCK'S CASH MARKET
BROCK'S MEAT MARKET
FUEL SAVERS OF ST JOSEPH
1723 Olive Street

Brock's Market once occupied the 1723 Olive address
Brock's was the taller building with the large yellow overhang
Currently occupied by Fuel Savers of St Joseph
The Fuel Savers building is a combination 3 addresses, 1721,1723 and 1725
Photo #1 submitted by Rodney Keyes




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FLOYD MILLIGAN'S BARBER SHOP
FUEL SAVERS OF ST JOSEPH
1725 Olive Street

Floyd Milligan's Barber Shop had once occupied the 1725 Olive building
The building has been incorporated into the Fuel Savers of St Joseph building
The barber shop was located on the right side of the building in the photos
The Fuel Savers building is a combination 3 addresses, 1721,1723 and 1725
Photo #1 submitted by Rodney Keyes






FRED'S BARBER & BEAUTY SHOP
18th & Olive Street

Listed at this address in the 1953 City Directory




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SAULAN TAVERN
1801 Olive Street

The Saulan tavern was located on the northeast corner of 18th & Olive
Photo #1 submitted by Rodney Keyes




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DUBOWSKY DEPARTMENT STORE
ELLIOTT A-G GROCERY STORE
1802-1804 Olive Street

The building is located on the southeast corner of 18th & Olive
Dubowsky Department Store was located at 1802-1804 Olive Street
It later became Elliot A-G Grocery store
The department store has been modified by covering over the front windows
I have no idea what was in 1804 Olive in later years
Photo #1 submitted by Rodney Keyes




PIONEER ELECTRIC & SOUND
1803 Olive Street

Pioneer Electric & Sound was listed in the 1953 City Directory at this address
Pioneer Electric is listed on the internet as electrical contractors at this address
It is not listed in the 2000-2012 telephone books
I don't know if they are still in business or not




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WALPOLE'S #3 DRUG STORE
FARLEY PLUMBING, HEATING & COOLING
1805 Olive

In 1937, this was Walpole's #3 Drug Store
See the 1937 WALPOLE'S DRUG STORES newspaper advertisement
Walpole had 4 drug stores in St Joseph in 1937
The building is currently occupied by Farley Plumbing, Heating & Cooling






USHLER HARDWARE
1810 Olive Street

This was listed in the 1953 City Directory as Ushler Hardware
Looking at this and the next 2 photos at 1812 & 1816 Olive, it appears that 3 buildings have been connected together
Numerous window and door openings have been changed and covered over






UNKNOWN BUILDING
1812 Olive Street

It appears that 3 buildings have been connected together
Numerous window and door openings have been changed and covered over
No information available as to what was here






UNKNOWN BUILDING
1816 Olive Street

It appears that 3 buildings have been connected together
Numerous window and door openings have been changed and covered over
No information available as to what was here




ELMER'S CAFE
MARE'S BEAUTY SHOP
1820 Olive Street

Listed at this address in the 1953 City Directory






GOOSE TOWN CAFE
1826 Olive Street

Listed at this address in the 1953 City Directory




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OLIVE THEATER
PLAZA THEATER
1830 Olive Street

The Plaza Theater was located at 1830 Olive Street in the heart of Goosetown
It sat on the southwest corner of 19th & Olive

Originally, it was called the Olive Theater
In 1940, the name was changed to the Plaza Theater
R.L."Bob" Dyson purchased the theater sometime in the mid to late 40's
Josephine Hager was the cashier at the Plaza Theater for many years
Mr Dyson ran the theater until it closed in the mid 1970's

According to Bob's daughter Candace, there was a dance hall upstairs
The building was sold to a church sometime around 1979
On Feb. 6, 1983, the building caught fire and burned down

The theater had 432 seats and was one of my favorite theaters
After the fire, the building was razed and it is currently an empty lot

Many thanks to R. L. "Bob" Dyson and Candace Dyson for contributing
2 of the photos and historical information

Photo #1 - The Plaza Theater
Photo #2 - A newspaper article about Josephine Hager meeting George Gobel
Photo #3 - Plaza interior after the fire
Photo #4 - As it looked in 2013, just an empty lot
Photos #1 & 2 submitted by Candace Dyson




Augustine's Cleaning

AUGUSTINE'S CLEANING COMPANY
Olive & Warsaw Street

Listed at this address in the 1953 City Directory
Located on the northeast corner of Olive Street and Warsaw
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




Drug Store

Circa 1902
FRUGER DRUG STORE
Circa 1947
DOUHERTY BROTHERS MEDICAL ARTS
1902 Olive Street

This building was located at 1902 Olive St
Please note the tall curbing and dirt road beneath the sidewalk
This photo was taken before the brick streets were laid
It is unknown when this structure was replaced with a modern drug store
Henry Fruger owned & operated the pharmacy at this location until 1947
Henry Fruger opened the Brookdale Pharmacy at 29th & Jules Street
All previous structures are gone and a large metal building is now at this location
The Douherty Brothes opened their drug store in 1947 and closed ity in 1964

The following is information provided by Linda Crabtree:

Dougherty Brothers owned the store from 1947 until 1964. James and John Dougherty (twins) were both pharmacists. They kept a large inventory and were often called upon by other drug stores when they did not have a drug needed to fill a prescription. The brothers were always happy to supply the other drug store with the drug they needed. Many a time they were called in the middle of the night to open the store for someone who had become ill and needed medicine. Again, they were happy to do so. The surrounding neighbors loved them and it was a popular place with its soda fountain, stools, and booths, as well as the candy bar and penny candy section. Their malts and sundaes were wonderful! They filled many prescriptions and were highly thought of by their customers. They were right across the street from the Plaza Theater. It was on one corner and they were on the other
Photo submitted by Charles D. Miller
Circle Pines, MN




BRAGE UPHOLSTERYING & DESIGNING
1904 Olive Street

Listed at this address in the 1953 City Directory




BRADLEY BILT FURNITURE CO
1906 Olive Street

Listed at this address in the 1953 City Directory




JOSEPH SMEYA SHOE REPAIR
1909 Olive Street

Listed at this address in the 1953 City Directory




Mercury Dry Cleaners

MERCURY DRY CLEANERS
1913 Olive Street

Listed at this address in the 1953 City Directory
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




FRED WALTER GROCERY
1915 Olive Street

Listed at this address in the 1953 City Directory
The building no longer exists




ZERO ICE & FUEL COMPANY
1916 Olive Street

They used to sell coal for furnaces and ice blocks for ice boxes
Listed at this address in the 1953 City Directory






COTTAGE MADE PRODUCTS
MERRIT COPIER SERVICE
1923 Olive Street

Cottage Made Products was once located at 1923 Olive
The building on the far left side is 1923 Olive address






ZOLA ANDERSON BARBER SHOP
1925 Olive Street

Listed at this address in the 1953 City Directory
The small building with the plain door is 1925 Olive




Franks Tavern

DON & FRANKS TAVERN
SUSIE'S PLACE
1927 Olive Street

Currently Susie's Place
Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes






ST JOSEPH ICE COMPANY
20th & Olive Street

I am wondering if St Joseph Ice Company was a subsidary of Artesian or a competitor




ARTESIAN ICE & COLD STORAGE
20th & Olive Street

They used to sell blocks of ice for people's ice boxes
An ice box was a predecessor to today's refrigerator
Before refrigeration, ice was delivered to your door
The ice block was placed in an ice box to refridgerate your food
This must have been a neighborhood outlet for their ice




GENE GRACE REPAIR SERVICE
2001 Olive Street




WARREN REFRIGERATION SERVICE
2002 Olive Street




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OLD MAID ICE CREAM SHOP
SULLY'S BAIT & TACKLE
2009 Olive Street




HAROLD WATSON SHOE REPAIR
2010 Olive Street






PIXLER'S AUTO SERVICE
HOME FURNACE COMPANY
2012 Olive Street



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LUMBERMAN'S SUPPLY
2101 Olive Street

Photo #2 - 2013 photo






SEROCKI'S MARKET
SWOPE'S MARKET
2401 Olive Street

Louis Swope was the last owner of this store
He made his own polish sausage and it was really really good
Louis told me he made his sausage using the best ingredients he could locate
He purchased most of his meats from Nodaway Packing company
Unfortunately, Mr Swope died unexpectedly and the store was razed
Louis Swope, his store and his polish sausage is missed by many people
The lot became a parking lot for the new US Post Office next door
Photo - St Joseph News-Press photo: the building is in the process of being razed
Photo submitted by Carol Stephens



Gary's Barber Shop

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

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




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