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Circa 1966
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
IN SOUTH ST JOSEPH






Circa Unknown
Aerial View
Looking northeast towards King Hill Lookout




SOUTH ST JOSEPH - LISTED IN ALPHABETIC ORDER





1911 SANBORN MAP SHOWING
STOCKYARD & PACKING HOUSES

In 1911, there were 3 packing houses on the west side of the stockyards
Hammond Packing #241 on the map
Morris Packing #242 on the map
Swift & Company Packing #243 & 244 on the map
St Joseph Stockyard Company is displayed in yellow, #245 on the map
Armour Packing would build a packing house at a later date
Hammond Packing and Morris Packing would later be gone
In 1911, the Stockyards and packing houses were not inside the city limits
Part of the Florence Addition can be seen in the top part of the map
The railroad tracks servicing the area are shown




Circa 1920
A. C. HAMM COAL COMPANY
1004 South 21st Street





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A & W ROOT BEER
THIRS-T DRIVE-IN
BROASTED CHICKEN
HILLSIDE MOTORS
4129 King Hill Avenue

4129 King Hill
In 1960, this structure was listed as Thirs-T Drive-in resturant
It was a subsidiary of A & W Root Beer
It featured car hop service and their Broasted Chicken was the best in town
We lost a great place to eat when Thirs-t closed
Another restaurant opened later at this location but didn't last long
Hillside Motors, an auto sales company, is currently in business at this location
As of 2013, Hillside Motors has been located here for the past 10 years

Photo #1 - 1960's Thirst-T advertisement
Photo #2 - 1979 A&W and Thirst-T advertisement
Photo #3 - Hill Side Motors
Photo #4 - Hill Side Motors




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ARMOUR & COMPANY PACKING HOUSE

Armour & Company was a meatpacking company founded in Chicago, in 1867
The St Joseph packing house was located in the stockyard area
On May 6, 1930 Armour suffered a major explosion. 19 people were killed, 5 were injured
The structure no longer exists

Photo #1 - 1930's Armour Packing House Beef Kill Crew
Photo #2 - 1943 photo of Armour & Co Meat Packing House
Photo #3 - Armour truck fleet in the 1930's
Photo #4 - May 6, 1930 St Joseph News Press photo






BANKER & DELANEY
PROPANE & BUTANE GAS
Memorial Highway & Elizabeth Street







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






BENTON FEED STORE
6621 Memorial Highway

The building no longer exists






BILL ROBINSON WHOLESALE FISH
311 East Missouri Avenue





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BLUE DIAMOND TAVERN
5927 Lake Avenue

5927 Lake Avenue
Photo #1 submitted by Rodney Keyes




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BUCKET SHOP
5225 Lake Avenue

This combination resturant & tavern got it's name from serving beer in buckets
Located near the stock yards & packing houses, it once was a very thriving establishment
They were famous for their beefburgers which are still trying to be copied today
The Southgate at Alabama & King Hill has a very, very close replica of the once famous Bucket Shop Beefburger
The interior shot shows how the resturant side looked until the 1990's before it was remodeled by the new owner, Rusty Hurst
I don't have a picture of the tavern side when it was remodeled
When Rusty Hurst re-opened it, the beefburgers were very close to the original Bucket Shop beefburger except the bun was different
After Rusty Hurst closed the Bucket Shop was closed it sat empty for a few years
In 2004, Eric and Linda Ambrozi leased the Bucket Shop from Rusty Hurst. It was re-opened as Daddy O's, a combination biker bar and resturant
Eric passed away in Dec 2004 and the business was once again sold
In 2010, Boudreaux's Louisiana Sea Food & Steaks opened a restaurant in this building
Even though it was called the same name, it did not have the same menu as their downtown location
In 2011, the business closed and the building is once again empty
All of the old Bucket Shop exterior signs and details have now vanished wiping out all memories of a once great tavern

Photo #1 - The Bucket Shop as it appeared in the 1940's
Photo #2 - The Bucket Shop as it appeared in the 1980's
Photo #3 - The Bucket Shop as it appeared in the 1980's
Photo #4 - The main dining side - the bar side had wooden booths
Photo #5 - An old Bucket Shop advertisement
Photo #6 - A Bucket Shop ashtray
Photo #7 - A Bucket Shop Advertisement
Photo #8 - Bucket Shop birthday gift card
Photo #9 - Current condition of the old Bucket Shop building
Photo #10 - Bucket Shop's kitchen area, the young man is Tim
Photo #11 - Pete Chirila, owner of the Bucket Shop
Photo #12 - Original Bucket Shop advertisement
Photo #13 - The south side where the bar was located






CARNAGIE CLUB
unknown address

Postcard showing Carnagie Club flowers in a vacant lot




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CARNAGIE LIBRARY
316 Massachusetts

Public Library located in South St Joseph at 316 Massachusetts Street

Photo #1 - Carnagie Library
Photo #2 - Postcard
Photo #3 - Front view of library
Photo #4 - Rear view of library
Photo #5 - Inside view of library
Photo #1 - submitted by Rodney Keyes




Cliff Rivers Plumbing

CLIFF RIVERS PLUMBING
5837 King Hill Avenue

Located at 5837 King Hill Avenue
Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes






Circa 1889
COTTAGE LAWN & GARDEN FENCING
Unknown Address

1889 advertisement






DAIRY QUEEN
4915 King Hill Avenue

Once a popular Dairy Queen, it has been closed for several years
Another business currently occupies the building






DALE STANTON MFA INSURANCE AGENT
5719 Lake Avenue





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DANNEN FEED MILL
22nd & Garfield
900 Lower Lake Road

On November 1953, fire destroyed the 7 story Dannen Feed Mill at 22nd & Garfield
A new Dannen Feed Mill was built at 900 Lower Lake Road






DICK SMOCK PHARMACY
6415 King Hill Avenue

A 1977 St Joseph News-Press newspaper advertisement announcing the new pharmacy location






ST JOSEPH CITY BUS
WYATT PARK-SOUTH
Lake & Cherokee





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DO-BOY FLOUR COMPANY
6108 King Hill Avenue







DROVERS & MERCHANTS BANK
Lake & Cherokee







ECONOMY STORE
6220 Sherman







Circa 1927
FAMO FEED & MILLING COMPANY
COAL DEPARTMENT
429 Cherokee







Circa 1980
FIREWORKS ADVERTISEMENT

Newspaper advertisement for a fireworks stand located between McBride's Boats & Motors and the Carnation Plant
It was sponsored by the pro-wrestler Thor Hagen and the proceeds to go to New Life Inner City




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FOX'S DEPARTMENT STORE
6112-6114 King Hill Avenue
2102-2104 South 10th Street

There were Fox's Department stores at two locations
Both structures no longer exist






UNKNOWN STATION
South of Galvins on 22nd

Unknown building is located south of Galvin's on South 22nd Street
General Repairs was painted on the building front, this was most likely a service station
Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes




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GALVIN'S DINNERHOUSE
6802 South 22nd

Galvin's serves great home cooked chicken dinners by reservation only
A fire nearly destroyed Galvin's Dinner House in 2011 and it closed
The iconic restaurant has since been restored and reopened in May 2013

Here is a good review of Galvin's that I found on the Internet:
Not many people know about this unusual restaurant, and its devotees prefer it that way. The restaurant started out as a gas station back in 1940, doing a brisk business selling baskets of fried chicken to locals and bus passengers along Highway 372 en route to Kansas City. Over the years, the chicken stand has turned into a genteel, old-fashioned dining venue now operated by Bill Grace, who literally grew up working here. The specialty is still pan-fried chicken dinners, though there are steaks and pecan-crusted trout, all served family style with soup, salad, muffins, corn, green beans and freshly baked bread. These reasonably priced dinners include a few desserts, but the most famous is a square of baked fudge, which is now ala carte. Like everything else in this quaint little joint, it is well worth it
- Charles Ferruzza


Reservation is required
Galvin's Dinner House hours:
5 to 8:30pm, Tuesday thru Saturday; noon to 5pm on Sundays
Photo #2 - 1957 Advertisement




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GETCHELL HOME LAUNDRY & DRY CLEANERS
ST JOSEPH TOWEL & LINEN SERVICE
108-116 North 2nd Street
North 2nd building was demolished during Urban Renewal
ST JOSEPH TOWEL & LINEN SERVICE
Unknown address on King Hill Avenue

Hathon G. Getchell embarked in the laundry business as president of "My Laundry Company" on Seventh Street. The building on 7th Street burned down

Mr Getchell then organized the Getchell Laundry Company, which, in 1913, was consolidated with the Pearl Laundry Company

He operated two plants, one on the corner of Third and Robidoux streets, and the other on King Hill Avenue

Both plants were fully equipped with all the most modern appliances for doing first-class laundrying and dry cleaning

Both plants were up-to-date in every respect, and both use auto delivery wagons
In 1952, it became St Joseph Towel & Linen Service
St Joseph Towel & Linen was in business from until 4/18/1988




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HAWKINS MOTEL
HAWKINS GAS STATION
HAWKINS CAFE
US Highway 59

The motel and cafe are now gone but the station is still operating
The cafe had great food, we thought it was the best breakfast in town
Photo #1 - Hawkins Gas
Photo #2 - Hawkins Motel - Postcard




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HELEN WRINKLE PHARMACY
5409 LAKE AVENUE

The drug store suffered a holdup robbery in 2013






HERSCHEL HILES BARBER SHOP
201 West Missouri

Located at 201 West Missouri

Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




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Circa 1898
HOOF & HORN STEAKHOUSE & LOUNGE
429 Illinois Avenue

Built in 1898, the Hoof & Horn Steakhouse is located in the Stockyard area
They are known for their fine steaks
The Hoof & Horn is currently owned by the Swope Family
In 1987, the Swope family bought the steakhouse from the Millers
The Millers ran the Hoof & Horn for over 30 years
The Millers bought the steakhouse from Joe Mallus
Joe Mallus ran the Hoof & Horn for over 40 years
Joe Mallus bought the Hoof & Horn from his uncle
In 2015, the word on the street is the Hoof & Horn is for sale

Photo #1 - 1910 photo of the Hoof & Horn
Photo #2 - Modern photo of the Hoof & Horn
Photo #3 - Current photo of Hoof & Horn bar
Photo #4 - Modern photo of the Hoof & Horn
Photo #5 - Modern photo of the Hoof & Horn
Photo #6 - Old photo of the Hoof & Horn bar
Photo #7 - Recent photo taken by David Osgood
Photo #8 - Recent photo taken by David Osgood




Herschel Hiles Barber Shop

UNKNOWN BUSINESS & POOL HALL
400 block of Illinois Avenue

This business with a pool hall was located in the same block as the Hoof & Horn
The exact name and address is unknown address




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TRANSIT HOUSE HOTEL
HORSE & MULE MARKET
LIVESTOCK SHOWS
416 Illinois

The Transit House was a hotel built close to the stockyards in 1902
The Transit House was located at 416 Illinois
Horse and mule market is on the right side of photo #1
The Transit Hotel can be seen in the background in several photos
Various livestock shows & sales were also held here
The Transit House no longer exists

Photo #1 - Transit House on the left, harness shop & horse shoeing on the right
Photo #2 - The Transit House
Photo #3 - 1940's stock show
Photo #4 - Livestock show
Photo #5 - Postcard of the Transit House
Photo #6 - Horse sale or show
Photo #7 - Postcard of Livestock & Horse show
Photo #8 - Postcard of Baby Beef sale
Photo #9 - W.F. Davis & True Davis Livestock sellers






CB & Q FREIGHT DEPOT
Illinois Avenue

This is a 1979 photo of CB & Q freight depot located on Illinois Avenue






IMOGENE'S
LITTLE OL' LEATHER SHOPPE
5612 South 14th Street

The building no longer exists




Circa 1920
J. A . SCHROEER COAL COMPANY
5th & Patee





Circa 1920
JOHN D. PRESTON SUPPLY COMPANY
5th & Patee





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Circa 1917
KELSEY NURSERIES
Lake & Alabama

Photo #1 - Aerial view of Kelsey Nurseries
Photo #2 - 1917 advertisement
Photo #3 - 1933 St Joseph News-Press advertisement






KEYWOOD'S
411 Illinois Avenue





King Hill Beauty & Barber Shop

KING HILL BEAUTY & BARBER SHOP
5618 King Hill Avenue

Located at 5618 King Hill Avenue
Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes




KING HILL DRIVE-IN CAFE
3701 King Hill Avenue

The Missourian Tavern replaced this structure






KING HILL LODGE
(ORIGINAL)
King Hill Avenue

Unknown location




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KING HILL PLAZA
7000 King Hill Avenue

King Hill Plaza contains Kovac Supermarket, Pizza Hut, a bowling alley and other retail businesses

Photo #1 - 1976 newpaper photo of King Hill Plaza
Photo #2 - newspaper advertisement for Kovac's
Photo #3 - Circa 1975




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KING HILL OVERLOOK
WATER TOWER & PARK

King Hill is similar to Wyeth Hill in the north part of St Joseph
This park and overlook are where people come to to overlook the southern part of St Joseph

The park is not as large as Wyeth Hill but interesting to visit
A water tower and a large United States flag are the only objects here
King Hill Overlook is 13 acres built on a historic American Indian site
The park is accessed from the Southwest Parkway, there is only one entrance
One a clear day one can see Wyeth Hill from the top of King Hill

HOW TO GET TO THE KING HILL OVERLOOK & PARK
Coming from Hyde Park - go north on Southwest Parkway past Benton High School. Continue north on the parkway to King Hill Drive which is at the junction of Mansfield Road. Turn left (west) onto King Hill drive, cross over a bridge and continue up a winding road
The overlook will be at the end of this road

Photo #1 - old photo of the water tower & huge flag on top of the hill
Photo #2 - View of South St Joseph
Photo #3 - Postcard with view of South St Joseph
Photo #4-9 - David Osgood took a drive up to the top of the King Hill Overlook
Photo #10 - Looking north from King Hill Overlook
Photo #11 - 1960 photo
Photo #12 - Overview of South St Joseph, stockyards and packing houses
Photo #13 - 1945 Overview of the stockyards and packing houses
Photo #14 - 1900 photo of King Hill with it's water tower







Circa 1950's
KING HILL VIADUCT
6th Street-King Hill Avenue





Kirschner Elementary School

KIRSCHNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Northeast Corner Collins & Vernon

Kirschner School closed in 1965
The students were sent to Lake Contrary School






KNOPINSKIS BAR & CAFE
431 Illinois Avenue







KODRAK'S CAFE
6211 King Hill Avenue







Years of operation: 1961-Present
LAKE CONTRARY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Alabama & Diagonal

Years of operation: 1961-Present
Alabama & Diagonal






Years of operation: 1889-1930
LAKE STATION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
6800 Diagonal Road

Years of operation: 1889-1930
6800 Diagonal Road
School was closed in 1965, Students sent to Lake Contrary School






LARABEE MILLS
900 LAKE AVENUE





MARTIE HARDWARE & SUPPLY STORE
6209 King Hill Avenue





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MFA FEED MILL
429 Cherokee

Located at 429 Cherokee
Photo #2 - Circa: 1950's




Paradise Donuts1 Paradise Donuts2 Paradise Donuts3

Circa 1889
PEOPLE'S FURNITURE & CARPET COMPANY
Circa 1970's
PARADISE DONUTS
4 ACES BBQ
King Hill Avenue & Missouri

In 1889, People's Furniture opened on the southeast corner of King Hill Avenue & Missouri Avenue
The family-owned furniture store was opened by F.R. Kimber and F.E. Vancil in South St. Joseph
Longtime employee John Furlong purchased the business from Mr. Kimber and Mr. Vancil in 1949
In 1971, Mr. Furlong moved the store to 3603 Frederick Avenue
People's Furniture closed in 2014
In the mid 1970's, this building was home to the Paradise Donut Shop
The 4 Aces BBQ shared the same building with Paradise Donuts
The donut shop, owned by Jan Lloyd, closed somewhere around 1995
Data supplied by Terry Plumb
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes






PEPSI-COLA GENERAL BOTTLERS
227 Cherokee

Located on the northeast corner of Lake and Cherokee
Currently just a distribution center, they have not bottled soda here for many years






PIZZA ROYAL
5327 Lake Avenue

Located at 5327 Lake Avenue
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes






POOR'S APPLIANCE SHOP
203 West Missouri Avenue

Located at 203 West Missouri Avenue
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




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Circa 1939
RUPP FUNERAL HOME
6054 Pryor

Dates for the above photos are in this order
Photo #1 - 1939
Photo #2 - 1951
Photo #3 - 2007
Photo #4 - 2013
Photo #5 - 2014






ST JOSEPH FISH HATCHERY
Tucker Street







Circa: 1887-1898
STOCK YARD EXCHANGE BUILDING

This was the orginal Stock Yard Exchange Building
It was located on the west end of Missouri Avenue




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Circa 1898
ST JOSEPH LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE
601 Illinois Avenue

Built in 1898, this building replaced the older one on Missouri Avenue
The structure is currently being considered for restoration or razing




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ST JOSEPH STOCK YARDS

The Producers Livestock Marketing Association, formed in 1/28/1931 owned most of the cattle pens at the St Joseph Stockyards
When Armour & Swift packing houses moved out of town, most of the pens were destroyed
The sheep & hog barns were the last to be razed

Photo #1 - 1955 view of the stockyards
Photo #2 - 1908 view of the stockyards
Photo #3 - 1953 taken from King Hill
Photo #4 - Postcard - The Cattle Pens
Photo #5 - Photo taken from King Hill
Photo #6 - 1920's view of South St Joseph
Photo #7 - 1981 Stock yard auction
Photo #8 - Cattle pens in 1960
Photo #9 - Postcard
Photo #10 - Overview of the stockyards
Photo #11 - Overview of the stockyards
Photo #12 - Postcard - the Cattle pens
Photo #13 - 1934 aerial view of the stockyards
Photo #14 - 1906 Postcard
Photo #15 - Stock Pens
Photo #16 - Stock Pens
Photo #17 - June 1956 Stock Pens
Photo #18 - 1909 Postcard showing stock yards
Photo #19 - The Hog Barns
Photo #20 - 1920 St Joseph Stock Yards
Photo #21 - 1911 Stockyards
Photo #22 - Overview showing packing houses and pens at a distance






Circa 1920's
STOCKYARDS & PACKING HOUSES






SCANLAN'S HARDWARE
238 Illinois Avenue




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LOVERS LANE MEATS
SEITZ LOVERS LANE
SEITZ SAUSAGE WORKS
SEITZ PACKING COMPANY
SEITZ FOODS INC
4th & WALNUT
4501 PACKERS AVENUE

By 1921, Seitz was located at 15th & Garfield Ave
Alfred J Seitz was president of St Joseph Sausage Works at 2402 South 5th Street
Seitz later operated at both locations
See photo #1 - As early as 1919, this was Seitz Packing, a beef kill facility located on Garfield Avenue, just east of Quaker Oats - see the 1919 map in photo #9
The Seitz sausage plant, hot dogs and luncheon meats was located at 5th & Walnut
Seitz Foods was a privately owned meat processor that sold its luncheon meats and hot dogs in 12 Midwestern states
This structure was replaced in later years with a brick building
In the early 50's a new Seitz beef kill plant was built at the Packers Avenue site
In the early 80's the Sausage Plant at 4th and Walnut was closed and moved to the Packers Avenue location
At this time beef kill was suspended
The name change from Lovers Lane Meats to Seitz was started in mid to late 1967. It was Seitz Lovers Lane and later Lovers Lane was dropped from the name
E. Y. Lingle and Garland Wilson gained control of the company when Mr. Seitz committed suicide at the 4th and Walnut plant
Seitz would later be owned by Doug Esson
In 1987 Doug Esson sold the plant to Sara Lee
Somewhere along the line, the name was changed to Seitz Foods
In 2000, Sara Lee sold the Lower Lake Road plant
The personel and operations were moved to the new plant located in the new industrial Mitchell Park and called it St Joseph Foods
The old original Seitz had the best hot dogs, hot polish sausages and cold cuts in Northwest Missouri
Their products are still missed today
List of items they made:
FRESH DRESSED BEEF-CARCASS; FRESH DRESSED BEEF-CUTS; CHILI CON CARNE; PICKLE AND PIMIENTO LOAF; MACARONI AND CHEESE LOAF; SPICED LOAF; LIVER CHEESE; SALAMI; BOLOGNA; LUNCHEON SPECIALTY SAUSAGE; BONELESS COOKED HAM; PURE PORK SAUSAGE-IN BAG; PURE PORK SAUSAGE-IN CELLOPHANE ROLL; FRANKFURTERS, SKINLESS; POLISH SAUSAGE, H.C; BOCKWURST; SMOKED TENDER HAM
One of their famous slogans was S-E-I-T-Z spells HOT DOG!
There are new SEITZ meat products on the market today in 2012 but they are not the old original Seitz products
Lovers Lane meat items were made by Seitz Packing Company




So St Joe Police Substation

SOUTH ST JOSEPH POLICE SUBSTATION
201 Cherokee

Located at 201 Cherokee
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes






STOCK YARDS BANK
Stockyards
Unknown address

Photo - Circa 1911, interior view of the bank




Sugar Bowl Confections

SUGAR BOWL CONFECTONS
630 Carnagie

Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes





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SUTHERLAND LUMBER
505 Illinois

Sutherland Lumber was a very popular lumber company for many years





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SWIFT & COMPANY PACKING HOUSE
Stockyards Expressway

Photo #1 - 1943 photo of Swift Packing House
Photo #2 - Photo of a photo of Swift & stockyards
Photo #3 - 1906 photo of Swift's Prize horse team
Photo #4 - Swift's Pork dressing department
Photo #5 - Names of Swift workers in photo #4
Photo #6 - Swift wagon
Photo #7 - 1934 photo of Swift Hog Dressing Department
Photo #8 - 1934 Swift & Co Packing House "Dry Salt" department employees
Photos 4 & 5 submitted by Judith Kaelin




Union Workers Of America

UNION WORKERS OF AMERICA
LOCAL 58
316 Massachusetts

Located at 316 Massachusetts
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




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WALPOLE'S DRUG STORES
312 Illinois Avenue

1937 WALPOLE'S DRUG STORES newspaper advertisements
Walpole had 4 stores in St Joseph in 1937






W. E. GILBERT - EXPERT HORSESHOER
5017 Lake Avenue





Circa 1920
W. E. FEUQUAY COAL COMPANY
5114 Lake Avenue





Weis School

WEIS SCHOOL
Lake Contrary Beach

Was located northeast of Lake Contrary Beach by River Levy
Later moved further south on Lake Contrary





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