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SOUTH PARK SECTION: PHOTOS AND INFORMATION



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MERCHANTS LOCATED ON COMMERCIAL STREET FROM 1907 - 1951

At one time, Commercial Street in the South Park area was a thriving community
Unfortunately, there are not many merchants remaining in 2014

Photo #1 - 1907 List Of Merchants on Commercial Street
Photo #2 - 1916 List Of Merchants on Commercial Street
Photo #3 - 1928 List Of Merchants on Commercial Street
Photo #4 - 1933 List Of Merchants on Commercial Street
Photo #5 - 1940 List Of Merchants on Commercial Street
Photo #6 - 1951 List Of Merchants on Commercial Street
Photo #7 - List Of Other merchants in the South Park area






CITY ANNEXES & EXPANSION 1843-1949

Photo #1 - How the city expanded from 1843 to 1949, each section includes date annexed and boundry streets






Circa 1863
MAP OF SOUTH PARK STREETS
& AVAILABLE LOTS FOR SALE







AERIAL VIEW OF WESTERN END OF SOUTH PARK





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20th & COMMERCIAL

This is a triangular tract of land that lies north of the baseball field
This tract of land was obtained in 1905 and maintained by the Park Dept
In 1962, the city was considering selling this tract of land
Evidently the sale went through as a structure has existed here for many years
Photo #1 - Circa: 1962 St Joseph News-Press article & photo
Photo #2 - Current structure on this land
Photo #1 submitted by Carol Stephens






Circa 1930's
22nd STREET
BETWEEN GARFIELD AND PARKWAY

Looking north on 22nd Street towards Commercial Street
The railroad tracks that used to be south of Commercial can be seen
All of those trees are now gone






ADA ROBERTS CHICKEN DINNER FARM
3041 South 22nd





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Circa 1950
ASSOCIATED GROCERS WAREHOUSE
South 22nd Street

Known as the AG Warehouse, it is located between Commercial & the parkway
This used to be the warehouse for most of the grocery stores in St Joseph
They moved their operatons to Elwood Kansas many years ago
It appears that someone is still using the structure for storage
Photo #1 - June 1950 Newspaper photo showing the construction
Photo #2 - As the structure appears in 2012




COMMERCIAL CAFE
1714½ Commercial

1714½ Commercial
Structure is now gone




CONNETT COAL
& LUMBER COMPANY
19th & Garfield

They used to sell coal for furnaces






DAKON'S ANTIQUES
1801 Garfield
2331 South 13th
3146 Felix

In 2000, the store was located at 18th & Garfield
In 2007, the address was 2331 South 13th, a residentual address
In 2012, the address was 3146 Felix, a residentual address




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DUB'S BARBER SHOP
DENNIS'S BARBER SHOP
1712 Commercial





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BATTERY MAN SUPPLY
1729 Commercial



freedman grocery

FREEDMAN GROCERY
1804 Commercial



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Circa 1955
Veregge Auto Shop
Garfield Car Wash
1729 Garfield

Located in South Park at 18th & Garfield
You drove your car inside the building
You paid them $1 and they let you use a stall inside the building equiped with a power sprayer to wash your vehicle
The building is still standing however the car wash is out of business




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HURST'S JACK SPRAT STORE
1728 Commercial

The store on the left side of this duplex (1728 Commercial) was once a Jack Sprat Food Store
Owned & operated by William & Ethel Hurst
The structure is currently empty & unoccupied
I have yet to find out what was on the right side, 1726 Commercial

Photo #1 Circa: 2013
Photo #2 Circa: 1940's
Photo #3 Circa: 1953
Photo #1 submitted by Rodney Keyes
Photo #2 submitted by David Mooberry






DON MAY'S HY-KLAS FOOD STORE
BUNTON'S AUTO REPAIR
1702 Commercial

This was originally Don Mays Hy-Klas food store
The store closed in the late 1970's
Bunton had it for a while as an auto repair. Bunton later his moved his shop around the corner on Garfield to a Texaco station




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JIM LANNING MOTORS
1703-1705 Garfield Avenue

Photo #1 - 1960 yellow page advertisement
Photo #2 - Lanning advertisement on backside of playing cards




LUCAS CAFE
1706 Commercial







UNKNOWN BUSINESS
1710 Commercial





Circa 1955
MARSHALL DRUG STORE
1719 Commercial





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Circa 1968
HAROLD'S GRILL
MAID-RITE SANDWICH SHOP
GARRETTS GRILL
USA MOTORS
1201 Garfield Avenue

This small building once housed Harold's grill
It is known to have been Harold's from 1968 to 1979 for certain
In 1980 there was a Maid-Rite in this building (see photo #1)
Charlie Kurtz, the owner of the Maid-Rites at the time, was running this one
I was working for Frito-Lay at the time and would stop in to eat something
USA Motors, used cars sales, occupied the building the last time I looked




NEW GARFIELD TAVERN
11th & Garfield







LADY STANDING NEXT TO TRACKS
10th & Garfield

An unknown lady, unknown circa, standing near the railroad tracks around 10th & Garfield






Circa 1929
NORTON ICE CREAM COMPANY
1805 Garfield

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




Phipps Tavern

PHIPPS TAVERN
ADAMS BAR & GRILL
1612 Commercial

1612 Commercial
Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes
Currently this is Adams Bar & Grill




Smith Market1 Smith Market2 Smith Market3 Smith Market4

STERN'S A-G
SMITH'S A-G MARKET
RUSTY'S PLACE
PLAYBOY TAVERN
1801 Commercial

This was originally Stern A-G grocery store
In 1947, David B Stern sold his A-G store & moved to California
In 1947, it became Smith's A-G
On January 12,1952, the Playboy Tavern held it's grand opening
In 1955, the City Directory shows this address as being VACANT
As seen in photo #2, the building was being re-sided in 2009

Photo #1 - building with the new siding installed in 2012
Photo #2 - taken in 2009 - undersiding says Playboy Inn, Tavern & Cafe
Photo #3 - January 1953 Grand Opening advertisement
Photo #4 - Inside view of the Playboy Tavern




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St Joseph Baptist Temple
1724 Commercial

Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes






MRS WHITE'S VARIETY STORE
1716 Commercial





SEARS HARDWARE
1717 Commercial







SNAPP'S DRY CLEANERS
1810 Commercial

Located at 1810 Commercial
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




SOUTH PARK CAFE
1706 Commercial

1706 Commercial
Structure is now gone




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Circa 1850's
SOUTH PARK LUMBER COMPANY
17th & Commercial

Mose Apple began South Park lumber back in the mid 1850's
South Park Lumber burned down on July 8, 1980
The lumber company was rebuilt after the fire
South Park Lumber closed it's doors forever in June 2013

Photo #1 - Old time billboard advertisement
Photo #2 - Photo of the 1980 fire damage
Photo #3 - 1981 advertisement, the business is being rebuilt






SOUTH PARK ELEVATOR
Unknown Address




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SOUTH PARK MERCANTILE DRY GOODS
TALBOT & SONS CONSTRUCTION
1722 Commercial

This dry goods store was located 1722 Commercial
Current tenants are Talbot & Sons
Photo was submitted by Rodney Keyes




South Park Colored School

Years of operation: 1890-1907
SOUTH PARK COLORED SCHOOL
17th & Commercial

Years of operation: 1890-1907
17th & Commercial




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Years of operation: 1888-1972
SOUTH PARK ELEMENTARY
18th & BELLE

Years of operation: 1888-1972
Once this school was located at 18th & Belle
It has been torn down and is currently a vacant lot
The students were transferred to Parkway ELementary in 1972

Photo #4 - 1900 Class Photo
Photo #5 - 1957-1958 5th Grade Class Photo
Photos submitted by Judy (Wiegant) Calhoun






SOUTH PARK DRUG STORE
WATKINS PRODUCTS
1724 Commercial





Smith Market

STERN'S A-G
SMITH'S A-G MARKET
PLAYBOY TAVERN
1801 Commercial

1801 Commercial
In 1947, David B Stern sold his A-G store & moved to California
In 1947, it became Smith's A-G
In 1953, it became the Playboy Tavern
In 1955, the City Directory shows this address as VACANT
Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes






INMAN COAL COMPANY
UNKNOWN EXACT ADDRESS
(18th & Commercial)

Located on the southwest corner of 18th & Commercial






SUNSHINE LAUNDRY
1801 Commercial







SNAPPY CLEANERS
1802-1806 Commercial

Snappy Cleaners was located in the right side of this building, 1802 Commercial






THOMPSONS HY-KLAS #8
1702 Commercial

In 1942 the store was located at 1712 Commercial
In 1949 this store had moved to 1702 Commercial
Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes




TWEDELL GROCERY
1723 Commercial



First & Last Chance Tavern

Circa 1955
WHITE & GARTIN
FIRST & LAST CHANCE TAVERN
Circa 1976
MONK'S TAVERN
circa 2005
FIRST & LAST CHANCE TAVERN
1817 Garfield

1817 Garfield
Photo submitted by Rodney Keyes




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