The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


August 30, 2013

Clinton at the turn of century


Other homes were filling in between Bluff Boulevard and South Fifth Street, which had been the “end of town” for a time. I have a photograph, taken from the Bluff…looking back toward town, which shows housing stopped at Fifth Street and a new addition on the Hill — where St. Mary’s Church was built in 1888. All of the south-end dwellers who worked for the railroad and sawmills were able to live in this area and still walk to work.

After WWII, another building boom began, and the Harrison Drive area became the “new” section of town. As Clinton grew to its maximum size (around 1970), the Galbraith Acres area filled with new homes. Until that time, everyone mostly lived together, rich and poor. In recent years, enclaves have sprung up in places like Brandenburg Estates, Stockwell Lane, Cragmoor and even in Fulton, Ill.

Old newspapers like the Jan. 6, 1908 Herald, are fun to read. One sees names which still exist in Clinton and businesses that have come and gone. Drs. Hainline, Furstenburg, and Port were well known medical men. As mentioned in recent news, Dr. Kershner was one of our first surgeons and bought property out by Memorial Park Cemetery — which just sold for a fortune.

His daughters, Beth Van Allen and Francis Bickelhaupt were, with their husbands, civic leaders.

Stores were famous and fun to visit. Van Allen’s Department Store had those “neat” devices that followed tubes all over the store. You’d pay your bill and — swoosh, it would take your payment to the office and change would return in just moments.

We had five department stores. Reid & Conger was a good one, along with Towle & Spreter, and they were all on the same corner of Fifth Avenue South and Second Street. Martin Morris and Thompson’s were two more. Shopping was an all-day affair. The dime stores were great, too.

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