The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


August 30, 2013

Clinton at the turn of century


People often sat in their cars on Fifth Avenue on Monday nights, just to watch the shoppers. We’ll spend more time on this when Clayton “Cookie” Cook relates his youth about Allen’s Tea Room in the next article.

Also downtown were the Revere and Marcucci’s — and the moving pictures which had just started to appear in early 1900. At the New Family Theater on Second Street, across from City Hall and Boegel’s, one could see a “flick” for 10 cents.

St. Mary’s opened a grade school on Fifth Street, grades first through eighth; and Lillian Russell was coming home to do a musical and would ride around Clinton’s new streets on her bicycle. Armstrong Co. sold chick incubators (everyone could raise chickens in their back yard.) I can recall two or three such enterprises on most blocks. Foy Chicken, in Lyons, was then a big operation.

R.H. Beil was the town’s best photographer, and he advertised in each edition of the newspaper. His studio is still on Second Street, and his predecessors’ ads can be seen on the wall of that building and on the Kline’s Building down the block (Cope and Fein). Over on Third Street, near the Lamb Block, were the Knights of Pythians’ Clubrooms. They had weekly events that were covered in the Herald.

The Grammar School had a mid-year eighth grade graduation of 26 students, where Superintendent O.P. Bostwick handed out diplomas to a class that included future dentist Clifford Grant (State University of Iowa, 1916) and other familiar names. Cliff practiced dentistry in Clinton from 1916 until the 1960s.

Teddy Roosevelt was the President in 1908. In Clinton, automobiles were a “hot” item; Peerless, Buick, and Cadillac were all good names to buy. Electric equipment was on sale at Robb Construction Co. at 213 S. Second St., and you might want to purchase a new electric washer/wringer combination.

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