The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


April 25, 2014

Picture showcases tower's fall


Nowadays, Mike Kroemer has his insurance business in what was then Shull’s Men’s Store. It used to have an exit through the back, and many people parked behind the store and came through it on their way to other businesses. Often they stopped to try on a sport coat or other apparel. Mike is currently thinking about remodeling the front of the building and is looking for pictures and ideas.

Also, one can see Klinger’s Paint store and can imagine seeing Charlie Hicks entertaining customers royally. The downtown businessmen (and women) were well known by all, and it was very much a community neighborhood. Volckman’s Furniture was run by John and Ruth Stansberry and Martin Morris Clothiers can be seen at the far left end of the photo.

Mark Morris and his brother, Emil, were always there; as was Lambert Neil, the suave good-looking salesman with the well-trimmed mustache. Downstairs was Rod Fitch and his sporting equipment shop, and upstairs was the boy’s department — run by Delores Hagge, who always helped customers in such a bright and pleasant manner.

Look at the hustle and bustle on the street. Kids on their bicycles stopped to take in the scene. They appear to be older, because high school students didn’t usually own a car then and, therefore, rode bikes throughout their teens. As mentioned before, I can recall Chuck Vogt zooming around our corner on Ninth Avenue South and Sixth Street every day on his way to work at Marcucci’s.

Automobiles crowd the street on this warm summer day. You can see a modern Plymouth in the foreground and an old Model A Ford. The street is busy with people, as was always the case before television. People were usually out and about, walking through Clinton’s two parks on their way downtown.

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