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Arthur, Once Upon a Time - Local History Images of Arthur

   
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  1. A photo of Noel C. Dicks
    Noel C. Dicks, a pharmacist and owner of Dicks Pharmacy of Arthur, Illinois from 1960 to 1995. He started his local historical venture when he made an effort to collect photos of the pharmacists and physicians who had practiced in Arthur. The project mushroomed and he became interested in the history of the town. Through the generosity of so many people his collection now consists of thousands of photographs, glass negatives, nitrate negatives, and other items of historical interest.

  2. Airplane in air
    Curtis bi-wing pusher type airplane in flight around 1912. Probably giving rides. A view of the town in background leads us to believe that this photo was taken South of Arthur looking slightly Northeast. Water tower and elevators seem to be in proper location for Arthur. This was at first thought to be a Wright Brothers plane, due to a newpaper item that they were giving rides in Decatur, Illinois. Contact with the Wright Brothers Museum for verification lead to the identification of the plane as a Curtis aircraft. The planes were quite similar in appearance.

  3. Airplane on ground
    Early model airplane, on ground. Location not known.

  4. Arthur, Illinois
    Collection description:
    "A fond love of history has inspired many people to make this collection of photographs available for the enjoyment of present and future generations. This only a small sample of the collection. I, Noel Dicks , sincerely thank Arthur librarian Alice Cisna and the staff of The Tintype Photograpy Studio for their assistance and dedication in helping me develop what we believe to be a ""user friendly"" form to view this collection. TO VIEW AN ENLARGED PHOTO, JUST CLICK ON THE PICTURE. To simplify your ""Glimpse into the Past"" of Arthur, Illinois, this collection of photos includes the following main categories: Business, Churches, Entertainment, Factories, Farming, Houses, Miscellaneous, Organizations, People, Railroad, Schools, Street Scenes, U. S. Post Office. A fond love of history has inspired many people to make this collection of photographs available for the enjoyment of present and future generations. This only a small sample of the collection. I, Noel Dicks , sincerely thank Arthur librarian Alice Cisna and the staff of The Tintype Photograpy Studio for their assistance and dedication in helping me develop what we believe to be a "user friendly" form to view this collection. To simplify your "Glimpse into the Past" of Arthur, Illinois, this collection of photos has been divided into the following categories:

  5. Auburn Automobile, first autos in Arthur
    First shipment of autos to Arthur. Came by train from Auburn Auto Company, Auburn, Indiana. Known as "The Model", all were black and same model except one is a coupe. Photo taken on Vine street just south of railroad. Building is office and scales of Davis Elevator.

  6. Automobile
    Automobile in front of Eberhart house, 321 S. Elm Street.

  7. Automobile
    Group of unidentified children sitting on top of car.

  8. Automobile
    George Harmon on 200 Block South Vine street, west side.

  9. Automobile
    Unidentified man standing by car with unidentified woman driver.

  10. Automobile
    Unidentified man in car (possibly Matt DeHart).

  11. Automobile, after muddy ride
    Two unidentified men, "after a muddy ride".

  12. Automobile, Eberhardt Family in car
    "Let us go for a ride." Eberhardt family in their shiny new black automobile.

  13. Automobile, Eberhardt family in car
    Eberhardt family in car in front of their house 321 S. Elm Street

  14. Automobile, Eberhardt family women beside car
    Eberhardt family women beside car.

  15. Automobile, Glide
    Glide automobile in front of McClure cafe and Whitlock Clothing, 123 S. Vine.

  16. Automobile, Motorcycle
    Don Whitlock's Harley Davidson. On Vine street in front of Davis Brothers elevator driveway.

  17. Automobile, Several with families
    Several automobiles with unidentified families out for a ride.

  18. Automobile, Two men
    Automobile with two men (Whitlock family)

  19. Band, American Legion
    American Legion Band on steps of Vine Street Christian Church, 249 S. Vine. Front row: Spot Pribble, George Clark, Harry Empson, Shelby Gibson, Fred Woods, Dan Danielson. 2nd row: Herman Good, Ralph Seaman, Steck, Willie Ohlsen, O. F. Beals, Wm. Suhl. 3rd row: W. L. Howell, R. A.Galbreath, Ralph Watson, Carl Heerdt. 4th row: Jim Eads, H. E. Hood, C,E. Cahill.

  20. Band, Arthur Town Band - 1902
    Arthur Town Band 1902, on steps of Post Office, 116 S. Vine Street. Conductor. O. C. Bruce. Bottom: Epp Fleming, Lewis Winings, Jack Bassett, Frank Fleming, Earl Powell, Ora Warren. Top: Harry Campbell, George Conn, Mark Barrum, Frank Warren, Orville Makepeace, Marion Watson, George Corbett, Ola Fleming (behind pillar).

  21. Band, Boys Band
    Boys band in front of Vine Street Christian Church, 249 S. Vine

  22. Band, Boys Band
    Arthur Boys Band (Alexander's Band) in front of Vine Street Christian Church, 249 S. Vine. Godfrey Stock, Clyde Moler, Frank Gibbon, Charles Collins, Hugh McDonald, Duane Cox, Raymond Dawson, Russell McDonald, Duane Powell, Pete Stock, Reed Sears, Willis Howell, Percy Welcome, Frank Ballard, Ralph Watson, Russell Sears, Ross Fitts, John Sears, leader.

  23. Band, Boys band
    Boys band in front of Houseman and Erhardt Clothing store at 202 S. Vine. Stack of bricks indicates that the brick pavement was being laid at that time.

  24. Band, Boys Band on street
    Arthur Boys Band in parade, 220 S. Vine Street.

  25. Band, Lanken's
    Lankens Cornet Band, in uniform getting ready for a parade.

  26. Band, Monroe Jumbo Road Machine Band
    Monroe Jumbo Road Machine Band.

  27. Band, Town Band single file on street
    Arthur Town band on street, single file, getting ready for a parade. Charles Hunsaker, A.L.McGuire, Tittle Warren, Marion Watson, Frank Hunsaker, Dick Warren, Doug Sears, ?, ?, Herman Stock, ?, John Warren.

  28. Bank, Arthur Bank robbery
    National Bank, 201 S. Vine. (Later becameThe National Bank). Bank robbery in the night in January 1899 netted six robbers $3,700.00 They made their escape to Arcola on a railroad handcar. They apparently split up with three each hitching a ride South and North on railroad freight train. This picture of the "Burgular proof" safe with door blown off with dynamite

  29. Bank, Arthur Trust and Savings
    Arthur Trust and Savings bank established 1902, 116 S. Vine.

  30. Bank, Arthur Trust and Savings
    Arthur Trust and Savings Bank established May 26, 1902, 116 S. Vine. Sol Dorman, President and R.H. Dorman, cashier. Was in business for only a few years.

  31. Bank, National Bank
    National Bank, 201 S. Vine Street, established February 1890 by James Morris, Fred Matters, Asa Warren and Sol Dorman. First located at 131 S. Vine. Converted to National Bank November 1899. Moved to 201 S. Vine later probably in 1898 or 1899. This business failed in 1933 when they failed to open after the "Bank Holiday". A bank robbery in the night in January 1899 netted six robbers $3,700.00. They made their escape to Arcola on a railroad handcar. They apparently split up with two each hitching a ride South and North on railroad freight train.

  32. Bank, National Bank
    Interior view of National Bank at 201 S. Vine Street, established February 1890 by James Morris, Fred Matters, Asa Warren and Sol Dorman. First located at 131 S. Vine. Converted to National Bank November 1899. Moved to 201 S. Vine later, probably in 1898 or 1899. This business failed in 1933 when they failed to open after the "Bank Holiday". A bank robbery in the night in January 1899 netted six robbers $3,700.00. They made their escape to Arcola on a railroad handcar. They apparently split up with three each hitching a ride South and North on railroad freight train.

  33. Bank, Safe
    State Bank of Arthur safe.

  34. Baseball Team, at race track
    Baseball team at horse race track west side of 500 block N. Vine. Rear: Quince McDonald, ?, Jim Eads, Harry Sona, Frank Fleming. Front: Charles Bishop, John Pribble, Bob Hostetler, Edgar Martin, Guy Haney.

  35. Baseball Team, Bulldogs
    Arthur Bulldogs Baseball Team. Baseball field was in middle of Horse Race Track, North West part of town.

  36. Baseball Team, Youth
    Youth baseball team, with paper hats on heads indicating position. Note the littlest boy as catcher and an unusal bat.

  37. Baseball, in street
    Baseball game in street.

  38. Baseball, Traveling team
    Baseball "traveling team".

  39. Basketball
    Basketball team. Top: John Pribble, Ed Meinzer, Mike Warren, Carl Fisher. Bottom: Charley Huckelberry, Jim Eads.

  40. Basketball H.S. Team 1909
    1909 High School basketball team in Grade School Park in street clothes. Top: Coach Earl Pedro, Glen Painter, Russ Fitts. Bottom: W.L. Howell, Chester Eads, O.R. Fleming, Charles Jenne.

  41. Basketball Team
    High school basketball team,1916. Taken in front of 115 S. Vine. Gym was upstairs in a building built as Opera House. Theater had moved downstairs. Later used as Factory Sales hardware store.

  42. Basketball Team
    High School basketball team, 1916 in front of Opera House stairway, 111 S. Vine (gymnasium was upstairs) Jim Eads and Frank Fleming coaches.

  43. Basketball, Girls High School
    Girls High school team 1905-1906: Flora Balch, Bess Patton, Ora Monroe, Alice Monroe, Patti Martin.

  44. Basketball, High School
    High school basketball team, 1916. Taken in front of 115 S. Vine. Gym was upstairs in a building built as Opera House. Theater had moved downstairs. Later used as Factory Sales hardware store.

  45. Basketball, High School Boys
    Arthur High School 1916-1917 basketball team (undefeated). Coach John Pribble, Raymond Galbreath, Harold Rigney, Ralph Seaman, Roy Sharp, Percy Welcome, Don Whitlock

  46. Basketball, High School Boys
    Arthur High School boys Basketball team, 1929-30. (Picture from year book.)

  47. Basketball, High School Boys - 1917
    High School 1916-1917 basketball team (undefeated). Coach John Pribble, Raymond Galbreath, Harold Rigney, Ralph Seaman, Roy Sharp, Percy Welcome, Russel Gibbon, J.C. Reeder, Don Whitlock.

  48. Basketball, High School Girls
    High school girl's basketball team, 1907.

  49. Basketball, High School team 1913-14
    High school basketball team, 1913-1914. W. L. Howell with ball.

  50. Basketball, High School team 1913-14
    High school basketball team, 1913-1914. W. L. Howell with ball.

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