- -30- then and now (8/22/18)2
- Meet Mable at Mable's Cafe in Chaffee (8/20/18)
- Willow Grove Rockets Skate Club (8/15/18)
- Central Municipal Pool built in 1979 (8/13/18)
- Hecht's Store founder returns to Main street (8/8/18)
- Land acquired to build SEMO Port (8/6/18)
- St. Vincent's Seminary ends after 136 years (8/1/18)
G.D. Fronabarger took this undated 1940s-era aerial photo of McClure, Illinois. Below are buildings which have been identified by Anola Gill Stowick.
Submitted by Anola Gill Stowick:
1. This was a store that eventually turned to apartments.
2. Clyde Pierce's house.
3. Baptist Church.
4. Federal's boarding house.
5. Burris blacksmith shop. (Burris was my grandfather.)
6. Themyers general store.
7. Raymond "Bud" Burchyett's barber shop.
8. Harvey's restaurant.
9. Burton's grocery store.
10 & 11. Neither my mother nor aunt remember what these were.
12. Knaup's pool hall.
13. Illinois Central depot. (Freight only, no passengers.)
14. Marchildon's General Store
14-b. House to the right of Marchildon's store -- My aunt says was owned by Frank Marchildon. My mother says the Reeves' sisters.
15. The Villa Restaurant and Motel (Owned by John Dunning.)
17. The 21 Club.
16 & 18. The Flying Saucer and Why Not Club. (Not sure which was which.)
NOTES: The large farm in foreground was "Babe" Anderson's farm. Mrs. Anderson (Minnie) was a teacher at McClure Grade School.
X marks a few "outhouses" which were still the norm in many McClure homes at the time. Bigger, newer homes had septic tanks and electric pumps for water. My grandparents' houses had no running water into the early 60's. We pumped water for washing and consumption and used the outhouse. As a child I loved staying with them because it was like "pioneer" days.