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January 24, 1985


Pix #1 - This photo (no.1) is just part of a larger one, showing some of the women who worked at Jackson Underwear Co., in 1913. The factory was at the corner of East North and Potter streets. The background of the photo shows existing buildings at that time from Main eastward. See more details in article. The rest of the photo will be printed in following articles.

Pix #2 - An up-to-date picutre of the corner at Main and North, where Cadwallader buildings stood in the early part of this century. See article for details.

Pix #3 - An up-to-date picture of East North showing the same area today, as compared with that in the background of photo No.1.

Authors Note: Today's article starts the first in a series about East North Street...a continuation of the recent series of the western end of that street. The series will provide old as well as current photos.

Old photos with today's article will either sharpen or restore memories of the first block of East North Street on the north side for older readers... and will help young readers to see that area as it was "back then".

The top portion of the large photo No.1 at the top of the page shows how the north side of the street at the corner of Main looked in earlier days.

The north side buildings were owned by the Cadwallader family. They provided space for commercial establishments and living quarters on second floors. They served their era, but deterioted and were demolished.


After demolition of those buildings a filling-station, owned by C.J. Stahl, occupied the corner site until was demilished in 1983.

Photo No.2 shows that corner today, currently being used as a parking lot, and now for sale as a prospective site for a commercial or professional building.

Photo No.3 shows another current photo of that area. The Sprinkling Can... a flower, gift and craft shop, conducted by Norine Sacksteder, has occupied the west portion of the ground floor of the building for nine years.

The building has been owned by attorney Lester Huth since October 1964, and he occupies the rest of the groundfloor of his offices. The top floor has a residential apartment, and the rest of is the office of attorney Paul W. Allison.

Since Huth purchased the building from Bert Azzar, it has been remodeled, including heighteneing of the structure.


The arrow, superimposed on the old photo at the top of the page shows the original building in Photo No.3 now owned by Huth. It was in that building that Alva R. Weaks established a grocery in 1909 and continued his business there for approximately 43 years. The house next to it was the Littrell residence, and at one time the Bertha Wickerd Music Store.

Leora, Weaks Miller, the Weaks' only child was the last family survivor, dying in 1979.

Clyde Wilcox, 211 N. Vine St., is the only survivor of those who clerked at the Weaks Grocery...way back, when this author was a boy, and often was sent with his little red wagon to bring home groceries. Another clerk at that grocery at the same time Wilcox worked there was Don Hanover, deceased for many years.

Delving back into the period of history when the Weaks Grocery was there, W.D. Andes, father of Gladys has a barbershop in the rear of the building No. 108 on the corner, and later Charles Allison, another barber, was also there.


In later years, others to be at No. 108 were: H.D. Hunter, optometrist; Fred O. Miller, barber...both of them just prior to the demolition of the old buildings owned by Cadwallader. Hunter's slogan was "Hunt for Hunter". He moved to No. 111 on the opposite side of the street when the old building was torn down.

V.E. "Vic Schuh conducted a printing shop for a number of years in the east end of the building, where Huth now has his offices.

Huth told the author that Bert Azzar, who once had a restaurant at 203 N. Main, had a grocery store where the Sprinkling Can is now, after Weaks quit business, and prior to Huth's purchase of the building a cleaning business was located in the building before Huth purchased and moved in.

The house, partially shown in the right of the large photo at the top of the page, was the residence of the James Littrell family when I was a boy. I recall that they had a girl about my age named Donna; also that there was quite a large family.

It was in the area where that house sat that the building shown in the right of photo No.1 was built after demolishing the house.

The following are businesses located in the area shown in the right of photo No.3 before and after the buidling shown, was erected.


Bertha M. Wickerd Music Store (in the old house); Portz and Warren auto repair; County Relief Headquarters; Art's Appliance Store; Ohio Employment Services; H.E. Kimball Shoe Store; Eureka Pool Room; Arthur Sowers Meat Market.

Highland Merchandising Co., State Wine Store; State Liquor Store; American Loan & Finance; Newhauser Chick Hatchery; Fostoria Decorating Co. (L.C. Gamertsfelder); Smith's Apparel Shop for Women; Shirley Ann Bakery.

It's time now to explain about the group of women, which is just a portion of the large photo at top showing the work force at Jackson Underwear Co., too large to appear at one printing, will be presented in two more segments in future articles, along with an almost complete list of names. So be sure and keep the series to check names against faces. Readers may see deceased members of family and/or friends. Top of page



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