Vaughn Public Library Building, Ashland, WI
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Exterior view of the three story building known as the Vaughn Block or Vaughn Public Library building in Ashland, WI. The first floor storefront has signs for Franklin J. Pool Dry Good store. The second floor was used as the first free public library in Ashland. In the foreground on the right are two horses pulling a sled in the snow down West Main Street.
Samuel Stewart Vaughn, a lumber and real estate barn and dry goods merchant who died in Ashland in 1886, had a dream for Ashland to have a free public library. His widow, Emeline E. Vaughn, honored this dream and built the Vaughn Library, a three story building on the corner of Vaughn Ave and Second Street in Ashland, WI which was dedicated on November 16, 1888. Rental income from the F.J. Pool Company on the first floor and offices on the third floor supported the library which was located on the second floor. In 1983, the library was turned over and deeded to the Vaughn Library Association for operation. The library moved to the ground floor in order to house the Works Progress Administration offices in 1937.
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- Vaughn Public Library Building, Ashland, WI. 1888-1913. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://content.mpl.org/cdm/ref/collection/Ashland/id/46. (Accessed February 23, 2020.)
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- (1888-1913) Vaughn Public Library Building, Ashland, WI. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://content.mpl.org/cdm/ref/collection/Ashland/id/46
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