• Kent Block, 1982

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    1982 photo of the Kent Block built in 1895 at the corner of Main and Court Streets includes Jan's Beauty Salon, 52 South Main: Jan sold her shop to Marilyn. Marilyn's Wavemakers Salon continues to ope…

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  • Main Street

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    This photo of the west side of South Main Street in Janesville includes Muril's Menswear, Williams' Jewelry, and the Hayes Block building.

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  • J. M. Bostwick store and the Used but Nice Office Furniture store

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    Photo of the exteriors of the J. M. Bostwick store which closed in the mid to later 1970s at 20 South Main Street. J. M. Bostwick was in the dry goods business with and without partners in Janesville…

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  • 5 Points Gas station and grocery store

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    1981 photo of Campbell Oil Co. (Spur Gas and Five Point Grocery). This is the former site of part of the Janesville Coaster Wagon Factory on the corners of Center Avenue, Court, and Locust Streets.

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  • River Street grocer

    Photo of five men outside their grocery store on River Street in Janesville. The scene includes baskets of fruits and vegetables, including bananas and pineapples, and an ad for Hires root beer! It al…

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  • Salvation Army, 1979

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    Photo of the Salvation Army building when it was at 101 North Main Street. It is said that, in its early days in Janesville, the Salvation Army had a 5-6 member band playing on the corner of Milwaukee…

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  • Art's Randall Avenue Grocery

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    1981 photo of Art's Randall Avenue Grocery. The owner of this grocery store, located at 145 South Randall, was Art Zastoupil. Mr. Zastoupil had been in the grocery store business since 1936 in a varie…

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  • Milwaukee Street, West

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    Photo of the south side of West Milwaukee Street from High Street, including the Christian Book Supply Store, Salvation Army Thrift Store, Sharon's Draperies and Gems, Rings, and Things.

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  • Leath Furniture Company

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    Photo of the Leath Furniture Store at 314 West Milwaukee Ave. It is said to be on the former site of the Ullius Radiator Shop.

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  • Lappin-Hayes Block, 1980s

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    This photo of the Hayes Block from the early 1980s includes the Dewey and Brandt Silverware and China store (16 East Milwaukee Street) and McLean's Jewelry (22 East Milwaukee Street). The Hayes Block…

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  • Helms Building, South Main Street

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    The photo, showing the historic Helms Building at 29-31 South Main Street in Janesville, also shows the stores that occupied it around 1981: the Luggage and Leather Shop and the Junior House Company F…

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  • Congress Car Radiator Shop

    1925 photo of Congress Radiator Shop, 310 W. Milwaukee Street, owned by Elmer Ullius, who designed the shop entrance to look like a radiator of the time. The radiator cap on the top of the building ha…

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  • Main Street

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    Photo of North Main Street, including the Janesville Sport Shop (22 North Main), Hall's Fine Portraits (20 North Main), and the IOOF, No. 14, on the second floor of 22 North Main: The Shamrock bar was…

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  • McVicar Brothers building

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    This photo of McVicar Bros. Building, built in 1905 at 29-31 South Main Street, also shows a retail business occupying it around 1981: the Junior House Company Factory Outlet Store.

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  • Parking lot over the Rock River in Janesville

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    1982 photo of the parking lot over the Rock River. Woolworth's (15 West Milwaukee), Sears, and the Dubes Jewelry sign are visible behind all the cars. In 2005 the Riverfront Athletic Club occupies the…

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  • Teitz Jeweler and Myers Theater

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    Photo of the Myers Theater (118 East Milwaukee) and of the store of M. F. Tietz, Jeweler (122 East Milwaukee) one hour before their demolition:

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  • Haase's Family Grocery

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    Photo of Haase's Family Grocery on West Milwaukee Street in Janesville, formerly the site of Schoeberle's Grocery Store.

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  • Main Street

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    This photo of the west side of North Main Street around 1981 shows some of the retail businesses on the street, including the King's Pub; Dorothy's Records, Cards,and Candles; and Patti's Place.

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  • Sears store

    Gruver, Lowell "Bud"

    1981 photo of Sears store at 18 West Milwaukee Street (no longer extant). Former businesses on this site included Grebe Newman's bowling alley and barber shop. Sears left Janesville for many years, re…

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  • Hockett's Cigar Store interior

    Early 1900s photo of the interior of Hockett's Cigar Store, including Mr. Hockett, Howard Took, and Eddie Heise, all arranged around a cigar display counter. Cigar manufacturing was a Janesville indus…

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