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The Laramee Company
This is the interior of The Laramee Company meat market and grocery store on North Street. It was owned by Pierre J. Laramee (on the far right of the picture) who went on to become Mayor of Willimantic and a State Senator. Pic of the Week February 02, 2012
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Dennis O'Shea's Bottling WorksWillimantic entrepreneur Dennis Shea operated a bottling works out of this building. He dealt in wine, beer, ales and mineral water from the late nineteenth century until 1905. Shea owned several other buildings in the city. Pic of the week for June 19, 2014
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"The Chronicle"This photo shows the machinery and workers at “The Chronicle” which, at that time, was located on Church Street.
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Noheimer's Meat Market?This is, we believe, the interior of Noheimer’s Meat Market on Church Street.
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Thread City GarageThe Thread City Garage was located off Main St. in back of where the present day Nathan Hale Hotel stands. Parts of the brick walls are standing today and can be seen to the left of the present day firehouse. A spectacular fire in 1915 ruined that garage as well as the Natchaug Garage and the Johnson House Hotel. The Thread City Garage rebuilt and remained in business until sometime in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of Armand Biron.
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Louis Feiner's "Mechanics Department Store"The picture is of Louis Feiner’s "Mechanics Department Store" in the Franklin Hall Block on Main Street. Louis feiner also conducted business at "The Windham House Hotel". He leased another store in the Hall Block on Union Street and opened a ladies cloak and millinery store.
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Fullerton Fournier The interior of the Fullerton Fournier clothing store is decorated for Christmas. The women’s clothing store, located at 692 Main St.(part of what was once called "The Union Block" - it was just opposite Church Street) , was started by James Fullerton in the early 1900s. In 1934, Albert Fournier, who had bought the store previously, reorganized the store and incorporated it as Fullerton-Fournier.
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Gilbert's SaloonGilbert's Saloon was at 81 Main St. In 1910, Willimantic had over 23 saloons in town, many of them in the lower Main Street (Sodom) area.
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Odell Chapman - 3
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Oscar Tanner's "O.T. Cafe"Willimantic Mayor Oscar O. Tanner (on the right wearing the porkpie hat) stands outside his “O.T. Cafe” which was located at the corner of North and Main Streets. The Thread City Bottling Works carriage belonged to Willimantic entrepreneur Dennis O’Shea, a partner of Tanner’s and whose establishment was on Union Street.
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Dry goods peddler Sam Haddad and his sonThey are in front of 62-66 Church Street. The store on the left belonged to Hiram Fenn. He was not only an undertaker but also a photographer and picture frame maker. He took many of the vintage photos of Willimantic that were turned into postcards. The other store belonged to grocer Frank Blish. Pic of the Week July 17, 2014
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Edward John's Market - Pic of the Week 10-08-2015Edward John stands outside his store which was located on Milk Street. Grandson Bruce John tells us, “He raised nine children on Milk Street on the corner by the tracks in the three story house that is still there today. He lost his business during the depression when many families i the neighborhood couldn't pay their tabs. He fed them anyway and lost his business. “
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The Laramee CompanyThe Laramee Company’s delivery vehicles and staff are shown outside the market which was located at 22 North Street. The Laramee Company was one of the first local businesses to install refrigerated cases for meats and other goods. The man with the boater hat was owner Pierre J. Laramee who later became Mayor of Willimantic.
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Interior of the First National Bank.This photo shows the interior of the First National Bank on Main St. The bank “crashed” in 1895 after being audited and found $125,00 short. This was due to forgeries committed by the bank’s Cashier, Oliver Risley. After his suspicious death, the estate sold his magnificent home to then Mayor George Harrington. In 1903, the Maple Avenue property was bought by the Rev. Arthur de Bruycker and became St. Mary’s Convent. June 20, 2013 Pic of the Week
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W.B. Carr CompanyThe W.B. Carr Company at 744 Main Street. The company sold “high quality men’s clothes, hats and furnishings”.
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