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The Bijou Moving Picture TheaterThe theater was opened in 1907 by Harry Gale and was located in the building on the left side of Jordan Hardware. The 1916 fire that destroyed the Jordan building had started in the Bijou Theater and then traveled through second story windows into the Jordan building.
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Joseph Hickey and staffThis photo shows businessman John Hickey (seated, right) and two of his clerks. One clerk is a “Mr. Gill”. Hickey was known in town as a “shrewd son of Ireland”. Besides running his several businesses, he invested heavily in property and was instrumental in developing much of the Jackson Street area. His son, J.J. Hickey later became his partner and took over the drugstore.
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Kramer's Dairy delivery wagon. Kramer Dairy delivery wagon. The Kramer family operated a dairy, a dairy bar and a greenhouse on Windham Road. Pic of the Week June 12, 2014
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Adam's ExpressThis is the Adam’s Express delivery wagon at the company’s business office at 850 Main Street (The Kimbel Block). Also in the building was the Willimantic Gas and Electric Company office.
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Potvin's Beauty Salon and Barber ShopPotvin’s Beauty Salon and Barber Shop was located at 23 Union Street. John Potvin Jr., Louisa Potvin and their son Arthur can be seen in the doorway of their new business.
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Turner and Commercial blocks first floor businessesThis photo was taken at the corner of Main and Church Streets and shows the delivery wagon of the Thompson Meat Market (on Church Street) and the bottom floor businesses of the Turner and Commercial Blocks. The businesses included the Thompson Store, Apothecaries Hall, Charlie Lee’s Laundry Pic of the Week July 10, 2014
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The Loomer Opera House Billiard Room Pic of the Week - March 21, 2013. This was the “Opera House Billiard Room”. It was located on the North Street side of Loomer’s Opera House. The Loomer Opera House building, on the northwest corner of North and Main Streets, was razed in 1939 after being in Willimantic for almost 80 years. (Photo courtesy of Stan)
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Loomer Opera House Billiard Room(Photo courtesy of Stan)
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Abraham Krug's Lunch CartAbraham Krug is seen outside his first first lunch cart. It was located on Union Street where the railroad tracks went across to Main Street. Years later he moved to a location on Main Street between Watson Street and Arnold’s Lane.
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Thread City Candy KitchenThe Thread City Candy Kitchen was located at 661 Main Street. It was run by the Peter Yonclas family. It was located in what was known as the Kelgwin Block at 661-667 Main Street. The block was destroyed in the Valentine’s Day fire of 1968.
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Willimantic Beef Company - This is the building at 640 Main St.[Prior to Main Street being renumbered, it was 80 Main St.] In the 1890s, William Tiffany had a meat market there. At the time of the photo, it was occupied by the Willimantic Beef Company. After Willimantic Beef, Swift and Company took over the building. In the late 1950s, Willimantic Frozen Food was located there. In the 70s, the building was razed as part of the redevelopment project. May 30, 2013 Pic of the Week
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Alonzo Spellman's MarketSpellman’s Market was located at 27 Church Street and operated from 1902 through 1958
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Meritt Welch Real EstateChaplin resident Merritt Welch stands in front of his real estate office on North Street. In 1912, Mr. Welch became the State Senator from the 29th district. It was said that his popularity was due in large part to the acquaintances he made through his business. Pic of the Week March 6, 2014
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Hall and Bill Printing Co.Pic of the Week - Sept. 27, 2012. The Hall and Bill Printing Company was located on North St. It was one of the nation's oldest printing businesses. Reader "Nick" said the building is still there and now occupied by Perception Programs. At the time of the photo, it was also the home of “The Willimantic Journal”.
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Chesbro's PharmacyHere is the interior of Chesbro’s Pharmacy when it was located in the Loomer Building. Chesbro later sold the business to Bay State Drugs but continued on with his other occupation, making patent drugs for the relief of a multitude of symptoms.June 13, 2013 Pic of the Week
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Archie Wood's CafeteriaApril 18, 2013 Pic of the Week. This is interior of Archie Wood’s Cafeteria. It was located in the Central Building at 28-30 Union St. and shared the storefront with Woods Smoke Shop. The smoke shop was run by Arthur Dubreuil. Mr. Dubreuil also developed Wood's Field on Jackson (site of the present Terry Court housing development). Wood's Field was used for baseball games and citywide gatherings for many years. (Photo courtesy of Stan)
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