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Coal ShedsThese coal sheds belonged to the Lincoln and Boss Lumber and Coal Company that had just been purchased by the Willimantic Lumber and Coal Company. The sheds were located just south of the Central Vermont Railroad tracks near Railroad Street.
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Jordan HardwareThis photo shows the Jordan Hardware Company as it was decorated for the July 4, 1910 festivities. The company had moved into its new quarters in the completely renovated Tilden Block. Note the newly published "1909 Aero Map of Willimantic" featured in the right hand window. July 11, 2013 Pic of the Week
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Clark-Hurley Hardware Company(left to right) Burt Trowbridge, Herbert Clark, James Hurley and Jay E. Grant are shown inside the Clark-Hurley Hardware Company. Clark sold his share to Grant and the company became the one we all knew – Hurley-Grant Hardware on the corner of Railroad and Main Streets. Pic of the Week April 17, 2014
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H.C. Murray Company - The Boston StoreHere is the H.C. Murray Co. (Boston Store) building with its delivery wagon in front. At that time, the storefront also included the Union Shoe Store which was run by Charles Risedorf who lived on North St. Pic of the Week October 3, 2013
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Worden's Tea RoomWorden’s Tea Room at 769 Main Street (later this building was replaced by Brown’s Department Store). The Tea Room was there in 1925 but was in business less than two years due to the death of Mr. Worden. Pic of the Week November 7, 2013
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The Surprise Store - Jackson St.Pic of the Week - October 11, 2012. “The Surprise Store”, was a clothing store that was on Jackson Street. It was owned by Samuel Eisenberg who is seen posing with his wife and an employee. The family of Dr. Girard, a prominent city physician and businessman, is on the second floor porch.
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Delivery Wagon of the A.C. Andrews Music Co.Last week’s photo showed the delivery wagon of the A.C. Andrew Piano and Music Store. In the early 1900s, the store, which sold “musical goods of every description, pianos, organs and stationery”, was located at 804 Main Street in the Chapman Block (known also as the Tin Tsin Building). Pic of the Week September 26, 2013
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Hotel HookerThe Hotel Hooker opened for business in 1887. It has recently been renamed the Seth Chauncey House, and is being purchased by a New York City based group called Common Ground to provide low cost accommodations.
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Whiton-Martin Trucking CompanyThis is a 1917 two ton Kissel motor truck owned by the Whiton-Martin Trucking Company. It had ben purchased from Burnham Bros. Both were Willimantic businesses. There is very little information available about either business. This photo appeared to be more of an advertising photo for the truck. June 27, 2013 Pic of the Week
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Tubridy-Weldon CompanyIt's the official opening of the Tubridy Weldon Store on Main Street in April 1916.
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Caillouette's Refrigerator CartPic of the Week - March 28, 2013. The photo of the M.A. Caillouette Store’s Refrigerator Cart was taken in front of the Boston Store. Caillouette’s store was at 921 Main St , just about where the Post Office is today. (Photo courtesy of Stan)
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Willimantic Cash Store (Kaplan's Market?)This photo had an inscription on the back saying “Kaplan’s Market” but our research could not find a market by that name. The sign leads us to think it was the Willimantic Cash Store which was located at 17 Union Street. Years later the building was owned by Dr. Arthur Girouard. The last store to be located in that building was Martin’s Home Appliances when the building was razed as part of the redevelopment program of the 70s. Pic of the Week September 12, 2013
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Maverick LaundryThe Maverick Laundry started out in Willimantic’s Melony block in 1903 and moved to its new home at 1150 Main Street in 1940. The building later became home to Wile Motors and then Superior Electronics.
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The Jordan Auto CompanyButch Ives correctly identified the November 21 picture as the Jordan Auto Company. It started out as Chesbro Brothers Automobiles and was bought by Jordan in 1913. The dealership occupied the building that many of us remember as Benny’s and today is home to Lots and More. Pic of the Week November 21, 2013
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The Willimantic Savings InstituteThe Willimantic Savings Institute building pictured in 1928, just before renovations covered the original design. It was built in 1870, and was the first home of the Windham Normal School. Note the A & P store to the right. The Savings Institute was formed in 1842, and was located in the building now the home of Schillers Sewing Machines.
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Marrotte's GroceryCharles Marrotte (forefront) was owner of this butcher shop located somewhere over the river in Willimantic. Standing in back is Charles Jr. Picture taken approximately 80 years ago, 1930's, we guess. (photo courtesy of Steve Marrotte)
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