How things have changed. This week’s photo was taken early in the summer of 1954 on West First Street in O’Fallon, just west of Lincoln. To help you get your bearings, Star Bakery in the photo is where Wood Bakery is now. Here’s a list of the businesses that were operating in that part of the block back then, left to right: Ben Franklin, Star Bakery, Perschbacher Hardware Store, Quality Cleaners, Walter Meiners Insurance, Beckman’s Barber Shop, Ray’s Radio & Appliance, Ray Schmidt Insurance, Proffitt’s Clover Farm Store, Keck’s Department Store and, on the corner, Western Auto.
(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society.)