A View of the Past – January 18, 2017

OTHS school bus 1961 RESIZEDThis week’s view is of Industrial Bus Lines Coach 71 dropping off O’Fallon Township High School students near the school’s main entrance off of Smiley Street during the 1960-61 school year with bus driver Arthur Hohrein looking on.  Industrial Bus Lines along with O’Fallon Belleville Coach Company operated out of the old bus station at 102 W. State.  Both were run by Loyed “Katy” Cavins for whom the Katy Cavins Center in Community Park is named.  The Waiting Room Cafe (as in waiting for the bus) was in the front part of the building, now home to Gia’s Pizza.  Besides regular bus service, Cavins also provided school transportation and charter services.  At the time of the photo, 49.6% of OTHS students rode the bus to and from school.  Bi-State Development Agency would take over local O’Fallon bus service in 1963.

(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society)

For more, stop by the O’Fallon Historical Museum, located at 101 West State Street. The Museum is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and by appointment.