View of the Past – June 28, 2017

This week’s view is of the 100 block of West First Street in O’Fallon, ca. 1961.  What could you find in that block back then?  Here’s the list, walking west from the far left corner.  Bittles Drug Store, Causey’s Jewelry, Western Auto, Joseph’s Men & Boy’s Wear, Ben Franklin Variety Store, Star Bakery & Soda Fountain, Town Lounge, Walter Meiners Insurance, Quality Cleaners, Beckman Barber Shop, Ray’s Radio & Appliance, Ray Schmidt Insurance, Taylor’s Nation-Wide Market and Keck’s Department Store.  Of all the businesses from back then, only Town Lounge (now Towne Lounge) is still in there, though Star Bakery does live on as Wood Bakery.

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