View of the Past: Thomas Hardware on East First Street

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

This week’s view is of the interior of Thomas Hardware at 113 E. First Street in downtown O’Fallon, about 1938.  The store was built in 1928, replacing an earlier one that was destroyed by fire.  They seemed to carry just about anything you could want.  But if for some reason they didn’t have that particular thing you needed, they’d order it for you.  “Try Thomas First” was their motto.  Thomas’s was a fixture in downtown until it closed in 1999.  Today, the building is home to Shooter’s Bar and BBQ, a downtown fixture in its own right.(

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.