Thursday, March 31, 2022
Thursday, March 17, 2022
From the Bunker Hill Gazette-News October 1950
The J.H.L. Fahrenkrog building on Warren Street has been purchased by the local library board at a cost of $1,500 and will house the Bunker Hill Library. (Today, the City of Bunker Hill owns the building which housed the Bunker Hill Historical Society and Museum.
The Bunker Hill City Library will open for public use Saturday evening, October 7. The opening will be held although there are some minor details both inside and out of the building yet to be finished.
The new library is located on East Warren Street and occupies the site of the library and contents that were destroyed in the March 1948 tornado. Although the building had been completed for some time, opening has been delayed because of the limited budget on which the board has to work.
Much of the equipment has been donated. Two desks were given by Dr. and Mrs. George Hess and one each by Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Haxel and Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Rigg. Some steel cabinet and six chairs have been purchased by the board. It is pointed out that more chairs are needed and if anyone has some spares they would be gladly accepted for use at the library.
Some 300 books have also been donated to start off the new library. Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Wende of Winnetka, IL have given 195 books and others have been given by Mrs. B. Deffenbaugh of St. Louis, MO., and Mrs. Bella Zimmerman of Beloit, WI., who donated a book in memory of her son.
Mrs. Theo Stone of St. Louis has donated a number of books which she collected there from members of the book club.
As books come into the library, they are catalogued [sic] by a library committee of which Mrs. O.C. Weidner is chairman. This committee has received the help of several interested citizens in their work.
For the opening, six cases of books from the State Library will be on hand. These are made available on a loan basis. By receiving books from the state, much good reading is provided for both children and adults. Miss Loretta Bartels will continues as librarian as she has done for many years in the past.
The new library building is a modern fireproof structure, with buff brick front. The interior has been finished in a light green plaster and it is heated with an oil furnace. Ralph Moxey installed the heating plant free of charge.
Members of the library board, of which R.E. Rigg is chairman, are Lee Sutton, Walter Heal, Goebel Ladd, max Bertagnolli, Clara Mason, Cora Fensterman, Mr. O.C. Weidner, and Mrs. L.O. Schreier, who is secretary. Board Committees will be working at the library Thursday and Friday getting ready for opening on Saturday. At the opening, a free souvenir book markers will be passed out to all who attend.
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Thursday, March 3, 2022
From the Gazette-News - August 1951
Roger S. Mercer is holding a formal opening of his newly built confectionery on Saturday. The new business, located between the C.M. Miller Card Co., and "Tickles" Barber Shop, is a fine addition to the business section of town.
The confectionery is 18 x 50 feet in size and is of concrete block construction. It has a perma-stone front, done up in brown and white, and is pleasing to the eye. Another building, east of the confectionery, purchased by Mercer from C.M. Miller, has also been given a perma-stone front. Equally attractive is the interior of the new building, which has been finished entirely in natural color knotty pine. All new fixtures have been installed. These include a large fountain, counter and stools, booths with red and green plastic coverings and a showcase and coolers necessary for the operation of such a business.
Full kitchen facilities are provided behind a partition toward the rear of the building. In addition offering smokes, soda, candy and a fountain service, a complete line of sandwiches will also be offered patrons.
In a statement on his opening Mercer said that it isn't going to be as formal as you might expect in that he has already been pouring coffee and dishing up ice cream for about a week. Saturday will be the first day the full facilities of the store will be put into operation and he says it will be "just come as you are".
Mercer formally operated a similar business across the street from his present location on East Warren Street and without a doubt many of his friends are glad to see him back at his old work. This newspaper, as we are sure many other people have already cone [Sic], congratulate him for making such a fine addition to the business district.