Rushville Main Street

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The July 2007 issue of Internet Genealogy featured an old postcard of Rushville, Nebraska.  The
article referenced this web site as a resource!  The
article was based on a quiz held by the site
Forensic Genealogy, which also used this site. 

This is Page 1, featuring Main Street Views.
First section shows views from north Main Street.

Very early 1887 photo of Rushville Main Street!
View is from the north, looking south.
(Click on photo for a larger view)
The most interesting part of this photo is the Northwestern Hotel at the right edge.
I have seen an 1890 photo that includes the hotel, but I've never seen it in any late
photos.  Perhaps it burned down in the 1890s.
Courtesy Armstrong House Museum of Rushville, Nebraska.

Multiview Postcard of Rushville, Nebraska dated 1908.
This card was mailed to Edna Sullivan at the St Ann's Dominican Academy, Fall River, Mass.
How did this postcard wind up in Massachuset?
At the turn of the 20th Century, Frank Sullivan was a New England area salesman for the
Holbrook Paper Co.  From 1909 to 1911 he decided to try his luck selling in the developing
Western part of the country.  Frank's wife had apparently died young and his daughter Edna
was enrolled in a girl's boarding school operated by the Dominican Nuns in Fall River, MA. 
As he travelled through the West, he purchased a postcard in every town he passed through and
sent it back East to his daughter.   At some point, the post cards she received were given to the
nuns of the St. Catherine Convent to become part of their extensive collection.  In 2002, the nuns
closed their convent and school and left Fall River.  This card was obtained from the
subsequent auction. 
Photos by L.W. Snow
The old wooden watertower wasn't exactly watertight.
Detail from Multiview postcard.
View looking north on Main Street.
The white building in middle is the old Stockman's Hotel.
(click on the photo for a larger view)

A very early photo, showing the Hubbell House.  When I saw this photo on eBay, listed
as Rushville, I thought it must have been labelled incorrectly... having never heard of Hubbell House.
However, the Hubbell House is referenced in a November issue of the 1886 Rushville Standard.
Now I wish I had purchased the photo!
The message on the back of this postcard (postmarked Jan 25, 1908) says,
"Here is a view of the main part of Rushville. We have a new large courthouse.
You can see a corner of it at the left. Jennie Bell"
The courthouse was built in 1904, so this view dates to 1904 - 1907.
Main Street looking south. The gazebo (built 1907) can be seen in the distance
(at the intersection of Main and US Highway 20). Picture is from around 1910.

Dullaghan's 1911
Mid-block on the east side of Main Street.
Dullaghan's featured General Merchandise, a pool hall and bowling alley. 
Compare with recent photo (Prairie's Edge Pawn and old Stockman's Bar).
In the 1970s,the shop on the far left housed Huss Jewelry.
(click on photos for larger view)
Courtesy of Armstrong House Museum of Rushville, Nebraska
Another Main Street photo from around 1910 from the roller mill, looking south.
The school in the distance does not have the addition built on the front
yet, so must date prior to 1911. Also note the west end of the depot
on the left side of photo. I've rarely seen the depot included in any postcards!
If you look closely, there is a whole bunch of people on the rail car.
When looking through a magnifying glass, the chimney on the depot
looks as though it is a barrel.
Another Ray photo taken from about the same time.  Once again, the depot is shown
in the foreground, just on the other side of the track.  The old courthouse is just to the
left of center and the new courthouse can be seen at the very left edge of the scene.
A close examination of the school in the distance shows that the 1911 addition had
been added by that time.
  Photo would date from the late 1910s to early 1920s.
(click on the photo for a larger view)
This is an early view of the west side of Main Street, looking south.  To the
right is the Stockman's Hotel.  The building with the pointed top is now the
Pedelko Store (originally the Ben Franklin 5 & 10).  I am unsure of the date of
this photo, but would assume around the turn of the century.  
This photo is the work of famed photographer S. D. Butcher.
Barnum Livery Stable. 
Postcard dated 1909.  The building immediately to the left is the Stockman's Hotel (see
above and below).  In later photos of the location, Barnum became a Ford dealer.
Almost directly across the street was another livery stable.
(click on the photo for a larger view)

Nice photo of the Stockman's Hotel (west side of main, same location of existing hotel).
The back of the photo states that the building was later moved across the street from the Ford Garage.

I now realize that this building can be seen in photos on Second Street (my uncle called it a flop house).
Courtesy of Armstrong House Museum of Rushville, Nebraska
Early view of West Main, looking north.  The building on the left is
the location of the current Pudelko store and the Stockman's
Hotel is to the right.  Photo taken 1907.
(click on the photo for a larger view)
Another early view of the west side of Main Street, this time looking north.
The Stockman's Hotel can be seen down the street, as well as the old windmill.
This photo seems to be from the same era as the photo below.
(click on the photo for a larger view)

 This photo was labeled as followed:
"Old street scene Rushville East side of Main.  Morse and Shepard Store and Post Office about 1890"
This is a very early photo of Rushville.  According to the Soddies to Satellites book (published 1960),
The Morse and Shepard Store was located at the location of the Dairy Queen (mid-block on the
east side of north Main).  This info hasn't been verified.
(click on the photo for a larger view)
Photo Courtesy Armstrong House Museum of Rushville, Nebraska

This is another photo of the Morse and Shepard business (noted as "1885") that shows a building
that looks just a little different.   In this photo, there is a different building to the
right.  Also, in the the "Soddies to Satellites" book, there is a photo of the interior of the Morse and
Shepard store, but that caption noted "This was one of the pioneer stores on south main street in
Rushville."   I think this is an earlier location of the store.  This is likely the earlier store on south Main.

(click on the photo for a larger view)
Photo Courtesy Armstrong House Museum of Rushville, Nebraska

"Buffalo Bill's Wild West Entourage in front of the Asay Store, Rushville, Nebraska, April 21, 1893"
This photo from the Rushville Museum is the definitive proof of the location of the Asay store in the 1890s.

The photo has identified Jim and May Asay, as well as Chief American Horse and Chief Red Cloud.
(click on the photo for a larger view)

Photo Courtesy Armstrong House Museum of Rushville, Nebraska

Another early view of the west side of Main Street. 
The store in the center of the photo is the original Asay Store.  Buffalo Bill would recruit
Indians from the Pine Ridge reservation for his Wild West Show and pay them in scrip from the Asay Store.
The building to the right with the pointed top is the current location of the Pudelko store. 
To the left of it is a mercantile store and furniture store (perhaps the Grubb store?). 
Note the large gathering of Indians on the street that day.  Based on the fire photo (see below),
I would guess that the photo above is likely from 1908 or before.
All the buildings to the left of the Pudelko building burned in the 1909 fire.
(click on the photo for a larger view)
Armstrong House Museum of Rushville, Nebraska

Notice that there is a shadow of a power pole in the foreground,
which might help date the photo. 
The electric plant was supposedly built in 1910 and telephone
service started in 1913.  It seems a bit odd that there would be a power pole prior to the
electrical plant being built.  However, I have seen photos from 1908 that show power poles,
so this photo may certainly date to as early as that year.

February 8th, 1909, the south end of the west side of Main burned to the ground.
Five business were lost in the fire... From the Asay building, south to corner.
The fence post in the left foreground has a poster for an event on Saturday Feb 13, 1909.
(click on the photo for a larger view)
NEW! Click here for an entire page about the 1909 Fire!

To add to the confusion about the location of the Asay Store,
I include the above photo that has this caption:

Asays' Store
2nd and MainSt - facing west
arrow points to J.C. Ward
about 1900
Just how many stores did Asay own?  And why have a photo of the Asay store
with J.C. Ward (of Armstrong and Ward) sitting out front?  Is the caption accurate?

Photo Courtesy Armstrong House Museum of Rushville, Nebraska

Parade coming down Main Street.  If you look closely along the left edge,
you'll note that the Union Annex is under construction.  That would date
the photo after the 1909 fire and closer 1910 to 1911.

Union Bank (left) and Union Annex (right)
After the fire, new sturdier buildings were built.  The above photo seems to have
taken soon after the buildings were open for business. 
I believe this photo was taken prior to 1912, as the 1912 Booster Day photo
shows an awning on the Annex building, but it isn't showing above.
(or it is after 1912 and a Nebraska wind took it away!)
Note the pipes on the ground in front of the bank... perhaps early work on the sewer system.
(click on the photo for a larger view)
Photo Courtesy Armstrong House Museum of Rushville, Nebraska

Nice photo of the Union Bank.  Look closely at the window and you'll see a young
girl looking out the window.

(hint..  you can click on the photo to open a larger view of the photo)
Photo Courtesy Armstrong House Museum of Rushville, Nebraska

Another view of the Union Bank.  This one is earlier than the other two above,
as the hitching posts were not yet installed (or is after 1912 when they didn't
need hitching posts anymore).

(click on the photo for a larger view)
Photo Courtesy Armstrong House Museum of Rushville, Nebraska

Great view of Booster Day 1912. All the proud owners of cars have congregated on Main Street.
Great view of the elevator and flour mill at the end of the street, as well as the windmill.  Also, if you
look closely between the windmill and flour mill, you can see a rather large building in the distance. 
Is it the brick factory?  Is it the stands at the kite-shaped race track?

A photo of West Main, obviously taken from the old water tower. 
The car sitting on the street looks to be from the 1920s or early 1930s.

View of Main looking south from roller mill (see below).
The old school can be seen at the left (rising above the haze). Photo taken 1920.
This view of the west side of Main Street is from a detail of a circa 1940 postcard.
While the image is a bit dark, I can make out the following stores (left to right):
1. Cafe was really Paul King's small hotdog stand. My great aunt Fan (Taggart) Thomas worked there at that time.
2. "Taylor Stores Groceries Shoes and Work Clothing"
3. Union Bank.
4. Union Annex. At one time, this held a poolhall and shoe shop.
5. "Ed Garvey Groceries and Dry Goods" is now part of Pudelko's (building with peak)
6. "J C Penney Company", also now part of Pudelko's (previously Cope's store).
The next couple businesses are unreadable, but the old hotel has "Evans Hotel" at the top.
At the far right, at the end of the street is the old "Rushville Roller Mills".
Other than the hotdog stand and the Roller Mill, all other visible buildings are still standing today!
West side of Main Street looking to the south (taken from north end of Main, near depot). 
The photo at the top dates from around 1950.  Note the service station and garage next to the
hotel.  A closer examination of the postcard reveals that it was a Chrysler/Plymouth dealer and also
serviced International Harvester and McCormick-Deering.  Also notice the gas pumps were of the old
gravity feed type.  This photo was taken by Purdy.  For comparison, the photo on the bottom was taken
in the late 1990s.  Most building are the same, except that the garage on the end was removed when
the IGA store (Stan Wright's store) was built.
East side of Main Street looking south.
Estimated to be taken early to mid-1940s.
The bank building is the old Stockman's National Bank (and no longer there).
On the corner is the old Commercial Hotel, but it also has a Wefso Drug sign in this view.
Across the highway (in the present location of Stockman's Bank) is Ales Fashion Shoppe.
Next to Ales is Peck's Hardware (present location of Hinn's Hardware).
(click on the image for a larger view)

View of east side of Main Street around 1908.
Compare with the 1940 picture below of the same scene.

A better view of the east side of Main Street from around 1910 (note the
horse and wagons). 
Note the third business from the right is the S.S. Connell.
(click on the photo for a larger view)
Photo Courtesy Armstrong House Museum of Rushville, Nebraska

Based on the size of the tree in front of the Commercial Hotel,
this photo is later than the image above.
Postcard was dated 1915.
(click on the photo for a larger view)
Photo by Ray

Photo of the S.S Connell saddlery shop (note its location next to the Stockmans
Bank, above).  The reverse of the photo noted the following:
"Samuel Connell Harness and Saddles Shop.  Cyclone- about 1912".
The cyclone/tornado broke out the windows of the shop, as well as
the top glass of the bank building.  If you look closely, you can see the
tin ceiling inside the bank.

Photo Courtesy Armstrong House Museum of Rushville Nebraska

East side of Main Street looking north.  Photo taken in 1930s
Postcard view of east side of Main Street around mid-1940s.
The Commercial Hotel on corner became Wefso Drug.
The tallest building is the old bank.
This view is closer to mid-to-late 1940s because there is a
Electrical Shop sharing the Commercial Hotel (which is later).
Additionally, the Fairhead's Meat Grocery is newer (and was
hanging on the store when Junior Alonzo had the store).
Also note that Kitty Edmunds (and her mother) ran the Hotel
rooms over the top of the Wefso Drug.
Main Street 1949 Blizzard
This is a detail from a postcard showing the east side of Main.
Peck Hardware to the far right.  In the center is the building that was
originally the Asay store, then Ales Fashion Shoppe, but now appears
to house a restaurant (i.e. it has a Coca-Cola sign now). 
The 1949 blizzard was certainly one of the worst on record.
One other thing of note... In 1949, the water tower had not yet been
built.   It does appear in the photo below (1956).  Not sure when it was
built, but obviously between 1949 and 1956!
(click on the photo for a larger view)

South Main.  1949 Blizzard.
This hardy sole was using his trusty stead to navigate the drifts on Main Street.
In the background, Peck's Hardware can be seen. 
(click on the photo for a larger view)

This postcard photo was taken on South Main, looking north.
I've seen this same postcard with a "Rushville 1956-1957" title.  As you can see,
Wefso Drug was already in business on the corner (white building), as well as Hinn
Hardware (on the right edge of photo).  It is a bit hard to read, but the Huss Jewelry
sign can be seen on the left edge.  Somewhere after this time, Vern Huss moved his
business to the north end of Main Street on the east side of the street.  Also of interest is
that the old bank building (behind to the left of Wefso Drug) is still standing.  By the
mid-1960s, the original building had been torn down and replaced with Alonzo's Market.
East side of Main Street as it looks now (well, maybe 5-6 years ago).
Wefso Drug is now closed and the town lost one of its main businesses
when Shedeed's Hardware burned down in a huge fire about 15 years
ago (it was just past the Stockman's Bar, last bldg on the left). When I was
a teenager, I worked in Alonzo's Market (in the building next to Wefso's that
is now Yoba's Tavern).

South Main Photos
The following photos concentrate on the businesses located south of Highway 20 (aka 2nd Street)

This is a view of South Main, looking south along the west side of
the street.  The photographer was standing in the intersection of
Main Street and Second Street (aka Highway 20).  To the left of
the frame is just a glimpse of the gazebo that once stood in the
intersection (built in 1907).  The Armstong Department store is in
the foreground and the Cash Store is one store to the south.  In the
distance, the Presbyterian Church (later the Lutheran Church)
can be seen.  Photo taken by S. D. Butcher. 

At the top is a vintage view of the west side of Main Street,
south of Highway 20, taken by the photographer B. F. Ray. 
For comparison, a current picture taken June 2004, is at the bottom.
The brick building (second from the right), is the Rosa Corder building,
which contained a women's public restroom.  Rosa was a sister of the
Modisett Brothers (frequent benefactors to the Rushville community).

Intersection of S. Main and 3rd Street, looking southwest.  The house in the foreground was the Larry Dewitt house in the 1970s.
The church spire of St Pauls Lutheran church (original building) can be seen at the left edge.  Note the dirt street and all the trees.
Photo by Ray.

A very interesting photo of the south end of Rushville, likely taken from the top of the old water tower.

  A view of the east side of South Main.  Peck's Tin Shop and hardware is located near or at the present Hinn's Hardware.
In the background is the church that still stands on South Main (see photo above).

If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you'll see quite the assortment of equipment in front of the store...
pedal grinding stones, a seeder to mount on the back of a farm wagon (the cone shaped thing) and various
horse drawn equipment.
(click on the photo for a larger view)
Photo Courtesy Armstrong House Museum of Rushville, Nebraska 

Great view of South Main, looking north.
On the right is Peck's Hardware (future home of Hinn's Hardware).
Next door is Ales Fashion Shoppe (future location of Stockman's Bank).
When was this photo taken??  The brick facade was added to Peck's
in 1939.  The cars look to be from the early 1940s.
I'd date the photo to be mid-1940s.
Photo by Purdy.

Same photo as above, but zoomed in for better detail.
The former Commercial Hotel has a Wefso Drug sign.  Bob Wefso moved
to that location in 1936.  Next door to Wefso Drug is the original Stockman's
National Bank.  Next to that is Blankenbiller's drug Store.

Zoll Cor. Rushville Neb.
(Click on photo for larger view)
View of South Main, looking north.  You can see the gazebo on the right
edge in the distance.  The house on the left still stands (see photo from 2006).

You can see that the door was removed sometime after they built the additions.
Photo Courtesy Armstrong House Museum of Rushville Nebraska

This is the location of the second Asay Store.  This store sat on the location of
the current Stockman's National Bank (Main and Highway 20). 
The above view is looking east.  Photo by B. F. Ray.
(click on the photo for a larger view)

The original Asay store was located on the west side of Main Street
(at the location of the current Union Annex building), which burned to the ground
around early 1909 or so.  There are also photos of the original Asay store on this site.
Back in the days of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Buffalo Bill would come
to Rushville to recruit Indians from the nearby Pine Ridge Reservation and 
would pay them with scrip from the Asay Store.  It is also said that Mrs.
Asay would entertain Mr. Cody down on the river while Mr. Asay stayed
behind to run the store (such scandal!).  
Another view of the Asay Store.  This postcard was dated Sept 1911.  
This is an earlier view than above... The one above has a power pole which
is not present here.  Since the card is dated 1911, this photo would have been
taken soon after the Asay's moved to this location after the fire.
The only thing that lead me to this postcard was that I 
recognized the building and that it was postmarked Rushville.  No photographer
was noted.
(click on the photo for a larger view)
Sioux Indians at Rushville Nebraska.
Detail from Multiview postcard.


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