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Saturday, November 20, 2010

North Side of Chariton Square 1869

The North side of the Chariton square as it was in 1869.  Starting on the west end of the square was the A.D. Gray grocery store.  Like several of the merchants of this era, he handled a variety of items including boots and shoes.  A washtub hung by the side of the door.

The second door of the A.D. Gray building housed the dental office of Doctor J.L. Hagin.  A small sign to the right of the doorknob said, simply, DENTIST.

The second building had no identification on it, but since W.H. Huyek had an auction business and a consignment shop on the north side - and with several articles stacked in front of this building - we might hazard a guess that this was his place.

A sign on the third building said that it was a law office.  In early 1869, Chariton had nine law firms, helping a young and growing community understand laws and define justice.

Information taken from ads placed at that time help to reveal who was located in the law offices.

J.W. Wilkerson, George P. Walker, Branner and Baker and E.E. Edwards were all located in the old brick courthouse.  W.H. Maple and E. M. Thorpe and Sons were on the west side of the square.

A.H. Stutsman was on the southeast corner of the square, upstairs, Warren S. Dungan was on the northeast corner of the square, upstairs.

That leaves the north side location to the Stuart Brothers of Chariton and Albia, whose ad said they would practice in all Courts of Southern Iowa and in the Supreme Court.

The Stuart Law Firm remained in business from March 1860 to November 1961.  Judge William C. Stuart and his family donated all the pictures John Pierce used in his articles about the history of Chariton.  This book remains at the Lucas County Genealogy Society and is available for reading.  The pictures and articles in this blog came from this book.

The fourth building was Mrs. M.A. Hatcher's Millinery store - or, as her ad stated, an Emporium of Fashion.

There are several possibilities as to what was in the fifth building.

The Lyman and Cook and Co. had a bank located on the north side.  In addition, Jesse Lewis had a general contracting business with a shop located on the north side, and Mr. B. Horn had a house and sign painting shop located on the north side.

The fifth building hardly looks like a bank, but it would be only speculation as to who was located there maybe then as now, an empty storefront?

The sixth building was the L.F. Maple Book Store, dealer in books, wallpaper, window shades, stationery and notions.  He also stated that he had a fine circulating library.  By December of 1869, Maple had located to his more familiar spot on the west side of the square.

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