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Photographs of 444 S. Webster

Photographs of 444 S. Webster. This house was first listed in the city directory of 1883. It was built around this time by William L. Oakes who owned the Decatur Novelty Works. In 1920 his son, George R. Oakes was listed as the owner of the property…

C.J. Hartley

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Photograph of C.J. Hartley, the founder of the C.J. Hartley Co. He founded the company in 1897 wth his son, Arthur J. Hartley. He came to Decatu in 1882, and first worked with W.L. Oakes at Decatur Novelty Works. In 1884, he became the…