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Email concerning publication of Library Contract on City Web Site. February 2011.

This is an email from Jerd Morstattler from the city of Decatur asking if the library contract could be posted on the city web site. The AFSCME, Fire, and Police contracts are posted. February 2011

Photograph of old Lincoln Schoolhouse

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Photograph of Lincoln schoolhouse, which was located five miles north of Blue Mound and 4 miles west of Boody. This building was destroyed by fire February 20th, 1939.

Photographs of 510 Powers Lane

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Photographs of 510 Powers Lane. This house was built by Theron Powers about 1900. Fire partially destroyed it in 1915 but the house was rebuilt. It was bought from Mrs. Powers in May 1926 by Dr. Clyde H. Tearnan. Dr. Tearnan sold it in September 1949…

Photograph of 925 N. Main St.

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Photograph of 925 N. Main St. This house was built in 1865 and 1866 by J.Q. Brown who lived there until about 1874 when he sold it to Dr. W.A. Barnes. Dr. Barnes sold it in 1891 to James D. Tait, who left it to his son, Joseph S. Tait. In 1921 the…

Photographs of the Culver House

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412 W. Prairie Ave. John H. Culver home, built around 1887. It was sold to Roy Phillips in 1950 by Elizabeth C. Shellabarger, daughter of John H. Culver. Phillips remodeled it into apartments. A fire in 1979 caused extensive damage to the attic and…

Photographs from the Whitmer Heating Plant Fire

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Photographs from the January 31, 1918 Whitmer Heating Plant fire. This heating plant was located in a basement behind the Brunswick Hotel, at the northwest corner of Water and Wood, and at the rear of the Leon & Morris store. The plant was started by…

Photographs from the Library Block Fire

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Photographs from the February 21, 1892 fire that occurred at Library Block, formerly the Roberts and Green Building. 4,300 volumes, together with furniture and fixtures were lost.