• Moore's Marble Works

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Moore's Marble Works at 311 with Washington was in business in Bloomington from 1876 to 1918. It produced tombstones and monuments. In 1918, it became the Bloomington Monument Company. Gmehlin's Gun s…

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  • Bloomington Star Dairy Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The Bloomington Star Dairy was located two miles northwest of Bloomington. Local dairyman L. Chambers manufactured butter and milk at the Bloomington Star Dairy. How we learn about communities Bloomin…

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  • National Automatic Scale Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The National Automatic Scale Company was located at 215 E. Douglas St. in Bloomington. They specialized in the manufacture of scales for agriculture use. Because McLean County had such a high agricult…

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  • Melcher and Jefferis Stair Building Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Melcher and Jefferis were local artisans who built custom staircases, like the spiral one in this ad, in the late 19th century. Different types of staircases were needed as agricultural prosperity in…

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  • Chert knife

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This is a chert knife used by the Archaic Indians. It was found in Bloomington Cemetery. Communities and Geography How we learn about communities Prehistoric Indians of Illinois 18 Social systems 17 G…

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  • Inside of corn kernel

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This diagram labels and explains the various parts of the inside of a kernel of corn. Knowing the biology of corn was important for men like Eugene Funk who utilized such knowledge in breeding corn. L…

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  • N.N. Winslow Advertisement

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    N.N. Winslow and Company manufactured soap, candles and locomotive grease from 1855 to the 1870s. When the railroads arrived in the 1850s, businesses such as this became necessary. How we learn about…

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  • Illinois Tractor Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The Illinois Tractor Company in Bloomington promised "the lowest priced tractor in the world. Tractors began to emerge in McLean County in the early 20th century, with metal wheels precluding rubber t…

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  • Corn Exhibit Photograph

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    A photo of the 'Just Corn: The Amaizing Story' exhibit inside the McLean County Museum of History in 1997. Panels of related photos and logos of seed companies are shown. In 1997, in conjunction with…

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  • Henney Kilowatt Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The Henney Kilowatt electric automobile, was produced by C. Russell Feldman and Henney Motor Car Company in 1953. This battery-powered car, with the frame of a French-made Renault, never caught on, an…

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  • Dr. Howe's Medicines Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Dr. Howe and his partner, Dr. Woodard, produced a variety of patent medicines in Bloomington. Their medicines were later produced by Dr. Z. Waters who gave his name to the line. Many patent medicines…

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  • Stevens Manufacturing and Foundry Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Stevens Manufacturing and Foundry produced "high grade potato machinery" in Bloomington. Because McLean County had such a high agriculture population, related businesses were often successful. How we…

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  • Brokaw Plow Shop

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The Brokaw Plow Shop perfected the 'Bloomington Clipper Plow,' an effective tool for turning prairie soil. Because McLean County had such a high agriculture population, related businesses were often s…

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  • The 'Y' Brick Yard Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    S.B. Rankin was the proprietor of The 'Y' Brick Yard on Bunn St. The 'Y' Brick Yard was another of Bloomington's many brick factories. How we learn about communities 18 Social Systems 15 Economics 13…

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  • Shocked Corn

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This field of shocked corn in McLean County was tied up by farmers for drying purposes during the harvest. Farmers tied corn into shocks so it would stand up for easy access during the harvest and so…

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  • Pantagraph Workers

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Workers sort through files at the Bloomington Pantagraph Printing and Stationery Co., about 1900. Established in 1846, the Bloomington Pantagraph is still the city's leading newspaper. How we learn ab…

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  • Local Indian Traditions

    Custer, Milo, 1880

    Milo Custer's 1914 account of local indian traditions (7 pages). Native American Stories Westward Expansion American Communities in History Illustrated Timeline of Illinois Settlement 16 History 17 Ge…

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  • F.J. Hoffman Business Receipt

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    In 1874, F.J. Hoffman offered his services for "Fancy and Plain Window Dress". This is a good example of a business receipt between a buyer and seller. How we learn about communities 18 Social Systems…

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  • Capp Blacksmith Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    T.F. Capp owned a blacksmith shop at 303 with Washington where he did horseshoeing and repaired plows. Because horses were so vital to agriculture, such as pulling plows, horseshoeing shops were neces…

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  • Funk Brothers Seed Advertisement

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    In order to promote their hybrids, Funk Brothers Seed Company advertised their new products. This ad for 90-day corn ran about 1900. 90-Day corn was designed to grow quickly, so farmers could plant it…

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