• 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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  • 1947 Corn Bowl Parade

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    A float from the City of Bloomington depicting a mill wheel travels in the 1947 Corn Bowl Parade. The Corn Bowl football game, which started in 1947, coincided with an annual corn festival during whic…

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  • Wreckage of the Bloomington Fire

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The damaged Bloomington skyline is visible beyond the courthouse square. A streetcar and a crowd of people are visible in the foreground. June 19, 1900, much of the center of Bloomington was destroyed…

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  • Cooksville, Illinois, Grain Elevator about 1910

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The farmer's grain elevator sits in Cooksville in 1910. If they could afford them, most farmers wanted grain elevators because they allowed for ease of storing and transfering grain. Often town elevat…

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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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  • Advertisement of Detasselers

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Advertisement and photograph of detasselers during World War II. Women at Wartime How we learn about communities Communities and Geography American Communities in History World War II 15 Economics 16…

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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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  • High density corn planting

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This modern cornfield shows narrow rows and high plant density. Newly designed machinery accommodated farmers by adjusting to allow for narrower rows and higher density planting. Narrow rows and high…

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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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  • Cooksville, Illinois, in the late 1800s

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This photo shows the business section of Cooksville in 1885. Cooksville was typical of the new towns that were founded when railroads came to eastern Illinois. This 1885 view shows unpaved streets and…

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  • Wickizer Bakery, interior

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Breads and rolls fill the counter of the Wickizer Bakery, which was at 603 N. Main, Bloomington, Illinois. American Communities in History Communities and Geography How we learn about communities 15 E…

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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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  • Kickapoo Band

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Members of the Kickapoo Band are seated with instruments. The band was at Kickapoo School, Brown County, Kansas. Native American Stories School Museum American Communities in History Communities and G…

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  • Naffziger Round Tile Barn

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This circular tile sided barn was built by William Naffziger in 1916 in Mount Hope Township, McLean County. Naffziger's round tile barn was made of locally burned tile and arranged so that cattle face…

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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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