Harper, Iowa Centennial
                  1879-1979
                         NOT TOO BIG. . . BUT NOT TOO LITTLE

HARPER PLAT BUILDINGS & OWNERS

* Denotes first owner              ** Burned

 

 

Block # 18

Bldg. #1 - Mill J. Paetzold

 

Block #17

* Lots 1, 2, 3, & 4 J. Petgen 1876

* Lots 6, 7 & 8 C. Scott 1874

* Lots 10. 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15 E. Blair 1872

 

Bldg. #1 Elevator Wm. Waechter

 

#2 Lumber Yard

L. White & S. Singmaster

W. W. Horras, What Cheer

Wm. Waechter

United Lbr. Co. of Clinton

W. C. Gretter & Sons

 

#3 Hdwe. L. White & S. Singmaster

Wm. Waechter (added Grocery)

** Burned Summer 1939

 

#4, 5 & 6 Farmers Union Bldg.

Sold Inter. Implements Coal & Groc.

Built by Barney Highberger

 

#4-5 Tim O'Brian Mgr.

Vince Striegel Mgr.

C. Conrad Produce

 

#6 Ted Pratt Barber Shop

#4, 5 & 6 W. C. Gretter

#4 & 5 Alvin Vogel Garage

#6 C. Fulton Barber Shop

#4 Torn Off

#5 & 6 Gretter Storage

 

#7 Elevator Walter Fagen

R. Cherry & Dad Mgr.

Also sold cars (Torn Down)

 

#8 Restaurant & Pool Hall

S. J. Striegel, Fred Beech, C. Norgan & son, A. Peiffer, D. Chamberlin, H&N Weber. Shipman, Omer Hammes, Art Schulke, H. Fink, A. Peiffer. W. C. Gretter & Sons, owner. G. Arris, D. Shirkey, Wm. Strohman, Betty Green.

 

#8 N. Addition Pool Hall

S. Striegel also Barber S.

Later-Gas Station-V. Smith

Also Restaurant, Milo Miller (Torn Down)

#9 Valerius Drug Store

Pin Bowling - V. Striegel

N. Highberger

 

Block #16

* Lots 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 John Bryson 1872

Lots 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 John Holzworth 1873

Lots 13, 14, 15 & 16 John Holzworth 1874

Lot 9 J. H. B. Striegel 1873

 

Bldg. #1 Ice House - N. Sondag

 

#2 Restaurant-Pool & Billiards, A. Striegel

Add Tavern & Radios - C. Norgan

Alle & Hole, Holzworth & Holzworth

Barbers; P. Osweiler, J. Horras, T. Ellis

Drs. upstairs: Dr. Payne, Dr. Adrian, Dr. Trumbauer 1897-1903, Dr. Grimes (1928 left)

Ducan Reed Owner (Burned 1934)

 

#3 Valerius Drug Store

Dr. Thomas M. D., Surg. & Druggest

Watch Maker & Jewelry, C. Ververs 1894-1899

Nick Sondag, W.C. Gretter & Sons (Torn Down)

 

#4 Citizen Savings Bank 1905

Meat Mkt. S. Pipes

Meat Mkt. & Groc. N. Sondag

W. C. Gretter & Sons (Torn Down)

 

#5 Hat Shop-Liza J. Martin

Keeley Sisters Hat Shop

 

#6 Matt Valerius Store

 

#7 1st Ones Unknown

H. Clarahan

Wm. Clarahan (Torn Down)

 

#8 Elevator Renfrew, Ferguson (**Burned 1906)

 

Merry-go-round

 

Block #15

*Lots 1 & 2 Mathias Blaine 1874

3 & 4 Theo. Nanner 1874

Bldg. #1 City Jail

#2 Blacksmith Shop - M. Pauly

#3 Jacob Hammen - Mill

Buggy Shop - J. Hammen, John Hammen

Garage - Wm. Hammen

 

 

 

 

 

Block # 14

* Lots 1 & 2 Peter Hartman 1872

* Lots 3 & 4 John Hoffman 1873

* Lots 5 Chas. Merten 1873

* Lots 7 John Holzworth 1874

* Lot 8 Jocob Pauly 1876

* Lot 9 J. Petgen

* Lots 10 & 11 James Randall 1873

 

Bldg. #1 Citizen Savings Bank

Post Office -K. Clarahan, N. Ott

Reynolds Funeral Home

Hammes Bros. Warehouse

Harper House Tav. & Cafe

Betty Green, M&T. Miller, Ruth Carr

 

#2 Present Post Office

#3 Levi Bower

Post Office-Hartman 1872

B. A. Cleveland 1880 Grocery

P. Clarahan Pool Hall-Egg Plant

V. Sondag Meat Market

Chester Simmons (Restr.)

J. W. Miller Home

H. Miller & Hammes Warehouse

Hammes Bros. Warehouse

Post Office (J. Miller)

Hammes Bros. Warehouse

 

#5 Matt Fuhs

Peiffer Bros. Hdwe.

J. Miller Hdwe. & Hatchery - 1886

J. Miller & Hammes Hdwe & Hatch.

Hammes Bros. Hdwe. & Hatchery

 

#6 John Striegel Grocery

I. Peiffer Grocery & Home

Joe Conrad , Perry Palmer, Avon Primley, R. Hancock, Nelson Van Dyle, Pete Huffman, Wm. & Dick Meir, Nick Ott, S. Singmaster, Cora Pence, Wm. Jr. & Bob Strohman , Gail Geigner.

 

#7 Jacob Pauly, John Pauly, John Ludwig - Furniture & Jewelry 1878, John Peiffer-Funeral Home & Supplies, M. Ludwig, Mary & Joe Ludwig, W. C. Gretter, T. Hogan, 1948 - Grocery, R. Singmaster 1959 Grocery, Ed Knepp - Grocery 1966 until now.

 

#8 John Kautenberger Hdwe.

 

#9 Levi Bower Bldg.

Joe Kautenberger Meat Market

#7, 8 & 9 ** Burned 1897

#7 Rebuilt - J. Ludwig Furniture & Funeral

#10 & 11 A. Striegel Restr. & Pool Hall

#11 - John Kautenberger Clothing Store Robbed 1902

#10 - Rudy Bombei

#10 & 11 - C.R. Conrad Produce

Jones Produce (Freshwaters)

#l1-Garage, Milo Miller

(Vacant Burned 1948)

 

#12 Farmer's Savings Bank

Post Office (Katharine Clarahan)

V. Holzworth Grocery 1934

A.T. Karns Grocery

Tom Hogan Grocery (Burned 1948)

 

#13-Salm Shoe Store & Felix Ott Harness Shop

Floyd Merz Feed Store (Burned 1948)

New Bldg. F. Merz Feed Store (Burned 1952)

 

Block # 11

*Lots 3 & 4 John Fuhs 1872

Lot 5 Hoffman Bros. 1875

Lots 6, 7 & 8 Henry Woltering 1872

 

Bldg. #1-Baker House Hotel

Garage - H. Timer & Bart Smith - Fox Garage - Max McCann

#2-Pete Hartman Grocery

Levi Whistler & Rosencrans Drugs

Post Office #2

George Stolte - Meat Market

Barber - Milo Baker

Upstairs

Dance Hall - Dr. W. W. McDonough Ofc.

M. D. & Su rgeon - Dr. Grimes

#3-Vittetoe & Besser Drugs

Dr. F. Besser D. V. M.

#4-Webb Yoder Carpenter Shop

#5-Dora Peiffer Hat Shop

Jewel Hagin Hat Shop

Post Office (Katharine Clarahan)

Upstairs

I. O. O. F. Lodge Club Rooms

Now

Nick Ott Bldg.

 

#6 - I. O. O. F. First Bldg.

#7-Lafayette #9 School (1st)

 

Block #10

*Lots 6, 7, 8 & 9 John Petgen 1876

Lot 11 R. Fixmer 1876


Lot 11 E.J . Rosencrans 1875

Lots 12 & 13 Catherine Reed 1874

Lots 14 & 15 L. J. Gilbe 1873

Lot 16 L. S. Gelbon 1873

Lots 17 & 18 John Striegel 1872

Lots 19, 20 & 21 H. L. Salisbury 1874

 

Block # 10 cont.

Bldg. #l -Hotel - H.L. Salisbury

Post Office

Hogin Hat Shop

J. Ruplinger Home

J. Slattery Home

Also Maggie Clarahan

D. Rickard Home

C. Kilmer Room

Ted Pratt-Barber Shop

 

Bldg. #2 Blind Pig Tavern

J. H.B. Striegel Mgr.

 

#3 Hdwe. & Imp., Store - J .H.B. Striegel

Hdwe. & Imp. M. & F. Sondag

Upstairs

Knights of Columbus Hall

Dance Hall

Below (West Side) Movie Theater

Stage for Plays & Minstrels

Years Later-Dance Hall (K. of C.)

 

Main Street S. of block #9

East Beyond Arrow to the Harper Pond was the Creamery or Cheese Factory.

Vick Vercheval & S. Singmaster Well 150 ft. deep. 1887-Jack Davis & Margaret Bower worked at Creamery.

 

Town Well & Windmill

 

00 Steel Sheet Bldg.

Davis Oil Co. Gas Station

Mgr. John Crooks

Frank Jaeger

o City Hall & Water Dept.

 

XX C. R. I. & P. R. R. Depot

 

X City Service Gas Station

Owner: ince Striegel

Owner: Wm. Besser Sr.

Owner; Paul Hammes, Wineke

Owner: Greene Oil Co. Sigourney - D. Paarman, L. Knepp. Tom Greene.

 

Block # 7

"Lots 1 & 2 John P. Yerger 1874

 

Bldg. #l - Methodist Church

Now: William's Gun & Marine Shop

 

Block # 5

Lots 3, 4 & 5 John P. Yerger 1874

Bldg. #1 Lafayette NO. 9 School

Owner now: Alfred Peiffer

 

Block # 4

Bldg. #l -Nick Weber

Blacksmith & Welding

 

Block # 2

Bldg. #1 Garage

Omer & Wayne Conkity

#2 Truck Garage

Omer & Wayne Conkity

 

South Edge of City

 

Beyond City Limits

Bldg. #l - St. Elizabeth Parsonage

Father Robert McAleer

#2-St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 1883

#3-Grade School Bldg. 1888

Nuns Home Back Section

#4-Marquette Hall 1900

#5-High School & Library

Now Grades 1 - 4 1957

#6 - St. Elizabeth's Cemetery

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