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This circa 1911 photo was taken from the top of the Davison Court House. The white house belonged to William Smith, President of the Mitchell National Bank and was moved to the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and Rowley.  The house on the left belonged to Howard R Kibbee,  President of the Commercial Bank and was moved to 908 east Birch Avenue. You can also see the back of the Elk’s building, (top) now the Word of Life Church.  You can see the Corn Palace, which was located on Fifth Avenue and Main Street from 1905-1920.  The Egyptian theme was predominate in the decorations for the year.


Published in the June 19th, 2017 Daily Republic.

This photo of Mitchell’s Main Street was taken in the 100 block of south Main Street, circa 1900.  The building on the right is the Widmann Hotel.  The man with the wagon was probably a dray driver who would deliver people’s luggage and other things from the hotels and other places in town to and from the train depot. The building on the left with the sign on it is the former Long Horn Bar building (built in 1879) that was torn down a few years ago.


Published in the April 24th, 2017 Daily Republic.

Metzgerville Store and filling station was located at the intersection 11 miles south of Mount Vernon and 12 miles west of Ethan.  The store was opened by farmer, Emil Metzger in 1932.


Published in the June 12th, 2017 Daily Republic.

This photo was taken in front of the Mitchell Fire Department on the corner of First Avenue and Rowley Street,  looking west, circa 1950s. The building has been expanded and now houses the Police Department and the Fire Department. The fire fighters planted and maintained the flower bed in the foreground. In the background is the Bus Depot, which had a Café in the basement and Mitchell Iron and Supply, owned by Darwin and Chuck Summers.


Published in the March 27th, 2017 Daily Republic.


This postcard was distributed by the Mitchell Clothing Company, circa 1909, that was located at 303 North Main.  A candy store was at 301 North Main.  The second floor was occupied by dentist, Dr. Sweeney and Dr. Dix and also had many rooms rented to boarders.  The Masonic Lodge was on the third floor until the new lodge was built in 1922. The building was constructed in 1887 and is still standing today.   Notice the open stairway, which is now closed in.


Published in the February 27th, 2017 Daily Republic.

This Phillips 66 station was located on the northeast corner of First Avenue and Sanborn Boulevard.  The building was owned by Phillips Petroleum.  Cy Young was the jobber providing fuel to the owners and operators; the business was owned and operated over the years by Arnie Degen, Jerry Gebel, and Harlan and Carol Phinney.  Phinney’s closed the business in 1974 due to the fuel crunch.  Later it became Western Ag owned by Gordon Thompson, and then the State of South Dakota bought it for a weight station.  The building is now occupied by American Garage Door.


Published in the May 30th, 2017 Daily Republic.


This photo was taken on the corner of Second Avenue and Lawler Street on September 21, 1956. Shown is the Down Town Cities Service Station owned by Kenneth Lord.  Also in that building, was Roxy Service (repaired radios and televisions) owned by Nelson Logan as well as apartments on the upper level.  Across the street to the east is Loon Implement owned by Magnus Loon. 


Photo courtesy of Jeff Logan.

Published in the March 20th, 2017 Daily Republic.

This photo taken July 30, 1916 by Mitchell photographer L. E. Stair shows Mitchell authorities searching 1500 migrant workers who rode the freight trains to work in the fields of North Dakota.  The group was part of a group called Industrial Workers of the World.  Word was passed on to Mitchell from Sioux City that there had been trouble with the group with firearms and shooting. None were found on the group because they heard that word had been sent ahead so they shipped their guns ahead of them. Photo submitted by John Roeder.


Published in the March 13th, 2017 Daily Republic.


This 1977 photo shows the new offices of the Davison County Sheriff.  The office was originally on the main floor of the Davison Court House where the Register of Deeds office is now.  The move was made to the basement so the department could have a larger area. Previously most of the basement housed the Davison County Extension Offices, Civil Defense and storage.


Published in the February 13th, 2017 Daily Republic.


This shows a banquet held at the Corn Palace, circa 1950.  Notice the balcony is still there, this is the north balcony, and there was also one on the south side and the mural of cornucopias above the stage.  When the balconies were intact the Corn Palace could seat 5000 people.


Published in the February 20th, 2017 Daily Republic.

This circa 1954 photo shows the Mitchell Fire Department using their ladder truck to connect a wire to the top of the J. C. Penney Company Store at Main Street and Third Avenue to the Commercial Bank building across the street to the east.  The ladder truck could reach up to 85 feet.


Published in the January 23rd, 2017 Daily Republic.

This photo shows Carey’s Roller Rink that was located in the 1600 block of Havens (Old Highway 16) in 1954.  Merle Carey was the owner.  The business was only around for a couple years.

Published in the May 1st, 2017 Daily Republic


Shown is the Mitchell Retirement Home that was located at 101 South Main Street.  This building began as the Navin Hotel and is now called the Navin Apartments. The retirement home was owned and operated by Ron Sr. and Arlene Gates. The business closed in May, 1990 when the residents all moved to the newly remodeled Firesteel Nursing Home that was also owned by Gates. 


Published in the February 6th, 2017 Daily Republic.

Lake Mitchell public beach on the north side of the lake was used before the pool in Hitchcock Park was built.  Mr. and Mrs. Wendell White operated the concession stand from 1953-1956 selling ice cold pop for 10 cents. A boat moved through the swimming area every few hours chlorinating the water.


Published in the April 3rd, 2017 Daily Republic.

This photo shows the building on the southwest corner of Lawler Street and Second Avenue.  The building was originally a house owned by John Lowell at Firesteel.  The building was moved to Mitchell in 1879 by R. F. Alterton for the use as a hotel.  The hotel was enlarged and improved by various owners and went by several names including the Forrest City Hotel, Gleason House, Arlington House, Plotner House and Waverly House. In this photo it is a tire vulcanizing business, Foss Land Company and several other businesses as well as rooms rented on the second floor.  The building still stands and is used today.


Published in the April 10th, 2017 Daily Republic.

          This early 1950s photo shows the Mitchell Fire Department’s American LaFrance fire truck in front of the fire station.  Fire Chief Ace Wheeler is sitting on the bench and an unknown fire fighter is seated beside him.  Across the street to the east is 1st Avenue Market (grocery store) the store later became Piggley Wiggly and burned down about 1956 and was rebuilt and is now Wholesale Electronics.  The store was originally built in 1880 as a hotel (first called the Well’s House and later known as the Raymond Hotel).


Published in the March 6th, 2017 Daily Republic.

Does this make you want to buy insurance?  This early photo was taken by local Mitchell Photographer, Jerome Wiltse. Wiltse was in business in Mitchell from 1884 to 1899. The Dakota Fire and Marine Insurance Company covered the entire Dakota Territory with George L. Ordway, Yankton, supervising officer. Photo donated by Cynthia Rubin.


Published in the May 15th, 2017 Daily Republic.

This 1904 Corn Palace or Corn Belt Exposition as it was called at the time was built in 1892 on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Main Street. The Palace faced Fourth Street; a 42 x100 foot addition was added to the original building in 1893 to allow for the big crowds.  The entertainment for the 1904 Exposition was Sousa’s Band who had just returned from their third world tour. Sousa’s Band was contracted to do two shows a day for six days, but Sousa was so delighted by the huge crowds that he divided his program so he could give three programs a day.


Photo donated by Cheri Duxbury Loest.


Published in the April 17th, 2017 Daily Republic.

During the 1950s and early 1960s a favorite night time stop for coffee and a snack was the Coffee Stop located at 212 West Havens. There were no booths but there was a horse shoe shaped counter with stools. Owners over the time were Wayne Kiner, Jack Sturges, and Harold “Tex” Colvin.  When Tex Colvin owned the shop the name was changed to Tex’s Car Broil.


Published in the May 22nd, 2017 Daily Republic.

Pictured is the Den Beste Drugstore ad from the 1956 Dakota Wesleyan yearbook. The drugstore was located at 400 North Main Street, the building is now part of the Palace Mall and the brick exterior is now covered in a blue enamel tiling.  Robert Den Beste and his son, Gene moved their drugstore to this location in 1955 from 200 North Main Street.  They sold their merchandise and prescriptions to White Drug in 1960.


Published in the May 8th, 2017 Daily Republic.

Shown is the Bon Ton Bar (corner of 2nd and Main Street) after a fire destroyed the building on New Year’s Day in 1966.  Four businesses were destroyed in the fire, including the Mon-Dak Chemical and Supply Company, Mac’s Card Room, the Rose Beauty Salon and the Merchandise Outlet Store. The Bon Ton was vacant at the time of the fire.  The building contained six occupied apartments and four rented rooms.


Published in the January 30th, 2017 Daily Republic.


T
his 1929 photo shows the Logan building that was located at Fourth Avenue and Lawler Street.  The building was built by George Logan (grandfather of Jeff Logan) and housed the Face-A-Lite Manufacturing Company that produced auto safety glass.  The building was leased for County Offices during the construction of the Court House in 1935-36. Later it was sold to architect Walt Dixon, who added a second floor to the building and it became the Lawler Hotel.  Lawler Hotel burned down in 1992.


Published in the January 3rd, 2017 Daily Republic.


Shown is the Charles Johnson Dray Truck circa 1930, the business was located at 106 North Main and was in business until the mid 1940s.  Dray lines were used to deliver freight and people that would come in on the trains to their local destination. 

Published in the January 9th, 2017 Daily Republic.

On May 23, 1950, 300 members of the El Riad Shrine Temple of Sioux Falls took a train to Mitchell to participate in a parade and a special ceremonial to be held at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.  This photo shows the band lining up for the parade in front of the Milwaukee Depot on Mitchell’s Main Street.


Published in the June 5th, 2017 Daily Republic.