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Wreckage of Dinet-Nachour store (Joliet, Illinois)
Wreckage of Dinet-Nachour store (Joliet, Illinois)
TitleWreckage of Dinet-Nachour store (Joliet, Illinois)
CreatorWilliams, Adele Fay
Date of the DrawingMarch 25, 1928
DescriptionDrawing of debris from the Dinet-Nachour store in Joliet, Illinois. This drawing is a part of the Robert E. Sterling Collection.
Title of ArticleFlames leave twisted mass of wreckage : fantasic piles of debris mark site of former dinet store.
Date of ArticleMarch 25, 1928
Transcript of the ArticleFrom Joliet Herald-News Sunday March 25, 1928 "Behold the ‘town clock', like Father Time, gazing calmly over a scene of destruction, as calmly as it has watched day by day, the growth of Joliet from a mere village to the busy city of today. But everything changes, nothing stands still. Such is progress. Even this picturesque ruin, as sketched one day last week, is no longer so massive and lonely as it was then Workmen have laid vigorous, violent hands upon the walls, iron griders and iron framework all bent and twisted by the flames, the bricks and timbers. Medley of Lines. This sketch portrays the fantastic piles of debris, all there is left of the once busy Dinet-Nachbour store, with the quizzical face of Time keeping tabs on every brick. It was a very welter of piles of indiscriminate rubbish such as could survive the blistering flames. Half-burned timbers, bent flooring hanging in graceful curves, streaked with a medley of long lines sticking out like porcupine quills, look like premeditated arches, relics of a once busy mart. And over the rough piled bricks, hard on the feet, creep two furtive figures, hunting for something that may have escaped the destroying flames. Obtain Little Reward. With the persistence of hope, of finding something they dig and scrape and delve, even creeping into the bowels of the earth thru a little cellar-way. But all they find are several large dead rats, eloquent testimony of their industrious lives and their sudden takings off. ‘Nothing is left', said the bigger one. ‘It's all bin picked over C'mon Joe". And off they went with a little roll of singed torn cloth as a reward for their pains. This history of this melancholy spot is interesting in its tale of change and progress. It changed hands frequently when Joliet was young, according to John E. Morrison, head of the People's Abstract company. Changed Hands Often. In 1834, one of the two lots, the east 22 feet, was sold by James B. Campbell, to Charles Reed, and the very next year it turned over, so they say for Reed sold it to Mark Beaubien, son of Jean Baptiste Beaubien, a millionaire for those days, said to own large holdings in Chicago. The millionaire disposed of it in 1837 to John C. Caldwell, who again ‘turned it over' in 1841 to George Metcalf. Simon Short—not Simple Simon—acquired it in 1856, selling it immediately to Peter Menard, who in this very same busy year, sold it to William Smith of a family of Smiths. He sold part of it to Edward Smith, and later it fell to Margaret Smith, his widow. In 1870 it was bought by H. K. Stevens, and in 1887 Albert P. Stevens acquired a deed. It was held by the late Miss Blanche Stevens for several years and is now the property of her brother, Albert Stevens. The other lot towards the west was sold by Emily Smith to E. H. Akin in 1862, and later, and later became the property of E. C. Akin, attorney of Joliet, who still holds the title."
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet (Ill.) -- History
Physical Description27.5 cm. x 21.5 cm.
SourceClick this link for more historical information on the Joliet area - http://lewisu.edu/imcanal
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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