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Winterset in Madison County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

60 Court Avenue

c.1880

 
 
60 Court Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
1. 60 Court Avenue Marker
Inscription.

Although this building appears to be one storefront, there are actually two separate buildings, and their histories intertwine. C. W. Eastman's Big Store first occupied this double storefront where dry goods were sold.

The Knights of Pythias and the Pythian Sisters began meeting on the second floor in the late 1800s. Oscar Lucas ran the Lucas Grocery in the west side of the building in 1918. His brother-in-law, Gus Nehring, worked for him and bought the business in 1924 renaming it Nehring Brothers.

In 1917, Warren Smith owned a shoe store in the east side of the building and Ralph Thompson worked for him. Thompson continued to work for the next owner, Van Wagner & Bishop, and soon met co-worker E. H. Woody. The two bought the business in 1922 and established the Woody-Thompson shoe store, which operated here for more than 30 years.

Harrison's 5 & 10, a large variety store, opened in both the east and the west sides of the building in 1954. It featured a toyland that was the delight of any child. From 1959-1969, dentist Jerry Larsen's office was on the second floor. Since 1985, Madison County Medical Association, owned by Dr. Kevin de Regnier, has occupied this double storefront building.
 
Erected 2010 by Madison County Antique Association.
 
Location.
60 Court Avenue and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
2. 60 Court Avenue and Marker
41° 20.06′ N, 94° 0.847′ W. Marker is in Winterset, Iowa, in Madison County. Marker is on Court Avenue west of John Wayne Drive, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Building is on the south side of the courthouse square. Marker is at or near this postal address: 60 East Court Avenue, Winterset IA 50273, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 58 Court Avenue (here, next to this marker); 64 Court Avenue (a few steps from this marker); 56 Court Avenue (a few steps from this marker); 66 Court Avenue (a few steps from this marker); 54 Court Avenue (a few steps from this marker); 68 Court Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); 52 Court Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); 102 West Court Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Winterset.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Madison County, Iowa. (Submitted on April 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Discover Madison County, Iowa. (Submitted on April 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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