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Belleville in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Dorothea Deichmann Millinery

Dorothea Deichmann Millinery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, December 6, 2019
1. Dorothea Deichmann Millinery Marker
Inscription.  When Dorothea Deichmann had this building constructed in 1892, it was still unusual for a woman to own property in her own name, erect buildings, and conduct her own business, but Deichmann was ahead of her time. She sold hats at this location from 1892 to 1911 while married to Gottlieb Deichmann, a retired cigar maker.

The Deichmanns were born in Westphalia, Germany, immigrated to Mascoutah in 1872, and settled in Belleville in 1889. Dorothea Deichmann retired in 1911 and sold the property to Jacob Magin, a native to Belleville, who operated a cigar factory here from 1912 to 1939. His granddaughter's husband, Roy L. Eidman, acquired the property in 1940 and ran Eidman's Appliance Company until 1971.

Successive businesses in the building included Household Finance Corporation from 1973 to 1988, a transportation company, a telecommunications consulting firm, and a martial arts academy. In 2010, Patti Law purchased the building and opened the Hair on Main beauty salon.
Erected 2014 by Belleville Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
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Location. 38° 30.822′ N, 89° 58.839′ W. Marker is in Belleville, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is on East Main Street just west of North Church Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is mounted next to the entrance of Hair on Main. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 221 East Main Street, Belleville IL 62220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Romeiser Building (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Clair National Bank (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ever and Anon Park (about 600 feet away); Deidesheimer's Dry Goods Store (about 700 feet away); Belleville Savings Bank (about 800 feet away); Belleville Public Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Bunsen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Theodor Erasmus Hilgard (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belleville.
Hair on Main building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, December 6, 2019
2. Hair on Main building
Marker is to the left of the entrance
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 151 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 11, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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