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Peters Saloon

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, July 15, 2020
1. Peters Saloon Marker
Inscription.  Henry Peters did something unusual for a saloonkeeper. He bought the property on which his rented saloon stood and built his own saloon at this location in 1910. A native of Germany, Peters became a saloonist in the 1890s and along with many fellow saloonkeepers converted his business to a soft drink emporium in 1920 when Prohibition went into effect. Like other saloonkeepers he sponsored his own baseball team, the Peters. After his death in 1925, the building housed Linder's Dry Goods Store.

In 1930, the General Radio and Supply Company moved into the building. Beginning as a radio and appliance store, the company evolved. After World War II, it billed itself as the "House … of Modern Living" and promoted postwar consumerism with new products, such as air conditioners and power lawn mowers. Soon after beginning to sell televisions in 1949, the company deemphasized radios and adopted the name of General Supply Company in the late 1950s. The company continued to sell appliances until 1975. Furniture stores and businesses associated with the Yale Professional Law Enforcement Institute followed into the building.

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By Jason Voigt, July 15, 2020
2. Peters Saloon Marker
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Enyart and his wife, Judge Annette Eckert, purchased the property in 1993. They restored it according to the specifications of the Illinois Main Street Program. Bethany Place, an AIDS service orginization, and Curves for Women, a health club, were subsequent businesses here. Peace by Piece, a woman's apparel shop, opened at this location in 2009.
 
Erected 2014 by Belleville Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, World IIWomen.
 
Location. 38° 30.811′ N, 89° 59.211′ W. Marker is in Belleville, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and South 2nd Street, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 132 W Main St, 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. Reichert Business Block (a few steps from this marker); Kastel Electric (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Ruth A. Sterling (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carrie Thomas Alexander-Bahrenburg (about 700 feet away); Site of Old St. Clair County Courthouse 1861-1972
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(about 700 feet away); Christian "Buddy" Ebsen (about 700 feet away); Julius Liese (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belleville.
 
Regarding Peters Saloon. William Enyart (mentioned on the marker) was elected to U.S. Congress in 2012, serving Illinois' 12th District from 2013 to 2015.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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