Belleville in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
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.
Erected 2014 by Belleville Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, World II • Women.
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); Audrey Marsh King (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ruth A. Sterling (about 700 feet away); Carrie Thomas Alexander-Bahrenburg Site of Old St. Clair County Courthouse 1861-1972 (about 700 feet away); Christian "Buddy" Ebsen (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 166 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.