Belleville in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Deidesheimer's Dry Goods Store
Deidesheimer was a Bavarian immigrant who moved to Belleville in 1847 to become a dry goods merchant. Following the outbreak of the Revolution of 1848 he returned to Germany to fight on the side of the revolutionary forces attempting to liberalize government. With the failure of the revolution, he returned to Belleville and resumed his career in 1849. He closed the business in 1883, and Joseph Saenger took over the location for his dry goods store. Here Saenger
At the turn of the twentieth century, Bell Clothing Company sold menswear from the building until F.W. Woolworth opened a five and dime store here in 1919. Walkohl Drug Store, founded by Walter J. Kohl, moved into the building in 1931 and occupied it for some 40 years. The Continental Cafeteria House took possession in the 1970s until an arsonist's fire damaged the building as well as the adjoining corner structure in 1976. Florence Agne salvaged the building - now reduced to two stories - for Marvin's Camera, which sold camera equipment and processed film from 1978 until 2012, when Shichi [Seven] Sushi Bar opened.
Erected 2014 by Belleville Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Wars, Non-US. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 38° 30.811′ N, 89° 58.983′ W. Marker is in Belleville, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is on East Main Street west of High Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 28 E 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. Belleville Savings Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Clair National Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Belleville Public SquareGeorge Bunsen (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Theodor Erasmus Hilgard (about 400 feet away); Les Mueller (about 400 feet away); Lyman Trumbull (about 400 feet away); Gustavus P. Koerner / Sophia Engelmann Koerner (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belleville.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.