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Indianola in Warren County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

126 West Ashland

 
 
126 West Ashland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 1, 2021
1. 126 West Ashland Marker
Inscription.  John Johnston and L.H. Law, along with the Masons, constructed this brick building in 1875. Along with 124 W. Ashland, it was known as the "Union Block." For most of its 140 year history, the first floor has been a hardware store under various names.

After Mr. Johnston sold the business to L.S. Noble, the store was called Noble Hardware for a brief time. From 1895 to 1917, McCoy Polluck & Sons set up shop here. Upon the completion of the McCoy building on the corner of West Ashland and North Howard, Fred Pemble took over the store. He initially called it the Indianola Hardware Company, but changed it to Pemble's Hardware in the late 1930's. After Pemble's finally closed in 1992, a variety of businesses have found their home here.

The second story of this building was home to the first Indianola Public Library which resided here from 1884 to 1914. In 1898, Mr J.L. Browne opened an insurance and law office on the second floor. Browne, Risinger & Weinman Inc. moved out in 1967, and as of 2010 is still in business as Weinman Insurance located off the square. The third floor was torn down in 1930, but it had been home to the Warren
Marker detail: Pre-1930 Photo Showing Third Story image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Pre-1930 Photo Showing Third Story
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Lodge No. 53, A.F. & A.M. from 1875 until a new Masonic Temple was built in 1926.
 
Erected by Warren County Philanthropic Partnership; Girl Scouts Troop 225; and Mary Donaghy Insurance. (Marker Number 812.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
 
Location. 41° 21.686′ N, 93° 33.731′ W. Marker is in Indianola, Iowa, in Warren County. Marker is on West Ashland Avenue west of North Howard Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, on the left/west corner of the front façade. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 126 West Ashland Avenue, Indianola IA 50125, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 124 West Ashland (a few steps from this marker); 122 West Ashland (a few steps from this marker); 120 West Ashland (a few steps from this marker); 118 West Ashland (within shouting distance of this marker); 116 West Ashland (within shouting distance of this marker); 104 West Ashland (within shouting distance of this marker); 102 West Ashland (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 100 West Ashland (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianola.
 
Related markers.
126 West Ashland Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 1, 2021
3. 126 West Ashland Avenue
(marker is mounted at left corner)
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Warren County Courthouse Square
 
126 West Ashland Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 1, 2021
4. 126 West Ashland Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 14, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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