Saturday, October 15, 2011

George Longendyke's egg carrier

This tin egg carrier advertising Crescent Macaroni and Cracker Company (Davenport, Iowa) was found at a local auction. Most interesting is the stamp on the top of the carrier:



George Longendyke was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He arrived in Cuba City around 1895. Longendyke worked initially at R. B. Luckey's Cash Store, located in the building now occupied by Gile Real Estate and Insurance. (Mrs. Luckey was George's aunt.)

He later had businesses of his own on Main Street, including a garage/vulcanizing plant and a grocery store. According to a newspaper article in the Telegraph Herald, Longendyke operated his grocery store from ca. 1923-1938.

Image from the Cuba City Centennial book.

Longendyke was also active in the community, volunteering in Cuba City's first fire company in 1905 and serving a term as village president from 1922-24. According to Cuba City's centennial history, he was once a circus performer and was remembered dressing in clown costume and makeup to entertain Cuba City residents at a local talent show.

George Longendyke passed away at the age of 70. His  death was reported in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald and can be read online, courtesy of Google News Archive.

Friday, October 7, 2011

A pretty street

This photograph was taken of a Main Street residential area, looking north toward the Methodist Church. The church steeple is visible at the left. The houses on the right are located at 504 and 510 South Main Street. The photo is from the early 1900s.