Thursday, May 24, 2012

First National Bank

Another shot of the beautiful First National Bank building in Cuba City. This image comes from a postcard with a 1917 postmark.

The bank shared the building at this time with a store owned by W. T. Lowe. The store name is visible on the awnings. A woman's dress is on display behind the plate glass windows, and you can even catch a glimpse of a gentleman (an employee, or Mr. Lowe himself?) in the store.

Dentist J. G. Harris operated on the upper floor of the building, as did lawyer Sherman E. Smalley.

Visible on the right side of the photograph, behind the bank, is the original village hall in Cuba City. Look for the bell tower with the village's fire bell inside.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Francis Faherty's shoes

In January 1918, Francis Faherty entered the shoe business in Cuba City when he purchased Hendricks Shoe Store. The former owner, John Hendricks, had been in business for ten years but quit the store due to poor health and moved to his newly purchased farm.

When the business changed hands, the Cuba City News Herald reported, "The new firm will carry a swell line of shoes for men, women and children and will continue the same liberal policies adhered to by their predecessor and new lines will probably be added as conditions may deem expedient." (CCNH, January 18, 1918).

Image from the Cuba City Centennial book. I am not sure of the shoe store's location.

Francis Faherty sold more than shoes in his store, as seen in this advertisement that appeared in the Cuba City News Herald  on May 31, 1918.

This advertisement appeared in the Cuba City News Herald on August 30, 1918.

From the Cuba City News Herald, September 20, 1918.

Francis Faherty had farmed in Benton Township and lived in Galena for several years before moving to Cuba City. In addition to the shoe business, he is mentioned in the Cuba City Centennial book as being an early coal and ice dealer. Faherty owned, with John Jeffrey, a large ice house on North Jefferson Street. He also served as assessor for Cuba City.

According to his obituary, Francis Faherty retired from the shoe business around 1926 and he died in 1941 at the age of 87.

Mr. Faherty's obituary can be found online here: 
Fall Proves Fatal Two Years Later (Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, Iowa, November 11, 1941)