Blair’s Downtown – Block 46
Lots 3-8 (17th to 16th Streets)
1909 Sanborn Map
Oral History Notes: from RJL (Dick Lippincott)
- 1916 – Home Theatre (Lot 3) Hugh Cook sold tobacco and candy also sporting goods in old theatre building. Greyhound Bus Depot
- 1930 – New Home Theatre. Restaurant 1930 was next door to the west.
- 1950s – Midge Robinson had a battery business above theatre.
Dixon (Gifford) Insurance on 2nd floor
- West of Hugh Cooks was C. J. Robinson used Furniture store–then a small liquor store east of Home Theatre and Robinson’s Café west of theatre.
- Robinson’s Café many years later (1970’s-80’s) was the site of “Tots-To -Teens”
- 1951- Home Theatre – Stella Roberson sold tickets
- Carefree Travel
- Building owned by the Hunt Brothers
- 1960s-1970s – Children’s clothing store Tots to Teens
- 1978 – JJ’s Childrens Clothes Juli Plugge
- Taylor Photography
- 1909 – Drug store
- 1953? -1966 – Samson Rexall Drugs owned by Francis H. (Frisco) Samson. Samson was a druggist in Iowa before coming to Blair. After leaving Blair, he worked in Iowa and Missouri. (source: daughters visited Blair on October 3rd, 2007)
- 1966 – Wayne Anderson purchased and turned it into the Holiday House, a gift shop.
- About 1984 – Cafe on Main
- Currently Hoshi Palate
- 1909 – Groceries
- Carl Kolterman had the “Racket Store” before he moved to the Ben Franklin building.
- VonLaken Shoes
- Harris Shoes in the mid 1940s (source: Linda Howland) Shoe store owned by Duane Harris
- Prior to it becoming Haney’s. It was named Harris Shoes.
- 2003-? – Haney Shoes
- 1909 – Harness & Cigar Factory
- 1920 – Julius Petersen Hardware Store
- ?? – Blue Ribbon. Clarence King once operated the Blue Ribbon (He also operated the Eat Shop.)
- New York Bar & Grill
- Currently Red Brick Bar and Grill
- 1930s-50s – Carol Thornberg Grocery Store
- 1951 – Paint Store
- ? – 2018 – Carnes Paint
- 2018 – Carnes Collective
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