||Gaede's Homestead Resturant, US Rt.
Max Hill ran the restaurant
early on and later, Morris Gaede and his wife Berniece ran it.
this day  the building still looks the same but is a
||Minonk State Bank,
||Schlitz Opera House,
From the News-Dispatch account of August
Flames Destroy Old Schlitz Opera House
apparently began at 3: o'clock Friday morning in a half hour had
made of the Schiltz builging, Chestnut and Sixth streets, a furnace
of intense heat and soon the structure was thoroughly gutted;
leaving only empty walls of brick.
The wind was from the north
and embers of fire were scattered all voer the business district and
men were on every roof to extinguish them as they fell. Had it not
been for the rain taht poured down, it is generally believed that
more of the business district would have been destroyed, even with
the excellent fire equipment here and a bunch of firemen who are the
The building, three stories, was unoccupied and undoubtedly
set afire, the object of which is not know. It is not proable taht
it will be rebuilt, but it is thought that a smaller building will
be made out of what is left.
Many people flocked to the scrne,
fascinated by the intensity of it and they assisted in stamping out
the bits of flying embers as they fell. The firemen, several of the,
were on the job all of Friday forenoon, and there were manyh
spectators during the day.
When the fire alarm was sounded the
skrieking whistle failed to function and it could hardly be heard in
the outskirts of the city. Later, howver, the wierd, shrill alarm
The Schlitz block, built in 1896, is
extremely interesting in retrospect and much of Minonk's history is
the last 38 years is connected with it.
Before it was erected,
Louis Lichtenstein owned one opera house in Minonk, which was the
thrid story over the building now owned by J. W. Van Doren and Jacob
S. Gerdes, the rooms being occupied by Mr. Van Doren with his
jewelry store and Ellis Ciciarelli with his hardware store. [This
building is now occupied by Palmer's Jewelry store and the Country
Florist]. When his opera house became into disuse Mr. Lichtenstein
had the building reduced to its present size.
It was in this
building the Myers-Daly prize fight was to have been held after a
special train rolled into town and the opera house had been rented.
But Mr. Lichtenstein, after learning of the intent, chased them out
and the fight was held in the John Ryan Saloon in Wooford.
||E. J. Bennett, Watkins' Agent,
Hardware and Farm Machinery, early
400 block of Chestnut Street,