ca. 1910 west side of Central Park, Fairfield Iowa

October 23, 2010

Fairfield Iowa north at the west side of the square ca. 1910.

This great shot looks from the north at the west side of the square ca. 1910.

♦ The turreted Clarke Block at far right at 60 N. Main, Fairfield, Iowa was Shriner’s Drugstore, now Heartland Real Estate.

♦ The Spielman Block at 58 N. Main, Fairfield, Iowa was Gaines Brothers Hardware, now Icon Gallery.

♦ 56-54 N. Main, Fairfield, Iowa was (probably) Homer C. Davis’ grocery and also Wisecarver & Mohr’s clothing store, both now Central Park Furnishings.

♦ 52 N. Main, Fairfield, Iowa was Norman Anstead, jeweler, now the At Home Store.

♦ 50 N. Main, Fairfield, Iowa was Dalton Howell’s West Side Restaurant, now Hy-Vee Drugs.

♦ Across the alley (now Crest Jewel at 48 N. Main) was the 3-story Jordan Block at 50-54 S. Main, Fairfield, Iowa, then occupied by Bayz Bros. candy makers, (probably) Chas. A. Herring’s groceries, and Lewis Bros. meats, now the Elks Building with Jacob’s Ladder Antique Mall and Haute House.

♦ 56 S. Main, Fairfield, Iowa was Michael Rodabaugh’s Novelty Store, now Fairfield Nutrition.

♦ 58 S. Main, Fairfield, Iowa was Jericho & Easton, druggists, now Walker Group.

♦ 60 S. Main, Fairfield, Iowa was the Fairfield National Bank, now the Teeple-Hansen Gallery.

Captioned as No. 7 of a series, the Fairfield postcard above probably dates from ca. 1910-11. However we have just discovered an exact copy of this postcard but captioned in a different hand and postmarked May 11, 1908, so the photograph itself most likely dates from ca. 1907-08.

John G. “Jack” Browning had his photographic studio upstairs over Shriner’s Drugstore at 60 N. Main St., Fairfield, Iowa (the Clarke Bldg. at far right); perhaps the papers in the case at lower right near the outside stairs are samples of his work. Perhaps this photograph was taken by Jack Browning himself?

Research by Rory Goff, Fairfield, Iowa

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