Central Fairfield

Gustave Unkrich, Fairfield Iowa grocer

February 13, 2011 Food and Drug Stores Business

Gustave Adolph Unkrich (1845-1926), prominent Fairfield grocer. Captioned “G. A. Unkrich” in Huntzinger album. No photographer, no date. Born in Germany on April 21, 1845 to John H. and Fredericka L. (Gerson) Unkrich, Gus immigrated with his parents to the U.S. in 1859. His father was a government officer in Europe who came to America […]

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Then & Now: E. Burlington Tudor-style home

February 7, 2011 Burlington Ave.

Then and Now: 505 East Burlington Ave. during the 1930s (above), and as it stands today… photo taken January 2011 (below). Thank you to Barbara Beal for permission to use the 1930s photograph!

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Grocery at 54 W. Burlington Ave, Fairfield, IA

February 7, 2011 Burlington Ave.

Gus Unkrich’s Grocery at 54 W. Burlington in 1876, with advertisement from the Fairfield Weekly Journal, 1888 (advertisement courtesy of Janet Roberts). For about 20 years Gus sold groceries, including his father-in-law’s flour, at this spot. Select here for a photo and brief bio of Gus Unkrich on Facebook by Rory Goff. Select here to […]

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South side of the square, west half, Fairfield IA in 1876

January 25, 2011 Central Fairfield

Picture courtesy of Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, Iowa. Just left of center, the brick double block of 54-56 West Burlington was built in 1872 and 1873 by pioneer Fairfield miller Franklin B.Huntzinger and his wife Sarah (Rudy). At 54 West Burlington behind the pump-handle in the street, the sign “G. A. Unrich, Groceries” advertises the […]

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Then and Now: 118-122 North Main Street, Fairfield

January 21, 2011 Central Fairfield

Above: Standing proudly at Main and Briggs Streets’ southwest corner in 1909 was Fairfield’s Grand Opera House, built in 1890 by J. E. Roth, J. S. Richardson, J. S. McKemey, and E. A. Howard. Ornately designed by Burlington architect Charles A. Dunham, it was Fairfield’s second theater, built seven years after the Odd Fellows had […]

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Then and Now: North Main Street, Fairfield, IA

January 21, 2011 Central Fairfield

Above: Looking northeast at R. H. Spence’s carriage shop, 121-123 North Main Street, Fairfield, IA ca. 1909, with some of Spence’s vehicles on display out front. R. H. Spence sold buggies here from 1905 to 1915, and afterwards served two terms as county treasurer. He then worked in the Farmers State Bank, on the site […]

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Then and Now: 119-123 West Broadway, Fairfield, IA

January 21, 2011 Central Fairfield

Above: Shown here amidst gracious trees and residences shortly after it was built in 1910 by Harry I. Ball, the Orpheum Theatre building also contained apartments and businesses, including Leslie E. Clinkenbeard’s clothing store under the awning at the right. Below: A century later, the houses across 2nd Street have been replaced by a florist […]

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Rex Theater, E. Broadway, Fairfield, IA

January 21, 2011 Central Fairfield

By 1917, the Fairfield Theater was located at 116 E. Broadway. It was known as the Victory Theater by the 1920’s, when its address was 120 E. Broadway. The name was changed by 1932 to the Rex Theater, which survived at least until 1939. We don’t yet know when it closed. The Fairfield Directory of […]

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Then and Now: Southwest corner of the Square, Fairfield IA

January 21, 2011 Central Fairfield

Above: ca. 1906, looking south down Main Street, Fairfield, Iowa toward the old spires of the Presbyterian Church. On the corner at 100 W. Burlington was Jay Copeland’s drugstore, while the outside stairs led up to William S. Williams’ photo studio. Just west at 102 W. Burlington was Frank D. Kerrick’s furniture and undertaking business. […]

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Then and Now: East Burlington Ave., Fairfield, IA

January 8, 2011 Burlington Ave.

Then and Now: East Burlington looking west, ca. 1908 (above), and 2011 (below). Burlington Avenue is now wider and has lost its stately rows of elms, but retains much of its gracious feel. At right is 507 E. Burlington; at left is 502 E. Burlington, both well preserved today.

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Then and Now: Frank M. Voorhies’s Mill on 4th St. Fairfield

December 17, 2010 4th Street

Before: Located at the northeast corner of Lowe and Fourth Streets, Frank W. Voorhies’s Home Roller Mills (at right) stood at what is now 505 N. Fourth, and his residence (at left) was at 507 N. Fourth. Photograph taken ca. 1909. Frank’s father-in-law F. B. Huntzinger had built the Grove City Mills, steam-powered with three […]

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F. B. Huntzinger, Fairfield IA pioneer miller

November 18, 2010 Central Fairfield

F. B. Huntzinger, Fairfield’s pioneer miller, at the age of 86. Franklin B. Huntzinger was born February 17, 1820 in Orwigsburg, Schuylkill Co., Pennsylvania to Jacob and Susan (Koch) Huntzinger. He married Sarah Rudy on July 12, 1842. The couple had six children when they moved in 1856 to Fairfield, where over the next few […]

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Fairfield Public Library greeter

November 17, 2010 Fairfield Public Library

Who is the man whose portrait greets us as we enter the Fairfield Public Library? Select here.

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Fairfield Arts & Convention Center previous location of Turner Hotel in Fairfield

November 17, 2010 Business & Industry

Located at 200 North Main Street where the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center now stands, the Turner Hotel offered Fairfield’s finest accommodations and a widely-renowned restaurant for nearly thirty years. As early as 1911 it was called the Court Hotel, probably for its proximity to the Courthouse, but was considered a second-class hostelry before Mrs. […]

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c. 1910 West side of Square, view from Burlington Ave.

November 17, 2010 Central Fairfield

West side of the Square, looking north on Main Street circa 1910. Note the turret on the building on the west side’s south corner. Here at 60 S. Main Street was the Jefferson County State Bank from 1901, becoming the Fairfield National Bank in 1908. The turret is gone, but you can still see the […]

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1908 West Side of Square, Fairfield IA

November 17, 2010 Central Fairfield

ca. 1908 West Side of Square in Fairfield IA from present-day Crest Jewel (alley on left in photo) to present-day Icon Gallery.

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