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Rushville Businesses, 1894

30, January,  2008


The following are some businesses that were located in Rushville, 1894.

Babcock – Clothier and Furnisher: Henry A. Babcock began business in March, 1893, in the hotel block and had moved to the Thompson block on the east side by 1894. His experience in the business dated back to about 1877.

Goodwin – Clothing, Boots & Shoes: Since 1878 John W. Goodwin has been connected with the clothing business in Rushville. He commenced business with Warren Bros., and afterwards, in connection with his brother Charles, purchased the stock of goods. The death of Charles Goodwin caused a change to be made in the firm and June 12, 1894, John Goodwin assumed sole ownership.

Wells Bros. – Clothing, Boots & Shoes: This firm was composed of Charles H. Wells and Lewis C. Wells and was established in 1875. They had three locations since that time, all on the south side of the square. At the time of the south side fire they were located in the Jackson’s building. In 1882 they erected the store building they now occupy and are joint owners in the opera house.

Dentist – R. C. Amrine, D.D.S.: Dr. R. C. Amrine was born and raised in Vermont, Ill., but took up his home here in 1889 to study dentistry under Dr. Doolittle. After one year spent in preliminary study he attended a full course in the dental college of the State University of Iowa, and graduated in 1891. After practicing with Dr. Atkinson at Astoria some time he bought out Dr. Hefner, who moved to Chicago, and has since occupied his rooms over the Little building.

Dr. E. H. Leib’s dentist office was on the northeast corner of the square, upstairs.

George Little’s Department Store: George Little was a pioneer merchant in Rushville. He was born in Columbia, Pennsylvania Feb. 9, 1808; came to Rushville in 1836, embarking in the mercantile business immediately after his arrival. In 1894 Mr. Little was still the head of the Little Department Store but had turned the management over to his two grandsons, J. L. and G. H. Scripps six years before.

The business review in the Rushville Times of December, 1894 stated the Little Department Store was a large new 3 – story brick building. The third floor was occupied by the Masonic Order; the front of the second floor had two office suites occupied by Dr.’s R. C. Armine and Chas. Sly. All the first floor and a portion of the second was taken up by the Department Store.

Twelve clerks were employed in the Little Department Store. Mr. J. Y. McFeeters was the book-keeper; Jay Davis was in charge of the dry goods department and Fred Glossop in the grocery department.

Druggist: A. K. Smither was located on the west side in Daniel Knoch’s new building. He carried a full stock of drugs and standard patent medicines, also a good supply of house paint.

  1. N. Vedder purchased the J. G. McCreery stock of drugs in 1886 and conducted business at the old stand. He had been in the drug business for 31 years. Besides the regular drug stock he handled school books and supplies, wall-paper and paint. Harry Yoe was a clerk in this drug store.

  2. In December, 1890, W. H. Hawkings & Co. opened their doors to the public in the Neiman building on the south side of the square. Mr. Hawkins had worked his way up in the business and was granted a druggist’s certificate on practical experience. He had been connected with the drug business since 1884. Bert Phillips, a graduate of the Chicago School of Pharmacy, was associated with him in business.

  3. Dr. Thomas Finch and son Marshall were the proprietors of the Rushville Pharmacy and had conducted business on the south side since 1887. In 1884 they commenced business in the old Prentiss store on the east side. Marshall Finch was a graduate of the St. Louis School of Pharmacy. Dr. Finch in addition to the regular drug business, continued to practice his profession.

Information on these businesses came from the Schuyler-Brown Historical and Genealogical Society Newsletter, Oct. 1982. Please keep in mind that these businesses were all operating in Rushville in 1894. What a thriving town Rushville must have been.


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Genealogically Speaking  30, January, 2008 - copyright 2008 The Rushville Times - Written by Edie Fishel
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