Pontiac Township High School - Pontio Yearbook (Pontiac, IL)

 - Class of 1961

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Old Times In the 20th Century, inany of the "boys" who used to stand on the corner wouldn't recognize the North side of the square QMa5lison Streetj, Auto- mobiles and parking meters line the streets where the horses and buggies once stood. Standing on the corner, in front of the Caldwell and McGregor drug store Qnorth side of the squarej was a popular pastime in the l890's. Charles A. McGregor was one of the citv's first merchants, He and his father, a pioneer at- torney, came to Pontiac two years before the railroad arrived. After clerking in various stores, he es- tablished a county-wide drug, book, and notion business. The blanket on the mule pictured above serves as a traveling billboard advertising Caldwell and McGregor. The Phoenix Hotel and the Sterry Building are located on the Sterry Block. The Phoenix Hotel was built in October l873 at a cost of 540,000 Lo- cal citizens donated 354,000 toward the cause. On July 4, 1874, the building was destroyed by fire, but it was later rebuilt. Todav it is known as the Pontiac Hotel. I

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5 ff - -cl'-an ff 5 V , Jw H 'Pnl V : . '-s..,,,,A A lg, . AM QSM Mft? ,ta A landmark for many lil' ' years the old Episcopal Church, the little church on the Cast side of the square. appeared thus in 1800. The sign nailed to the board sidewalk is an advertisement. Our newest church, the Episcopal Church, is located across from the Liyingston County' Sanatorium, It was built in the summer of 1960 to replace the building pictured at the right. which was torn down in the wake of construction for 1Voolworth's Store. Post ctncl Present As the County seat of Liyingston County. Pontiac has been the site of three court houses. The first, built in 1839-40, was a 202430 foot structure and had two stories. The second, built in 1856 at a cost of S3tl.tltJ0 burned in 1874. The present structure. constructed in 1873 at a cost of fl475,000, is pictured below. In 1886 work was begun on the Soldiers and Sailor's Monument which was unveiled by President Theodore Roosevelt in June, 1903. as a tribute to the soldiers and sailors of Livingston county. ,F if . ' 'ii V, .ws l r sv ff "rss A V I --4'4"lf-tif Carbon filament arc lights were Pontiac's first street lights, The first electric light was installed by the Thomas Houston Electric Company in 1882. In 1899 James A. Corathers purchased the power company. Presbyterian Church, pictured above. was the first church to be dedicated in Pontiac CNoyember 15, 1857.1 wt QD 4 A ffl!!! eq" X



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Barrs, C, C. Murphy, Lclnnans, XVt'stalls, l,ihCt'ty Restaurant :incl Ht-chts SIUITS arc lorattrtl on thc wcst sitlc of tht' sqllart' CMill Strvvlj. On the far right is thc Pontiac National Bank, thc bank with thc clock. Time Records ax' X . W4,. it X Y 1 llcforc thc flaps ni' thc Bank flofk, tht- National Bank nkctl like this. 'l'hc bank was t-stalmlisltvcl March il 1874. The I,iXlIlQ'NlIlll County National Bank cslah lishvtl in H471 wax alxo lcxratutl in Puntiatl 'I hcrt' wax A ' lr lmanlw in tht' city. 'lhc trhits- hnilrling, ' t Ill tht' right sich' ul' tht' picttlrt' is tht' Puntiar Pm Y Ollifc, hllilt in l!ll2-lfl. R. I", llrarlllnll was tha' firs NllIl2lNll'l' to wru' in tht' new huilrling. Tht' East sitlc of thc' square, ont' finds xarions business L'SlLllJllSllIlIL'llIS. flfrmn lcft to rightj Klcins ll1ll'llVVZlTl'. llr. I-aw's ollicc. Harncr's. Donncll's Print Shop, Potter IIISIIYIIIICC. XY00lworth's antl Parkhill Clinic. The Intt'r-nrlban Street Car, which ran front Pontiac to Dwight, we-nt up Main Street. ll!! .tt

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