Saturday, May 4, 2013

Western Auto, Telephone Co, and Drowning at Bridge

Lawrence County News May 24th 1956 Western Auto Opens New Store Here
Lawrenceville's newest store, which will open Friday, is one of 3500 of the Western auto stores in operation in the 48 states of the nation. The new store is located in the Borden building on the east side of the square formerly occupied by the state theater.
Ed Brissenden,formerly of Flora, will operate the home – owned store. The building has been completely remodeled with a new floor, re- decorated, a new modern glass front, and long shelves holding the latest in home appliances, sporting goods, a complete line of auto parts, tires and accessories, tools, paint and many other articles.
There will be free souvenirs Friday and Saturday for all those visiting the store, and there will be special drawings for other gifts. Merchandise will be offered at attractive prices.
The new manager is married and Mrs. Brissenden assists her husband in the business.

The General Telephone Company of Illinois recently installed its 3500th Lawrenceville Telephone at the new home of Mr and Mrs Bob White, 202 Lewis Street.  The picture shows Mrs. Bob White and the telephone installer, Paul Barrett.  

May 7, 1959 Lawrence County News
Noble Man Drowned in Bridge Work Accident Charles L. Taylor, 46, of Noble was drowned about 9:15 Wednesday morning while working on the bridge construction over the Embarras River, north of Lawrenceville cemetery. The body was recovered 45 min. after Taylor was knocked into the water.
Cecil Haup, 55, who was with Taylor, and almost lost his life in the same accident, told a graphic story of how it all happened. Haup said that he and Taylor were working in a boat as the coffer dam pilings were being removed from a concrete bridge abutment. He said that it was their job to attach a line hook to the pilling so they could be raised by the big Crane. There were a few of the pilings left and it was supposed that they were still firm in the bottom of the River, and they approached them from upstream to make the attachment. As they came to the pilings, two of them fell forward onto the boat, pinning Taylor between the piling and the boat. Haup said that he grabbed Taylor in an effort to rescue him, but that the boat and piling were carried under the water, and in doing so, Haup was knocked loose from Taylor. Haup's feet were tangled in some wire and cable in the bottom of the boat, but was able to loosen himself.

Don't forget to stop by the Sumner Cemetery Sunday Afternoon.  Some tickets are still available for the horse and wagon tour with commentary--"Gossip from the Graves"