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I am so puzzled................I found the SILLETT'S name on rootsweb for
passenger list because I've been trying to find what ship they came to
Irish to America, 1846-1865 Passenger and Immigration Lists
Now I dont know how to find these lists to search. Can someone help me?
Heres some more articles from the paper....
Frank DURHAM bought the business from Ralph EMERSON in 1935. Mr.
Durham had worked for Chris EMERSON and Ralph before buying the business.
Some of the people who worked for Mr. Durham at various times were:
Harold GREYBILL (hauled coal), Ed JOLLEY, Jimmy LAMB, Ed OLENDORF, Cliff
BRANT, Beahner FINCH and Leo STREMPKE.
corn and soybeans were bought. The corn was sold to Piper Grain and
Milling Co. in Cedar Rapids. Mr. Durham also sold coal, as well as John
Deere implemelnts and parts. the business closed in 1957.
The first known business on the land where the Texaco now stands was
Park Gas in the late 1920's and early 30's. It was owned by Phil RIGGS. At
that time the gas pumps were the type you pumped by hand.
Since 1933 the station has been owned by the Shirk Oil Company. One of
the first operators was Leo PETERS.
In 1946 Louie PETERS went in the business with Leo. They sold to
Barney OHLS in 1947. The bldg was completely rebuilt in 1957 and operated by
Don OHL and bob HEILMANN. After this there was a succession of operators
until 1966 when Charlie JOERGER took over.
At one time, many years ago, the building where the Corner Tap is now
located was a two story building. The upper story was used as an opera
house, and the lower housed the LEHMKUHL Hardware.
Bill RECHKEMMER (my gg step grandpa) bought the building and was in
business with the Ford Company using the lower story as a garage andshowroom.
He also displayed the Jewitt cars.
In 1933 when prohibition ended and servinf beer bacame legal again,
Bill changed the building to a beer tavern.
In 1939, Fred KEMP bought the business and property andran it until
his death in 1965. His wife Kathryn, continued the business until July 1,
1974, when it was sold to Bill and Jan KERNS, present Owners. (1975)
Eve' Beauty Shop
Eve's Beauty Shop is located one half block south of Don'a Auto Sales. The
shop originally part of the late Fred NEIMAN home, was moved to its present
location where the Methodist church had been located until it burned in 1942.
The beauty shop was remodeled by Lawrence STAINBROOK and was ready to
open for business in the fall of 1956. The shop is still operating and is
owned by Mrs. Lawrence Stainbrook.
The Country Store
The land where the country store is located like all the land in the
Original Plat, was obtained from the U.S. Goverment by Albert CLARKE on Nov.
5, 1852. It was sold to Franklin EVERETT and Clarence BACON on Jan 12, 1854.
Everett and Bacon turned the land over to the public to be platted as
a town on May 12, 1855.
The lot where the Country Store now is was bought by Milton HARRINGTON
on June 6, 1855. He sold it to Sarah McCUNNIFF on March 14, 1856. The
property changed hands several times in the next several years, John and
Sarah MCCUNNIFF to F. C. PATTERSON on Jan 21, 1858; F.C. PATTERSON to Jane
KILGORE on Feb 1, 1858; Jane to John RECHKEMMER on Oct 28, 1863; John to E.
F. KURT on May 27, 1882; Kurt to Martin LONG on Jan 10, 1885.
Apparently Kurt again acquired the property as he sold it John H. KURT
on Kec 28, 1888. John Kurt sold it to James MURPHY on March 10, 1890. James
died on June 25, 1890 and his wife Ellen, sold the property to P.F. DAMGE on
March 13, 1891.
P.F. DAMGE sold the store to John O'CONNOR in 1919. Clara FENNE bought
the store from JOhn on Oct 7, 1930. She was a pharmacist and the business was
known as Fairbank Pharmacy.
On Sept 17, 1946, Clara retired and rented the building to John MCKEE
who continued to run it as a drug and sundry store. Mrs. FENNE died on Dec
13, 1952 and Mr. MCKEE bought the store from her heirs on Oct 11, 1956.
Maurice WELSH bought it from John in 1968.
Ok here ya go................Hope it helps
(Articles taken from "Fairbank Times, July 4, 1976)
Curleys Store and Locker
James and Kitty CURLEY first went into business in 1903 when they
purchased a building from a Mr. SIMMS, which had formerly housed a general
merchandise store. The bldg is not housing an antique store known as "The
Curley's first operated a meat market, but shortly after opening,
added groceries. The beef and hogs they sold were butchered at the slaughter
house, known as the Old 20. The bldg is now vacated but still stands just
north of Fairbank across from the Darwin FINK's residence. After nine
carcasses were finished why would load them and take them to the grocery
store to be cooled and cut up to be sold.
Jim CURLY died in 1935 and Russell CURLEY and Katherine (curley) KEMP
took over the grocery store. In 1942 a locker operation was added by
Russell. This was located in the same bldg.
Russel died four years later at the age of 42. His wife, Mary , then
took over the business. In 1960 a new store was built on a lot purchased
from John and Nell YOUNGMAN. In 1964 Mary died and her son, James bought
the grocery store. He did some remodeling adding new shelving, checkout and
In December 1975, James wife Patricia, opened an antique store calling
it The Old Store, in the bldg where it all started way back 1903.
Bentley Chevrolet was founded Dec 18, 1926 by Earl BENTLEY and located
in the same bldg the fire station now occupies. Mr. Bentley previously
attended and graduated from the Sweeny School of Automotive in Kansas and was
employed by W.P. RECKEMMER (My gg step grandfather) here in town for about 13
years before opening in own auto dealership.
About 1913, Mr. Bentley acquired a partner, Mr. C.L. Rechkemmer, and
this partnership was dissolved in about 1937. The dealership was moved to
the west half of the building which now houses Don's Auto Sales. At this
time, he employed John OHL as his main mechanic, as Mr. OHL had many years
experience with W.P. RECHKEMMER on Ford products and was considered an
excellent all-round man.
In 1946, Don STEGGAL and Gordon BENTLY also went to work for the
dealership after returning from WWII. About 1948 the present owner, Gordon
BENTLEY purchased one half interest in the dealership. This arrangement
lasted until 1959 when the Senior BENTLEY retired,
In 1964 Gordon purchased the bldg , the dealership now occupies Don's
Auto Sales. Mr. BENTLEY has two sons which he hopes will also take over the
dealership and make it a 3rd generation business.
I have an old bicentennial newspaper about Fairbank, Iowa, (Buchanan County)
where my Burns/Hayes ancestors are from. There is so much genealogical info
in it that I thought I would start typing articles from it in hopes that it
may help some of you who are looking for roots in that town.
I also would like to see if there is someone who can look up an obituary for
gg grandfather Frank (Francis) BURNS who died April 29, 1916. He who in 1902
was elected for Mayor and served til 1906, he then was elected again in 1912
and served until 1915. If you can find anything on him I would be so happy.
Ok, the next email , I will start typing things from the paper. Hope you
find it helpful.