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Broadway, circa 1896

Broadway, circa 1896

600 block of S. Broadway (east side)

   
 

 

Boy being pulled by a goat on the 700 block of South Broadway

 

 

Broadway Street Scene 

Broadway Street Scene

In 1900 the horse and buggy were the main menu means of transportation. This photograph of Broadway in Coal City depicts the conditions until about 1915.

 

Goose Alley 

Goose Alley

The area around Gordon Avenue, home to
the Bohemian community, was called
Goose Alley because many families in their
native tradition kept geese and supplied
the community with feathers for bed
comforters and other items.

 
   

Celebration 

This photograph is believed to be a 4th of
July celebration about 1910-1920. The
location depicted in this photograph is
behind the High School on Vermilion Street
(currently the Intermediate School baseball
field).

 

Great Depression Mayoral Decree 

Great Depression Mayoral Decree

Mayor proclaims holidays to stifle run on bank, March 16, 1932.

 

Original Suffern Homestead  

Original Suffern Homestead

 

 

State Miners' Examining Board Certificate 

State Miners' Examining Board Certificate

John Thom Jr., State Coal Miner Certificate

 

John  

John "Joke" and Mary "Frommie" Thom, 1918

Notice John carrying a lunch pail and whip at neck. He cared for the mules in the
underground mines. This photograph was taken in a house at the corner of Mazon & Elm Street.

 

 

Miners with Mule 

Miners with Mule

John Thom (holding halter of mule), other person unknown

 

John K. Vilt Family, 1915 

John K. Vilt Family, 1915

John Vilt was born in Bohemia in 1885. Both he and his father worked in the
mines. Vilt went on to become a successful businessman and mechanic.

 

James Ross 

James Ross

James Ross was a coal miner, school board member, and insurance agent. He was the son of Thomas & Marion Ross; husband of Annie Bowie; and father of Mary, Tom, John, Leslie, Helen, Douglas, & Maysie.