Springfield Journal Register, date of paper which originally published the following is unknown.
"GLIMPSING BACK TO 5TH AND ADAMS AT CENTURY'S TURN--
Forget the coal strike, meat prices, merchandise shortages and other trials and
tribulations, and go back with us today to the peace and serenity of 5th and Adams Streets on a
late summer's day in 1900! . . . Labor Day must have been in the offing, as flags
were flying from the steel arches and from windows. But no traffic problem! Herndon's, on corner,
was announcing a Fall opening. Street cars, horse-driven vehicles, Telephone poles, wire, Loungers
in the Court House yard. Not a cloud in the sky. . . . Remember Myers Bros.' first building? The Ridgely Bank, and
T. J. Corkery, T. C. Bruce, Irvine & Vogel, C. A. Gehrmann, Baumann Bros., C. W. Chatterton,
B. A. Lange, Miller & Staley - all well-known firms along there. . . . Look at this setting today - yes, time marches on!
Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe.