On the Square
The name My Store first appears in the 1891 Bloomington city directory. Oscar Mandel and brother-in-law John S. Bachrach embarked on an ambitious expansion plan, erecting a five-story “trade palace” in 1912.
Shirley Agner and Judy Oesch hold their newborn babies. The Agners were from Livingston County, while the Oesch family lived in Normal. Both births took place at Mennonite Hospital.
None of these buildings are standing today. This is all surface parking and the Irvin Theater would be built on this block in 1915.
Staged photograph of Father Time and Baby New Year. Unfortunately, we don’t know the name of either the unhappy toddler.
Herman Kadgihn ran a news and cigar shop out of this storefront.