R. E. Nunley Truck Terminal

R E Nunley built his truck terminal warehouse on Franklin St in 1935 for his growing transfer company.  The new store which opened June 13, 1935 also boasted a retail food market, a sandwich shop, and a barber.  The company specialized in moving and storage would soon outgrow this facility and relocate.  It would later become Nunley-Gardner Transfer Co on Fulton Ave.

New Nunley Terminal Warehouse

New Nunley Terminal Warehouse

Southern Indiana Beverage Co established its home in the old warehouse around 1938.  They were beer distributors that served the area after Prohibition.  The company was later succeded by Vanco Beverage Co and was for a while the only distributor approved by the newly formed Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC).  It should surprise no one that beer sales, so much that Vanco needed a larger facility.  The company moved to Fulton Ave in what we believe was the old Crazy Larry’s where the new Cedar Hall now stands.

Vanco Beverage 1946 (courtesy of Donahue Collection)

Vanco Beverage 1946 (photo courtesy of Donahue Collection)

After Vanco’s stint in the warehouse, Syl Lutterbach opened his beer and wine retail business.  What make this interesting is he opened a drive-in tavern where users could get beer to go, akin to what’s still in Texas today.  One issue was that it was totally illegal, and he was forced shut down the drive through once the ABC caught wind of it.  Lutterbach was however allowed to operate his business but as a retailer only.

Syl's Drive In Beer Depot - why was this a bad idea?

Ad for Syl’s Drive In Beer Depot – why was this a bad idea?

In recent years the truck terminal has served a variety of concerns, but is currently operating as A & S Electrical Service

A & S Electrical Service

Still standing tall, now as A & S Electrical Service

Salem Evangelical

Salem Evangelical 1934 when it still had a tower

Salem Evangelical as it looked when the church still had a tower

Salem Evangelical dates back to 1844 when a mission was begun, but it was officially established in 1853.  The German Evangelical congregation procured a lot at the corner of 8th and Division St and built a church which was dedicated April 2, 1854.

In 1873 the church was remodeled into the form seen above.  It has remained largely untouched ever since.

Salem Evangelical from the 1888 map (marked "E")

Salem Evangelical from the 1888 map (marked “E”).  The building marked “S7″ is Old Central

In 1923 a Sunday school hall was built in the rear of church along 8th St replacing an old school/rectory.

Addition shorly after completion

Sunday school addition shortly after completion

In 1946 the church becomes First Evangelical United Brethren church after merger between Evangelical and United Brethren churches. As the church became surrounded by factories downtown, it was decided to move the church to Sherman St and Van Dusen Ave on the near North side.  Ground breaking at the new church was in 1958, and the church moved soon after. In 1959 Central General Baptist Church occupies the old church.

Salem Evangelical being renovated

Salem Evangelical being renovated

Central General Baptist held its final service in August 1977, ending the building’s run as a church.  A physician bought it next and later around 1980 the River City Eagles Club made Salem its home for several years.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles moved ca. 2009 to Franklin St in the old Hook’s Drugstore building.  The building was then being remodeled into apartments, but that never materialized.  For the past few years the old church has found new life as the home of the Vanderburgh County CASA.

Detail over entry.  Roughly translated "SALEM CHURCH OF THE EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY  BUILT 1853 REBUILT 1873 "

Detail over entry. Roughly translated “SALEM CHURCH OF THE EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY BUILT 1853 REBUILT 1873 “


Salem Evangelical on HistoricEvansville.com – http://historicevansville.com/site.php?id=salem


Press Releas

On Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m., Evansville Museum Curator of History and Vanderburgh County Historical Society Board Member Thomas Lonnberg will give the PowerPoint program Welcome Traveler. In his PowerPoint program presented in the Museum’s new Koch Immersive Theater, Lonnberg will share information and images recalling establishments that served visitors to our City from the early 19th century through the mid 20th century. The presentation will focus on well-known hotels such as the Vendome and McCurdy and will also recall lesser-known establishments that served the community in the days when riverboats lined the city’s wharf and passenger trains frequented Evansville.

Lonnberg has served as the Evansville Museum’s curator of history for 26 years. In that time, he has curated over 100 exhibitions many of which have focused on the history of Evansville. He is on the boards of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society and the Corridor of Champions.

As seating is limited to 68, reservations are required. Please call 812-425-2406
for complimentary reservations.  This program is presented by the Evansville Museum and the Vanderburgh County Historical Society.

100 Years Old: Lanhuck’s Bar

1914 appears in the parapet in an Arts and Crafts font

“1914″ appears in the parapet in an Arts and Crafts font

Lanhuck’s Bar, torn down Thursday, didn’t get the chance to celebrate its 100th birthday, but we’ll spotlight it in our Century Club nonetheless.

The building at the corner of Columbia and Governor was built by the F W Cook Brewing Co. Breweries would often own or build saloons to sell none other than their own beer. The 2-story brick building was designed by Frank J Schlotter and had a cafe and kitchen on the 1st floor and several bedrooms and a bath on the 2nd floor. George Geier operated the saloon and lived upstairs.

The Home Realty Company (the real estate arm of Cook’s Brewery) began construction in the summer of 1914. The brickwork was done by September and the building was completed in December 13, 1914. (Note the Arts and Crafts numbering in the parapet)

Article from Jul 5 1914 announcing the new building

Article from Jul 5, 1914 announcing the new building

George Geier operated his saloon here for several years until it was closed because of Prohibition.

Around 1935 L L Conia opened a restaurant in the old building

1936 ad for Conia's Restaurant

1936 ad for Conia’s Restaurant

Aerial view 1947 with Gaier Saloon in green

Aerial view 1947 with Gaier Saloon in green.  Delaware School can be seen in the upper left, and the old fire station of Hose House 10 is at lower right.

Over the years it served a variety of concerns including Lee’s Tavern, Hen House Tavern, Reinie’s Tavern, Colonial Bar, and Russ’s Tavern.  Around 1967 it became Peg’s for Singers and Swingers. Lanhuck’s opened in 1983 and had occupied the old building until its demise this week.

Lanhuck's shortly after opening 1983

Lanhuck’s shortly after opening 1983

A car crash Monday damaged the front which finally collapsed Wednesday. An emergency raze order was issued putting the building out of its misery just short of its 100th birthday.  It’s always sad to see a historic building go, especially when it’s well used.  R. I. P. Lanhuck’s!

Francis Pharmacy


Francis Pharmacy

Francis Pharmacy at Stringtown and Tennessee

Before giants like CVS and Walgreens took over, little neighborhood pharmacies were located all over the city. Francis Pharmacy was an old neighborhood pharmacy serving the northeast side. Originally in an old corner store at Stringtown Rd and Cleveland Ave (later renamed Tennessee St),  the pharmacy was one of several run by Naborhood Drugs. It served a rapidly growing part of town so much so that a larger more modern building was desired.

Architect's sketch of the new Francis Pharmacy

Architect’s sketch of the new Francis Pharmacy

A handful of old buildings along Stringtown were razed.  The trapezoid lot allowed for maximum frontage along Elliott St, Stringtown Rd, and Tennesee St.  The one-story building designed by Jack R Kinkel featured plate glass in aluminum.  The pharmacy operated in the corner store until the new structure was completed, at which time it was razed for off-street parking.

Construction began in summer 1953 and it was completed by December.  A formal grand opening was held February 12 and 13, 1954.

Grand opening flyer Francis Pharmacy

Grand opening flyer Francis Pharmacy–check out the 9¢ floats!

Francis Pharmacy served the surrounding area for decades. It was still around 90s but met its fate just as long-time pharmacies like Sandleben’s and Stratmans finally succomed to the big players. Since its closing, the building has served a variety of concerns since but presently is Northpoint Tobacco.

Francis Pharmacy had a soda fountain and was air-conditioned

Francis Pharmacy had a soda fountain and was air-conditioned

Entrance of Francis Pharmacy

Entrance of Francis Pharmacy

More on Francis Pharmacy at HistoricEvansville – http://historicevansville.com/site.php?id=francispharmacy

Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable

roundtableThe Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable will meet this Thursday, May 15th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge at 801 Court Street in downtown Evansville. The meeting with feature a presentation from Joshua Claybourn on the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW).

The SUVCW is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union. “As legal heir to the Grand Army of the Republic, the SUVCW provides fascinating insight into post-Civil War fraternities and their efforts up to the present day,” said Claybourn. “This presentation will cover the history of the G.A.R. and SUVCW, along with their modern efforts to preserve Civil War history.”

The Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable is open to anyone interested in learning more about the U.S. Civil War. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at the Evansville F.O.P at 7:00 p.m.

Joshua Claybourn is a local attorney and author. He currently serves on the board of the Newburgh Plan Commission, the Vanderburgh County Historical Society, and is a national officer of the SUVCW. He is also a past President and Trustee of Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library and a past board member of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science.

Then and Now: Maple Manor

Maryland St, 3000 W

Bockstege Residence c1920

Here is the old Bockstege home located on West Maryland St.  The name appears on the pediment of the wrap around porch.  From atop the West Mayland hill, the house made of buff brick commands a view of the city.


Maple Manor 2000

Maple Manor 2000

Here is the same house today, now as Maple Manor Apartments.  The porch has been enclosed, no doubt to make for more rental units.  Much of the original detail of the building remains including the tile roof.  One has to wonder what the inside now looks like?

Bockstege residence on Historic Evansville.com http://www.historicevansville.com/site.php?id=maryland3000w

Evansville’s Cathedral: Assumption Catholic Church

Assumption (1944)

Originally published 4/29/2010

Assumption Catholic Church was the first Catholic parish in Evansville, but its fate was unbefitting of such a glorious building.  Originally founded in 1836, the original church used to be located at 2nd and Sycamore Sts, but its success and growth warranted a grander building.  In April 1871 a lot was purchased at Seventh St and Vine St, just catercorner from Old Central school.  Work on the beautiful new Assumption church began July 7, 1872, when the cornerstone was laid and completed later that year at a cost of $75,000.

school was erected in 1881 next to the church on 7th St.  Continued growth demanded a larger school which was built in 1928 replacing the old one.  The church prospered for years and when the Catholic church created the Diocese of Evansville in 1944, Assumption became the cathedral, or head church, for the area.

When Evansville planned to built a new Civic Center, Assumption found itself located within the proposed area.  To boot, the downtown area had been experiencing mass exodus as residents flocked to the suburbs.  With Holy Trinity and St Mary’s nearby, the downtown area could not support three Catholic churches.  These factors combined made the decision to close the parish easier than it should have been.  The church had to get approval from the Vatican to shut its doors, and the last mass was held January 17, 1965.

After showering the downtown area with its beauty for nearly a century, the church was razed in May 1965. The Winfield K Denton federal building, which houses the downtown post office, is now located on this site.  Anyone who remembers this beautiful church can attest that it was one of the saddest losses in Evansville’s history.

  • Assumption church as seen from the 1888 Bird's Eye View map
  • An early photo of the church before the tower was redone (circa 1904)
  • An old postcard of Assumption Catholic Church
  • The old Assumption School in the early 1900s
  • An austere building, Assumption Catholic Church was one of the gems of downtown
  • The old school was replaced with this new, larger one in 1928
  • Death row: The church and school (right) await demolition for the new Civic Center. The Cook Brewery was also facing the axe.
  • Assumption Church is demolished in 1965 to make way for the new Civic Center
  • The death blow was delivered as the wrecking ball toppled the tower. The Old Central tower watches in the background, though it found a similar fate a few years later.

Assumption Catholic Church at Historic Evansville.com

Then and Now: Stockfleth residence (273 Washington Ave)

Originally written 12/21/2009

Residence of Henry Stockfleth ca. 1904

Residence of Henry Stockfleth ca. 1904

Same house in disrepair in 2007

Same house in disrepair in 2007

Here is one of the grand old homes on Washington Ave then and now.  This is the residence of Henry Stockfleth, a real estate agent, built around the turn of the century.  Built by the architect firm of Harris & Shopbell, this photo appeared in a booklet showcasing their designs.

Fast forward 100 years

The house is still there but in poor condition.  There have been rumors of the turret being sliced off with a chainsaw.  Recently the porch has been completely removed and the prospect for saving this house is undetermined.

UPDATE:  This house was razed in April 2010

273 Washington Ave on HistoricEvansville.com
http://www.historicevansville.com/ site.php?id=washington273