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Businesses in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana (1976)

Submitted by Randi Richardson

In 1976, to celebrate the nation's bicentennial, an unknown Bloomington newspaper printed an insert that included brief sketches about a large number of Bloomington businesses, their ownership and establishment. These sketches often included a photo, typically of the owner but occasionally of the establishment itself. Unfortunately, this insert was separated from the rest of the newspaper at the time, so the name and publication date of the newspaper is not known. The Monroe County History Center in Bloomington has preserved this insert because of the valuable information it contains. Contact them to request a copy of a given sketch.

Name of
Business
Owner's
First Name
Owner's
Last Name
Role Address of
Business
Remarks
 Michael E. Klaiber   Established c. 1956
 Robert E. Klaiber    
 David Hervey, M.D. Maxwell   First doctor in Monroe County
A & W Restaurant Steve Lance Owner   
A & W Restaurant Bill Lutgens    
Alan Audio, Inc. Don Rhoads President   
Aldens Edwin Tjardes Manager On the north side of the square Established 1947; previously known as Breedens
Allen Funeral Home John C. Cherkala General manager 3000 E. Third Established in 1917 by W. Walter Allen at 212 S. Walnut St., in 1937 opened in new facility at 211 E. Sixth St.; in 1965 located at present site
Allen Funeral Home Max L. Hudson Manager 3000 E. Third Established in 1917 by W. Walter Allen at 212 S. Walnut St., in 1937 opened in new facility at 211 E. Sixth St.; in 1965 located at present site
Anco Sales, Inc. N. Huber & Elsie O. Anderson Owners 2420 W. Third St.  
Arco Motors, Inc.      
Argentum Silversmith Studio Gene Foltzer Owner  Established in 1971
Avis Rent-a-Car Forrest "Frosty" Wheeler Owner  Wheeler has served Bloomington for 6 years
Ayrway David Kenny President   
Ayrway, College Mall William Schnaiter Manager   
Baker's Sewing Center Jack Shelton Co-owner & manager 406 S. Walnut  
Becky's Apparel Joyce Nicholas Owner 223 Pete Ellis Dr.  
Benavole Lincoln Mercury Sam Benavole Owner   
Big Red Huddle Jim Shonkwiler Manager   
Big Wheel Restaurant Christopher Meluch Manager   
Bird & Acron Joanne Steele Owner  "Located in what was the bread wrapping room of the old curry and Wahl Baker (since 1895)"
Bloomington Convalescent Ctr Carroll Moore Manager   
Bloomington Cyclery T. C. Shaw Owner E. 10th & Hwy. 45 Bypass  
Bloomington Kmart Ken Brown Manager   
Bloomington National Bank    Three locations Established about 1906
Bloomington Paint & Wallpaper      
Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Keith Brown Conductor  Established c. 1969
Blooomington Valley Nursery Don Adamson Owner 5230 S. Hwy. 37 Established in 1965
Bottle Shop Doug Blume Manager 3207 E. Third  
Bower & Sons Plumbing & Htg. George Bower Owner  Established c. 1951
Briar & burley Mike Fisher Owner Dunnkirk Square  
Brummett Pharmacy Alonzo Brummett Owner  Established before 1946
Bullock Garages Jim Hawkins Manager 2420 W. Third Established 1952
Burkhart Floor Coving David Lemon Vice President   
Burkhart Floor Coving Forest Lemon President  Founded in 1959 by E. M. .Bburkhart
Burton Woolery American Legion Post 18 Burton Woolery WWI Hero & namesake   
Bynum Supply Co. Daniel G. Bynum Owner  Established in 1948
Carpetland Larry Young Manager 1 miles west of the College Mall  
Cazee TV & Appicance Phillip W. Cazee  522 W. 2nd Street Established in 1959 as a partnership; became sole owner and moved to present location in 1967
Charm Shop Verl Lyon Owner Downtown Established in 1972
College Mall Merchants Assn. Donald Wise President   
Commercial Service, Inc. June & Jules Sonneborn Owners   
Curry Buick-Cadillac, Inc. Glenn B. Curry Retired dealer Buick-Cadillac Blvd. Established in 1915 in the old Seward Foundry bldg; moved to current address in 1970
Curry Buick-Cadillac, Inc. Richard S. Curry Present dealer Buick-Cadillac Blvd. Established in 1915 in the old Seward Foundry bldg; moved to current address in 1970
Davis Bros. Furniture Virgil Chestnut Co-owner 4311 E. Third Established in 1953; in present location since 1974
Davis Bros. Furniture Don David Co-owner 4311 E. Third Established in 1953
Davis Bros. Furniture Dale Davis Co-owner 4311 E. Third Established in 1953
Downtown Kiwanis Gerald McCurley President   
Dr. Gillham's Shoe Clinic Lloyd A., Dr. Gillham Owner 727 W. Kirkwood  
Dunlap Realty Mary Alice Dunlap Owner   
Eastland Plaza Shopping Ctr    2500-2600 E. Third Established in 1962
Editype & Genre Advertising Agency Janet S. Troyer Owner 425 E. 7th St.  
Edwards Interior Design Loretta Edwards Head Designer 401 E. Third  
Eisner Food Store Bob Buchanan Manager   
Ellis Floral and Gift Emporium Robert N. Ellis Founder  Established in 1919 by Robert N. Ellis; Jay Ellis manager since 1958
Ellis Garden Center Paul Ellis Owner   
Fashion Beauty Salon Margaret Corbin Owner College Mall Established in 1966
Fell Iron and Metal, Inc Mildred Dansker Owner 503 N. Rogers Established 1917
First Assembly of God Herb Huff Pastor   
First Church of the Nazarene    700 W. Howe Bloomington church established in 1923; at present location since 1927
First National Bank of Bloomington Donald Hansen   Established in 1871; G. A. Buskirk was head22 founders
First National Bank of Bloomington Charles Zebendon President  Established in 1871; G. A. Buskirk was head22 founders
Firstmark Financial Bill Craig Manager  Serving Bloomington since3 1974
Fish Gallery Jerry King Owner 307 S. Washington St.  
Fontanbleu Nursing Ctr J. L. Huffer Administrator   
Full-O-Pep Appliance, Inc. Robert, Jr. McQueen President 222 W. 2nd Established in 1946
Full-O-Pep Automotive Bud Hartsock Owner   
Gibbs & Doty Real Estate Bob Doty Co-owner 411 S. College Founded in 1965 by Arnold R. Gibbs and Robert J. Doty
Gibbs & Doty Real Estate Dick Gibbs Co-owner 411 S. College Founded in 1965 by Arnold R. Gibbs and Robert J. Doty
Gold Bug Coin Shop Thom Dixton Owner 322 E. Kirkwood  
Gooldy & Son, Inc Layton T. Gooldy Founder  Established 1949; Layton died in 1966
Grueninger Travel Jacques Belsie President 322 E. Kirkwood  
Halpin & Rinehart Real Estate John Halpin Co-owner   
Halpin & Rinehart Real Estate Dick Rinehart Co-owner   
Hays Supermarket James D. Hays Founder  Established in 1925; moved to Smithville during the despression years; moved to present location in 1948
Hewitt Drugs Amos Hewitt Owner  Formerly Cofield Drugs; served Bloomington under different names for over 100 years
Hinshaw Heating Co. Mel Hinshaw Owner  Established in 1973
Hoosier Electric Supply, Inc. Lyle Morton Owner  Established c. 1960
Hoosier Energy Division Virgil E. Peterson General manager   
Hoosier Outdoor Advertising Leo E. Hickman Owner  Established 1900
House of Ivanhoe Gregg Eagan Owner   
Howard's Bookstore Howard & Mary Canada Owners   
Indiana Bell Telephone     Founded in 1920
IU Credit Union Harold Sherman Manager  Established in 1956
IU Foundation William S. Armstrong Director   
IU School of Music Charles H. Webb Dean  In 1896, music first taught on the IU campus
Jack Morrison TV & Appliance Jack Morrison Founder 900 W. Fifth Street Established in 1950
Jerden Industries Dar Jerden Co-owner   
Jerden Industries Darrell Jerden Co-owner   
Jerry Gates Realtors    528 N. Walnut  
Johnson's Creamery Ellis Johnson Co-founder  Established c. 1912
Johnson's Creamery Ward Johnson Co-founder  Established c. 1912
Kahns Men's Clothing     Established in 1866 by Ike Tannenbaum; later became a partnership with Moses Kahn
Kenlawn Garden Center Ken Posson Owner 225 N. Smith Road  
King's Shop Mary King Baxter    
Kinser Lumber Company Robert E. Kinser Past president  Established in 1948 by William E. Kinser; Robert Kinser was president 1951-1974
Lads N Lassies Margaret Bridwell Owner 223 Pete Ellis Dr.  
Leather Limited John Ostler Owner   
Magic Cake Trims Mary Bruce Owner   
Mark''s Food Market & Mr. Steak Mark Stone Owner  Established in 1953
McDonalds Restaurant Jerry Whitener Co-owner   
McDonalds Restaurant Mike Wiley Co-owner   
McDonalds Restaurant Jeff Wright Co-owner   
McNamara One-Hour Martinizing Doug McNamara    
Michael's Art Supply David Baxter Manager   
Michelangelo's Gregg Eagan Owner   
Monroe Cable Television Don Finneran Dtr. Of Operations  Established in 1967
Monroe County Public Library Bob Trinkle Director Kirkwood and Lincoln Streets Established 1818
Monroe County State Bank Francis Hankins President  Established 1893
Monroe County State Bank Earl Hudelson Board Chairman  Established 1893
Monroe County State Bank Frank Southern chairman Emeritus  Established 1893
Monroe County Tire William McClary Manager 414 S. College  
Monroe Lawrence Farm Bureau Coop Joe H. Armstrong General Manager   
Montgomery Ward Robert E. Staley Manager 223 Pete Ellis Drive, Williamsburg Village  
Morgan County REMC Board of Directors M. John Stierwalt President  Serves members in Monroe, Owen, Brown and Morgan counties
Morse typewriter Sales & Service Mike Morse    
Nathan Hale's Jack Leisz Owner 106 s. Indiana Ave. & Crosstown  
Neumode Fashions Merle Ochs Hetherington Co-owner  Established in 1939
Neumode Fashions William L. Shick Co-owner  Established in 1939
Nicholson Datsun Don Nicholson Owner 2425 S. Walnut St.  
Nordberg Rent-All Mike Nordberg Owner 340 S. Washington St.  
North Central Church of Christ    2121 N. Dunn  
Oliver Winery Bill Oliver Owner   
One-Hour Martinizing Cleaners, wishy Washy Co-op Laundry & Downtown Laundry Ctr Leo Holmes Owner   
Osco Drugs Bryan Caldwell Manager  Opened in Bloomington in 1970
Otis Elevator Company      
Owens, Bryan & Reed Realtors     Merged Jimmy Owens Realty and Bryan and Reed Estate in 1976
Owl Sleep Center, Inc.      
Pasquales Restaurant Ty & Cathy Miller Owners Eastland Plaza  
Pentecostal Assembly K. C. Tiller Rev. E. 16th St.  
Peoples State Bank    Bloomington and Ellettsville Established in 1904
Pepsi-Cola Beverage Corp.      
Properties Unlimited Realtors Tim Ellis    
R & S. Boot Shop Steven W. Inge Owner   
Ralph Rogers & Company Ralph Rogers Founder  Established c. 1926
Ramada Inn Andy Rogers Owner   
Rarey & Associates Realty Dan Rarey Owner  Established in 1973
RCA Consumer Electronics E. W. Riedweg Manager of Blmgt. Plant  Established in 1919
Redenbaugh Upholstery Fred & Betty Redenbaugh    
Royal Chevrolet    3115 S. Hwy. 37  
Ryan's Jewelry Tom Ryan Owner S. Walnut  
S. S. Kresge and Kmart E. E. Wardlow President   
Salsbury Travel Service Cyril G. Salsbury Owner 1300 N. College Established in 1969
Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. Sarkes Tarzian    
Schmalz's Dept. Store Dick Schmalz   Established in 1926
Schmalz's Dept. Store Jim Schmalz   Established in 1926
Scott Realty Shirley Scott Owner   
Sears Roebuck & Co.      
Seward & Co., Inc. Fred Seward Dunn Vice President  Established in 1921
Seward & Co., Inc. George W. Dunn Vice President  Established in 1921
Seward & Co., Inc. Wayne Warden President  Established in 1921; Austin Seward, Founder
Shields & Trinkle Leonard Trinkle Owner 4021 S. Hwy 37  
Smithville Telephone Company      
St. Charles Catholic Church Robert Borchertmeyer Rev.  In 1952 a church and school was built at Third and High streets, its present location
St. Charles Catholic Church Francis Buck Rev.  In 1952 a church and school was built at Third and High streets, its present location
St. Charles Catholic Church Charles Fisher Rev.  In 1952 a church and school was built at Third and High streets, its present location
St. Charles Catholic Church Jampes P. Higgins Rev.  In 1952 a church and school was built at Third and High streets, its present location
Steak-A-Rama Thomas & Melissa Elder Owners 210 S. Adams  
Supior Lumber & Building Co., Inc. Edward Hudelson  Hwy 37 North Established in 1948
Supior Lumber & Building Co., Inc. John Hudelson  Hwy 37 North Established in 1948
Supior Lumber & Building Co., Inc. James Morris  Hwy 37 North Established in 1948
Supior Lumber & Building Co., Inc. Wayne Morris  Hwy 37 North Established in 1948
Terry's Fashions Terry Curry Owner   
Thrif-T Mart Ralph Calabrese Manager 5th and Madison  
University Sporting Goods Jack Myers Owner  Founded in 1948; moved to present location at Sixth & Walnut in 1950
Victor Settle Jewelry Victor F. Settle Owner 109 S. Walnut Established in 1958
Vienna Dog House Gregg Eagan Owner   
Wanrooy Motors William V. Wanrooy  3333 E. Third  
Wayne Geggie Motors Wayne Geggie President   
Wegmiller-Bender Co.    Bloomington & Bedford Founded in 1936 by H. B. Wegmiller
White House Flowers Sue Mitchell Owner 4001 S. Hwy. 37  
Wible & Wise Donald Wise Co-owner College Mall Established in 1949; moved to College Mall in 1966
Wicks Company William Balch Owner On the square 100 years in the same location
Wiles Photo Supply Robert C. Wiles president  Established 1899
Williams Jewelry Don Thoma Owner  Established in 1911; store location in present location in 1927
Workingmens Federal Savings & Loan Hurshel McCutchen President  Established in 1885
Wylies Furniture Leon Weaver Owner & President 118 N. Walnut Established in 1900
Zwick's Shoes Raymond E. Stockley Manager 500 E. Kirkwood  



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