St. Charles (Kane County, Illinois) Chronicle, Dec. 9, 1937, Elliott Tells Story of Old House Razed Back of Norris Store by U.S. Elliott. The recent razing of the home back of the Norris furniture store on Walnut and Second ave., for years known as the Ralph Stokes family home, brings me a request to write of my memories of this old land mark.
My memories of this old building date back to the 1870's when it stood north of its last location and between the old Bowman, Warne, Stewart bank building, now the Bert C. Norris furniture store, and the brick and stone building now used as a warehouse for the Norris furniture store.
In the spring of 1877, Mrs. Charlotte Ward, mother of Mrs. George W. Minard, moved to St. Charles from her former home in Barrington, Ill., into this little house then owned by the Minards. Here for several years Mrs. Ward and daughters Amelia and Della made their home.
In the 1890's C.E. Norris and Sons bought the Minard building, then known as Minard Hall, together with the other buildings, including the Judge Barry law office, now the Norris Funeral Chapel. In remodeling the Minard building into a furniture store, the Norris's erected the one story addition on the south, clear to the brick and stone dwelling house. In this space was Mrs. Ward's little home and said building was moved south to the corner of Walnut and Second avenues, and has been known as the Ralph Stokes family home for the past several years. The old brick and stone dwelling house, now warehouse for the Norris furniture store, is also an old time land mark. I has been the home of quite a few old time residents of St. Charles, among whom were the Goodhue family, the William H. Matteson family, the Dight Bowers, (the East Main Street barber) family and the boarding house kept by Mrs. Strong.
The second floor of the Bert Norris store was then known as Minard's hall. Here many shows exhibited, concerts, dances, etc. (Sent as a courtesy, not related.)