Old Landmark Razed To Be Park Space For Hotel Baker Garage
The old building at the corner of Second and State Street, opposite Hotel Baker garage, is being torn down. The space will be used by the garage for parking.
One of the oldest landmarks in St. Charles, this old building, erected 75 or more years ago by N.H. Dearborn, who came to St. Charles in 1836, just 100 years ago, was used for a barn and prior to that as a dwelling, a granddaughter, Mrs. Elsie Shibley Cope believes.
Heir of Mrs. Emily Shibley, daughter of N. H. Dearborn, own the north end of this stretch of building on north Second street, formerly owning the whole block.
The ST.Charles National Bank, fronting on Main Street ws the south line.
Dr. A.H. Shibley, who was a dentist, married Emily Dearborn, and the family resided in the old stone block, where the St. Charles National bank is located, until they sold the corner building to LC. Caldwell for a meat market. Caldwell sold it to the bank. But the Shibley heirs still held the property reaching to State Street. The C.R. Spriet took off a large slice to build a garage. From there on to State Street is the Shibley holdings.
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