Oak Street Improving

Positive civic and business news from the August 11, 1899 Skidmore Standard:

The Town is Improving

The appearance of Oak Street has been changed considerably this week on account of breaking the ground for W. J. Skidmore’s large brick building which will occupy a space fifty feet wide by sixty feet long, south of J. M. French and Co.’s hardware store.  Work was begun, Tuesday.  Ashbrook’s photograph car was moved from the corner on the west side of the street to the vacant space between Chadduck’s drug store and Parrish’s blacksmith shop, on the east side.  J. M. French and Co.’s ware house was moved south on the corner where the car had stood.  A strong force is engaged and the work at present is confined to excavating the mammoth cellar, which will have the same dimensions as the building, in length and breadth.

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