Posts tagged "Noble Square"

Forgotten Buildings: Sherman Brothers

Forgotten Buildings: Sherman Brothers
At the corner of Milwaukee and Thomas in Noble Square – specifically 1084 N. Milwaukee Avenue – sits a very ornate glazed terra cotta gated building labeled with the name “Sherman Brothers Building.” Built in 1921, this was once home to the Sherman Merchandise Company, which sold radios, record players and other music-related equipment.  It... Read more »

Forgotten Chicagoans: Adam Ochs

Forgotten Chicagoans: Adam Ochs
At the top of the building at 1178 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Noble Square is an epigraph that reads A. OCHS 1873. Adam Ochs was born in Hesson, Germany in November 1841. He arrived in Chicago when he was 11 years old. He married Sophia Michels in 1864 and had 3 children with her. It was... Read more »

Forgotten Chicagoans: Nicholas Eckhardt

Forgotten Chicagoans: Nicholas Eckhardt
On the Rothschild Liquor building at 1532 W. Chicago Avenue in Noble Square reads a decorative epigraph with the name “N. ECKHARDT”. Nicholas “Nick” Eckhardt was born in Germany on September 9, 1832. He came to Chicago in 1854 and married his wife Sophia four years later. He and Sophia had a 3 sons and 3 daughters. He... Read more »
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Ghost Signs: Gold Medal Flour

Ghost Signs: Gold Medal Flour
Gold Medal Flour was first produced in 1880 by the Washburn-Crosby Company. Naturally, it was given this name after winning the gold medal at the Millers’ Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio. Many ghost signs for Gold Medal Flour can still be seen not only in Chicago, but across the country. Like Fletcher’s Castoria, the product was... Read more »

Ghost Signs: Prima Beer

Ghost Signs: Prima Beer
Prima Beer is an old lager that was brewed in Chicago. It was brewed at the Ernst Brothers’ Independent Brewing Association, formerly located at 1440 N. Halsted on Goose Island, starting in 1890. In 1920, the brewery was shut down by national Prohibition. They soon re-opened after receiving a permit to produce non-alcoholic beverages (“Primalt”)... Read more »

Forgotten Chicagoans: Bernhard Schuenemann

Forgotten Chicagoans: Bernhard Schuenemann
Atop the building at 1400 W. Chestnut Street in Noble Square reads B. SCHUENEMAN. Bernhard Schuenemann (misspelled on the building with one N) was born September 17, 1826 in what was once known as the province of Westphalia in Prussia. By the mid-1850s, he had moved to the US with his wife Maria Katharina. Between... Read more »
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