Posts tagged "River West"

Forgotten Chicagoans: Arne Waaler

Forgotten Chicagoans: Arne Waaler
The building at 687 N. Milwaukee Avenue in River West reads “A. WAA ER” near the top. Sometime in the last 100 years, this epigraph lost its “L”. Arne Waaler was born April 9, 1840 in Norway. He arrived in the United States in 1870 and became a Naturalized citizen in Chicago on August 1, 1874.... Read more »

Forgotten Merchants: M. Schulz Co.

Forgotten Merchants: M. Schulz Co.
The rather drab gray building at 711 N. Milwaukee Avenue reads “M. SCHULZ CO.,” as does the front door stoop in decorative tile.  Given its uninteresting appearance, one would figure this was probably just a small local retail business at one time. In fact, M. Schulz Co. was a very successful major American piano manufacturer... Read more »

Forgotten Merchants: Devoe and Raynolds Company

Forgotten Merchants: Devoe and Raynolds Company
On the corner of Halsted and Chicago (770 N. Halsted Street) stands a condominium building that once was the manufacturing plant for the Devoe & Raynolds paint company. The company has a long history. The company can traces its origins to 1754, when William Post began selling paint on the East River in New York.... Read more »

Forgotten Merchants: The Dawson Brothers

517 N. Halsted (Photo by Neil Arsenty)
In the center of the building at 517-19 N. Halsted Street in River West reads 18 DAWSON BROS. 88. Henry G. Dawson was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on May 1, 1854. His brother, William, was born December 3, 1856. They arrived in the US on December 20, 1858. By 1880, they were living in... Read more »
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