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Chebanse - Early 1900s
Old scanned photo postcards from Chebanse in the early 1900s.

With the help of some long-time Chebanse residents, I am putting the most accurate descriptions we can under the photos. If you have additional informations or questions, please email me. We can change the descriptions if/when necessary. You may also add "Photo Comments" by clicking on the Comments box.
Note that in many of the photos there are poles & overhead lines. Those are telephone lines, not electric. Electricity was not in Chebanse until much later. Also note all the streets are dirt. Horses did not need nor desire pavement.

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Ron Lukow


Postcards compliments of Kay (Witt) Hagler. Thanks also to Bonnie (Wolfe) Winterroth for her identification help. Hagler
Date(s): April 8, 2018. Album by Ron Lukow. Photos by Scanned by Ron Lukow. 1 - 31 of 31 Total. 715 Visits.
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Neither occupants nor site within Chebanse is identified at this time. However, research says the car is probably a 1906 Buick. It was a right-hand drive. The hood area in front covers the fuel tank. The engine is under the drivers seat. You can see it is a chain-driven axle.

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As the photo is labelled, this photo was taken from the E side of Chestnut St looking SW. The buildings on the right have probably been replaced by the present day Otto Twp Fire Dept.
The 2 stores on the far right appear to be those of "H.P. Sykes". It appears there is some type of produce in the baskets on the sidewalk.
One building in the center is signed as "Chebanse Hotel".
Note the continual horse hitching posts & chains. Again note the streets are dirt. Think about heavy rains or winter road conditions!

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This store is located on the corner of 1st North St & Chestnut. In the 1906 time frame it was obviously owned by Mr Porch & Mr Wulffe (note spelling). In the late 1940s, it was sold to "Bode" (Virgil) Wolfe and "Divvy" Devine & continued as a grocery & small hardware store. Note the door to the left leads to a "Dr Watson". Not sure of his type of practice. Since the mid-1970s, it has been the site of the present Federated Bank of Chebanse.
The man, child, and dog are unidentified.

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This is the same photo as appears in Box #5, but in a different tint.

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This same building appears in another photo as the "Porch & Wulffe" store. It is believed it was a bank before it became a storefront. We have no idea why the gathering of well dressed men & boys. I am sure some of our forefathers appear, just without identity at this point.

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This is the same bank building in Photos #4 & #5
One can see that many of the 2 story businesses utilized the 2nd floor as apartments.

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The Illinois Central train depot of the era. The photo was taken northwest of the dpeot, looking to the south. This depot is much larger than the later depot that has become the village hall. Note the very long platform area for passengers & freight. A baggage wagon is on the north side. Just behind it hangs a sign appears to say "Telegraph Office". In front of the 3 men are crates for poultry shipping. North of the building can be seen a lantern hanging from a rope & pulley device. Again the poles & wires are telephone & telegraph.

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No i.d. on elderly female on the porch, but this house is believed to be the first house N of the United Church on N Walnut on the E side of street. The house still stands today. Photo was taken SW of the house looking NE.

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The printing office of the Chebanse Herald weekly newspaper. Located on the corner of Chebanse Ave & Walnut St. The paper was owned & printed (in later years?) by Bob Lane & his daughter Ella. Not sure if they were the proprietors at the time of this photo. No i.d. on the 3 gentleman.
The "Herald" remained until the early 1970s, when it was sold & remodeled into a laundromat. The building was replaced recently by a  new structure housing a HVAC business.

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Not sure of locattion, but obviously a 1-room school building.

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The is the first Lutheran chuch in Chebanse, built in 1895. In 1924 a basement was added (!) under the structure. This church was/is located on West Chebanse Avenue (aka "county line"). This photo was taken SW of the church, looking NE.
In the late 1960s, a new church was built on the north side of Chebanse on a farm field site donated by Otto Nordmeyer. The church in the photo was purchased & remodeled into an apartment building by Orvan Yohnka of Chebanse. It still stands today.

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We are not sure of the exact location of this Chebanse Bank. This was another of the many banks in Chebanse during that time. Note the US flags of the time only had 45 stars which indicates it was sometime between 1896 & 1908. The state of Utah had become the 45th in 1896.

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This photo was taken from atop the grain elevator on the south end of town, looking north. The grain elevator in the center is labelled "W.D. Brown". In later years it became Hansen Bros Grain & Lumber, then Chebanse Grain. At that time there were 3 separate grain elevators in Chebanse, now none are in the village. The depot (described in photo #7) can be seen on the right side of the photo. The "south crossing" of Chebanse is visible, but only as a single path. Note the absence of gates or signals (no electricity). Also note the windmill atop the water tower on the left side of the photo. This was the village's public water supply. Again, wind power due to no electricity.

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This photo was taken in 1905 of the house at 573 S Chesnut, which is on the S side of Chebanse, W side of tracks. The house still stands today, though remodeled. From 1974 to current day, the house is owned & inhabited by Paul & Cindy Beherns.
The 2 children on the porch were Marion & Russell Slinn, who were descendants of the original owner/builder. The house is thought to have been built in the mid-1860s.

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