1927, Council Favors S. Market as Route for Highway 37

Old Rt 37 RoadbedIn 1927, when Illinois State Highway 37 was in the planning stages, it was recommended that the route pass through Marion on Court Street. However, as this article from the Daily Republican indicates, the more favorable route preferred by Marion citizens and the city council would have been South Market, straight through the heart of the downtown business district at the time. Fortunately for us, that never happened and Court Street was ultimately chosen and built in the early 1930’s. Continue reading

Wimpey’s Cafe 1953-1966

Wimpey’s Café was a converted trolley car diner that was located at 106 S. Court, squeezed into a small lot between the Marion Motel Courts and a corner gas station located at the intersection of W. Main and S. Court Streets. It was established by Bunice Tyner in 1953. Tyner also operated numerous taverns in Marion and the surrounding area since 1941. Continue reading

New Process Laundry, Marion, Illinois

New Process LaunderyThe New Process Laundry does not appear to be a long lived business. Very little has been found on the business other than it appears to have functioned right at the turn of the century and was still functional during the writing of the 1905 Souvenir History book when information was gathered together in 1904. Continue reading