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Early 1880s
1890 Directory
1904 Advertisers
1920 Businesses
 Main St. 1923-1928
Beery Orchard
Blackmore Cigars
Cabinet Makers
Canning Factory

Cigar Factories
DeWitt Auto

DeWitt Building
Drug Stores
Excelsior Factory
Farm Implement
Flour Mill
Furniture Making
Grandstaff Rendering
Grove's Grocery
Hayes Motors
Heckman Bindery
Hotel Sheller
Howe Bait
Leedy Motor Co.
Louie's Candy

Mfg Industries
N.M. Airport
N.M. Foundry
Oppenheim-125 Yrs
Peabody Retirement
Peabody Seating
Planing Mill
Rex Windmill
Stickley Furniture
Telephone Cos.
Wagon Makers
Warner Brooder

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The Harting Furniture Company is planning for a formal opening of the store in its new location in the Rufle building Saturday. The change was made recently and the new store presents a handsome appearance. Mr. Harting came to North Manchester four years ago, occupying a business room across the street from the Rufle building. The business has grown until larger quarters were needed and the change was made. The Rufle building was built by S.S. Gump especially for a furniture store. It has a wide frontage with large display windows, and abundant floor space to display furniture.

CECIL EILER GARAGE SOLD TO ASA HINES (The News-Journal, December 31, 1936)

The Eiler garage has been sold to Asa Hines, owner of the Hines implement store on West Main street. The deal was closed recently and Mr. Hines will take possession Monday. Only an alley separates the two buildings and Mr. Hines will use the building for service work for his implement and tractor customers. The deal included building and equipment. Mr. Eiler had operated the garage for a number of years, and as yet has made no definite plans for the future.

NEW STORE LEASES BURDGE STORE ROOM (The News-Journal, November 2, 1936)

The west room of the Burdge store has been leased to Mr. Cuthbert of Kokomo, who will establish what is known as a Benjamin Franklin type store. An auction sale will be held of the present stock in the room and the drug and book store will be consolidated in the east room. Mr. Cuthbert will start remodeling November 9 and expects to have the store ready to open in a few days. He is son of Dr. F.S. Cuthbert and wife of Kokomo and expects to move here next week, moving into the Calvin Ulrey home on West Main street. His family consists of wife and one child.

Mrs. Etta Brown and D.O. Horning, owners of the Burdge Stores, commenced consolidating the stock into one room several weeks ago, the change being made for convenience and because they were wanting to discontinue some lines of merchandising. Later came the opportunity to rent the west room for a new business and the deal was closed last week.

MANCHESTER FORD AGENCY IS SOLD (Wabash Plain Dealer, November 29, 1921)

F.O. Weber Sells North Manchester Garage Once Owned by Olinger & Warvel

The Ford Agency in North Manchester has again changed hands. A deal has been consummated whereby Fred Ward and J.B. Hudson, of Indianapolis, have purchased the agency from the Weber Auto company. The garage opened under the new management Saturday. F.O. Weber, who had been manager of the Weber Auto company for over a year, bought the business from Olinger & Warvel. The garage in North Manchester was one of the first modern structures built in this section of the state in establishing one of the first Ford agencies.