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North Manchester Opera House circa 1913 North Manchester Opera House, circa 1913. "OPERA HOUSE"  building name is visible above the windows and below the gable. The automobile pictured on the left appears to be a 1913 model of the Marion automobile, sold locally by J.H. Butterbaugh & Son.
Opera House Fire, Oct 12, 1885, North Manchester Opera House Fire, October 12, 1885. Photograph taken by local resident and photographer Levi Rice. The ruins of the buildings on the south side of Main Street can be seen in the background. Children are standing in the foreground. Amidst the smoke and haze one can also see the salvaged furniture from the opera house and the fire hose, high-wheel apparatus used in battling the fiendish flames. This first opera house in North Manchester had been built in 1880 by David Hamilton. The opera house was rebuilt in 1886 (see photo above).
Crystal Theatre ca.1908, North Manchester The Crystal Theatre with 5¢ admission, circa 1908. This theatre was located at 211 East Main Street just to the west of the Opera House.
G.A.R. Block, North Manchester G.A.R. Block with second floor balcony (circa 1908). This building housed the Indiana State Bank (est. 1901) at 207 E. Main.
South Side of Main Street, North Manchester Circa 1908, south side of Main Street looking west, North Manchester. C.F. Smith grocery on left; barber shop (Hidy?), Eichholtz boots and shoes store, Humbert & Shaw (dry goods sign).
Main Street, North Side, Looking West, North Manchester View of north side of Main Street, circa 1938:
Reiff Grocery, on right (Delivery truck next to Conoco gas pump), looking west:
Economy Drugs; Morris 5 & 10; A & P Grocery; Urschels; Marks Drug Store; Gresso's Department Store
Main Street, south side, looking west, North Manchester South side of Main Street, circa 1938:
Stuckey Brothers garage on left (in old Opera House).
Looking west-shoe repair shop; Western Auto Store; Indiana Lawrence Bank (in G.A.R. building); Wible's shoe store.
Water standpipe behind Central School, N. Manchester.
  West Ward School Building, N. Manchester. Postcard with July 16, 1915 postmark.
C.F. Smith Grocery with grocery cart, Main Street, N. Manchester.
J. H. Butterbaugh & Son Harness & Buggies Store, Main Street, N. Manchester. This real photo postcard hangs on the west wall of John Conley's barber shop in North Manchester.
Main Street paved with bricks, North Manchester.
  Main Street, looking west, North Manchester. Postcard published by Burdge's Stores, North Manchester. 
  Main Street, looking west, North Manchester. Opera House and Garage on south side of street. Unposted postcard. 
  Postcard captions: City Hall & Fire Dept., North Manchester. Note the iron bridge behind the city hall. January 8, 1909 postmark. 
  Photograph (by Rice) on postcard. Caption: Entire Business is Now In Our Own Home. Souvenir of Opening of Stationery and China Department on Wall Street, Thursday, December 12, '07. BURDGE'S STORES. Note that Walnut Street was referred to as "Wall Street".
  Advertising postcard, with May 1911 calendar. J.H. BONNER & SONS, Furniture & Undertaking. "Your money's worth guaranteed.". North Manchester. 
Covered Bridge, North Manchester.
Covered Bridge in Autumn, North Manchester.
Covered Bridge, North Manchester.
Main Street Looking East, North Manchester. Note the electric light hanging above the middle of the street. Postcard, no postmark.
Corner of Walnut and Main Streets, North Manchester. Smith grocery cart in foreground on left. Burdge building on the corner. Postcard postmarked Nov. 4, 1908.
Main and Wall Streets, North Manchester, Ind. Note the corner building with sign: HELM, SNORF & CO. BIG STORE ON THE CORNER. CARPETS SHOES. Posted postcard with May 18, 1909 postmark. Caption refers to "Wall Street" rather than Walnut Street.
  Main St. Looking West, North Manchester. Unposted postcard, no date. 
Main Street, North Manchester, Ind. Postcard postmarked June 5, 1903. J.H. Butterbaugh on right.
N. Manchester College, North Manchester. Unposted postcard published by Burdge's Stores. 
  Manchester College, N. Manchester. Postcard with Aug 21, 1916 postmark. 
Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, Indiana. Postcard with Sept. 17, 1912 postmark. 
Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, Indiana. Postcard with May 17, 1910 postmark.
Chester Twp. School Building, North Manchester, Indiana. No date on posted postcard.
Auto Factory, North Manchester. Posted postcard, no date. DeWitt Mfg. Co. 1909-1910.
Covered bridge, North Manchester.
Big 4 Railroad Bridge over Eel River.
 
Original construction in 1911 of the S.S. Cox Show Case building. Warner Brooder later occupied this site.
Daniel Sheller, proprietor of Red Front Cash Grocery and Bakery at 208 East Main St., North Manchester. This display ad with portrait photograph was found in Cox Farm Accounting book published in 1915. Sheller was born in April 1856, and married Mary Bonewitz in 1878. Their children were: Ernest, May (Minnie), Otto A., and Foster F. Daniel Sheller's occupation was listed in the U.S. Federal Censuses as "Grocer Clerk" (1880); "Dealer Groceries" (1900); "Retail Merchant Grocery" (1910); "Grocery Keeper" (1920).
Photograph of Esta D. Hower in uniform. Resident of North Manchester. Served as Private in the Spanish-American War, April 26-November 1, 1898. Company D, 3d Infantry, Indiana National Guard. For names of other men from the North Manchester area who were Indiana Volunteers in the Spanish-American War, click here.
 
 
 
Covered bridge, North Manchester. Photographed in March 2009.
Covered bridge, North Manchester, Photographed in March 2009.
Wide-angle panoramic view of Walnut and Main Streets, North Manchester.
  Unposted postcard showing Thomas R. Marshall (1912 copyright) and his birthplace in North Manchester. Printed on front: Leading Events in the Life of Gov. Marshall:  Born at North Manchester, Ind. Mar. 14, 1854. Graduated from Wabash College 1873. Admitted to the bar in 1875. Practiced law at Columbia City. Thos. R. Marshall first won national attention in 1908 by defeating James Watson, Republican candidate for Governor by 14000 when Taft carried the State by 10000. Nominated at the Baltimore convention as Gov. Wilson's running mate.
Old Mill Dam, North Manchester, Ind. Postcard postmarked Nov. 27, 1912.
Eel River. Real photo postcard, photo by Rice. Postmarked Liberty Mills, Apr. 25, 1907. Written message on front--"This is a great place for fishing and boating."
Grace Ann Quivey Grace Ann Quivey, noted opera singer from North Manchester. READ MORE
Robert E. and Augusta (Burns) Quivey Robert E. and Augusta J. (Burns) Quivey, circa 1910. Parents of Claude E. (April 3, 1871-February 11, 1943), Ralph, Mary, Grace Ann (see above) and Ida Maude Quivey. Robert was a partner in the Quivey, Ridgley and Wolfe dry goods store in North Manchester in the 1890s. In the 1880 Federal Census, Robert's occupation was "Dry Goods Clerk." In the 1910 Census, his occupation was "Boots & Shoes Salesman." Robert served in the Civil War with the 48th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Co. K as Private. As a widow in 1916, Augusta became eligible for a Civil War pension, according to National Archives and Records Administration documents.