Source: North Manchester Journal, August 6, 1896; Benton Harbor Palladium
Mr. L. [Lawrence] W. Bonawitz will resign his position as city ticket clerk at the Big Four depot this evening and will leave Saturday for North Manchester, where he will put in a stock of gents' furnishing goods in connection with a millinery store which he has been running there for some time. He has a large brick store room with all the latest improvements and in the best location in that hustling Indiana city. He will take charge of the furnishing goods department and his sister, Miss Minnie Bonawitz, will have charge of the millinery department. It will be the only store of the kind in North Manchester and his many friends in this city and along the Big Four railroad wish him unbounded success in his new undertaking. He has been connected with the Big Four for nine years, four years and a half of which were spent in this city. He was agent for the company at North Manchester three years and proved to be a capable and trusted employe.