Category Archives: Department stores

Albert Myers Jr. (First Citizen)

Albert Myers Jr. (1917-2005), part of the second-generation family management of the Myers Brothers Department Store, was named Springfield’s First Citizen in 1973. His award citation noted Myers’ leadership in both business and charitable activity. Myers served as president of … Continue reading

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S. A. Barker women’s clothing

Sam Barker bought and renamed Newman’s (“A Shop for Ladies”) at 500 E. Adams St. about 1919. S.A. Barker moved to the Illinois Building, on the northeast corner of Sixth and Adams, in 1930. Lester Friedman (1909-95), who began working … Continue reading

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W. H. Roland women’s clothing store

W. H. Roland, who owned a Bloomington women’s clothing store, opened his second outlet in downtown Springfield in 1912. Contents of the Roland store on the east side of the Old Capitol Plaza were badly damaged by smoke and water … Continue reading

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