Category Archives: Department stores

Herndon & Co.

Founded in 1866, R.F. Herndon & Co. sold dry goods and women’s and children’s clothing, specializing for many years in gloves. Herndon’s was on Fifth Street until 1964, when it moved to 206 S. Sixth St.  A Herndon’s opened in … Continue reading

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Myers Brothers Department Store

“The Store That Quality Built” began with Morris Myers, an immigrant from Germany who opened a general store in Athens in 1858. Myers moved his store to Springfield in 1865. Morris Myers died in 1873, leaving sons Albert, Louis and … Continue reading

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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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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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