East Side of the Square

5th, D to E, east side

This image is from an early 1900s postcard and shows the east side of the square. At the north end of the block was the Schweser’s building and at the south end the Reinhardt-Doty and Shramek buildings. In the buildings in between were a wide variety of businesses over the years:

Albright Music & Jewelry, A.L. Hughes loans and title, dentists O.S. Haskell and W.E. Hewitt, Schweser’s Grocery, Bennison Grocery, Gates’ Cafe, Platz Drugs, Frater Drugs, Stoops Clothing, Hawthorne Clothing, Cassett’s Hardware, and Gibson & Crockett’s Elkhorn Meat Market.

At the top of the image, you can see St. Luke’s Methodist Church, which was destroyed by a fire in 1910. A new church was dedicated in 1911.

East side of the square, 1904. East side of the square, 2023.

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East side of the square, looking north, circa 1920.

The building on the right edge of the photograph is the Shramek Building, home to the Butler County State Bank, and the future City Offices. At the far left, on the NE side of 5th & E St, is the Bunting Building, home to the Central Nebraska National Bank.

5th St, looking north at D St, with the downtown square on the left — 1947.
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