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Monmouth druggist John Brewer stands outside his house at 320 South First St. on a winter morning in the 1880s. His brother Melville’s house can be seen in the background.

Brothers were partners and next-door neighbors

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Melville Brewer’s house was built at about the same time as his brother’s house, just to the north. This photo was taken before South First Street was paved.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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