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In the 1960s, Wirtz Corner was Monmouth’s premier book and record store. It shared the building with Max’s Auto Supply.

Popular bookstore had Monmouth College ties

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An 1891 advertising cut for R. A. Wilson & Co. The building’s original business lasted only five years, having been closed in 1896 due to bankruptcy.
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Taken in the 1940s, shortly after Wirtz Book Co. moved from the south side of Broadway to its more familiar location, this photo also shows the Western Auto store and the Colonial Hotel.

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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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