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The north side of the Public Square has changed little over the last several decades, but this photo from the 1950s is closer to how it appeared when Don Beveridge had his paper route. The Review Atlas building was on the left. To its right were a cafe operated by Bill Maney, a cigar store run by Ralph Earp and an appliance store owned by Clyde Lawson. Next to it in the photo, Joe Creighton had a plumbing and heating business, but in Beveridge’s day it was Harry Shapiro’s men’s clothing store.

Remembering Review Atlas paper routes

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Don Beveridge (top photo, center) was a Review Atlas paper carrier when he and his friends George Slaughter (left) and Al Anderson (right) were photographed in September 1949. The three still keep in touch and were photographed (bottom photo) along with another friend — Jerry Johnson (second from left) — at a Monmouth High School reunion in 2005.

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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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