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Exerpts from the Clinton Herald dated 1900

Howes Block pictured in 1899 and then one year later in 1900.

The Clinton Daily Herald Monday August 27, 1900 p. 5

ARE GOING TO BUILD

H.G. and V.G. Coe Will Erect Fine New Building Will be Constructed on Ground East of Howes’ New Block – Will be Fifty Feet Front and Ninety Feet Deep – Elks to Occupy Second Floor.


The Clinton Daily Herald Saturday September 1, 1900 p. 3

NEW HOWES BLOCK

Something About Clinton’s Fine New Business Structure
First and Second Floors to be Occupied by Reid & Conger –
Nine Suites of Office Rooms on Third Floor – All are rented – The List of Tenants

The new Howes block is rapidly nearing completion and within a few days will be well filled up with tenants. The interior of the building is handsomely finished, and has all of the modern improvements. The first and second floors will be occupied by Reid & Conger’s department store, which will be opened within a few days to the public. The work of moving the goods from the present store building will be commenced at once. There are two entrances to the building for the second and third stories, one in the northwest corner, the other in the southeast. The elevator is reached by the northwest entrance, through the marble wainscoted lobby, with tile floor. The wood work is of oak and the lobby is set off in an artistic manner by a fancy Greek boarder. In the hall will be found an office bulletin. The elevator will be run by electricity. It is of lattice work, with bronze finish. The store rooms are patterned after the modern buildings and have high ceilings and galleries.

Messrs. Reid and Conger and Architect Rice and Mr. Howes visited a number of cities and secured the best information obtainable in reference to store buildings and the knowledge they received enabled them to plan for a modern interior. On the third floor are nine office suites and a photograph gallery. The office suites contain four and five rooms each, and are large and well ventilated and have excellent light. The photograph gallery will be occupied by Gilbert Temple.

The offices will be occupied by the following:
One and two, Dr. Herbert R. Sugg Three and four, Marvin Gates Five and six, Dr. Millbourne. Seven and eight, Dr. J.H.F. Sugg. Nine, ten and eleven, C.H. George. Twelve and thirteen, D. Hollawell. Fourteen and fifteen, J.L. Rice. Sixteen and seventeen, Gilbert Temple. Eighteen, D.H. Sheppard.

As there are two large halls through the building, on the third floor, and an air shaft, all of the rooms are well lighted and the circulation of air is excellent. The rooms are finished in cypress, with maple floors. All are piped for gas and water and have electric light wires. In the building are fine closets and wash stands, altogether making it a modern and convenient block. In the basement is a complete steam heating plant, with sufficient capacity to heat a building twice the size of this block. There is also a store room in the basement, 35-140 feet. Some of the office tenants will move in at once and it is thought all will be in their new quarters inside of two months.


The Clinton Daily Herald Tuesday September 11, 1900 p. 3

Reid & Conger – Meet me on – The Balcony – Saturday – About 9 a.m.

Howes Block Corner Fifth Avenue and Second Street Saturday Morning At 9 O’Clock
The doors of our new store will be thrown open to the public, and a cordial invitation is extended to everybody to visit the Model Dry Goods Establishment of the state. The building was designed and built for us – and Mr. Howes, Mr. Rice, the architect, and ourselves, spent weeks in securing the best and latest features in modern store building. The inside arrangement was designed by a Chicago architect whose specialty is store fittings. We have an entirely new system of lighting – the best yet invented. To see this alone will be worth a visit in the evening. Another feature that is new to Clinton, and will interest you, will be the package carrier system. No more waiting for clerks to do up your purchases. Everything goes to the wrapping counter in the balcony. Still another innovation that will be especially appreciated by the ladies will be a quick electric elevator service to the second floor and balcony. The second floor is the most attractive part of the new store – don’t forget it. Don’t miss the balcony, reached either by the elevator or the easy flight of stairs. Here you will find a room fitted up especially for the ladies, with easy chairs, writing desk, stationary, toilet rooms, etc., and here you have a view of the entire store. The most interesting part of the whole store is the goods it is stocked with, a description of which we will leave for another chapter.


SATURDAY MORNING At 9 O’clock

MEET ME ON THE BALCONY

The Clinton Daily Herald Saturday September 15, 1900 p. 5

READY FOR BUSINESS

Ried & Conger Open Their Large Department Store One of the Best Equipped Stores in the State – Fine Stocks of Goods Shown in All Departments – Something About the Arrangements –

Those Employed in Departments
The new department store of Reid & Conger was opened today to the public and hundreds of people visited their new quarters in the Howes Block, corner of Fifth avenue and Second street. The store is an excellent one, is large and roomy and is well lighted. It is one of the finest appointed store buildings in Iowa and Mrssr’s. Reed & Conger has just cause to look upon it with pride. They took great pleasure today in escorting their customers to the different departments and pointing out the many advantages of their new home. The interior is finished in hard wood while the painting is white. The ceilings are high and the ventilation is good, consequently none of the bad effects so common in large stores will be felt by the clerks on account of improper ventilation. On the first floor, on the west side, are the black dress goods and silks. The colored dress goods, printed cotton goods and linings are on the Fifth avenue side. The linen department is at the foot of Fifth avenue entrance, while the domestic department is under the balcony, on the east side of the room. In the center is to be found the hosiery, gloves, fancy goods and notions. These are placed in fourteen fine upright show cases. On the north side, round the elevator is the gents’ furnishing goods department. In the next section, east are the druggist sundries and stationary. In the north L is the show department. Between the first and second floors, on the east side, is a large balcony in which are the private offices of Mr. Reid and Mr. Conger, the bookkeeper’s office and the office of the cashier. Also the wrapping department. On the north side of the balcony is the ladies room, fitted up with easy chairs, with rugs on the floor and other homelike appointments. The balcony is reached either by the stairs or elevator. On the second floor, in the southeast corner, is the millinery department, the arrangement of which has not yet been completed. East of this is the cloak and ready made suit department. On the east side is the ladies’ muslin underwear department. The center of the room is occupied by infants’ garments and also the embroidery art department. On the Second street side is the china department, while around the elevator the corsets are to be found. In the north L, which is 50x70 feet, is the carpet and upholstery department. The arrangement is such that the second floor is as attractive as the first, which is saying a great deal. Both rooms are equipped with the basket parcel and and cash system, the latest improvement in this line. The rooms are lighted by the new style of incandescent arc lights. The building is nicely arranged for toilet rooms. On the first floor is the lady employee’s’ toilet room; on the second are the toilet rooms for customers, while the men’s room is on the third floor. There are three entrances to the building, one in the southwest corner, another at the southeast corner on Fifth avenue and the third on Second street, where the elevator is located. The window space is large and some excellent window dressing is shown, especially on the Second street side, where are some fine wax figures, fit to grace any store in the large cities.

Following is the list of those in charge of departments, with their assistants: Mr. Holt of Iowa City, superintendent.
Charles Tucker of Flint, Mich., manager of carpet department;
John Barkow, assistant; Jo Rudolph, carpet layer.
Herman Tetzlaff, manager of dress goods department.
Julius Matthiesen, manager of cloak department;
Miss Nellie Brady, assistant.
W.E. Bartow of Oelwein, manager of china and crockery department;
Miss Gutzmann, assistant.
H.M. Kellogg of Minneapolis, manager of shoe department;
Miss McLaughlin and Miss Irene Mee, assistants.
Miss Lillian Moses, manager of the book department;
Miss Lettie Sturdevant, assistant.
Miss Lizzie Salady, silk department.
Miss Julia Merrill, white goods department.
Miss Minnie Tilleen, ladies’ knit underwear.
Miss Zella Hill, kid gloves.
Miss Eliza Edens, domestics.
Valinda Matthiesen, assistant in domestics.
Miss Anna Dyer, hosiery.
Miss Louise Horn, muslin underwear.
Miss Delia Logan, corsets.
Miss Frances Stroll, notions.
Miss Margaret Richter, laces.
Miss N. Behan, ribbons.
Miss Katherine Carrow, jewelry.
Miss Kathryn Niessalie, cashier and bookkeeper.
Arthur Reid, bundle counter.
Fred Richter, delivery
Roy Kinch, elevator
E.E. Eliason, janitor