Updated: Aug 24
I don't know the history of the former home that sat at 917 S Main St in Hillsboro Illinois. Over the years Idabel Evans (President of the Historical Society) took multiple photos of the home. These photos were scanned from 35mm color slides. This home probably was historically significant since she took so many photos of it. The home was situated between former Dr. LaBanc's Dental Office and the Hillsboro Masonic Lodge to the North of this home. The home is no longer standing and is now a parking lot.
In July 2022 Ground to Grounds coffee shop opened on the site of the former home.
On 8/15/22 I found out that this home served as a Chiropractic clinic from at least 1985 to 1988. More new information at the bottom of the page.
On August 15th 2022 I got a message which provided more information on this historic home:
Jeff: I found the article about the home at 917 S. Main very interesting. I lived there from 1950 to 1971. I was born in 1949 and my family moved to the new address in 1950. My father was Walter E. Belcher, and my mother was Erma Belcher. As a kid, I mowed Ms. Evans yard and remember her mother telling me about the home. Her mother said she remembered when the home was built in 1899 by a prominent attorney in Hillsboro. The home had at one time a small barn which kept a horse and carriage. Another interesting feature was a laundry room at the back of the home where servant(s) did weekly washing by hand on scrub boards. At the front of the home, once stood a hitching post which was anchored by cement. My father purchased the home for $9000, a tidy sum for 1950. At that time Mr. George Fisher was president of the Hillsboro National Bank. He gave my father some advice that stock for Sears & Roebuck was going to make a sharp increase in price. Dad held his stock and then later sold it, allowing him to pay off the home in three years! In closing, your write up brought back some great memories.