(12) 618 E. Third Street

618 E Third"Dr. L.M. Friedrich built the two-story brick building in 1910 and had his doctor's office and home here. A photographer was on the second floor as well. The first floor at different times housed a variety store (bread was 5 cents a loaf), a bakery, a fancy work shop, a book store, offices of the Hobart Gazette, and a beauty shop. The east half was rented for the Hobart Post Office from 1923 until 1937. A restaurant was once here, also township trustee's offices. Smith Insurance now has offices here."

Images (links open in a new window):
This image is not dated, but it appears to show the Friedrich block newly built.
♦ The Friedrich building, from a postcard postmarked 1913.
♦ Third Street including the Friedrich building around 1920, or a little earlier.
♦ The Smith-Schoon-Hampsten insurance office, 318 E. Third, in 1972.
♦ Inside the Smith Agency in 1975.

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