PHOTO OF THE DAY: MONDAY ON MAIN
Today’s “Monday on Main” feature posted on Facebook by Heritage Hall Museum & Archives offers a look at this historic building. The information accompanying the photo reads as follows:
Today’s Main on Monday feature shows a building that was a fixture at Fifth and Main in Freeman for half a century. It became home to Stucky Electric, Janver Stucky’s electric repair business, shortly after he opened at Fifth and Main in October 1974. Stucky had started his electric motor repair business on the family farm southeast of Freeman several years earlier.
He moved into this distinctive building, that had been a service station – notably the FJC Station operated by Freeman Junior College as a source of revenue for the school from 1933 to 1948. It was later used by Fred Haar Company, the John Deere dealership located immediately to the north before the implement moved to Highway 81 in 1972. In 1984 Stucky demolished this building and constructed a new, larger metal building on the site.
This building was the inspiration for our museum’s service station exhibit in the Unruh-Tieszen Wing. We invite you to visit and see the amazing collection of artifacts that help tell the story of how this community was established and how it grew.
We’re open from noon to 4 weekdays. But we will have extended hours on Schmeckfest weekend later this month, open from 10 to 7 on March 24 and 25. We’ll have demonstrations and programs both afternoons and our regular admission will be good for both days so guests can come and go as they please.
Watch for more details about our Schmeckfest plans in the upcoming days.