This is a photo (#0483) of the fleet of trucks of the Wilkins Trucking Service of Kennard, Ohio. The trucks have Ohio 1930 license plates. Note the large motormeters on the radiators of the two trucks on the right of the photo. Motormeters were devices that indicated the temperature of the coolant. Drivers are in every truck except the second from the left. Diagonally across the radiator of the second truck from the right is spelled Bellefontaine. It is not clear what this signifies. The truck to the far left appears to be a dump truck while the others are livestock trucks. This is commercial photograph taken by William Whitham who was a commercial photographer in Champaign County during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.
As we have no information about the trucking service, we would appreciate information about it including owner’s name and location of the business and other information relevant to the photo. Also, information about the trucks (year, make, model etc.) would be appreciated.
The Champaign County Historical Society is an all-volunteer, not-for profit organization that preserves, protects, archives and displays the artifacts that tell the Champaign County story. The society depends upon donations and dues to provide a free public museum, which is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.
Check out the letter sweaters from 1938 in this sampling of Terre Haute historical photos!
Learn more Terre Haute history at the CCHS Museum, open Sunday (1-4pm) and Monday & Tuesday (11am-4pm).
Champaign County has been the home of many well-known political figures. Do you remember Bill Saxbe and Bud Brown? How about our mystery 3rd politician? Check out these photos from the Museum and plan a visit to learn more this election season!
Over the years, the face of Mechanicsburg has changed. Enjoy these views from yesteryear and learn more about Mechanicsburg's history at the CCHS museum!
Do you know where these photos were taken in Champaign County? We do, and we have the historical background information on each one. Visit us, and triad to figure it out 😉
Relics of Champaign County's past! Do you have experience using any of these items? Tell us all about it in the comments or come see these items firsthand in the Champaign County Historical Society Museum!
Champaign County was “all in” on the battlefield, at sea, and in the air. We were also “all-in” with war production and savings. The Museum has a large collection of WWII photos and displays. Here is a sample of them.
Dateline 1952: The Urbana City Building and Firehouse burns down. Spectacular fire, and huge crowds were their to witness the disaster! Were you there? Were your parents or grandparents?
Learn all about it at the Champaign County Museum!
Then – This is a circa 1905 photo (#0135) of the southeast corner of Monument Square, Urbana. A drug store is at the Scioto Street corner with “Alabastine” in the window. Painted on the roof of this building was “DRUGS-PAINTS-OILS.” Note the public drinking fountain in front of the drug store. A dentist’s office is above the drug store. Next door is a bakery. In the corner is a harness shop. Later Harmstead & Holding store was located here. On the south side is a photographer’s studio. Note the slanted skylight window providing the best light for taking photos. This building burned about 1960 and was replaced by a one-story building that became the location of the AAA office. At the South Main Street corner is the Hitt & Fuller Dry Goods Store.
Now – This 2018 photo is of the same location. Businesses shown are Café Paradiso, Oxner’s General Store, Downtown Diva’s, Vape on the Square, and Thompson, Dunlap & Heydinger, LTD, Attorneys at Law. Just west of the attorneys’ office was the Hitt & Fuller Dry Goods store and later Main News. Now it is Legacy Park (not shown).
Enjoy these 3 photos of the Baseball Legend Harvey Haddix from Champaign County.
Most of us have seen the baseball cards, but have you seen Harvey's 3rd grade class photo from Westville School? He is in the back row, 2nd from the left between Ralph Ramey and Ralph Houston.
Can you name the rest? We can at the CCHS Historical Society Museum. Visit us at 809 East Lawn Ave, Urbana and we can compare lists!
Looking Back at Champaign County
The Champaign County Historical Society strives to highlight historical people, places and events throughout Champaign County. If you have photos of historical significance that you believe would be of interest to Champaign Countians, please Contact Us.