Tag Archives: Business

Out of Service: Farewell to the Filling Station

By Cecile Hales In the early years of the 20th cen­tury, an automobile was a prestige item available only to those with the finances and foresight to acquire this new technological marvel. As the number of autos increased after World War I, so did the opportuni­ties for local businesses to provide essential services to car owners. […]


The Laundry: Still Fresh at 40

By Laurie Petersen In January, 1976 the Winnetka Talk featured the surprising headline, “Doing the Laundry can be fun.” This was because a large commercial laundry building in the middle of the Village would no longer be taking in dirty clothing—it would instead offer elegant new apparel for sale. It would also have stores offering […]

The Edward A. Anderson Company

Four Generations Building Traditions Gazette Article by: Jane Lord Appeared in the Gazette: Winter 1996 Probably no one knows the homes in the village as well as the Edward A. Anderson Company. The Winnetka contractor has built and remodeled Winnetka residences for four generations. The firm’s founder, Edward Anderson, learned construction while living in California […]

Matchbook from Runnfeldt & Belmont Service Station, WHS Object ID 1996.2016

Runnfeldt and Belmont

Sad Loss of a Full-service Station Gazette Article by: Jane Lord Appeared in the Gazette: Summer 1996 It was 1933, the middle of the Great Depression, when Gene Belmont graduated from New Trier and began working full time for Braun Brothers Service Station at 475 Chestnut Street. The gas he pumped into customer’s Duesenbergs, Stutz […]

Interior of L&A Stationers, c. 1960s

L & A Stationers

Gazette Article by: Geoff Fox Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2001   L & A STATIONERS AT 65 When asked to provide a history of L & A Stationers, I realized that we are one of the few 65-year old local businesses left in this community. The store was started in 1937 by two ambitious […]


Elm Street Then and Now

Gazette Article by: Bean Carroll Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2004 Much has changed in Winnetka over the past 100 years, as is revealed in these photographs of Elm Street. Notice the different street surfaces. Although macadam pavement of streets began in Winnetka in 1895, this c. 1904 photograph shows a mud street compared to […]

U.S. Postal Service records showing Joel Kinney's appointment as postmaster at Winnetka in 1857. He likely distributed mail out of the Kinney Store.

“K” is for Kinney Store

by Christine Fullerton Appeared in the Gazette, Winter 1997 Updated by Meagan McChesney, January 6, 2022 The southwest corner of Oak and Linden Streets has changed a lot in 140 years. The one thing that has remained constant is the concentration of traffic there. One of the busiest intersections in the village today, it also […]

The Winnetka Bank

Gazette Article by: Jane Lord Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 1998 The Village of Winnetka had no bank when M. K. Meyer acquired a safe for his general store in the late 1800s. After learning about the new safe, so many of Winnetka’s 1,000 residents prevailed upon Meyer to keep their important papers that he […]

Winnetka Way: Joan Moreland

Gazette Article by: Joan L. Moreland – Executive Director, Winnetka Chamber of Commerce Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1995 Winnetka Way articles are written by guest columnists who have been asked to share their memories of an aspect of Winnetka that they remember fondly. Winnetka Way articles debuted in 1994 and continue to the present. […]

Sam Fell in Chicago in 1910, copyright WHS, all rights reserved.

The Fell Company

Gazette Article by: Glenn Kohlmeyer Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 1995 (Edited by Mary Trieschmann, August 2020) Taking Good Care of the Customer for Over 80 Years The Fell Company was a Winnetka fixture for 80 years. The company was founded by Sam Fell, who immigrated from Russia to the U.S. in 1908. Fell first […]