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The Jeffries Building, on the left, was completed near the end of 1902. The tree branches along the right edge suggest the picture was taken before late July 1908; at that time, the Adair County News mournfully announced:Comments re: A view we hadn't seen before"The Isenburg corner looks like it has lost its best friends. The locust trees which have stood there for many years have been cut down, giving it a naked appearance. The property belongs to Mr. J.O. Russell, who had the trees removed in order to get the proper grade for a concrete pavement. The work is in progress and in a short time will be completed."(In 1908, the old Isenburg storehouse still occupied the entrance corner of Jamestown Street and the square. The following year saw the rickety edifice follow the locust trees into oblivion as a prelude to construction of the Russell & Co. building.
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