PL1South view of Plain before 1910, small foreground buildings are Cramer brick kilns.
PL2Main St., 1923
PL3Bird’s eye view, 1908
PL4Alma Ave., Cramer Bros. store sold to Philip Bettinger, 1921, Pete Peters tavern, Joseph Kramer shop (now Delmar Rings.
PL5St. Luke’s Ave, Clover Hill cheese factory, now Meixelsperger apartments
PL6Ease view of Plain, cornfield covers Nachreiner Ave.
PL7North side Main St., “Trolley”, Joseph T. Ruhland Feed & Sawmill; Luke Ring Blacksmith shop; Cramer Bros. store.
PL8Wachter Ave., Pat Walsh Saloon, Reuschlein Bros. store, Franklin Town Hall
PL9Reuschlein Bros. store, dance hall second floor; Plon Bros. Saloon; Butcher shop
PL12Cedar St., 1910
PL13Busy Day, Plain
PL14East Main St. on shopping Day
PL15South side Main St., c. 1900. Joseph Volk Saloon; John Ring, Joseph Beck, Joseph Stautner, This building moved & became home of Louis Hetzel. Schwartz Saloon & Hotel, George Weizer, George Grauvogel, Gruber’s Tavern, Mixelsprecher’s Bar, John Alt Jr. Beck & Nachreiner Store.
PL16Wachter Ave., L-R: Pat Walsh Tavern, Reuschlein Bros. Store & dance hall, Creamery
PL17A winter day butchering hogs, Joe Frank Sr., Joe Frank Jr., Alfons Frank, John A. Frank, Frank Rack, Otto Frank
PL18Dr. P.H. Fowler, MD
PL19Annie Rineland?, Annie Frank Haas, Ada Portner, Gisela Frank Kramer, Albert Thering, Clara Thering, Anna Thering, John A. Frank, Francis Bayer, Emma Frank Martin, Alphonse Frank, Spike the dog. Back, left is Joseph Frank’s bake oven.
PL20Frank Schreiner, Edward Gruber, Ignatz Schreiner.
PL21Mike Ring’s General Store, L-R: Mike Ring, Adela Beck Hetzel
PL22Main Street Garage, Jack Ederer, Frank Martin
PL23Mary Soeldner Frank, grandmother of Iris Umhoefer
PL24Ray Ring Drug & Soda Fountain, Frank Martin, Bill Reuschlein, Ray Ring
PL26Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Joseph Laubmier, Mrs. Elizabeth Beck
PL27Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Unknown
PL28Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Cemetery
PL29Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Casper Volk barn
PL30Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, A. Rolette resturant, rear view
PL31Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, ruins of 3rd St. Luke’s church
PL32Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Steeple among the ruins
PL33Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Albert Liegel garage, rear view
PL34Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Debris from cyclone
PL35Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Debris from cyclone
PL36Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, John Brechtl farm
PL37Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Priest’s house
PL38Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Power house
PL39Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Unknown location
PL40Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Sister house
PL41St. Luke’s School & Chapel, 4th church built, dedicated Oct. 1920
PL42Interior, St. Luke’s Chapel, later converted to library space
PL43Interior of Present St. Luke’s church
PL44Interior of present St. Luke’s church
PL45Rectory, Rev. George Pesch
PL463rd St. Luke’s church, left altar
PL473rd St. Luke’s church, main altar
PL483rd St. Luke’s church, right altar
PL49St. Luke’s church dedicated in 1940
PL50St. Luke’s church, L-R: School 1920, Church 1940, Rectory 1922
PL51First St. Luke’s church built in 1861
PL52St. Luke’s church built in 1885. 2nd Rectory 1888, 1st School 1876, converted to a horse barn in 1888, 1st Rectory 1875, changed to Convent & school in 1888. Church demolished in 1903 to make way for new church.
PL53St. Luke’s completed in 1904, destroyed by cyclone in 1918.
PL54St. Luke’s school built 1894, Dominican Sisters arrived in 1895. Convent now part of private residence.
PL55School built in 1894 with addition added in 1900
PL56Sister’s residence built in 1926
PL57Holy Name Society rally of Sauk, Juneau, Richland counties, 1929
PL58Holy Name Society members
PL59St. Anne Council of Knights of Columbus formed in 1957. First officers elected. L-R, standing: Clarence Young, Ray Liegel, Herb Ruhland, Bob Young, Frank Haag, Ralph Soeldner, Vic Liegel, Mike Liegel. Seated: Louis Bettinger, Edward Kraemer, Rev. Edmund Bettinger, Joe Voelkel, Rev. Clement Haines, Albert Kraemenr, Rupert Schultz.
PL60Father Pesch’s funeral
PL61Lourdes Grotto on St. Ane’s Hill, built b the John & Mary Dischler family
PL62Section XIV of the Way of the Cross on St. Anne’s Hill
PL63Father Pesch, arrived in Plain July 1909, died June 7, 1918.
PL64First Solem Communion classes of 1918 and 1919. Because of 1918 tornado, that year’s class had to wait a year and combine with 1919 class for this rite. This house is the John B. Liegel home, now the home of Erna Ringelstetter
PL65Knignts of Columbus, L-R, Standing: Edward Crowley, ?, ?, Ralph Soeldner, Mike Liegel, Herb Ruhland, Albert Kraemer. Sitting: Louis Bettinger, Rev. Clement Haines,Joe Voelkel, Edward Kraemer, Rupert Schutz.
PL66St. Luke’s Catholic School (see PL66a for descriptions)
PL67Chapel on Council Bluff, now St. Anne’s Chapel
PL68Beginning of dedication procession July 1928
PL69Some of more than 1000 people who joined the procession
PL70Procession as it climbs St. Anne’s Hill, July 1928
PL71Pilgrims who climbed the hill for dedication. Note men & women in separate groups, was the custom at that time.
PL72Same as PL71
PL74Before 1910, with superimposed airplane
PL78Southwestern view, 1921
PL79Beginning of Westbrook subdivision, c. 1970
PL81Plain Brass Band. L-R, seated: Adella Beck Hetzel, Clara Beck, Lucinda Liegel Ascherl, Esther Weiss, John Weiss. Center: Walter Liegel, Anthony Young, Joe Bauer, Philip Bettinger Sr., Louis J. Bettinger. Back: Alphonse Kraemer, Alois Ruhland, Henry Reuschlein,Walter Neuheisel, Joseph Ferstl.
PL82John Meier, Cashier Plain State Bank, 1922-31
PL83Adella Beck & Mike Ring, in Ring’s General Store
PL84Adella Beck & Mike Ring, in Ring’s General Store, 1924
PL85Ice house, Reuschlein Bros. store & J.J. Haas Saloon, both built in 1900. Plon’s Butcher Shop and icehouse.
PL86Philip Bettinger Sr., & Agnes Walsh in Bettinger’s General Store
PL87Joseph Ferstl in Blacksmith Shop
PL88Philip Bettinger Sr., & Agnes Walsh in Bettinger’s General Store
PL89Fred Schreiner Blacksmith Shop, Main St., 1924. L-R: Fred Schreiner, Ed Gruber, Ignatz Schreiner at the anvil.
PL90Wachter Ave., looking North.L: Pat Walsh Saloon, Reuschlein Store. Right: Frank Haag residence, Franklin Town Hall
PL91Water tower before it was taken down
PL92FS Cooperative, now gone
PL94Kraemer building at Main St. & Wachter Ave.
PL95Farmer’s State Bank
PL97St. Patrick’s Church, Loreto
PL98Plain Municipal Building
PL99Plain Fire Protection District building
PL100Plain Fire Protection District truck
PL101U.S. Post Office
PL102Mike Ring Storefront, Main St., when owned by Schluter & Young
PL103Franklin Town Hall
PL104 Arsenic and Old Lace, 1965. L-R: Standing: LeRoy Heiser, Bob Young, Joe Voelkel,Lawrence Brechtl, Duane Kraemer, Joe Wankerl, Mortimer (dummy), Ralph Soeklner,George Liegel, Bill Weiss, Richard Schmid, Victor Liegel, Ed Paulus, Rev. LaVerne Meier. Seated: Ray Liegel, Bill Laubmeier, Clarence Young. Play was presented in January 1965by an all-male case of members from the Knights of Columbus.
PL105-PL122Scenes from Arsenic & Old Lace, 1965.
PL123-PL149Bicentennial Pageant, Guard Theater, 1976, St. Luke’s Plain presentation
PL150Road near Plain
PL151Joseph (Seep) Lechner with 2-headed calf in front of Ring’s Bar
PL152Baseball team, 1953. Back: Don Meister, Ed Paulus, Al Feiner, Damian Kraemer, Bill Weiss, Bob McNurlen, Clarence Young. Front: Gene Alt, Harry Pulvermacher, Don “Stickles” Nachreiner, Dave Alt (bat boy), Bill Feiner, Johnny Beatty, Cal Sorg.
PL153St. Luke’s Parish women in front of old grade school. Mrs. Ed L____, Mrs Henry ?, Mrs.John Wetzel, Mrs. Lawrence Needham, Mrs. Wm Reuschlein, Mrs. Anna Ringelstetter, Mrs. Joe Weis Sr., Mrs. M. Ring, Margaret Laumier, Mrs. Hilda Schultz.
PL154Painting of Main St., Plain, 1910, by Fr. Gary Wankerl, Acrylic on Canvas, painted 2003.
PL155Painting, P.H. Fowler, M.D., “Came to Plain in 1905 and gave 58 years of his life unselfishly for the welfare of the people in this community.”
PL156Painting, Sir Edward Kraemer, K.S.G., 50 years village Trustee of Plain
PL159Priest House ruins, tornado
PL160St. Lukes School & Chapel 1921
PL161Village, c. 1916
PL163St. Ann’s Hill, 7-26-28, women
PL164Philip Bettinger & Agnes Walsch, inside store
PL165Clover Hill cheese factory
PL166Interior St. Lukes Chapel
PL168Fr. Pesch at the parsonage, built by Rev. Duren for $1,300 in 1888
PL169Interior St. Luke’s
PL170Interior St. Ann’s Chapel-Shrine
PL171St. Luke’s church started in 1903, red brick, completed in 1904 and first mass celebrated Easter Sunday, 1904. Completed & equipped for $26,000.
PL172Fr. M.F. Weishar, Loretto, 1918
PL173St. Luck’s church
PL174Village of Plain
Church, St. Luke’s, 16-2001AD, After the 1918 tornado