FOOTSTEPS IN HISTORY


 

 

How well do you know White County history? 1) Pictured is a building that still survives today. Where is the building located? 2) Chris Cain’s Meat Market was located at 220 N. Main Street and later moved to 232 N.

3) In 1916, Edward Southwick came in to buy some meat at Cain’s meat market. What happened to ole Edward Southwick?

ANSWERS

1) Pictured is a building that still survives today. Where is the building located?

Answer: This is currently the home of Harmon-McClintic Insurance and to the west is the office of attorney George Loy. The building address is 115 W. Broadway.

2) Chris Cain’s Meat Market was located at 220 N. Main Street and later moved to 232 N. Main. In what year did Chris start his meat Market in Monticello?

Answer: Christopher Cain came to Monticello in 1899 and started his Meat Market in 1909, the year before Monticello became an incorporated town. Chris and his son Ben pretty much dominated the meat market for decades. Chris worked the store for 40 years and then Ben took over. At the time of Chris’s death, the market was known as Cain Grocery and Meat Market. In 1939, Chris retired, and Ben took over and was a familiar face at the Locker Plant on North Illinois Street. Chris was born in Pulaski County in 1863 and died in 1949.

 

 

3) In 1916, Edward Southwick came in to buy some meat at Cain’s meat market. What happened to ole Edward Southwick?

Answer: On entering Cain’s meat market Edward Southwick was in good humor and was joking with J.R. Christy, who was waiting on him. Mr. Christy stated that he was talking to Mr. Southwick as he was weighing the meat and when he looked up Ed had disappeared. Christy ran around the counter and found Ed lying on the floor. Efforts to bring him to consciousness were useless and a physician who was summoned pronounced Ed dead. Ed had two residences at the time. One in Buffalo and the other in Monon. Ed was also known to spend the summers on a houseboat on the Mississippi River.

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