Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Installing the Sign for Lasalle's


Pictured above is a scene from 1949, when workers were placing the new sign for the Lasalle’s store in place. A crane was parked on Columbus Avenue, and a worker was high atop the Lasalle’s store, which had not yet opened.


In this closer view, you can see the Byer Brothers store, Caryl Crane, and the J.C. Penney Company, all in business on Sandusky’s Columbus Avenue in 1949.



Further down the block were the Montgomery Ward store and Gray Drugs.



An article in the March 30, 1949 issue of the Sandusky Register Star News stated that construction of the Lasalle’s store was ahead of schedule. The new store opened on October 28, 1949, right before the busy holiday season. Many of our parents and grandparents shopped in this block of Sandusky in the late 1940s.

6 comments:

Ed Daniel said...

If I recall correctly, Rosino's shoe store was located next to Caryl Crane, altho visibility of the shoe store in the photo is blocked by the crane installing the Lasalle's sign. As a 14 or 15-year-old, I worked Saturday mornings at Rosino's, dusting the shelves. breaking up cardboard boxes that the shoes were delivered in, sweeping the floor, and other menial jobs. It was a great beginning to my working career, and helped me resolve that if given the chance, I would like to go to college so I could get better jobs than janitorial work. The money I earned at Rosino's, together with mowing lawns (at $1 an hour), were important first steps in saving money for college.

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Anonymous said...

Was Lasalle's the original tenant where Elder-Beerman is in the Sandusky Mall?

Sandusky Library Archives Research Center said...

To the best of our knowledge, Lasalle's did not operate a store in the Sandusky Mall. The downtown location was their only local store until it closed in the early 1980s.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't sure. I seem to remember a new store being built at the mall in the early 80s but might have had that one confused with May Co. (now Macy's)It seemed like there was something else in that Elder-Beerman space though originally.

Anonymous said...

Elder Beerman as it is now takes up more than one store location. Originally the Elder Beerman store was only a portion of what is now the regular mall entrance and it did not originally extend across the aisle and into the larger store location. The first store I remember occupying the far left entrance (looking at the EB store from inside the mall) was called Kohn's. It was a department store much like all the other anchor stores. The other section (in the aisle and to the far right) was occupied by a few places before Elder Beerman expanded. I remember Service Merchandise, a household goods and decorative wares store, where one example of merchandise was on display and you took a ticket and "ordered" the item, then got in line to pay for your purchase, which was retrieved from the onsite warehouse. There was at least one or two other stores at that location as well. Lasalles was never in the mall.There was also a general mall exit at the end of that aisle, which no longer exists because Elder Beerman closed it off when they expanded.