Terrill, John M. / Ladysmith lore: a photo album
[Photo album], pp. 3-64 ff.
The Rusk County Bank and the Pederson Furniture-Karst Hardware building dominate this picture taken during the teens. The bank building was erected in 1900 as the 1st National Bank but it was occupied by the Rusk County Bank at the time of this photo. The ist National Bank was damag- ed in 1904 by the fire which destroyed the Burnie and Pederson Hardware. Pederson rebuilt and occupied the west portion of the building. The east half was Karst's Hardware. The small frame building at left was Miss Fannie Collins' millinery and dress shop. The building was erected in 1900. Wilson the "Land Man" occupied offices in the basement of the bank. Lawyers McGill and Williams were above the bank. Atty. J. W. Carow was above the hardware store. A Red Cross poster in the bank window asks: "What are you doing to help?," probably in reference to World War I. Note the traffic sign at right. Fred True posed with his team of oxen on First Street in back of the Rusk County Bank. Note the wood piled adjacent to the Karst Hardware building. The house visible over the oxen is thought to have been built bylJohn Diamond in the 1890s. He swapped houses with Flambeau Town Clerk George Page in 1896 and moved to Page's house on what is now the Mel Wedwick farm. Delevan Drum bought the house in 1899. The Armstrong Land Co. office is behind True.
Copyright by John M. Terrill