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Niles
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Living History

This section is for the capture of any bit of Niles history. This might include things like former owners and usages of the Munoz building, when Joe's corner was a place your grandfather took you for an ice cream. It may include family histories such as when they became established in Niles and when they left. It may include wartime recollections (any war). Stories about the time when the houses near the creek were on stilts or when the creek had earthen dams placed each year, or how the houses and the hobos got along. Perhaps include stories of Essanay days and Flea markets of years past. Modern history is also welcome such as why you opened your business in Niles or stories from the feude between the Main Street and Merchant associations. Collectively, these stories can provide a richer and warmer history than any summary.

History Tidbits
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General

 
Impact of the closure of the tile plant
 
What was the impact on you or Niles from the closure of the tile plant?
Posted – 08/23/05 10:15pm by Lynn R Slater
 
Impact of the steel plant
 
What was the impact of the steel plant?
Posted – 08/23/05 10:16pm by Lynn R Slater
 

Business History

 
Booze and Bars
 
Niles was once a real downtown, once became a place of many bars, and now the liquer focus seems to be ending. Stories about these transitions would be interesting.
Posted – 08/23/05 10:14pm by Lynn R Slater, updated or replied 08/27/05 5:13pm
 
Antiques
 
How did Niles become an antique center?
Posted – 08/27/05 5:14pm by Lynn R Slater, updated or replied 08/27/05 5:14pm
 
KraftTile See reply
 
This really cool write-up was found at http://www.tileheritage.org/THF-TileoftheMonth-July-05.html. It is preserved here because pages like this often go away.
Continued »
Posted – 09/07/05 1:06pm by Lynn R Slater, updated or replied 09/07/05 1:15pm
 

Buildings and Developments

 
Munoz Building
 
What has it been, who owned it, sho used it, what will it become?
Posted – 08/27/05 5:15pm by Lynn R Slater, updated or replied 08/27/05 5:15pm
 
The Creek
 
Why were early houses on stilts, when did the corp of enginners fix the creek, what was the impact of the creek before it was improved, what is it with the dams -- both earthen and inflatable.
Posted – 08/27/05 5:17pm by Lynn R Slater
 
Ponds
 
How did the ponds come to be (including Quarry Lakes)?  When were they stocked and when did this halt?
Posted – 08/27/05 5:19pm by Lynn R Slater
 
Veterans Memorial Building
 
A great history may be found at http://www.museumoflocalhistory.org/pages/vet_mem.htm
Posted – 09/07/05 1:19pm by Lynn R Slater
 

Special Events
 
Essanay Days
 
When did these start, when did they end and why; what were they like in various eras?
Posted – 08/27/05 5:11pm by Lynn R Slater
 
Charlie Chaplin Days
 
When did these start, when did they end and why; what were they like in various eras?
Posted – 08/27/05 5:12pm by Lynn R Slater
 
Flea Market
 
When did it start, when did it become the antique faire, what was it like in various eras?
Posted – 08/27/05 5:20pm by Lynn R Slater
 
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