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Families and Homesteads Index

 

Pekin Residences
The John and Phoebe (Stoker) Hill Family
The Piro Family
The Otto H. and Elizabeth Reich Homestead(1907-1908)

George Washington Warner Family

Harry G. Herget Farmhouse

 

 

 

The Piro Family

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This photo shows my grandparents, Giacomo & Cosima (Sansone) Piro in their store. Their store was mainly known as a fruit store but as you can see, this photo shows other items they sold such as tobacco and gum products. This store was located at 427 1/2 Court St. in Pekin.

You can see a partition across the back of the store. That is where their living quarters were until they bought a home at 910 Caroline St.
There is an ornate clock at the right of the picture. I have that clock, which I had repaired so it does work. However, I don't bother to wind it very often.

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Picture and write-up donated by Carole Hill Martin

This photo was found in the home of my grandparents, Giacomo & Cosima Piro, at 910 Caroline St. Pekin, IL.

     It shows Giacomo's brother, Joachim / Gioachino /Jack, behind the counter. Great Uncle Jack was the owner of the Empire Ice Cream Shop. I do not know who the two young men are.

    About all those names. He was named Gioachino.  But was called Joachim by his family. Jack was his American name.

Picture and write-up donated by Carole Hill Martin

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This post card photo was provided by Joe Aimone, the grandson of "Jack" Piro, owner of the Empire Ice Cream Shop.

The lady on the right is my Aunt, Jennie Piro Bluejacket. I would guess her age to be about 15 or 16. Therefore, I would guess the picture was taken about 1910.

The lady on the left is identified as Hazel Bolby, who died on the Columbia, when it sank in the Illinois River.

I believe the address of the Ice Cream Shop was 325 Court. I know the Empire Theatre was located in the middle of the 300 block of Court and as I understand it , the shop was next to a theatre. The 1905 Pekin City Directory lists the Piro Bros. Fruit store at 325 Court. That would be Jack and probably, John. (John died in 1905)
Giacomo, my grandfather, also had a fruit store which was located at 427 1/2 Court St., also listed in the 1905 directory. 427 1/2 Court is the only address in which my grandpa did business.

Jack Piro died in a drowning accident in 1911, leaving a wife and 3 small children. His wife, Mary Randazzo Piro continued to operate the Ice Cream and Candy shop after his death. But I do not know when it closed.

 
Picture was furnished by Joe Aimone, and write-up donated by Carole Hill Martin

This photo is of Charles Pamson and his oldest child, Sylvia, at Charles' Fruit Store in Pekin.

 Charles Pamson was married to my great aunt Carmella Piro.

 

 

 

 

This photo was donated by Charles and Carmella's granddaughter, Mary Jane Aimone Able, and submitted by Carole Hill Martin

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The Bluejackets: Jim Jr., Jim, Fred and Jennie (Piro)

 

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Picture donated by Carole Hill Martin

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The Otto H. and Elizabeth Reich Homestead

The O. H. Reich Breeding Stables

Deer Creek, Illinois

1907

 

 

 

 

Picture donated by Wendy Stevens

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After the Storm, March 21, 1908

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Otto H. and Elizabeth Reich

Date unknown

After the storm they moved from Deer Creek to California

 

 

 

 

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Harry G. Herget Farm House




Built in 1910

Picture donated by Carole Martin

 

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