Marshall Public Library now has the Illinois town’s 23rd mural on display inside the library at 612 Archer Ave. It can be viewed during regular hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The mural represents a pictorial history of the building starting C.A. Dixon Farm Implements in the early-1900s to the current day library.
The library building was built in the early-1900s with clay bricks made by local brick manufacturer Jacob Holler who owned Holler Brickyard on the northwest edge of the Catholic Cemetery.
The first picture of the mural represents buggies built and sold by C.A. Dixon’s Farm Implement store. The picture was believed to have been taken around 1917 inside the building. After operating as a farm implement store for many years, the building was sold and became home to Marshall Auto Sales where Ford cars, tractors and farm implements were sold. In 1931, the 20 millionth Ford toured the United States and a large street celebration took place in front of the building. This picture depicts Marshall Auto Sales staff posing with newly manufactured Ford automobiles.
The next picture features Kroger grocery, which came to Marshall in 1926. The picture was taken during Kroger’s nationally celebrated 75th anniversary. Employees dressed as pioneers to celebrate Kroger’s early pioneer beginnings. Later, one of those employees purchased the building and opened Red & White grocery.
The west side mural depicts Western Auto which operated in the building from 1970 to mid-1980s. Western Auto was formerly located one block west of the library. The last section of the mural represents the current library. The building was purchased in 1995 to expand the adjoining library. Additional floor space was needed with the establishment of Marshall Area Public Library District which included all residents living in the Marshall school district.