Door-to-Door on 119th Street: From 1939 to 1977, and Today

By John Hmurovic
March 2019

119th Street is not long. It is less than two miles from the Forsyth Park entrance in Robertsdale, the street’s westernmost point, to its easternmost point at Front Street in Whiting. But, that relatively short street is the heart of the Whiting-Robertsdale community. It is our Main Street, our retail center.

We looked at downtown Whiting, from Indianapolis Boulevard to Front Street, storefront by storefront and compared what was there over a five-decade span, to what is there today. It would be a mammoth job to compile a list of every business that ever operated on 119th Street. A more practical way to look at it, is by taking a snapshot of what it looked like on one day in one year, and comparing that to another snapshot from a different day in a different year. We looked at, or took five snapshots of, 119th Street in 1939, 1948, 1959, 1969, 1977, and compared those with what is on 119th Street today.

The list is probably not perfect. It was taken from the R.L. Polk City Directory for each of the years we examined. There could have been errors in the original directories, and some businesses may not have been included. But, it is fairly accurate. Below is the list, starting with the south side of the street from the intersection of Indianapolis Boulevard and going east to Front Street. Then we look at the north side of 119th Street, again going east from Indianapolis Boulevard to Front Street.

The South Side of 119th Street                                

Indianapolis Boulevard intersects                              
1232       2019 - Baran’s Parking Lot    
1977 - Bercik's Service Station 
1969 - Bercik's Service Station                                         
1959 - Bercik's Service Station                                         
1948 - Harangody Service Station                                 

1236       2019 - Scandal's Hair Salon 
1977 - Hoosier Beauty Shop
1969 - Hoosier Beauty Shop
1959 - Hoosier Beauty Shop
1948 - Riffer's Dry Goods 
1939 - Palenik Jewelers                                          

1238       2019 - Region Escape Room                       
1977 - The Patchwork - gifts                         
1969 - Curosh's Dry Goods                                 
1959 - Curosh's Dry Goods                                
1948 - Lipay's Dry Goods                                    
1939 - Lipay’s Women’s Furnishings         

1240       2019 - Griller's Restaurant                       
1977 - Jack and Jill Shop - clothing        
1977 - Harry Barton - dentist                                             
1969 - Jack and Jill Shop - clothing                        
1969 - Harry Barton - dentist                                            
1959 - Jack and Jill Shop - clothing                       
1959 - Harry Barton - dentist                                            
1948 - Goldstein Beauty Shop
1948 - Harry Barton – dentist                                     
1939 - Berg Tavern                               

1242       2019 - The Mustache Lounge   
1977 - Whiting Shade & Awning Co.                   
1969 - Whiting Shade & Awning Co.                  
1959 - Whiting Shade & Awning Co.
1948 - Whiting Shade & Awning Co.
1939 - Whiting Shade & Awning Co.                    

1244       2019 - American Trust Investment
Services
   
1977 - George T. Jancosek - dentist                                     1977 - Sullivan & Gray - attorneys                                           1969 - Hoosier Flower Shop
1969 - George T. Jancosek – dentist                       
1959 - Hoosier Flower Shop 
1959 - Lillian Martz - music teacher 
1959 - Thomas Jancosek – dentist                                   
1246       2019 - Castelan Jewelers
1977 - Gansinger Jewelers                                         
1969 - Gansinger Jewelers                                         

1250       2019 - Through Street to Walgreen's            
1977 – Burton’s Men & Boys Shop                                 
1969 - Burton's Men & Boys Shop                             
1959 - Burton's Men & Boys Shop                         

1300       2019 - Through Street to Walgreen's               
1977 - Powell's Shoes                                                       
1969 - Whiting Shoes                                                             
1959 - Whiting Shoes                                                          
1939 - Ciesar Used Cars

1302       2019 - Empty Lot             
1977 - Gazda's Apparel                                                
1969 - Whiting Store – clothing                                    1959 - Whiting Store – clothing                                    1948 - Checker Yellow Cab Company 

1304       2019 - Address no longer in use
                                   1939 - Acandan Confectionary                                                  
1306       2019 - Hobson Financial Group                                1977 - Georgianne Flower Shop                                   1969 - Georgianne Flower Shop                                   1959 - Pollock Jewelers                                             
1948 - Pollock Jewelers                                              
1939 - Pollock Watch Repair                                                       
1308       2019 - In-Touch Therapeutic Massage
1977 - Myron S. Gordon - optometrist                                 1977 - Joseph L. Ritzi - optometrist                                           1969 - Myron S. Gordon - optometrist                                    1969 - Joseph L. Ritzi - optometrist                                           1948 - Whiting Drug Company                                       
1939 - Whiting Drug Company  

1310       2019 - Vacant Building                      
1977 - Calumet Cabs
1969 - Calumet Cabs                                                       
1959 - Calumet Cabs         
1939 - Anthony & Brown Sporting Goods          

1312       2019 - Center Lounge        
1977 - McHale's Tavern                    
1977 - Rudolph M. Zajac - attorney       
1969 - McHale's Tavern
1969 - Charles S. Perel - attorney                          
1959 - McHale's Tavern             
1959 - Gilbert Brindley - attorney                
1959 - Charles S. Perel - attorney                        
1948 - McHale's Tavern                           
1948 - Gilbert Brindley - attorney
1939 - McHale’s Tavern                             

Temple Court intersects                                                 
1320       2019 - Whiting Café & Cantina               
1977 - Johnson's Cleaners & Shoe Service    
1969 - Johnson's Cleaners & Shoe Service  
1959 - Johnson's Cleaners & Shoe Service
1948 - Tri-City Cleaners & Dryers     
1939 - Tri-City Cleaners & Dryers                                  

1322       2019 - Ritzi Law         
1977 - Vacant      
1969 - Ralph's Restaurant     
1959 - Ralph's Restaurant 
1948 - Michelin Restaurant                                       
1939 - Home Restaurant    

1324       2019 - American Slovak Club  
1977 - American Slovak Club - Slovak Dom     
1969 - American Slovak Club - Slovak Dom
1959 - American Slovak Club - Slovak Dom            
1948 - American Slovak Club - Slovak Dom  
1948 - Whiting Eagles Lodge  
1939 - American Slovak Club - Slovak Dom
1939 - Whiting Eagles Lodge                                       

1326       2019 - Beggar's Pizza    
1977 - Sherman's Indiana Supply    
1969 - Sherman's Indiana Supply        
1969 - Hunt Personnel Service     
1969 - Magdaline Manchak - music teacher  
1969 - Rudolph M. Zajac - attorney   
1959 - Sherman's Indiana Supply
1959 - Wagner's Insurance       
1959 - Magdaline Manchak - music teacher   
1948 - Capitol Theatre    
1939 - Capitol Theatre       

1328       2019 - Address no longer in use      
1948 - Auto License Bureau                                        
1948 - Sam Sing Laundry
1939 - Schwab Confectionary                          

1330 2019 - Address no longer in use
1948 - Burton’s Men & Boys Shop
1939 - Burton’s Men & Boys Shop                                            
1332 2019 - United Dental Center
1977 - Morris D. Picklin - optometrist
1969 - Morris D. Picklin - optometrist    
1948 - Mary Konya Beauty Shop                                     
1948 - George Konya Cigars 
1939 - Main Cigar Store                                        

1334 2019 - Levin Eye Care Center
1977 - Central Drug Store
1969 - Whiting Five & Ten   
1959 - F.W. Woolworth - 5 & 10 cent store           
1948 - F.W. Woolworth - 5 & 10 cent store 
1939 - F.W. Woolworth - 5 & 10 cent store      

Clark Street Intersects
1342 2019 - Sunrise Restaurant
1977 - Drabek’s Restaurant
1969 - Vacant      
1959 - Hoosier Walgreen’s Agency          
1948 - Gardner Drug Store                  
1939 - Hoosier Walgreen System Drug Store

1344 2019 - Vacant Building
1959 - Morris D. Picklin - optometrist
1948 - Harry Brandman - physician   
1948 - George Thegrz - physician      
1939 - R & S Shoes                                              
1939 - Harry Brandman - physician
1939 - Harold E. Pinkerton - dentist     

1346 2019 - Standard Tap Room
1977 - Garment Wheel - clothing    
1969 - Vacant         
1959 - H&M Shoe Store        
1948 - Shoe Corporation of America        
1948 - Louis Wisch - physician                                       
1939 - Louis Wisch - physician                      

1348      2019 - Suncatcher's       
1977 - Aronberg Jewelers
1969 - Aronberg Jewelers   
1959 - Aronberg Jewelers      
1959 - Benjamin A. Weinberg - physician 
1948 - Aronberg & Kissen Jewelers              
1939 - Aronberg & Kissen Jewelers                                         
1350 2019 - Winey Beach Cafe
1977 - Richards Prescription Pharmacy  
1969 - Richards Prescription Pharmacy       
1959 - Richards Prescription Pharmacy          
1948 - Metts Confectionary

1400 2019 - Boost Mobile

1977 - French Flair Beauty Salon
1969 - French Flair Beauty Salon   
1959 - Gansinger Jewelers                                               
1959 - Harry A. Silvian - physician        
1948 - Gansinger Jewelers 
1948 - Harry A. Silvian - physician  
1939 - Colonial Fruit Store                                             

1404 2019 - Pekron Consulting                      
1977 - Indiana Red Hots   
1969 - Vacant                                                              
1959 - Marcie’s Women’s Clothing             
1948 - Postrain Department Store         
1939 - A & P Food Store                                           

1406 2019 - Address no longer in use               
1977 - Star Sales - department store      
1969 - Seifer Furniture Company                                       
1959 - Seifer Furniture Company        
1948 - Seifer Furniture Company       
1939 - Seifer Furniture Company                      

1410       2019 - Dollar Tree       
1977 - J.J. Newberry - department store
1969 - J.J. Newberry - department store
1959 - J.J. Newberry - department store   
1948 - J.J. Newberry - department store    
1939 - J.J. Newberry - department store           

1418 2019 - T-Mobile
1977 - Big Ben Shoe-Per Market
1969 - Big Ben Shoe-Per Market 
1959 - Big Ben Shoe-Per Market                     
1948 - Kroger Grocery Store                                
1939 - Vacant       

1418 ½ 2019 - Address no longer in use    
1977 - Vacant          
1969 - Indiana Red Hots         
1959 - Indiana Red Hots
1948 - Indiana Lunch      
1939 - Hanis Restaurant

1420     2019 - Address no longer in use                                
1977 - Modern Table Manufacturers                      
1969 - Schlack's Barber Shop                                      
1969 - Sullivan & Gray - attorneys                            
1959 - Schlack's Barber Shop                                      
1959 - Joseph P. Sullivan - attorney                         
1948 - Jennings-Mattern Pharmacy                         
1948 - Dewey Kelley - attorney                                 
1939 - Jennings-Mattern Pharmacy                         
1939 - Joseph P. Sullivan - attorney                         
1939 - Inland Security Company                               
1939 - Lake Loan Company                             

1422       2019 - Second Wind Resale Shop     
1977 - International Sewing Shop      
1969 - Riffer's Mens Wear              
1959 - Riffer's Mens Wear      
1948 - The Peoples' Store – clothing    
1939 - The People’s Store - clothing        

1424     2019 - Vacant Building        
1977 - Hoosier Flower Shop                                        
1969 - O'Drobinak's Lo-Marks Clothing                  
1959 - Kurtz Clothes for Children                              
1948 - Cavanaugh Children's Clothing 
1939 - National Tea Company Grocery   

1426       2019 - Elite Nutrition/John Doce Barber  
1977 - Vacant           
1969 - Vacant            
1959 - Home Bakery     
1948 - Terny Shoes     
1939 - Terny Shoe Repair                     

1426 ½ 2019 - Address no longer in use        
1969 - Vacant         
1959 - Fetsis Fruit Store                                                
1948 - Riffer Grocery Store                         
1939 - Riffer Grocery Store         

1438      2019 - Mind Benders     
1977 - John J. Wargo Agency - Insurance                
1969 - John J. Wargo Agency - Insurance               
1959 - John J. Wargo Agency - Insurance               
1959 - Auto License Bureau                        
1948 - Downtown Lunch Restaurant                
1939 - Sherman Restaurant             

1440      2019 - Ana's Beauty Salon                             
1977 - The Foot Locker                                                     
1969 - Local Finance Corporation                                
1959 - Local Finance Corporation    
1948 - Gambini & Sons Confectionary    
1939 - Gambini’s Confectionary        

1442      2019 - Sandrick Consulting - Financial 
1977 - Orr's Radio & Television Repair               
1969 - Orr's Radio & Television Repair               
1959 - Orr's Radio & Television Repair         
1948 - Adams Furniture Annex               
1939 - Elite Bakery                     

1444       2019 - Berquist Family Dentistry 
1977 - Vacant                                                                  
1959 - Whiting Surplus - work clothes                  
1948 - Harvstone Manufacturing                         
1939 - Whiting Furniture Company   

1446       2019 - Calumet Bakery     
1977 - Barton's Pizzeria            
1969 - Residential                       
1959 - Residential                                 
1939 - Sanitary Meat Market           
1939 - Hoosier Auto Service

1446 ½ 2019 - Address no longer in use              
1939 - Edwin A LeRoy - physician           

1448      2019 - Address no longer in use          
1939 - Stillwell Furniture - repair shop                   
1948 - Ruzbasen Grocery

1450     2019 - Traverse Surveying                                
1977 - Green-Powers-Belshaw & Danko     
1977 - A-1 Tarpaulin Repair                       
1969 - Green-Powers-Belshaw & Danko              
1959 - Stilwell Furniture Company                           
1959 - Green-Powers-Belshaw & Danko
1948 - O'Drobinak Furniture                       
1948 - William J. Belshaw - attorney                       
1948 - Green & Powers - attorneys                 
1939 - Green & Powers - attorneys           

1452       2019 - Chrislove Collectables                
1977 - The Family Restaurant    
1969 - Central Drug Store         
1959 - Central Drug Store                                            
1948 - Central Drug Store                                          
1939 - Stillwell Furniture Company        

New York Avenue Intersects                                      
1500       2019 - Centier Bank
                                                       
1977 - First Bank of Whiting                        
1969 - First Bank of Whiting                                        
1959 - First Bank of Whiting                                        
1948 - First Bank of Whiting                        
1939 - First Bank of Whiting                        
1939 - James S. McCarthy - attorney                       
1939 - Dewey Kelley - attorney                                 
1939 - Walter H. Smith - attorney                         
1939 - Clementine Frankowski - physician            
1939 - Michael E. Rafacz - physician                        

 1504       2019 - The Junkyard                                      
1977 - Saylor's Paint Store                                           
1969 - Saylor's Paint Store                                          
1959 - Saylor's Paint Store                         
1948 - Saylor's Paint Store                            
1939 - Saylor’s Paint Store                     

1506      2019 - Paradise Liquors                
1977 - Oasis Liquors                                       
1969 - Oasis Liquors
1959 - Herakovich Liquors 
1948 - Herakovich Liquors
1939 - Farb Liquors

1508      2019 - Address no longer in use               
1959 - Whiting Recreation - pool hall                      
1948 - Whiting Recreation - pool hall                     
1939 - Whiting Recreation - pool hall      

1510      2019 - Dos Sabores Restaurant                 
1977 - Whiting Plumbing & Heating                        
1969 - Whiting Plumbing & Heating                         
1959 - Whiting Plumbing & Heating                        
1948 - Whiting Plumbing & Heating                         
1939 - Whiting Plumbing & Heating

1512      2019 - Dos Sabores Restaurant                 
1969 - Residential                       
1959 - J & N Cycle Shop                
1948 - VFW Post                          
1939 - Spurrier Company - hardware store     

1514     2019 - Address no longer in use              
1977 - Mister Ed's Tavern                           
1969 - Mister Ed's Tavern                            
1959 - Dug Out Tavern              
1948 - National Tea Company Grocery                  
1939 - National Tea Company Grocery   

1516     2019 - Whiting Community Health Center
1959 - Supreme Appliances   
1948 - Supreme Appliances    
1939 - Sam Lee Laundry

1518     2019 - City Place Apartments        
1977 - Vacant        
1969 - Dernay Tailor & Cleaners              
1959 - Dernay Tailor & Cleaners          
1948 - Dernay Tailor & Cleaners           
1939 - Dernay Tailor & Cleaners               

1520       2019 – Vacant Building          
1969 - Stice Jewelry                  
1959 - Stice Jewelry                    
1948 - Stice Jewelry              
1939 - Stice Machine Repair

1522      2019 - H&R Block & Vavrek Architects            
1977 - George R. Pate - attorney                             
1977 - Steven T. Bielak - attorney                             
1969 - George R. Pate - attorney                        
1959 - Robert & George Pate - attorneys 
1948 - Robert & George Pate - attorneys   
1939 - Robert Pate - attorney              
1939 - Standard Food Market   

1524      2019 - Parking Lot                      
1969 - Vacant             
1959 - Julius Food Center - grocery                          
1948 - Vacant           
1939 - Wilkinson Restaurant      

1526      2019 - Parking Lot                          
1977 - Snip & Clip                     
1969 - Hazel's Beauty Salon                        
1959 - Vincent’s Barber Shop                     
1948 - Pastorchik Barber                              
1939 - Waywood Barber Shop  

1528      2019 - Parking Lot                     
1969 - Erma's Dining Room Restaurant                  
1959 - Murad Restaurant                          
1948 - Murad Restaurant                       
1939 - Murad Restaurant

1530      2019 - Memory Makers                
1977 - Ed's Pool Hall                       
1969 - Dink's Pool Hall                   
1959 - Muto Pool Room            
1948 - Bright Sewing Machines           
1939 - Hassan Grocery Store   

1532      2019 - Curosh & Curosh - attorneys  
1977 - Vacant              
1969 - Busy Bee Restaurant                        
1959 - Hassan Restaurant                      
1948 - Raybolt & Co. - petroleum inspectors   
1939 - Star Hotel                            
1939 - Cvitanvich Cigar Shop      

1534      2019 - Benchik Medical Health Center
1977 - Residential                     
1969 - Residential                           
1959 - Residential                           
1948 - Beisal Furniture Store                      
1939 - Beisal Department Store

1538      2019 - Vision One                      
1969 - Vacant                
1959 - Golub's Super IGA Grocery                          
1948 - Hansen Buick - auto dealer

1542      2019 - Empty Lot                         
1977 - Radio Center                
1969 - Radio Center                   
1959 - Radio Center                     
1948 - Radio Center                       
1939 - Szanyi Barber Shop

1544      2019 - Rebecca's Hair Care                    
1977 - Residential                    
1969 - Residential                         
1959 - Residential                      
1948 - Jean & Ladd Tap Room               
1939 - Kalapach Tavern

1548      2019 - White Oak Condominiums                       
1977 - Moose Lodge            
1969 - Moose Lodge               
1959 - Moose Lodge                      
1948 - Moose Lodge                      
1939 - Moose Lodge     

White Oak Avenue Intersects                                
1600      2019 - Indy Perk                              
1977 - Whiting Hardware Company                        
1969 - Whiting Hardware Company                        
1959 - Whiting Hardware Company                       
1948 - Kozacik Hardware Company                         
1939 - Kozacik Hardware Company

1604      2019 - Amex Nooter                      
1977 - Whiting Lunch & Donut Shop                     
1969 - Whiting Lunch                 
1959 - Residential                       
1948 - Hassan Restaurant            

1606      2019 – Vacant Building          
1969 - Nardi's Lounge Tavern                
1959 - Nardi's Lounge Tavern                     
1948 - Lazzareachi Tavern                           
1939 - Venetian Grill Tavern       

1610   2019 - Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society  
1969 - Vacant                 
1959 - Residential                    
1948 - Choltye Barber Shop                  
1939 - Choltye Barber Shop 

1612      2019 - Lynn's Doggie Spa                           
1977 - Vacant           
1969 - Nardi's Tobacco Shop                  
1959 - Nardi's Tobacco Shop                
1948 - Nardi's Tobacco Shop                     
1939 - Nardi’s Tobacco Shop 

1614       2019 - Vietnam Veterans Memorial                
1977 - Standard Hotel            
1969 - Standard Hotel                   
1959 - Standard Hotel            
1948 - Standard Hotel  

Schrage Avenue Intersects                              
1620      2019 - Corner Lot                         
1977 - Vacant      
1969 - Whiting Confectionary             
1948 - Shocaroff Confectionary         
  1939 - Shocaroff Confectionary

Old EJ & E Railway Crossing Location   
1642       2019 - Oil City Stadium site  
1977 - Pumping Station & Filtration Plant 
1969 - Pumping Station & Filtration Plant  
1959 - Pumping Station & Filtration Plant               
1948 - Pumping Station & Filtration Plant   
1939 - Pumping Station & Filtration Plant 

Old Pennsylvania Railway Crossing Location    
1708       2019 - Empty Lot                             
1977 - Café Roosevelt Tavern                    
1969 - Café Roosevelt Tavern                   
1959 - Café Roosevelt Tavern                   
1948 - Jeschke Tavern                   
1939 - Cafe Roosevelt Tavern    

1710      2019 - Empty Lot                            
1977 - Spebar Tavern              
1969 - Spebar Tavern                    
1959 - Sramek's Tavern           
1948 - Sramek's Tavern            
1939 - Sramek’s Restaurant        

1738       2019 - Empty Lot                     
1959 - Whiting Refinery Credit Union                     
1948 - Standard Oil Company Drafting Room      

1740       2019 - Empty Lot                       
1977 - Vacant           
1959 - Zyara Grocery Store     

Standard Avenue Intersects         
                             

The North Side of 119th Street       

Indianapolis Boulevard Intersects           
1225      2019 - Clipper Bar
1977 - Clipper Bar
1969 - Clipper Bar
1959 - Owens Funeral Home
1948 - Owens Funeral Home
1939 - Owens Funeral Home

1235  2019 - Baran & Son Funeral Home
1977 - Baran & Son Funeral Home
               1969 - Baran & Son Funeral Home
1959 - Baran & Son Funeral Home
1948 - Baran & Son Funeral Home
1939 - Baran & Son Funeral Home

1239 2019 - Family Dollar
1977 - Whiting Supermart
1969 - A & P Food Store
1969 - A & P Food Store
1948 - A & P Food Store

Central Avenue Intersects
1301    2019 - CVS Pharmacy
1977 - Hoosier Walgreen's Drug Store
1969 - Hoosier Drug Store
1959 - National Tea Grocery Store
1948 - Indiana Plumbing & Heating
1939 - Indiana Plumbing & Heating

1309    2019 - Lubia's Dress Shop
1977 - Yvonne Plasters Craft
1969 - Neal Price's Firestone Store
             1959 - Neal Price's Firestone Store
1948 - Neal Price's - auto supplies
1939 - Eaton’s Women’s Furnishings

1311     2019 - This N' That Consignment Shop
1977 - NIPSCO - branch office
1969 - NIPSCO - branch office
1959 - NIPSCO - branch office
1948 - NIPSCO - branch office
1939 - Wayos Radio & Sport Shop

1315      2019 - American Trust Insurance
1969 - Lewin-Wolf - clothing
1959 - Lewin-Wolf - clothing
1948 - Martz Florist
1939 - Hoosier Flower Shop

1315 ½  2019 - Address no longer in use
1939 - Bata Shoe Company

1317       2019 - BMWC Constructors
1977 - Whiting Auto Parts 
1948 - Lewin-Wolf - clothing
1939 - Larned’s Dress Shop

1319       2019 - Murzyn State Farm Insurance
1977 - State Farm Insurance
1977 - Margaret's for Beauty
1969 - American Red Cross
1969 - Freel's Specialty & Beauty Shop
1959 - American Red Cross
              1959 - Freel's Specialty & Beauty Shop
            1948 - Freel's Specialty & Beauty Shop
            1948 - Morris Picklin - optometrist
            1939 - Freel’s Specialty & Beauty Shop

1321      2019 - Horizon Bank
                1977 - American Trust & Savings Bank
1977 - Kovacik Agency
1969 - American Trust & Savings Bank
              1969 - Louis T. Kudele - physician
1959 - American Trust & Savings Bank
1959 - Andrew M. Kozacik - attorney
1959 - Aubrey Sceerey - dentist
1959 - Louis T. Kudele - physician
1959 - Kovacik Insurance Agency
1948 - American Trust & Savings Bank
 1948 - Andrew M. Kozacik - attorney
1948 - Aubrey Sceerey - dentist
1948 - Louis T. Kudele -physician
1948 - Joyce Beauty Shop
1939 - American Trust & Savings Bank
1939 - Douglas Beauty Shop
1939 - Aubrey Sceerey - dentist
1939 - Joyce Beauty Shop
1939 - Louis T. Kudele - physician

La Porte Avenue Intersects
1329       2019 – Vacant Building
1977 - H & R Block
1969 - Kris Korner Tavern
               1959 - Josephine Style Shop
1948 - Ray Rose Infant Clothes
1939 - Riffer Men’s Furnishings

1331       2019 – Vacant Building
1977 - Carrie's Clothing
1969 - Carrie's Clothing
1948 - Hoosier Style Shop - clothing
1939 - Hoosier Style Shop - clothing

1333       2019 - American Family Insurance
1977 - Colonial Landscaping Construction
        1969 - Ron's Haute Coiffure Beauty
                  1959 - Siltanen Jewelers
             1948 - Reaven Jewelers
           1939 - Sam Sing Laundry

1335       2019 - Hoosier Theatre
1977 - Hoosier Theatre
1969 - Hoosier Theatre
              1959 - Hoosier Theatre
1948 - Hoosier Theatre
1939 - Hoosier Theatre

1337       2019 - Empty Lot with Billboard
1969 - Otto’s Shoes
1959 - Glenn Shoes
                  1948 - Glenn Shoes
  1939 - Glenn Shoes

1339      2019 - Whiting Refinery Credit Union  
                 1977 - Whiting Refinery Credit Union
1969 - Whiting Refinery Credit Union

1341       2019 - Whiting Flower Shop
1977 - Winsberg's Store for Men
           1969 - Winsberg's Store for Men
1959 - Winsberg's Store for Men
1948 - Winsberg's Store for Men
1948 - Jeremiah McCarthy - physician
1939 - Winsberg’s Store for Men
1939 - Jeremiah McCarthy - physician

1343       2019 - DTS Systems International
                  1977 - Ron's Coiffure Beauty Shop
1969 - Tris Jolie Dress Shop
1959 - Brown's Women's Apparel
1948 - Brown's Women's Apparel
                    1939 - Vacant

1345       2019 - Region Signs
1977 - Hook n' Needle Nook
1969 - Koleta's Beauty Salon
1959 - Fashion Shop - women's clothing
1948 - Kinel Hosiery Shop
1939 - Kinel Hosiery Shop

1345 ½  2019 - Address no longer in use
1977 - Hoosier Medical Center
1969 - Hoosier Medical Center
1959 - Myron Gordon - optometrist

1347       2019 - Russell Romano Salon
1977 - Whiting Flower Shop
1969 - Whiting Flower Shop
1959 - Whiting Flower Shop
1948 - Whiting Flower Shop
   1939 - Whiting Flower Shop

Sheridan Avenue Intersects 
1401       2019 - Sheridan Plaza - Event Venue
1977 - Vacant
1969 - Russell's TV Sales & Service
1959 - Barney Goldstein - dentist
1948 - Riffer' Men’s Furnishings
        1948 - Barney Goldstein - dentist
1939 - Kroger Consumer Stores - grocery

1405       2019 - John P. Singel, CPA
1977 - Vidicom Security Systems
1969 - Vacant
1959 - Spiro Billiards
1948 - Spiro Billiards
1939 - Spiro Billiards

1409      2019 - Bulldog Brewing
1977 - Wagner Company Insurance
1969 - Wagner Company Insurance
            1959 - Vacant
1948 - American Red Cross Chapter
   1948 - Aluminum Engineering Sales
  1948 - Lake County Realty Company
1948 - John J. Wargo Insurance
1948 - Joseph P. Sullivan - attorney
1939 - Moskins Stores – clothing

1411       2019 - Address no longer in use
1948 - Fetsis Grocery Store
1939 - Greider Barber Shop

1413       2019 - Studio 659 
           1977 - Residential
1969 – Residential
1959 - Residential
1948 - Moskin's Credit Clothing
1948 - William J. Lynch - dentist
1939 - M. Bluestein & Son - clothing

1417       2019 - Chamber of Commerce
1977 - Whiting News Company
1969 - Whiting News Company
1959 - Whiting News Company
1948 - Whiting News Company
    1939 - Whiting News Company

1417 ½ 2019 - Address no longer in use
1939 - Maurice J. Ritter - dentist     

1419      2019 - La Michoancana
             
1977 - Anne's Linens
1969 - Anne's Linens
 1959 - Anne's Linens
1948 - McNamara Confectionary
1939 - McNamara Brothers Grocery

1421       2019 - Burrito Stop
                 1977 - Edward F. Kosior - dentist
1959 - Al's Linoleum & Carpet Shop
1948 - Ann Adams Millinery
1939 - Hoosier Radio Shop
1939 - Clifford M. Jones - physician
1939 - Owen F. Benz – physician

1423       2019 - Comfort Roast
1977 - Vacant
1969 - Whiting Laundromat & Cleaners
1959 - Calumet Launderer & Cleaners
1948 - Adams Furniture Store
1948 - George Hilliard – dentist
1939 - Orphan Confectionary
1939 - George Hilliard - dentist

Oliver Street Intersects
1443       2019 - Whiting City Hall
1977 - Whiting City Hall
1969 - Whiting City Hall
              1959 - Whiting City Hall
1948 - Whiting City Hall
1948 - Whiting National Guard Armory
1948 - US Army Recruiting Office
1939 - Whiting National Guard Armory

1449     2019 - Chase Bank
  1977 - Bank of Indiana
1977 - Incentive Insurance
1969 - State Bank of Whiting
1969 - Thomas J. Cerajewski - attorney
1969 - Walter J. Keckich - attorney
1959 - State Bank of Whiting
1959 - Thomas J. Cerajewski - attorney
1959 - Walter J. Keckich - attorney
1948 - State Bank of Whiting
1948 - Standard Oil Engineering Department
1939 - State Bank of Whiting
1939 - Utilities Motor Fuel Company
1939 - Byron G. Cory - dentist
        1939 - Oscar A. Ahlgren - attorney
1939 - Thomas B. Cerajewski - attorney
1939 - Edwin C. Mahoney - contractor

New York Avenue Intersects
1501       2019 - Whiting Post Office
1977 - Whiting Post Office
          1969 - Whiting Post Office
1959 - Whiting Post Office
1948 - Whiting Post Office
1939 - Whiting Post Office

1515       2019 - Cool Creations & Very Fine Wash
1977 - VFW Post
            1969 - VFW Post
1959 - VFW Post
1948 - Vacant

1521       2019 - Whiting Elks Lodge
1977 - Whiting Elks Lodge
1969 - Whiting Elks Lodge
          1959 - Whiting Elks Lodge
1948 - Whiting Elks Lodge
1939 - Whiting Elks Lodge

Pennsylvania Avenue Intersects
1547      2019 - Whiting Baptist Church
           
1977 - Whiting Baptist Church
  1969 - Whiting Baptist Church
  1959 - Whiting Baptist Church
      1948 - Residential

1549       2019 - Parking Lot
                  1959 - First Southern Baptist Church

1555       2019 - Parking Lot
                 1959 - Dernay Gas Station
            1948 - Kompier Filling Station
             1939 - Wargo Filling Station

Ohio Avenue Intersects
1621       2019 - Empty Lot
              1977 - Vacant
     1969 - Whiting Sugar Bowl
   1969 - Haluska Standard Fuel Oil Company
     1959 - Whiting Sugar Bowl
1948 - Todoroff Confectionary
1939 - Todoroff Confectionary

1623       2019 - Empty Lot
1948 - Rifkin Whole Meats

Old EJ & E Railway Crossing Location    
Old Pennsylvania Railway Crossing Location     
1701       2019 - Parking Lot
1977 - C.H. Heist - high pressure water cleaning
1969 - Vacant
1959 - Tedrick Garage - auto repair
   1948 - Lake County Motor Sales
1939 - Hoosier Auto Service

1709       2019 - Whihala Ice Cream Shop
1977 - Vacant
1969 - Vacant
1959 - Veterans Food & Gifts
1948 - Ruzbasen Grocery
        1939 - Rogina Confectionary

1715       2019 - Residential
1969 - Haluska Trucking Company
              1959 - Haluska Trucking Company

1719       2019 - Residential
        1977 - Veterans Food & Gifts
     1969 - Veterans Food & Gifts
1959 - Hajduch Grocery
1948 - Hajduch Grocery
    1939 - Grenchik Grocery

1727       2019 - Empty Lot
1977 - Vacant
       1969 - Holland Recreation
1948 - Residential
1939 - Benko Pool Hall

Center Street Intersects
1733       2019 - Empty Lot
 
1948 - Whiting Refinery Credit Union
1939 - Cengel Tavern

1737       2019 - Empty Lot
1977 - Gerald Haluska - attorney
1969 - Gerald Haluska - attorney
1959 - Gerald Haluska - attorney
1948 - Haluska Dry Goods
1939 - Haluska Dry Goods

1739       2019 - Empty Lot
1948 - Roosevelt Club
1939 - Roosevelt-Garner Club of Whiting

1741       2019 - Empty Lot
   1948 - Paunicka Grocery
  1939 - Paunicka Grocery

Front Street Intersects

Bercik’s Service Station at the corner of 119th and Indianapolis Boulevard was one of several automotive related businesses on 119th Street. In the past there were repair shops, auto dealerships, auto parts, and other gas stations.

In 1945, Bill Curosh (left) bought Lipay’s clothing store and opened Curosh’s on 119th Street. He sold his business in 1970 to John Gazda (right), who earlier owned an upholstery shop, a delicatessen, and who managed the St. John Parochial Center for 12 years.

A 1939 ad for Lipay’s Women’s Furnishings. Downtown Whiting had a dozen clothing stores in the 1949s and 1950s, but the number began to diminish in the decades which followed. “The 1970s were rough,” said Gerry Michaels of the Jack and Jill Store (1240 119th Street) in a 1989 interview. “They were starting to develop the discount stores, and that’s where the heavy trade was.”

Mr. Burton, the owner of Burton’s Men’s Shop presents a gift certificate to Anna Mika of Euclid Avenue in a 1956 Whiting Merchants Good Will Promotion. (Times-Grafic Photo)

The Taxi Stand, or Whiting Cab, in this 1991 photograph, was located at 1310 119th Street, next door to the Center Lounge. You could more than a taxi there. Newspapers, magazines, candy, cigarettes and more were on sale inside.

Charles Perel had his law office at 1312 119th Street, above McHale’s Tavern. He started hi legal practice in Whiting in 1915 and served as Whiting City Judge for a time.

Ginny and Jim McHale chat with regular customer Larry Williams shortly before retiring from their bar. McHale’s Tavern was a three-generation family business, originally at Fischrupp and New York Avenues. That was when it was established in the 1880s. It later moved to 1312 119th Street and remained in operation (except for the Prohibition years) until it was sold in 1978 and became the Center Lounge. (The Calumet Day photograph)

The American Slovak Club has been located at 1324 119th Street for decades. But it looks different than it looked in this 1930s era post card. Today, the top floor is gone. The building was also known as the Slovak Dom, “dom” being a Slovak word for “home.” The upstairs is where Slovak immigrants and their families gathered for wedding celebrations and for special events. But in the 1960s, the upstairs hall was shut down. By 1982, damage caused by leaks led to the roof collapsing at the exact moment a meeting was being held on the ground floor to discuss bids for removing the top floor.

Beggar’s Pizza is the current occupant of 1326 119th Street. But this is how that area looked in the early 1950s, after the Capitol Theatre closed down. The overhang on the front of the building (to the right in this photo) was the theatre entrance. Next door, toward the center of the photo, was Sam Sing Laundry, still visible in this picture. Sherman’s Indiana Supply Store is on the left. It soon took over the space which had been occupied by the theatre and laundry.

Sherman’s was at 1326 119th Street, while the Whiting Five & Ten was at 1334 119th, currently the home of Levin Eye Care Center. In earlier years, that was the location of an F.W. Woolworth, America’s first “five and dime” store chain, which is pretty much the same as today’s “dollar stores.” (Lovasko Studio photograph)

Sunrise Restaurant is the successor to Dmitri’s and Drabek’s as restaurants operating at 1342 119th Street, but the original occupant of that building was Recht’s Department Store. There are many changes to the building on the ground level, but if you look at the upper level of today’s building you can see the resemblance to how the building looked in this 1904 sketch of Recht’s.

Aronberg Jewelers became a part of Whiting in 1905. In this 1981 photo, which appeared in The Calumet Day, the caption said the store (at 1348 119th Street) employed two watch makers, does engravings, sells engagement rings and other jewelry, as well as silver and Lenox China.

Seifer’s Furniture was a major part of downtown Whiting from the early 20th century. It’s first store, founded in 1908, was at the corner of 119th and New York Avenue. In 1920, it opened its new, larger store just up the street at 1406 119th Street.

The J.J. Newberry Store, 1410 119th Street, in 1969. Next door is the Big Ben Shoe-Per Market at 1418 119th Street. And next to it is Indiana Red Hots at 1418 1/2. The hot dog stand was one of America’s smallest restaurants. It was 45 feet long, but only seven feet wide, which was just enough room for the grill, the counter, the stools along the counter, and a small aisle to get from front to back. (Lovasko Studio photograph)

No single event shaped the face of downtown Whiting more than the July 1980 fire which started in the J.J. Newberry store. It destroyed six businesses, which were in the vicinity of today’s Dollar Tree store at 1410 119th Street.

Inside the International Sewing Shop in 1980, located at 1422 119th Street. (Susan K. Hmurovic photograph)

This early 1930s post card shows 119th Street from Oliver Street, looking west. The Jennings-Mattern Drug Store is to the left. Further down the streets are signs for the Hoosier Theatre and Seifer’s Furniture. The Chocolate Shop sign to the right is the current location of Comfort Roast coffee shop.

Television was still in its infancy when this 1952 ad for Orr’s Radio & Television, 1442 119th Street, appeared in the newspaper.

While downtown Whiting had many restaurants over the years, it has had few pizzerias. Barton’s was one of the exceptions. This ad was from 1977.

Downtown Whiting was home to numerous attorneys from its earliest days through the 1970s. All four in this 1968 photo had their offices downtown. They are, left to right, George Pate (1522 119th Street), William Belshaw and Ben Danko (both at 1450 119th Street), and Walter Keckich (1449 119th Street). (Times-Grafic photograph)

Central Drug was located at 1452 119th Street. On the second floor of this building was the law office of Green, Powers, Belshaw and Danko. The second floor of numerous downtown building were often residential apartments or offices. It was common for lawyers, doctors, dentists, music teachers, and others who needed office space, to operate on the upper floors.

Home improvement shops were another common sight in downtown Whiting. There were awning shops, hardware stores, paint stores, plumbers and more. Saylor’s was a paint shop at 1504 119th Street, but its history in Whiting went much further back. This is an ad from 1926.

A 1939 ad for Whiting Plumbing & Heating, 1510 119th Street. Before moving to 119th Street, they were located on New York Avenue.

Joseph Dernay operated a tailor shop at 1518 119th Street. The building no longer exists, but it was located where the City Place Apartments are now located.

In 1957, the Whiting Community Center hosted the Merchants and Industrial Exposition. There were fashion shows and other performances, as well as displays by area merchants, both those with shops on 119th Street and other parts of Whiting-Robertsdale. (Elsie Boness photograph)

Murad’s Restaurant, 1528 119th Street, was operated by the family of Ferid Murad, who worked there while attending Whiting High School. Murad graduated in 1954, and went on to become a respected researcher, winning the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

This 1946 newspaper article gives the details on an expansion by Fred Beisal’s Department Store, 1534 119th Street, which includes making room to display cars for sale, and a service department for automobiles.

In November 1963, the game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers was blacked out in the Chicago area. So, John Kiraly, of the Radio Center (1542 119th Street) pulled in a signal from a South Bend television station and displayed it on a TV screen in the front window of his shop, drawing a crowd of football fans to watch. (Times-Grafic photograph)

Members of the Moose Club gather for an event in their lodge at 1548 119th Street in 1970.

Whiting Hardware, 1600 119th Street in 1980, currently the home of Indy Perks coffee shop. (Susan K. Hmurovic photograph)

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located on the site where the Standard Hotel once stood. This photo is from the 1940s.

“Whiting Confectionary (1620 119th Street) was a hangout,” wrote Nina Lourik from conversations she had with Chris Dohoff, pictured above, son-in-law of founder Andy Shocaroff. “The five stool soda fountain attracted couples new and old. The old brought their kids to show them where their parents had first dated…The shakes were thick, the Black Cow was popular, and Cherry Coke was a favorite…”

Whiting’s Water Pumping Station and Filtration plant.

The 1700 block of 119th Street, a building which once housed Sramek’s Tavern

Baran & Son Funeral Home has been a constant sight for decades on 119th Street, the only business on our list that has been in the same location, under the same name, from the start of our list in 1939 to today. But, it does look different. This is how it looked before its remodeling and expansion.

1301 119th Street is the home of CVS Pharmacy today, after being Fagen Pharmacy in recent years. But before that, it was Hoosier Drugs, and even further back, some can remember it as the National Tea grocery store. This photo is from 1969. (Lovasko Studio photograph)

Neal Price’s Firestone Store sold tires for your car, garden tools, bicycles, phonography records, and much more at its location ay 1309 119th Street. This photo is from 1957. (Elsie Boness photograph)

Shoppers are out for “Frontier Days,” a downtown shopping promotion, in 1969. Looking west on 119th Street, the State Farm Insurance office is at 1319 119th Street, with Lewin-Wolf clothing store at 1315, and the NIPSCO office at 1311. (Lovasko Studio photograph)

Many of the downtown stores were owned and operated by women, even in the early years of Whiting. Agnes Freel opened a millinery shop in 1918 at 1421 119th Street, currently the home of Burrito Stop. She was so successful that in 1937 she had a new building constructed at 1319 119th Street so she could have a larger shop. This ad is from 1939, and appeared in a special edition of a newspaper celebrating the 50th anniversary of Standard Oil’s presence in Whiting.

American Trust & Savings Bank started in 1920 at the site of what is today the American Slovak Club. In 1925, it built a new structure across the street, at the corner of 119th and LaPorte Avenue (1321 119th Street), at a cost of $100,000. The ground floor was for banking, while the upper floor was rented out as offices and apartments.

To promote the movie comedy “You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man,” the Hoosier Theatre had a W.C. Fields look-alike on the sidewalk outside. Fields starred in the 1939 film.

Winsberg’s Store for Men goes back to at least 1902 in Whiting. In those years, founder Abe Winsberg had his store at 121st and Schrage, a location passed every day by the thousands of men going to and from the main gate of the Standard Oil refinery. He moved his store to 119th Street in 1923.

The 1300-block of 119th between LaPorte and Sheridan, on the north side, was a prime area for clothes shopping

The Whiting Flower Shop is one of the city’s oldest businesses. It began in the first decade of the 20th century when Louis Klemm sold flowers out of a horse-drawn cart. It moved to 119th Street, and during the Depression it sold bread and penny candy to help make ends meet. The photo above is from 1957

119th Street at Sheridan Avenue in 1912, currently the location of Russell Romano Salon, 1347 119th Street.

The Whiting News Company, 1417 119th Street, on a night in 1976.

The interior of Whiting News in 2009, shortly before it closed its doors for good. “As an adult you paid bills there, bought greeting cards, rosaries and statues there for gifts,” wrote Gayle Faulkner Kosalko. “As a kid you went in at least once a day for penny candy.” Whiting News goes back to the 1890s, but moved to 1417 119th Street in 1929.

Anne’s Linens (1419 119th Street) had been on 119th Street for 39 years when owner Anne Daniele posed for this 1994 photo, making it one of the oldest businesses on the street at the time. (Linda Rich photograph)

The State Bank of Whiting (1449 119th Street) is on the right, with the National Guard Armory (currently City Hall) next to it at 1443 119th Street) in this 1931 photo.

The New York Avenue side of the Whiting Post Office, under construction in October 1932. Prior to its move to 1501 119th Street, the Whiting Post Office had been at the corner of Clark Street and Fischrupp Avenue.

A view of 119th Street looking west from Schrage Avenue, probably in the early 1900s. The building on the left housed a pharmacy on the ground floor. Note the housing on the north side of 119th, in the vicinity of what is today the Whiting Baptist Church (1547 119th Street).

A 4th of July entry, made to look like a train engine, passes by Baloff’s Sugar Bowl on the northeast corner of 119th and Ohio Street. It was directly across 119th Street from the Whiting Confectionary. “The two stores,” wrote Nina Lourick, “were essentially identical” She said that surprised no one, because “their owners had been partners in the Whiting Confectionary before a falling out led them to compete for the sweet tooth of Whiting.”

The Roosevelt-Garner Club was a political organization supporting President Franklin Roosevelt in his run for re-election in 1936, as well as his running mate, Vice-President John Nance Garner, and other Democrats. When Roosevelt ran for a third term in 1940, Garner was not his running mate, so the name of the club was shortened to just the Roosevelt Club.

At the eastern end of 119th Street was Front Street, and on Front Street (approximately where the Mascot Museum now sits) was the Standard Oil Refinery Main Office, seen here in 1922. By the 1940s it was clear that this old structure was inadequate to handle the needs of the growing refinery. In fact, because of the space problem, Standard Oil had to rent offices in at least two 119th Street buildings to house some of its business operations. The company had a drafting department office at 1738 119th Street in the 1940s, and housed some of its Engineering Department in the bank building at 1449 119th.

The intersection of 119th Street and Front Street, the eastern end of 119th. This is how it looked in the 1910s or 1920s. Front Street is on the right, with the crossing gates and railroad tracks leading to the lakefront, while 119th is seen in the center of this photo going to the left, or west.