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Re: [CBQ] West Aurora depot/frt house

Subject: Re: [CBQ] West Aurora depot/frt house
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 07:10:51 -0700 (PDT)
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I spent saturday morning with PK Hannah.  We have hung around together since he 
bumped in to Cicero from Hannibal.  He takes me to shows as his Cicero Wheel 
Man and Muscle(he deals in paper)  As well as being the editor for the Railway 
Station Historical Society.  He grabbed his Baldwin History of the Q(you can 
down load it on line) He thinks the building might have been the Aurora Station 
for the C&I with the Middle Ave trackage the main from Depot to South Aurora 
where the main headed out the old C&I alighnment.  
The C&I opened in Jan 1871 and was not leased by the Q until July of 1892.  His 
earliest timetable is 1888 and thinks before that the timetables were printed 
in the papers and suggests we look in the VERY early papers for the station 
The argument sounds good as the C&I was independent for the  years before the 
lease came about.  On the flip side the predecssor road that built the Fox 
River line bypassed the downtown area circleing around and north on its way to 
Geneva(City Fathers may have been pressured not to allow them thru town by the 
growing CB&Q)  Later the Geneva branch and now called NIFA(altough most people 
do not know what NIFA stands for)
What would be your thoughts??
I may try and stop at the State Historical Lib(under the old state capital) on 
my way north to Rockford

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Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:13:13 AM
Subject: [CBQ] West Aurora depot/frt house

Thanks Steve. 

The 1967 edition of the track/engineering drawing still shows what I  think 
is a property number (#11) on the structure. The next building to the West 
and across the tracks(the glass repair business) shows being sold to 
Magill(Budweiser Distributor) in 1930. So this makes me want to know what  the 
used that building for up until then(a new frt house ?) The next building 
still further west was sold to Miller Packing 11/61 so again wonder  what the 
Q had in there.  Looks like I'll be researching at the  Aurora Historical 
Society and the Beacon archives at the Aurora library.

I remember switching Baker Feeds at Baker,just down the branch from 
Earlville, in the mid 70s.

************ **It's raining cats and dogs -- Come to PawNation, a place 
where pets rule! (

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