922 Indiana Ave. Wichita Falls, TX
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
This next building has been an adventure to say the least. Trying to figure out when it was built has been quite a challenge.
The first building on this property was actually a church, I have always been told it was the first location for the First Baptist Church. When this little church out grew itself, it then moved to 10th and Austin (1100 10th St.) Once again, it outgrew itself and it moved to where it is today at 1200 9th St.
The earliest city directory I have access to is the 1909 directory. This church was not listed in any of the early directories on Indiana Ave., or was listed as "vacant." So, this little building had been sitting here empty for many years. The picture below shows workmen demolishing the little church around the nineteen teens.
For those of you who are architecture or map geeks, below the picture of the church, is a copy of the 1919 Sanborn Fire map. According to the Library of Congress, "The Sanborn map collection consists of a uniform series of large-scale maps, dating from 1867 to the present and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of some twelve thousand cities and towns in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The maps were designed to assist fire insurance agents in determining the degree of hazard associated with a particular property and therefore show the size, shape, and construction of dwellings, commercial buildings, and factories as well as fire walls, locations of windows and doors, sprinkler systems, and types of roofs. The maps also indicate widths and names of streets, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers."
In the first map below, which is dated 1919, it's interesting to compare it to the buildings in the photo. In the photo you can see a little one story entrance to Miller Ferguson and a very small lot where the empty church stood. Behind the church, was a large building that was a warehouse attached to Miller Ferguson, which is no longer there.
In the second map, you can see how much the area changed by 1925. Many old buildings were demolished and new places were erected. At this time, it appears this building was split into three different businesses and the addresses were 920-922. Now can you see why this has bee such a challenge?
The first businesses I can find in the city directories with anywhere near the address of 922, was the 1922 directory (which in previous stories, I have explained that would have really been 1921.) 920 Indiana was Star Furniture. Star Furniture was previously in a small building a few doors down at 910 Indiana. I do believe that this was the very first business in this newly built building.
It remained Star Furniture, until the 1927 directory, at which time it became Parks Drug Store. The drug store only lasted there for a year. By the 1929 directory, I believe the addresses along that block changed again because at 920 Indiana was Silver and Bros, 5 and Dime store, however, there was no 922 address. By 1932 it was F & W Grand Silver 5 and Dime, but by 1933 it was gone and 920 was vacant once again.By 1939, 920 was Hall's Clothing Store but for the first time in 6 years, the 922 address pops back up in the 1939 directory and shows it is vacant, so the businesses at 920 may not have actually been in the 922 building. Confused yet? Me too!
What is very interesting is that for three years, in the 1941- 1944 city directory, 922 Indiana shows it was Lucky Strike Bowling Alley. I wonder what a bowling alley looked like back then?
From 1945-1949 it was Northsworthy Music Company, a music store that many people might remember, that later moved over to 9th St. by the fire station.
Surprisingly, from 49-53, the building held McCroy Dept, Store, which later moved down to the 800 block of Indiana. I never knew they occupied this building.
It remained Skagg's Drug Center until about 1977, it was vacant for a few years then it became Sign of the Peacock Antique Store from 1981 to 1990. In 1992 it became Montgomery Mattress Co. and remained there for 20 years.
The store became 922 Indie, Antique and Collectible stores. In 2016, the building was bought and the current owners are in the process of restoring the original look. They have uncovered the original hardwood floors and the original tin ceiling. Go by and take a peek inside and see what it looks like today!
The first First Baptist Church was where 922 Indiana Ave. is today.
1919 Sanborn Map showing the area of 922, although the addresses back then
were 908 1/2 to 910 1/2.
Skagg's Drug Center 1960's
Sign of the Peacock Antiques 1980's
922 Indiana Ave. today
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