Four men are posed in front of a carriage in the Alvin Van Campen Livery Barn located at 17 Second Street SE next to the Chicago Great Western Railroad depot. In March 1888, Van Campen purchased the business from Milo Jack. In December 1911, he sold the livery business and building to C. L. Arnold and W. S. Burton and moved into the Van Campen building. Tom Williams drove the baggage wagon; Ed Durkee, a brother of Mrs. Louis Rommel, drove the ""taxi"". all vehicles were horse drawn. Note the old hack in the back of the barn (City Bus and Transfer). This bus met the trains for the Cook Hotel. The men in the photo are (left to right): Tom Williams, George Fitzgerald, Alfred ""Red"" Ennis and Ed Durkee.
Black and white albumen print showing the interior of a bar in Belle Plaine. Seen are a long bar with five stools and two wooden tables with display cases. The cases are filled with various cigars for sale. Written on the backside of the image is "Chris Albrecht/Belle Plaine/1900."
The Bradley House (built in 1855 by Albert Stevens) was sold to J. T. Bradley in 1861. This stagecoach stop, located at the east end, facing north, of the then College Street (now 4th Street) bridge, a block east of Broadway was on the Old Dubuque Trail. A fancy coach met all trains and transported customers and their baggage to the Bradley House.
Several people are viewing the damage from the 1883 tornado. A man is standing next to a piece of furniture and a boy is sitting with a large toy horse. Among the debris on the ground is a stove, windows and an umbrella. The inscription on the photo is: ""Cascade Park, 20 houses destroyed, 8 persons killed near here."" The tornado struck Rochester in the early evening of Aug. 21, 1883.
Albumen print showing the cast of "The Bank Cashier." A local play in Belle Plaine, the image shows the cast members in costume and gathered together on stage. Cast members include: Will Schmitt, Rose Fettman, Andy Donovan, Joe Mohrbacher, Tony Link, Margaret Albrecht, Christ Albrecht, Frances Albrecht, and Cyril Frank.
Two men are posed by the front of a Chicago and North Western train engine. A hand operated turntable is visible in the rear. A wooden pilot (cow catcher) is attached to the front of the engine. The man in dark clothes on the right is Joe Bell.
A train is photographed moving toward the Rochester depot of the Chicago & North Western Railroad while a group of people wait outside the depot. Other buildings, train tracks and railcars are also visible.
The five people pictured were all members of the First Methodist Church Choir; seated: Mr. Wilson (in chair), Bertha Schuster (in black dress), Nellie Bonham (higher seat); standing: Lulu Crouch, Bert Nichols.