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Old friends of John R. Walsh said yesterday (Dec. 18,1905) that his keenness to possess millions first was manifested when he conducted a small news stand at Madison and Dearborn streets on the present site of the Hartford building in 1860. The building faced what was known as Postoffice alley, a little back from Dearborn street. The postoffice is shown in the distance being the large stone building over on the Monroe street frontage. Mr. Walsh’s rise as a business man dated from his acquisition of the small one story frame building store. It was a resort for the politicians and small merchants of that day, who came in the next few years to get the war news.
John R. Walsh’s news depot with the Post Office behind it. In 1855, Walsh’s building was replaced by Reynold’s Block.
Madison and Dearborn
Western News Company