As many of you probably have heard a historic building collapsed in Collinsville, Ok on Monday January 23rd. The business there was a cafe that had been in Collinsville for some time. According to Channel 2 it was 53-year old Scott Andrew Wright that crashed into the building with his vehicle, but police don’t believe drugs or alcohol were involved.
I looked into this building to see if I could find out when it was built and what all it has been. This turned out to be harder than I thought it would be. I will let you all know what I found out and if I got something wrong or anyone has anything to add then let me know.
The best picture I could find was of the building in 1915 when it was the Hershkowitz and Sons Famous Clothing and Shoe Company. I could not find much on them or how long it was there for.
If you look close at the top of the building it says Colburn and Hammond, I am pretty positive I found out some information on these people who have a history in the Collinsville area.
A Nathan O. Colburn who resided in Collinsville and was president of the First National Bank of Collinsville. Nathan was born in Illinois in 1863 but then shortly after his parents relocated to Eureka, Kansas. He grew up in Kansas from the age of six and he began working for his father. He resigned from working in his fathers store in 1891 at the age of 28 and moved to Oklahoma. He first settled five-miles north of Chandler and opened a store in April of 1892. He was very successful in business but did face disaster when in March of 1897 a cyclone swept away his home and business. The destruction of goods at his store was in the neighborhood of 10,000 dollars which is a lot of money for 1897. He built a new store and continued to grow his business until the winter of 1901. He sold that property and moved to Collinsville.
When he moved to Collinsville he went into partnership with two other gentleman to purchase the Cherokee Bank of Collinsville. The bank was reorganized and changed to the First National Bank of Collinsville.
Side note: When doing research I came across money collectors looking for rare First National Bank of Collinsville money so if you have any or come across some its worth big bucks.
He had great success at the banking business with total deposits 360,000 dollars! They built a modern two-story building in 1909. Now you are probably wondering the connection to the building besides just the name on it? Well it turns out ol’ Nathan is also a member of the Freemasons, and his wife mothers maiden name? Hammond. Now does this mean he had something to do with building this building? Not exactly, but he was wealthy and in the area around the time the building was built. According to the census the population of Collinsville in 1900 was 376 people. How many of them have the last name of Colburn and can finance or get someone to build a building? I would say that there is more than likely only one and his name is Nathan.
I also found a case study book from Harvard that details Mr. Coburn’s case where he was in court for the estate of his uncle J.M. Colburn where he is trying to say that he held domicile in Oklahoma after selling his farm in Polk County Iowa (which just happens to be where my ancestors are from) did he go to live in Des Moines, Iowa or Collinsville? He went and visited an Edward B. Colburn in “Owassa” (I am guessing is the same as Owasso). It discusses how many time he visited Owasso and how Nathan and his wife let him sleep in their room when he came but never had a room set aside for him. Anyways, nothing crazy happens in the case and it turn out the judge rules that he only stayed in Collinsville as a guest and never lived there. The heirs had to pay their own legal fees and if I am reading legalese correctly it was determined he never lived in Oklahoma therefore did not have to split his things equally to the heirs living in Oklahoma, under Oklahoma law.
Story on Nathan Colburn here.
Read the full story of the case here.
Old picture of the building from collinsville-ok.com
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