The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

December 30, 2012

Bakery got start in Southtown

Before there was South Danville, there was a place called Southtown.

“Southtown was at the south end of Memorial Bridge and at the north end of the overhead bridge,” said 87-year-old Dorothy Swaim, who grew up in Southtown.

The overhead bridge was actually a wooden bridge that was located where the bridge is now near South View Middle School, she said.

Southtown boasted a doctor’s office, two grocery stores, two filling stations and two churches, Swaim recalls.

One of Southtown’s more notable businesses was Harvey’s Poultry House, where Swaim said “you could buy any kind of chicken or eggs.”

“It was an area within itself,” she said of Southtown.

One of Swaim’s childhood friends from Southtown, 92-year-old Lucille Lyman, said Southtown children attended Grant School until seventh grade and Washington School for eighth grade before moving on to Danville High School.

Swaim said Southtown’s town square was located at the four corners of Bridge Street — the current location of which perplexes Lyman to this day.

“I lived in Southtown until 1940 and something I’ve always wondered about is why the city allowed Arby’s to build on what had been Southtown’s square,” Lyman said.

“It was houses all along there,” Lyman said of South Gilbert Street, which she said used to be known as Main Street in Southtown. “Anker’s Bakery was at the northwest corner of Second and South Gilbert streets.”

Price Brothers

It also was in Southtown where another bakery, Price Brothers Bakery, got its start in the basement of the family’s home at Fourth and Stewart streets.

“For 10 cents you could buy as many day-old doughnuts as you could fit in a bag,” Swaim remembered.

Lyman is related to the Prices and also remembers the bakery well.

Text Only
Local News
  • School sign-up begins

    July 29, 2014

  • CRIS offers breakfast

    July 29, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    July 29, 2014

  • NWS-CN 07-20 Foster mug County clerk on hunt for general election judges DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Clerk’s office is looking for a few good men and women for this year’s general election.On Thursday, Vermilion County Board members certified the county’s first group of election judges for the November general electio

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-CN 07-29 Talking photo Report: Medicare looking better WASHINGTON — Medicare’s financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.Getting relief from a slowdown in health care spending, the program’s giant hospital trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2030, the

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police Reports Incidents reported to police include:DanvilleFriday:Battery and obstructing an officer in the 1600 block of East English Street.Burglary at The Juke, 1214 E. Main St.Saturday:Theft in the 1500 block of Oak Street.Vehicle burglary in the 100 block of

    July 29, 2014

  • Two hurt in weekend shootings in Danville DANVILLE — Two victims are listed in good condition following a pair of weekend shooting incidents in Danville.Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason confirmed the shootings, which took place around 8:15 p.m. Friday and just before 5 a.m.

    July 29, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls:Saturday, 10:08-10:23 a.m. — A medical call in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue.Saturday, 10:47-10:54 a.m. — Assist Medix in the first block of East Harrison Street.Saturday, 11:37-11:49 a.m. — A medical

    July 29, 2014

  • Library sets program for Farmers' Market

    July 28, 2014

  • Reception celebrates truck

    July 28, 2014

Spring 2014 Photos

Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Must Read