1/20/2023 10:46:00 AM A look at the Racine quarry, 100 years ago
Jens Petersen, sitting on the roof of his new Model TT truck at the Racine quarry, wearing glasses with the cigar in his mouth, second from the left in the line of trucks, owned the Ford dealership in Stewartville from 1918 to 1923. Along with the Fords, Petersen also sold Star automobiles at his business at the corner of Main Street and Third Street Southwest.
When Roger Byrne looks closely at the photo, he sees the faces of the men and women who lived in Racine 100 years ago. There they are, some of them sitting seriously straight-faced atop the Model TT trucks, parked at the Racine Quarry, located near the Pilot Grove Cemetery just north of Racine in fall 1923. Washburn Photo Studios of Spring Valley took the picture. Mert Schwartz of Racine, the original owner of the photo, gave the go-ahead for it to be used in a historical book highlighting the Racine Centennial in 1990. Schwartz "willed" the photo to Byrne, a history buff, in 1994. A year later, Davies Printing of Rochester enlarged the picture. The company used a high-tech drum scanner to make the picture bigger... For more on this story pick up your copy of the Jan. 24 Stewartville STAR.