The Zugg Insurance Building at 113 W. Washington Street will be the site for Part I of the Opening Ceremony for the 2021 Heritage Day celebration. The ceremony will feature "Sensei" Steve Gross as our Master of Ceremonies and a warm welcome by Momence Mayor Chuck Steele.
This wood two-story structure was built in 1876 by Mr. and Mrs. Jason Wheeler and stood on the corner of West Front and Range Street (West Washington and Dixie Highway.) The lower level was Mrs. Wheelers Millinery, and the upper level was Wheeler’s apartment. In 1879 the upper level was used for Doctor Mathews office, and other Doctor’s like M.D. Green used this space into the late 1890s.
In 1890 W.W. Parish, Sr. purchased the two-story building belonging to Mrs. Wheeler. In 1905 the Post Office was moved to this building, but by 1910, the City had outgrown the building, and a new post office was built. Instead of tearing the building down, William Parish, Sr. led the movement to save the building and move it to its current location at 113 W. Front (Washington) Street. It continued to serve the community as a post office until the new building next door was completed. That building currently houses Momence City Hall.
This versatile building had many new lives over the years, including Martin Peterson’s Saloon, a restaurant, shoe repair, a bootery, a hardware store, a milk co-op, an electric service store, a jewelry store, a doctor’s office, and the very popular Dr Salisbury’s dentist Office. The brick façade still seen on the building today was added in 1912.
The Zugg family purchased this building and opened the insurance business that still exists today. The Heritage Day Committee dedicates this Heritage Day 2021 to Patrick Zugg, and commemorates this building in his honor.