Museum needs help identifying old local business

Thursday, November 2, 2017
If you know anything about this business, contact the Putnam County Museum at 653-8419.

The Putnam County Museum has a mystery on its hands.

It is trying to identify a photograph recently donated to the Putnam County Museum by a Putnam County resident. When donated, it was described as the current Furniture AwareHouse building. However, after doing research and speaking with the current owner, it has been determined that the history of the building has a quite different flavor.

Completed in 1919, the original business at the now Furniture AwareHouse, was the Hurst bean factory. The building then became a wholesale grocer until 1945. At no time in its history, however, was it a furniture factory making tufted leather couches and fainting couches as seen in the photograph itself.

This is where you come in, Putnam County. Help is needed in identifying the correct location and even possibly the employees shown in the photograph.

If you think you recognize anything in this photograph please, give the museum a call at 653-8419 and work together to figure this mystery out or stop in on Tuesday-Friday from 1-4 p.m. or on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1105 N. Jackson St., Greencastle.

Find information about the museum on its website at or on Facebook at for upcoming events, giveaways, information on exhibits and other exciting news about the museum.

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