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Phone: (618) 222-9430

Labor & Industry Museum
123 North Church St.
Belleville, Illinois 62220

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Labor & Industry Museum - Belleville, Illinois History

In 1912, Ely-Walker Dry Goods Co. of St. Louis, MO, announced they were opening a Belleville branch in the Rentchler Agricultural Works Building at East B and Delmar. The wage was $4.50 per week. In 1917, employees clashed between union and non-union representation. On, March 30, 1918, employees went on strike for union recognition.

The photo shows a small portion of the 160 employees of Ely-Walker in 1928. Donated by Pat & Jack Lindsey and Teresa Schaeffer.

The drawing is from "Signature of 450,000", a publication of the ILGWU, 1965. Donated by Betty Julian.

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