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Showers Brothers Furniture Company : The Shared Fortunes of a Family, a City, and a University

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When the Showers family arrived in Bloomington, Indiana, the railroad had only recently come to town and a modest university was struggling to survive. Having spent the prior 18 years moving from place to place, the family decided to settle down and invest its modest resources to start a furniture company. The business proved to be extremely profitable and a stroke of good fortune for the small community. The company's success strengthened Bloomington's infrastructure, helping to develop new neighborhoods, and the philanthropic acts of the Showers family supported the town's continued development. The family's contributions helped Indiana University through difficult times and paved the way to its becoming the largest university in the state. In this detailed history of Showers Brothers, Carrol Krause tells the story of a remarkably successful collaboration between business, town, and gown.show more

Product details

  • Book | 312 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 17.78mm | 635.03g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 75 b&w illus.
  • 0253002036
  • 9780253002037

Review quote

"Author Carrol Krause has chosen a very interesting subject and writes with an especially good eye for 'telling detail' and for imagining sounds, images, and smells of long ago. The illustrations combined with the engaging style will attract an enthusiastic local audience." -James H. Madison, author (with Will Counts and Scott Russell Sanders) of Bloomington Past and Present "This once dominant and still prominent building houses the story of a city's past manufacturing prowess, a downtown in decline, and an urban renaissance. The roots of that important story are now available in this written history of Showers." -Mark Kruzan, Mayor of Bloomington, Indiana "Krause brings writing talent, local knowledge, and professional familiarity to her narrative... Ultimately, Showers Brothers Funiture Company serves as a history of Bloomington itself, telling the story of how an industry helped drive the development of one of the Midwest's most vital university towns." -Bloomshow more

About Carrol Ann Krause

Carrol Krause, a former member of Bloomington's Historic Preservation Commission, writes a weekly column in the Bloomington Herald-Times.show more

Table of contents

IntroductionShowers family information1. The Reverend and His Family2. Showers & Hendrix3. Legal Troubles4. The Brothers Enter Business5. The Booming `80s6. Death and Fire7. Prosperity and Loss8. Boom and Bust9. Moving Towards Modernity10. Houses and a Hospital11. "The World's Largest Furniture Factory"12. The "Shop Notes" years13. Another Beginning14. Final Successes15. Everything Changes16. Legacyshow more

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