Full Text:WOODSTOCK, ILL. 21 Whitson Bros. Hardware and Stoves. This business was established by the late Thomas Whitson in 1854, and has been under the present management since 1869. The partnership consists of Edwin and W. H. Whitson, both of whom are thoroughly practical in the business, and in addition to a general hardware line do an extensive contracting plumbing business. They are also manufacturers of everything in the sheet metal business, make their own Tin ware, and among other items they manufacture on an average six hundred milk cans a year. The firm own the building they occupy, containing nearly five thousand square feet of floor space, and is especially adapted to their business. They employ a number of men in their manufacturing department and are considered to be one of the leading concerns of the county in their line. B. S. Austin, Groceries, Crockery, Glassware Etc. This business has been established and under its present management since 1881. Mr. Austin is a native of New York state, located in Woodstock in 1872, and has occupied his present quarters in the Kendall block since 1883. He is the special agent for Chase & Sanborn's coffees, teas, etc., is also the agent for Listinan's "Marvel" flour, and carries a full and complete stock of everything in his line. He is one of the best known merchants in this section, and is doing an extensive business throughout the town and nearby territory. We show an exterior illustration of Mr. Austin's store, which is located in the heart of the business center, and is one of the leading establishments of its kind in the city. The building is especially adapted for his business. J. C. Choate, General Merchandise. This business is one of the longest established stores of its kind in this section. Mr. Choate is a native of New Hampshire, but has been a resident of Woodstock since 1857, when he started his present business. He carries a full line of general merchandise, does a strictly retail business, principally throughout McHenry county, and has made a specialty of keeping the largest stock of dry goods and notions in this section. Mr. Choate is a progressive man, was a member of the City Council and has held several other positions of public trust and honor, is now a member of the Public Library Board and has been a trustee of the Congregational Church for the last twenty-five years. Stafford & Zoia, Monumental Works. This is the only firm of its kind in Woodstock, has been in existence under the present style since 1889. They do business direct with the customer and manufacture the principal part of their work. Mr. Stafford is a native of Vermont, has lived in Woodstock since 1880 and is also engaged in the furniture and undertaking business. Mr. Zoia was born in Italy, came to this country in 1881, and was engaged in the marble business at Delavan, Wis,, prior to becoming interested in the present firm. They are doing a successful business. Mr. Stafford is the proprietor of the well known undertaking establishment, which is a leading establishment of its kind. Rudolph Diesel, Furniture and Undertaking. Mr. Diesel has had nearly, if not quite, sixty years experience in the furniture business. He is a native of Germany, came to this country in 1848, locating at Watertown, N. Y., where he spent several years, when he went to the southern part of Kentucky, where he remained until 1860, when he moved to Woodstock. He has been in the furniture business, both selling and manufacturing ever since, is a public spirited man and well-known all over McHenry county. Mr. Diesel has held several offices of public honor and trust, and is a highly esteemed citizen of the community. His portrait appears in the group on the opposite page of this edition of Headlight, arid is a good likeness of this well-known merchant. He is doing an extensive trade, carries a complete assortment of goods, and has facilities for the manufacture of order work. WHITSON BROS. HARDWARE. STAFFORD & ZOIA, MONUMENTAL WORKS, J. C. CHOATE, GENERAL STORE.