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McDaniel Furniture was one of Bloomington's oldest businesses when it closed down in 2004. The store was located at 215 N. Walnut Street when sibling owners Kate Mitchell and Clyde Fox decided to exit the business.
Its best years were in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, when it anchored North Walnut Street between 6th Street and 7th Street along with Schmalz's Department Store, Faris Market, University Sporting Goods, the Princess Theatre and the Towne Cinema.
In existence for 125 years, the store began business on the north side of the square next to where Bloomington Paint and Wallpaper is.
A consortium owned the business in the early years, but in 1922 Nat U. Hill, William Graham and Charles S. Small sold their interest to J. R. McDaniel, Arthur Day, Stacey O. Harrel, Marion I. Rogers, Dr. Glen McDaniel and Estil Fox, along with their interest in the Modern Funeral Home.