Janesville firefighters battled a fire at the Sherwin-Williams Co. Paint and Home Decorating Store, 23 S. Main St., in 10-degree temperatures on Dec. 22, 1977.

George S. Parker announced he planned to build a new factory and headquarters in 1919. When it was completed, it was considered the "last word in modern construction."

First National Bank opened in 1855 on the corner of what is now West Milwaukee and North River streets in Janesville. It has remained in that spot, in one form or another, to the present day.

A 1937 photograph shows Walworth's square with its "modern" school that boasted a graduating class of about 30.  

An aerial photo of Shopiere taken in the late 1930s doesn't capture much of the thriving farm community. A more recent photo does a better job.

A comparison of aerial photos of Sharon show the differences between the 1930s and today.

This photo ran as a historical photo in a 1936 issue of the Janesville Daily Gazette. It shows the chautauqua grounds in what is now Riverside Park.

A comparison of aerial photos of Milton Junction show the differences between the 1930s and today.

A comparison of aerial photos of Clinton show the differences between the 1930s and today.

A comparison of aerial photos of Afton show the differences between the 1930s and today.