Gazette photographers found Janesville Fire Department personnel testing a repair on one of their engines in 1971.

A photo from The Gazette's archives shows cars plowing through at least a foot of water at the Five Points intersection in Janesville.

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.

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.