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This aerial photo of Footville was taken sometime in the late 1930s.
The view looks north on Gilbert Street.
Edward Street runs parallel to the right. If you look closely, you'll spot the old grade school at the end Edward Street. To the school's right is the Footville Methodist Church, which was built in 1846.
Running parallel to the left of Gilbert Street is Depot Street, which is still home to the post office and other small businesses.
In 1896, the post office—which was in a different location on Depot Street—was robbed of $275 of stamps. The event was "passed from lip to lip and caused the eyes of the villagers to stick out," according to an article in the March 4, 1896, edition of the Janesville Daily Gazette.
Another landmark that's just barely visible in the old photo is the ball park, located near what is now Footville Community Park.
The ball park was home to the Footville White Sox baseball team, which was organized in 1908, according to a history of the village.
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