A discussion in a thread among my friends/classmates from my hometown of Pekin, IL involved homes built by Howard Brooking. I explained that he had, indeed, built (at least) 4 homes and a small store-type building in the 800 block of S. 3rd St. I lived at 803 from before 1st grade until the end of my Junior year at PCHS.
Back then there were two tracks, one now appears mostly gone. Many would recognize Oedewaldt's 66 Station building just at the upper right, 1st building after S. 3rd St. jogs at Winter. The old store/church stood right where Park Avenue ends at S. 3rd....now a swirl of loose dirt in this picture.Some of the residents within a block of my home included the Jacksons, Stevens family, Gary Hein, Randy Frazier, The Jansen family, the Long family, the Liming family, and the Didinatos.
Gary Hein and I built a tree house high up in a tree where one (perhaps the same one) stands now by the tracks at the corner of the brown-roofed building with what appears to be boats under it.
Lots of years and memories in that picture area!