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HISTORICAL POSTCARDS OF SPRINGFIELD,
Wilson Reps Residence.
This photograph shows the beautiful Louis Wilson Reps residence,
located at 1300 E. Walnut. The original address was 1010 E Walnut.
It should not be confused with the William Reps house which stood
at 935 East Walnut until it was razed, with much public outcry,
in 1985. William Reps, the father of Louis Reps, built the east
Walnut house for his family a few years after they moved to Springfield
in 1899. William Reps owned the department store on the Public
Square in downtown Springfield called "Reps Dry Goods."
Louis Reps, the owner of the house in the postcard, was born in
St. Louis in 1890. After moving to Springfield at the age of nine,
he attended Central High, Drury College, and the University of Notre Dame. In 1911 he joined his father's
business. After a 1939 fire, Louis Reps closed the store and became
executive director of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, a post
which he held until 1956. Reps played an important part in bringing
the U.S. Medical Center for Federal
Prisoners to Springfield when 40 other cities were vying for
it. Other important businesses and institutions he helped bring
to Springfield were the O'Reilly
General Army Hospital, St.
John's Hospital, the Ozark Empire Fair, Kraft Foods, Lily-Tulip Cup Corporation, Royal McBee, and Zenith Corporation.
Louis Reps sold the house in 1946. The Herbert Masters family owned
the house from 1947 to 1958. From 1959 until 1971, Jack Hume owned
it. From 1972 to 1987, J. Edward Frost owned it. It has been owned
by Kent O. Hyde since 1989.