History of the Mango Building

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The Mango Block Building was built in 1894 by Vincent Mango

The Mango Block Building was built in 1894 by Vincent Mango where Park Avenue ended at Furnace St. (State) and no bridge across the Mosquito Creek existed. At that time, the streets were not paved. The wooden builing to the left of the Mango Building was torn down in 1906 and the East Park Avenue Bridge spanned the waterway.

In 1906, Vincent Mango rented two upstairs rooms to the Italian immigrant workers of Niles as a location to hold Mass.

Isaac Shaker and Joe Abraham, two Lebanese immigrants bought the Mango Building in 1913 and remodeled it for a general merchandise store featuring 'Ladies' and Gent's Furnishings'.

In 1923 the partnership was dissolved, but from 1913 to 1966 Nilesites purchased clothing in the store from the Shaker Family.

The building and its contents

The building and its contents
are listed in this 1914 statement.

View of 1913 Flood, the back of the Mango Building is adjacent to the bridge
View of 1913 Flood, the back of the Mango Building
is adjacent to the bridge
. P01.1017


1934 ad

Interior photograph, 1935 ca, of the Shaker store with Isaac in the center.

Interior photograph, 1935 ca, of the Shaker store with Isaac in the center. The two Shaker brothers, Isaac and Akel, ran the store until Isaac bought Akel's share of the partnership out. Akel then moved to Warren where he opened a grocery store.

newspaper ad


Niles Daily Times, 9-17-1930, article of the new Abrahams' Store opening.

Niles Daily Times, 9-17-1930, article of the new Abrahams' Store opening.

1906 postcard of Mill Street, now State Street, with the old Central School in the distant background.

1906 postcard of Mill Street, now State Street, with the old Central School in the distant background. The location of the Mango Building is marked.

Aerial map showing Park Avenue, the Mango Building, and Niles Firebrick Company.

Aerial map showing Park Avenue, the Mango Building, and Niles Firebrick Company. P02.474


The image on the left shows the Mango Building in the center, the Commercial Hotel across Park Avenue, and the Landmark restaurant on the right. The Landmark was part of the Unger Building.

The image on the left shows the Mango Building in the center, the Commercial Hotel across Park Avenue, and the Landmark restaurant on the right. The Landmark was part of the Unger Building.

Top right view is looking south on State Street in the early 1970s after the Shaker Store had closed its doors.

Bottom right aerial view of Park Avenue shows the corner of Park Avenue and State Street with the Mango Building in back right with the Commercial Hotel to the left.

Top right view is looking south on State Street in the early 1970s after the Shaker Store had closed its doors.
Bottom right aerial view of Park Avenue shows the corner of Park Avenue and State Street with the Mango Building in back right with the Commercial Hotel to the left.
P01.869

View shows the beginning stage of the demolition of the buildings on State Street as urban renewal began in 1975-6. The Mango building has already been demolished.

View shows the beginning stage of the demolition of the buildings on State Street as urban renewal began in 1975-6. The Mango building has already been demolished.

Starting front left: Isaac Shaker's brother Joseph holding toddler Mitchell Shaker, Isaac Shaker's father Shaker Aoud, Isaac Shaker with young son Simon Shaker in front, Isaac Shaker's brother Samuel with unknown toddler in front. Back row left Fred Joseph and Isaac's brother and partner in the store Akel Shaker.

Starting front left: Isaac Shaker's brother Joseph holding toddler Mitchell Shaker, Isaac Shaker's father Shaker Aoud, Isaac Shaker with young son Simon Shaker in front, Isaac Shaker's brother Samuel with unknown toddler in front. Back row left Fred Joseph and Isaac's brother and partner in the store Akel Shaker.

Isaac Shaker's sister Josephine Shaker (Stets), my grandmother Sophia Shaker, Grandfather Isaac Shaker and back row left to right, Joseph, Simon and Mitchell Shaker.

Isaac Shaker's sister Josephine Shaker (Stets), my grandmother Sophia Shaker, Grandfather Isaac Shaker and back row left to right, Joseph, Simon and Mitchell Shaker.


Wedding certificate of Isaac and Josephine Shaker, married on June 25, 1914.

Wedding certificate of Isaac and Josephine Shaker, married on June 25, 1914.

Grandma was born in Misrah Batroun, Lebanon, on Jan 6, 1897 and died on Oct 13, 1978. Grandpa was born in Toula Batroun, Lebanon on Feb 10, 1887 and died on Oct 3, 1960. Records show that Grandpa listed 1901 as the year domicile was established in the USA.

Grandma was born in Misrah Batroun, Lebanon, on Jan 6, 1897 and died on Oct 13, 1978. Grandpa was born in Toula Batroun, Lebanon on Feb 10, 1887 and died on Oct 3, 1960. Records show that Grandpa listed 1901 as the year domicile was established in the USA.

Three sons of my grandfather Isaac Shaker: Joseph, Mitchell and Simon.youngest to oldest.

Three sons of my grandfather Isaac Shaker: Joseph, Mitchell and Simon.youngest to oldest.


 
 
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