Throwback Thursday May 11, 2017

It’s time for another “Throwback Thursday”, a weekly column that takes a look back in time at some of the well-known people and places of Ottumwa.  The goal of this pictorial column is to allow readers to take a walk down memory lane.  Photos used will show people, places, and events from Ottumwa’s past.  Readers are also invited to get involved.  Please feel free to share any relevant pictures with us and you just might see it published online.  Contact us through any of our social media outlets or email, just make sure to tag the pictures with #throwbackthursday or #tbt.

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With this weekend being Mother’s Day, a lot of folks will be visiting local jewelry stores to do some shopping.  Let’s take a look back at a few Ottumwa jewelers.


Hubert C. Bates Jeweler, 1948


Bookin Jewelry Co., 1948


R.B. Swenson Quality Jeweler, 1922


And with our final entry, we are asking for help from the public.  One of our readers contacted us with a request.  They had come across an old jewelry case with a label from a jeweler in Ottumwa that they weren’t familiar with.  After asking around to friends and family, they are still unable to find anyone that remembers such a business.  So our question to readers is, does anyone remember John R. Cotton Co.?  It was a jewelry and gifts store located at 103 East Second Street.  If any one has heard of this shop or has any recollections to share, please contact the Ottumwa Post at  Pictures of the box in question are below: