In the 1920s, this building at 402 W. Lakeside Street was home to the South Side Grocery Market. Today it is home to Lakeside Fibers, a locally owned shop specializing in materials for knitters and weavers. I couldn't find any information, however, about what the building has been home to in all the intervening years.
This is only a small portion of the many skeins of yarns displayed for sale throughout Lakeside Fibers. When you see all the gorgeous colors and textures available, you may decide to take up knitting -- or find a friend or relative who's ready, willing, eager, and talented enough to make you something.
If you're interested in having a look around Lakeside Fibers before you head down Lakeside Street to the VFW to attend the All Central Reunion, the store is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The store has a website that features drawings of the interior and exterior of the building, as well as information about classes and opening hours on other days of the week.
Complete set (1924-1926) online at Dane County Historical Society
Accessing The Madison Mirror online at the DCHS
Before you click on over to the DCHS site to view the online versions of The Madison Mirror, a few words of advice/wisdom/caution:
(1) The link in the middle of the "I Remember Madison Central High" page for title "Read The Madison Mirror" doesn't work; use the one in the sidebar ("View The Madison Mirror") instead.
(2) When you click on the "View The Madison Mirror" link, you'll reach a 32-page PDF document with a list of links to the issues of The Madison Mirror in chronological order. This means you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Most people do, but if you don't have it, you'll have to install it. Use this link to Adobe for a free download (and uncheck the box for the free eBay Desktop before you start to save space on your hard drive).
(3) BE VERY CAREFUL: Many of the PDF files for individual issues of The Madison Mirror are HUGE. I've found some that are 12 MG. If you're still using a dial-up connect, you probably don't want to try to access any of these PDFs because it will take too long to open them. Even if you have a high-speed connection, you may find that you're unable to open some issues because of the size. Trying to do so may tie up your browser. Note: It's not just me (and I have DSL). Some other alumni have also been trying to open issues of particular interest to them and reported to me that they couldn't.