134 Court Square—In the late 19th century, the town’s water pump and water tower were located on this corner lot. By 1913, there was a 2-story, wood-frame building on this site that housed a grocery and confectionary. At least part of the time it was Gordon & Toland’s Grocery. Then Vince Walton’s wife had a 10-cent store there, and Judge Brice (maybe Judge W. M. Trice?) had an office upstairs. The wood-frame building remained here until Ms. Cora Deane constructed the current one-story brick building in April 1940. This is currently Charlie Hamilton’s TV & radio repair shop. It has very nice brick detailing for a mid-century commercial building, including the bands of buff brick, the tile-capped parapet, and the six-pane transom windows.
Rather than being formed by intersecting streets, DeWitt’s court square was designed as a continuous street around a public square with one access street in the middle of each block. The northwest, northeast, and southwest corners have unique lots containing buildings with chamfered corner entrances. The town was platted in such a way that people wouldn’t just pass through the downtown and keep going—the courthouse and square would be your final des- tination. This is an extremely rare layout for a court square—I’ve never seen another town like it.