Have you used the library's collection of Sanborn maps for family history research? They are a great resource for a family historian attempting to identify property owned by ancestors. Sanborn maps can also show the evolution of a city, including residences, businesses, schools, churches, and mining companies (a surprisingly popular topic)...
Egidio Romano's Fruit Stand 221 5th
According to Des Moines City Directory, 1892
On the northeast corner of 3rd and Court was the Sherman Block, built in 1855 by Hoyt Sherman. B.F. Allen was a banker here and it was also the first home of Equitable of Iowa. Equitable was founded by F.M. Hubbell who arrived in Des Moines on May 7, 1855, with $3 in his pocket. His father demanded he give the money back to him so he could buy land in Dallas County. Young Hubbell walked the streets until he found a job as a clerk in the land office with Phineas Casady.
Read about the history of Younkers from it's 19th century start in Keokuk to the Saks acquisition in 2006.