In 1890, at the corner of Market and Missouri, which is now the State Government Center North, George Killinger ran his Bar Fixture and Refrigerator production and sales business. Founded in 1881, Killinger’s designs were well known in both the Indiana and Illinois areas. ¬†While not much is known of George W. Killinger, Sr., except that he was involved in a legal dispute over a promissory note in 1896.

However, his son, George W. Killinger, Jr., may have been the victim of George Earl “the kid” Northern and Henry Pierpont, two Prohibtion-era robbers, who allegedly used the younger Killinger’s car as a getaway car in a Lebanon, Indiana robbery in 1924.