Downtown Pomeroy Building Inventory
The Owl -> Freedom Mart -> The Owl -> ______ Gas/Convenience
Southeast Corner of Current 5th and Main Streets
Description: The earliest extant advertisement from The Owl is in late 1919. It was owned by Kenneth "Babe" Obenland, who sold it to George Hattell in the early 60's. Hattell renamed the establishment back to The Owl, from "Freedom Mart."
The Owl has undergone several name and brand changes since Hattell sold it around the turn of the millennium and it, as of this writing [Fall, 2020] closed.
The earliest photograph of The Owl I have seen. Just look at all those lovely bricks. The "Banker Petroleum Co." truck looks like it has a parade float of the station on the back. .
From July, 1919, here's a list of what the motorist will find at The Owl.
I bet owner G.G. Stears was proud of his addition. Kept his trees alive as well.
5 years later, in 1924, If it works, keep doing it.
1924 and A bit of clip art to spice up the ads
A photo from Tony Hattell shows The Owl as it was in the early 1940s.
Here's a great photo, courtesy of Tony Hattell, with Babe Obenland and his fueling crew from the Conoco Owl in the 1940s.
1950's High School book advertisement
(Note: this is after the renumbering of downtown's street numbers.)
A big jump through to 1960 when "Babe" owned it.
Public Servic Advertisement from The Owl.
And we close for now with one of the ads from the December 1970, Christmas advertising section of the East Washingtonian.