Pomeroy Washington Downtown National Historic District

Historic District Downtown Building Inventory

Meyers storefront, July 2021

Pomeroy Mercantile Company (Site ID 37)

Current (2021) address: 796 Main Street
1953 address: Emerson-Hull, 895 Main street, Phone 134

Classification: Historic Contributing

The Pomeroy Mercantile Company was organized in September, 1892, after a group of investors purchased the B. Conn and Company Mercantile Company, a business founded in 1883 by Ben Conn. The incorporators of the new company were B. Conn, J.J. McGrath, C.H. Seeley, and M.A. Dunham. The original two-story mercantile store was destroyed in the 1900 fire and the owners of the building decided to reconstruct immediately after the fire. The building was completed in late 1900. In 1912, the Mercantile Company was reincorporated with investors J.J. McGrath, C.H. Seeley, J.F. Burr, R.E. Alien and J.B. Warren. Ben Cohn, the original owner, returned to Germany circa 1914.

The company was sold in May 1919 to Floyd Hull and his senior partner from Pullman, Washington, Jay N. Emerson. The new company was known as the Emerson-Hull Company. The Hull family sold their share in the company to other stockholders in 1948 after the death of Floyd Hull in 1940. Jack Meyers moved his hardware/merchandise business into the building about 1960 and in 1982, his son, Tom Meyers took over the business and purchased the building.

The Pomeroy Mercantile Building is a one-story structure constructed of pressed brick. The construction date of "1900" is centered in the middle of the parapet. The intact entrance on the north elevation was originally the grocery department. Applied signage on the raised parapet above the entrance says "Grocery Dept. 1900." The storefront is intact and has cast-iron columns, wood sash windows, transoms, and metal steps that access the elevated recessed central door. Modifications include the addition of simulated mullions inside the large storefront windows on the front (north) elevation.

Description and much of the Cultural Data based on
research by Donovan & Associates

The Mercantile Company

Leaders in Good Merchandise for ## Years

Corner of Main and 4th/8th, Pomeroy WA

Taken from in front of Stevenson Hardware, here's a wide perspective photo looking south down what was then 4th street. The Mercantile Co. is in the building on the left side of the street and the Seeley Block buildings are on the right.

Corner of Main and 4th/8th, Pomeroy WA, August 2021

From approximately the same location as the above photo is Meyers in August 2021 with weird lighting caused by fires to the south and southeast and east of Pomeroy.

Pomeroy Mercantile employees in 1910, Pomeroy WA


The Quality Store -- Everything to Eat and Wear

From the April 5, 1924, East Washingtonian

Supposed Robbers of Store Here Sentenced

Vaughn and Cannon Get Three Years for Burglary at Freewater, Oregon

Paul Vaugn [sic], ex-convict of the Oregon state penitentiary, and Frank Cannon, ex-convict of the Idaho penitentiary, who are supposed to have robbed the Emerson-Hull store here a few days ago were tried and sentenced to three years in the Oregon penitentiary, for a similar crime committed at Freewater, a few days preceding the burglary here. They were captured at Vale, Oregon, in an attempt to rob a store at that place.

Soon after the Freewater robbery they arrived in Pomeroy accompanied by two women and spent two or three days in the tourist camp, leaving on the morning following the looting of the store. They were suspected by the officers here and were followed to Dodge station, where they turned north, and further trace of them was lost.

Hearing of the arrest at Vale and that some goods had been found tallying in description with those taken from the local store, Sheriff Powell and W. F. Hull, of the Emerson-Hull company, left Tuesday morning to investigate. They learned that the officers had found in an apartment house at La Grande goods bearing the Emerson-Hull tag, consisting of 20 pairs of ladies' hose, 3 silk shirts, a black dress and an overcoat. Mr. Hull identified these articles as some of the stolen goods. However, efforts to identify Vaughn and Cannon as occupants at any time of the room in which the cache was found proved futile, and the prisoners denied having anything to do with the Pomeroy affair.

Goods stolen from Freewater with some jewelry were found in their possession at Vale and led to their conviction.

Sheriff Powell and Mr. Hull left Tuesday and arrived home Wednesday night. They did not go beyond Pendleton.

Meyers Hardware

Meyer's Hardware

From a mid 1960's Pirates' Yearbook.


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