Downtown Pomeroy Washington from space

Downtown Pomeroy Building Inventory

Tum-A-Lum Lumber -> Holiday Lanes -> Laundromat -> Liquor Store -> Eagles -> C-stores, Pomeroy WA

Southeast Corner of Current 14th and Main Streets

Classification: Not in Historic District

Holiday Lanes

Connie Cresswell had her birthday in November, 1960, at the Holiday Lanes. (No, I won't tell which birthday, I'm a gentleman).

"Down Memory Lane" of December 13, 1973, looked back 10 years

Ted Buller, manager, annunced today that Holiday Lanes has been chosen to be the site of the Zone 7 eliminations in the state association's 1964 women's handicap bowling tournament.

From the front page of the June 14, 1979, E-W:

Holiday Bowl remains open

Although Holiday Lanes is one of the places being considered to house a new Pomeroy post office, bowling is scheduled for this fall and winter, according to Larry Brown, one of the stockholders.

The postal service is looking at several locations in the community, because the lease expires on the present buiding at Eighth and Main in about two years. Among the locations being considered are the lumber yard, the railroad station and Holiday Lanes. Stockholders have expressed interest in converting the bowling alley to a post office, but no decisions have been made. "We've actually received only one letter from the post office," Brown said.

Stockholders of the Holiday Lanes corporation have been interested in selling the building for several years, he explained, in order to recover some of their original investment. The bowling alley was financed by about 42 stockholders, mostly farmers, in the county. Brown explained that the stockholders are interested in selling because the bowling alley's future is not very bright. With the population of the county declining for the past several years, the number of people bowling has declined. Holdiay Lanes lost money for the first time, this past year. A greater loss is anticipated next winter.

Members of the Senior citizens program have also been talking to Holiday Lanes officials, about a senior citizen center. Although the American Legion Hall is their first choice, they have been looking into other possibilities.

Brown said Holiday Lanes is actually bigger than the post office needs, so some space would be available for other uses. The large size of the parking area is one of the reasons that the site is being considered, even though it is outside of the downtown area.

Pomeroy Laundromat

From the front page of the East Washingtonian, December 1, 1973

Laundry Firm Changes Name

Mr. and Mrs. John Boots have taken over operation of the laundromat in Pomeroy, formerly known as Sparkle Laundry.

To be known as Pomeroy Laundromat, the business will continue to offer both coin-operated washers and dryers, as well as dry cleaning, through the management.

John and Barbara Boots also manage Holiday Lanes next door, and Boots is a teacher in the Pomeroy school system.

Mr. and Mrs. Vern Warnock moved to Asotin because of health reasons.

State Liquor Store

from May 3, 1979, East Washingtonian:

Liquor store moves to new location

The state liquor store in Pomeroy has been moved to the old laundromat building near the bowling alley.

Wilma Roller, operator, said the move took place Sunday, but it took Monday and most of Tuesday to get things ready for reopening.

She said she liked the old location, in the 800 block of Main Street, but this location should prove to be much more convenient to the customers, since there will be much more parking. In addition, there is an increase in the amount of display area.

Owner of the building is Mrs. Chris Jensen. Renovation work was completed by members of her family, along with Robert V. Batterton, of R.V. Construction.

Those helping with the move, besides her husband Lester and son Donny, were Rich Herres, Joe Bowles and Paula Pederson. Mrs. Bowles was helping Mrs. Roller put things in order this week.

The location of the liquor store was originally Tum-A-Lum Lumber Company's office, until the lumber yard was moved to the old Potlatch Yard about 1959. Then, the bowling alley was built and the office converted into a laundromat by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Holloway, now of Clarkston. Several years ago the business was closed down by Mr. and Mrs. John Boots, who operated it for about a year. The building has been vacant since that time.

The liquor store has been in its present location formerly Hill's Honda, for three years.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Speer have purchased the building. They had planned on opening a youth center, but have run into some problems so exactly what will be done has not been announced.

This information was on page 2 of the August 28, 1980, East Washingtonian:

Wilma Koller resigns

The State Liquor Control Board announced that Wilma Koller has submitted her resignation as manager of the State Liquor Agency in Pomeroy.

The board plans to appoint a new agency manager before the resignation becomes effective in order to provide a continuity of service.

Agency managers are required to provide suitable store space and pay all operating costs.


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