Meyers Harness Shop (Freeman Building) (Site ID 9)
Current (2021) Address: 725 Main Street
1953 Address: 816 Main street, phone 90
Classification: Historic Contributing
According to the 1896 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, this lot was vacant. The subject building was erected circa 1904 for W.L Meyers' harness shop. A native of Ohio, Meyers came to Pomeroy in 1902 and started his Main Street business. Meyers later expanded his business to include a successful line of hardware, implements, and sporting goods. His son Jack took over the family business after World War II. W.L. Meyers died in 1956.
The business stayed in this location until circa 1960 when the family moved the store to 796 Main Street, the Pomeroy Mercantile Company Building (Emerson-Hull Mercantile). Strains Department Store moved into the vacated structure. In early 1970, the Sears Catalog sales Store, operated by Margaret and Willis Womack, opened. Obenland and Low Agency, Inc. have owned this building since 1982.
The building was also known as the Freeman Building.
The one-story rectangular brick building has a sloped roof concealed by a tall front parapet. The building has a projecting pressed metal cornice decorated with garlands, wood panels covering the spandrel, vertical boards over the transom windows, a metal canopy sheltering the metal storefront windows, recessed central entrance doors, and Roman brick clad bulkheads.
Cultural Data based on
research by Donovan & Associates
W. L. Meyers
A "Brief News" snippet from June 8, 1913, passed on this information:
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Meyers go to Seattle next week, Mrs. Meyers being a delegate to the federation of Catholics.
Need your scissors sharpened in 1919?
Meyers claimed the Most Complete Stock in Pomeroy (1920)
Summer of 1920 and you could get your shotgun shells at Meyers
By 1936, they had way more than hardware
This is labeled 1936, but I'd bet it was earlier.
It's the 1960's now, Clean your rugs with help from Strain's
The Holy Rosary Altar Society held their 1968 Fall Bazaar at Strains
In 1969, the Democratic Women held a cooked food sale at Strain's. Anyone remember where?
Sears Catalog Store
With this January, 1970 announcement, it looks like a new business may be coming to town.
1970 Christmas Greetings from the Wommacks plus Kay and Eleanor
March 19, 1971, saw this great news!
Sears Store One Year Old
Willis and Margaret Wommack are celebrating the first birthday of their Sears Merchant Store in Pomeroy this week.
On March 20, 1970 they opened in the Main Street store formerly occupied by Strain's Department Store.
For the celebration—and to show their thanks, to their customers in Pomeroy and Garfield county—they are welcoming everyone to their birthday "party", March 18-20.
It's not every day that you can celebrate ypur first birthday.
New owners for the Sears Store as of November, 1975:
Mr. and Mrs. Jan Dirks will hold grand opening of the Sears Catalog Store in Pomeroy, which they are now operating, having taken over two weeks ago from Mr. and Mrs. Willis Wommack.
The Dirks, who have a full page advertisement in this issue announcing the grand opening, not[e] they will have refreshments, special buys and a drawing, and welcome everyone to come in and get acquainted.
Get your family pictures taken in downtown. 1976. (And pick up a set of sheets while you're there.)
The earliest advertisement I have (so far) with Tom and Renee Ruchert as owners is this Christmas advertisement from 1979.
From the Christmas/New Year section in the E-W in 1981
Obenland & Low Agency
1982 and Obenland & Low had Crop-Hail Insurance for you
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