MERCANTILE MEMORIES

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This work deals with the many mercantile businesses that once thrived along the streets of Ritzville during the heyday of this once prosperous wheat shipping center. You will learn how the Ritzville Trading Company was once the largest store and employer of Adams County and at one time had branch stores at Lind and Cunningham.

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MERCANTILE MEMORIES

This work deals with the many mercantile businesses that once thrived along the streets of Ritzville during the heyday of this once prosperous wheat shipping center. You will learn how the Ritzville Trading Company was once the largest store and employer of Adams County and at one time had branch stores at Lind and Cunningham.

Competitors were many and included:

  • Myers-Shepley
  • Adams County Mercantile
  • King Mercantile
  • Matheson’s
  • T. Kendrick & Co.
  • The Fair
  • The Bargain Store
  • Clodius & Von Holt
  • Smith & Thomsen
  • Huke & Bellamy
  • The Boston Store
  • Red Front Store
  • Davenny
  • Snyder Mercantile Co.
  • Kiehn & Koch
  • Myers & Shipman
  • W. Myers
  • Ritzville Hardware
  • J. Kalkwarf
  • Kalkwarf & Schoenhuth
  • John Irby &
  • Bauer & Bier
  • Gentry Rushing
  • Seeger & Co.
  • G. Spanger Co.
  • Ritzville Mercantile
  • Shepley & Son
  • and many more.

The book also  records  many of the supporting businesses such as the:

  • Gritman Drug
  • Rosenoff Drug
  • Ritzville Drug Store
  • Thiel Pharmacy
  • Emerson Drug
  • Bailey Bros Bakery
  • German Bakery
  • Rasty’s Café & Bakery
  • The City Bakery
  • Chittenden Bros. Grocers

and other businesses including restaurants, furniture stores, tailors, jewelry stores, meat markets, hardware stores, grocery stores and others.

This work is loaded with factual histories of many of the early Ritzville merchants and a good overview of Western mercantile history during the early 1900s.

The book contains a whopping 272 pages, 525 photos, illustrations, and advertisements. It is complete with bibliography and index. The old advertisements may well be worth the price of the entire book!

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Hardcover, Softcover