The Mayer Owl


Nancy Burgess Unknown 1100-2023-3103.jpg Days Past B&W 1100-2023-3103 1100-2023-3103 Print 5x7 Media c. 1925 Reproduction rights are not available. Owned by another institution.


The Mayer Owl , circa 1925.

The Mayer Owl began business about 1918. Alfred E. Rice owned the Owl, a combination drug and sundries store with a soda fountain, restaurant and movie theater. Frank Promberger came to Mayer in 1923 and managed the Owl for Mr. Rice, whose occupation was listed in the directories throughout the 1920s as “miner.” This interior photograph about 1925 shows the soda fountain along with all sorts of merchandise, including pipes, pocket watches, greeting cards and Cracker Jacks, piled up behind the bar. Mike, the cook, is on the left, then Mr. Rice, then Elsie the waitress and Frank Promberger on the right. The building burned in 1931.

Courtesy Nancy Burgess


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