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6 — September 3, 2020 s H1 ory St 19.12.. Main From the Leonard Cash Collection Hannah Gross NLJ Correspondent With Leonard Cash In last week’s installment of “History on Main,” historian Leonard Cash went through his records on the fire that destroyed the old A.M. Nichols Supply Co., located on lots 4 through on block 10, and the process to construct a new building, which is the ‘modem- day Perkins Tavern building. Along with a new structure, a new business was taking over as well, and that’s where Cash picks up this week. “The A.M. Nichols Supply Co. has made a contract of sale to a stock company to be known as the Weston County Supply Co., which is now being formed for the purpose of succeeding to the busi- ness on December 12,” said the Dec. 2, 1910, issue of the News Journal. Under a five-year lease, the new company would occupy the first floor, the basement, the frame building on .the corner and the warehouse under. CZS. Manahan was to thev‘rnanager of the new supply company, which would have other depart- ments soon. According to the Dec. .16 and 23, 1910, papers, the meat department was “comfort- ably installed,” and manager Edward Gue was “bosin engaged in getting everything in ship shape.” It was said to be “the prettiest and neatest meat market in the state.” The “formal transfer” of Nichols to Weston County Supply Co. took place on a Monday, and the new company would be in two of the store rooms in the “new Nichols block,” and the third room would be “occupied with a new department as soon as'it can be made ready.” S.V. Washbum would continue manning the grocery department as he did for Nichols. Another article from the same December issues reported that the Weston County Supply For the * News Letterjournal building» \ new company «sexes (mwaxwo vs wt w, M WW The A. M. Nichols Block shown in a street view photo. Co., which was nicknamed “The Big Store,” was incorpo- rated by the Secretary of State at 2 pm. on Dec. 14. The board of directors that would manage the affairs of the business had to be comprised of three stockholders, so C.S. Manahan served as president, Washburn served as the vice president, and A.E. Manahan was the secretary—treasurer. On Dec. 30, 1910, the paper reported that the Weston County Supply Co. had offi- cially moved from its old room on the Kilpatrick Block to its new quarters in the Nichols building. Additionally, the Newcastle Masonic Lodge moved out of its old building into the upstairs of the Nichols building, so the armory moved into the old lodge hall. “When completely settled, this will be one of the prettiest lodge rooms of the state,” the article says. The store was continuing to get settled in, and an article from Jan. 13, 1911, announced that the supply company was using its space “to call attention to the various lines they intend handling.” “At present our grocery and market affords the best. We thank you for your patronage S.V. r and will have more to tell you next week,” the article says. Another business relocated to the brand new Nichols building because according to the Jan. 27, 1911, paper, Charles R. Yeoman, moved his ,fixtures and office furniture from the “old quarters over the post office” to an office on the Nichols block. The article also mentioned that Ed Gue was thinking about opening up his own meat shop. On Feb. 3, 1911, a news report announced that “Bud” Goulette, who was the former chauffeur “on the Big Store freight wagon,” was promoted to the meat cutting depart- ment, so Karl Svanberg took his place as chauffeur. Additionally, merchandise was also coming in for the hardware section of the store, and soon it was to include furniture, farm machinery, wagons, buggies, and a com- plete line of undertaking. According to an article from Feb. 17, 1911, Nichols and his wife 'were selling their furniture because .they were moving to Omaha. Mr. Willard was swapping places with the Nichols because the following issue reported that this “all-around butcher” was UNDERSTANDING HEALTH INSUBNNGE ——*- SPECIAL zoom SESSION -—— Weston County Health Services will be hosting a special Q&A Zoom Call-in Session on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7 pm. and Monday, Sept. 14, at noon. Do you have questions about health insurance, Medicare, billing or payments? This session is for YOU! Zoom Sessions will be held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p..m., and the following Monday at noon. WESTON COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES 1124 Washington Blvd. Newcastle WY 82701 , Hospital 746—4491 Manor 746-2793 Therapy Services 746-3720 Home Health 746-3553 Pharmacy 746-2425 Call Denice at 746-3755 for the Zoom call link. ‘ YOUR CHOICE FOR QUALITY HEALTHCARE! moving to Newcastle from Omaha to take charge of the meat market. The article also noted that Oscar Svanberg became the company’s new bookkeeper. The March 10, 1911, paper announced that the employees unloaded W0 more cars of furniture to‘ add to the large stock of goods. The undertaking depart- ment was also nearly com- plete, with the exception of , heat which would be installed .by the end of the week, according to the March 31, 1911, paper. Charles Manahan was in charge, and he claimed the title of embalmer, funeral director and undertaker. The April 21, 1911, issue announced that the supply company had a new sign advertising the store. “A large, neat and very attractive sign now graces the front of the Weston“ County Supply Co. store which was put in place last Tuesday,” the article says. Articles from July 14 and 21, 1911, said that Dr. Horton moved into an upstairs office at the Nichols block, so a new window was put in the east wall for his room. Charles Yeoman, the “wide awake BS manager” at Reed Land Co. was moving out of his original five-suite room to the east side of the building to make room for Master & Unger to move in. . The meat department was awaiting the arrival ofabu‘teher - from Denver, according—:toithe-r' Oct. 20, '1911‘, editionvio‘f'thé-~ paper, so A.E. Goulette was assisting the meat department until then. ' County attorney J .O. Martz previously had his office in the Nichols building until he moved to the courthouse around Oct. 27, 1911. ' A new cash carrier system was installed at the supply company, according to the Jan. 4, 1912, issue and it aided in the work at the store’s various departments. “The Work at the Weston County Supply Co, has greatly facilitated by the installation of a cash carrier system con- necting the various depart- ments with the cashier desk, which has been shifted to the grocery department,” the article says. The paper from Jan. 25, 1912, reported that Nichols started a real estate business in Omaha, and he’s was going to be in Newcastle for the first design@newslj. com Photo courtesy of Leonard Cash three days of February for business purposes. A few weeks later, the Feb. 8, 1912, issue announced that J.A. Riley Faulkner and RS. Jackson were occupying a suite of rooms upstairs. The article also noted that A.M. Niilh'éllgi returned' ‘to‘ Oinalia, worn'Out from‘~'taking care‘ of“ ‘. business in this area. “All is the same kind of a hurtle as of yore and will no doubt attain success in his business in Omaha,” the article says. According to a report from the Feb. 29, 1912, the Mozart ' Musical and . Dramatic Co. rented a suite of three rooms. for its club room. The next article in Cash’s records is from July 25, 1912, in which it is said that County Attorney Martin purchased Nichols home on the east side of town. Bud Goulette became employed at the meat cutting department in the store a month later around Aug. 15, 1912, and Buelah Thomas became the new “cash girl,” according to the Sept. 5, 1912, paper. Next week, Cash will con- tinue his discussion on the Weston County Supply Co. Cele Am layer, We Will be c {es-eds;