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Advertisements of buisnesses in newspapers or on old postcards are a good way to find the names and locations of historical businesses. In the Eric G. Stewart Collection, there are a few folders with photocopies of old advertisements (Box 1, Folders 1-3).
Businesses found in Ads include:
Name of Business
Type of Goods/Services
A. Hinman's store
Dry goods, clothing, hats, groceries, hardware, crockery, etc.
Corner of Oak and Elm Ave
Forest Grove Drug and Book Store, W.H. Saylor M.D., Proprietor
Medicines, perfumery, paints, oils (raw, lard, sweet, neatsfoot, castor, china nut), glass (cut to any size), books (school books), brushes (paint, tooth, clothes, nail, varnish), cutlery. "Prescriptions compounded with care and correctness." (EGS B1/F3)
Mr. Brown's Forest Grove Livery and Feed Stable
Rent a horse to travel 24/7
Corner of Pine and Birch
S. Hughes' Agricultural Warehouse
Plows, wagons, reapers, mowers, threshers, fan mills, harvesting goods, hardware, farmers tools, mechanic's tools, harness / saddlery, doors, sash, mouldings paints, etc.
Meat Market! Stevenson & Emerick, Pro.
Meats, hides & c (blank)
Boos & Co
Dress goods, holliday presents, real estate
Furniture, carpets, mattings, wall paper, picture-framing.
T.C. Mcnamer, Forest Grove Meat Market
Dressed Poultry and choice meats
Fresh and Salt Meats, J.A. Keyes
Sausage, ham, bacon, poultry, game, fish in season.
Pioneer Drug Store, Bowlby & Stinchcomb, Props.
"stock of Pure Drugs and Chemicals," tablets, pencils, inks, in the "office of the Oregon Telephone Co."
Next to Post office
Hinman's Harness Shop
Harness, whips, robes, reparing services
On Main Street
Bailey's Big Store, John E. Bailey, Proprietor
"reliable first-class goods from a home house" (EGS B1/F3)
Goff Bros. Hardware and Machinery
Fishing tackle, sporting goods, buggys, galvanized pipe and fittings, bath tubs and sinks (including installation), plows, bicycles, wagons, and mowers.
Dugan & Watrous
Grocery & dry goods. Deals for hop pickers.
The Eastern Bargain Store, Mr. A. Alexander (or Axelrod)
A "new business house" that sold furnishing goods & clothes.
On Pacific Avenue, "a few doors East of Johnson's Livery Stable."
C.L. Hinman's hardware store
Buggies, wagons, McCormick harvesting machinery, gasoline engines, hardware, sand, lime, cement, etc. He bought S. Hughes inventory (see 1876).
Corl & Wirtz
Car sales and servicing
Wirtz Building as of November 1912, a garage for three years before that.
Mr. John Anderson's Clothier store
Clothing, shoes, gents' furnishing goods. Other stores: Palace Barber Shop of Brady Chowning and Dolly Varden Confectioner. The second floor had office rooms for doctors, dentists, and lawyers.
The Anderson block, corner of Main St. and Pacific Ave.
Home Baking Co.
Bread & cakes. "Bread Fresh Daily...Baked in Forest Grove are good enough for me."
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