The Owl, Pomeroy WA, January 2021

Downtown Pomeroy Building Inventory

The Owl -> Freedom Mart -> The Owl -> ______ Gas/Convenience

Southeast Corner of Current 5th and Main Streets

Description: The earliest extant advertisement from The Owl is in late 1919. It was owned by Kenneth "Babe" Obenland, who sold it to George Hattell in the early 60's. Hattell renamed the establishment back to The Owl, from "Freedom Mart."

The Owl has undergone several name and brand changes since Hattell sold it around the turn of the millennium and it, as of this writing [Fall, 2020] closed.

The Owl, Pomeroy WA, prior to stuccoing

The earliest photograph of The Owl I have seen. Just look at all those lovely bricks. The "Banker Petroleum Co." truck looks like it has a parade float of the station on the back. .

The Owl, Pomeroy WA, in the early 1940s

A photo from Tony Hattell shows The Owl as it was in the early 1940s.

Babe Obenland and fueling crew from The Owl hiding behind treet, Pomeroy WA

Here's a great photo, courtesy of Tony Hattell, with Babe Obenland and his fueling crew from the Conoco Owl in the 1940s.


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