The front of the "Chard Building" as it's currently known as seen during early 2021.
Historic District Downtown Building Inventory
Stevenson Hardware/Chard Building (Site ID 14)
Built for John R. Stevenson for use as a hardware store, this building has been remodeled several times. Stevenson moved to Pomeroy in 1891 to take over management of a hardware store. He started his own business in the late 1890s and in 1905, erected this building to house his store. Around 1922, Stevenson sold the building to The Farmers National Bank who remodeled the structure with professional offices on the upper floor, and a bank and the hardware store on the lower floor. Stevenson, a state senator and mayor of Pomeroy, died in 1928 of heart failure.
By 1930, Stevenson's Hardware had been liquidated and the bank closed. The U.S. Post Office moved into the entire first floor. In April, 1954, a fire damaged the first floor of the building that was then known as the Henry L. Chard Building. By the 1950s, the post office, a cafe, and insurance agency occupied the lower floor. The building was rebuilt after the fire, and in 1961, the post office moved into a new facility (#36) on Main Street, and the Chard Building was remodeled for use as a bank and restaurant.
Mearns Gates opened Gates Insurance in the center ground commercial space prior to 1958. As of 2020, that business is still being run by John Gates. Ilene's Beauty Shop was located in the western part of the building from the late 1960's through to the 1980's.
Joe and Alynda Benson purchased the building in 1998 and opened a Historical Museum in the western most street level commercial space and a Gift Shop in the eastern spot.
The professional offices on the second floor have been occupied by dentists, doctors, lawyers, chiropractors, and others. The last business on the second floor was a small print shop run by Bonnie Zeliff during the early 2010's.
The Stevenson Hardware Building, commonly known as the Chard Building, is a two-story structure constructed of brick. The building has a flat roof, wide stucco parapet with ghost signs that say "Farmers National Bank" on the west and south elevations, a metal clad corbeled stringcourse above the second story windows, one-over-one double-hung metal sash and single-pane windows, raised pilasters separating the bays, a brick soldier course between the bays above the first story windows, and a concrete foundation. A concrete stairway leading to the second story has been added to the rear (north) elevation. Alterations indude replacement of the wood windows with metal sash, removal of the upper portion of the cornice, and alterations of the two front storefronts (1954 remodel).
Based on research by Donovan & Associates.
Stevenson's Hardware Building on the right, 1908
From a 1914, issue of the East Washingtonian
Clean up with this "Laundry Queen", April, 1919
Retrofit your farmhouse with this "Round Oak Pipeless Furnace" in 1920
In October, 1922, J R Stevenson was selling Furnaces to Go!
A wide range of supplies was available
The "Heatrola" was apparently still a big seller for Stevenson's in 1924
In the distance, you can see the western portion of the Farmer's National bank Building. This was probably after they had closed.
'Professional Cards' from the classifieds of the East Washingtonian, summer, 1924.
Dr. Clark wasn't in the Bank Building, he was next door on the other side of the Pomeroy Hotel. I kept him here because I'm intrigued by a "drugless physician."
This is not Pomeroy, but it was in the East Washingtonian in June, 1924, and there's the Chard connection. Women Tramps? (Ayer is, or was, on the Snake about 3 miles west of where Hwy 261 crosses the river at Lyons Ferry.) [I'm probably the only one who had to look up where Ayer was.]
Gates Insurance in the Chard Building. He was there until 2017. And although John has retired, the historic sign was still there as of 2020.
from the 1953 Dayton, Pomeroy, Waitsburg Telephone Directory
An undated advertisement from a Pomeroy High School The Harvest
Gates Insurance, October 1970
The western corner of the Chard Building during 1958, with the Post Office.
An advertisement from 1968, Ilene's was located in the western part of the Chard Building
Not sure if Ilene's was closed for a bit or a while, but the space was occupied by the Democrats prior to the 1968 Presidential election
William R. Young Named to Head Post Office Here
The appointment of William R. Young as postmaster at Pomeroy, was announced today by Fred Huleen, Seattle director of the Northwest states postal region.
Young has served as a clerk at the Pomeroy Post-office since December 1963. He was mayor of Pomeroy from 1962 to 1967, and had been a state president of the Junior Chamber of Comfmerce fpr 3 years. He served in the U. S. Navy from June 1944 to May 1946.
Young is married and has 3 children. Mrs. Don Garrett, Pomeroy, Doug, at home, and Greg, Harrington, Wash.
The appointment, effective February 20, was made on the recommendation of a Regional Management Selection Board established to review the qualifications of applicants as the major step in filling postmaster vacancies.
It is a new procedure of the U. S. Postal Service following authorization provided in the Postal Reorganization Act of August, 1970, to make postmaster appointments without Congressional participation,
"The new merit selection system is designed to achieve the best possible standards of post-office management as a means of providing reliable and efficient postal service to the public.' Huleen said.
Young, 44, a native of Pomeroy, replaces Ronald Chard retired in October 1969.
Thankfully this type of hairstyle has passed away into history. Anyone remember Jeff?
Apparently, by 1981, Ilene had moved down (up?) the street to the corner of 6th and Main when this advertisement came out. I'll move it when that building shows up.
A bit wrinkled, but Merry Christmas in 1981 from all the Gates!
During much of the 80's, some of the offices on the second floor were occupied by Pomeroy Chiropractic.