Historic District Downtown Building Inventory
Central Drug Store (Site ID 44)
718-722 Main Street
Classification: Historic Contributing
Constructed in 1903, the Central Drug Store was erected by Dr. Chester Ernest Kuykendall. The building housed the Central Drug Store (west side), doctors' offices (rear), and a variety store (east side, Cardwells). Kuykendall, a native of Oregon and pioneer of 1882, operated the drug store and pharmacy for over thirty-five years (established 1882). He died in 1948 at the age of 79. His son, C. E. Kuykendall worked with his father in the family business. The two stores were later combined into a grocery store.
Kuykendall's Central Drug (last EW advertisement I have is 1936)
Burch-Adams Co. (1960 EW advertisement through 1969)
Burch-Adams Food City (1970 EW Advertisement through at least 1976)
Pat & Carol's Food City (1979 EW Advertisement through
Berglund's Family Foods/Food City (when through 2005 when closed) at the time of the historic nomination.
Clothing store, thrift shop, and now Pomeroy Physical Fitness.
The one-story building has a brick parapet divided by three raised brick pilasters that extend above the cornice. The western storefront has a recessed central entrance, glass panel door with wood surrounds, and newer boards covering the bulkhead. The east storefront has tall windows with wood surrounds (newer installation).
Description and much of the Cultural Data based on
research by Donovan & Associates
This undated photo from the early 20th century shows a crowd gathered at a parade in front of the Central Drug Store.
From July, 1914, when Cooling Drinks would have been a big hit. Kuykendall's Central Drug Store, Pomeroy, Washington.
Kuydendall's Central Drugs had a two-week special on something called ocedar polish during February, 1919.
They had 12 colors of Sherwin-Williams paint at Kuykendall's Central Drug Store in the summer of 1919.
Visit Kuykendall's Central Drug Store for their ONE Cent Sale during October, 1924.
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