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Mayle and Hungate Buildings

Built: About 1882
North West of the corner of 16th & Washington Streets, Block 37  Lots 29 & 30

Three building first appears on the Sanborn maps in 1886:
Commercial Hotel – East side door, three story building, built by Mayle & Hungate

J. W. HAYLE (MAYLE), confectionery, books, stationary, &c., is a native of Philadelphia; came to Omaha in 1875; soon after Sanborn Mapremoved to Blair and commenced this business; from a small beginning he has worked into a prosperous business; he is about (1882) constructing a brick store 24×100 feet, to cost about $5,000; when completed he will fit up a first class restaurant which will not be surpassed by any in the State; married in 1877 to Mattie McCloud, of Newport, Ky. They have two daughters.
Source: History of the State of Nebraska,  Published in 1882 by A. T. Andreas

Schreiner’s Gambles store was before Blue Goose

Jack Newberg bought both stores and made them into the Blue Goose superstore. He vacated the third story, rented apartments in the second story, and the little store facing east at the back end of the building became Harold Cantlin’s package liquor store.  The exit door next to the liquor store led upstairs to the apartments.  Jack later demolished the upper floor and fully excavated and cement blocked the basement. –T.Sick

Blue Goose Super Store
Maxine Marjorie Bragg (B. April 18, 1923 – D. Jan. 1, 2006)  was a clerk at the Blue Goose for 15 years

Gibson’s (Pamida) was after Blue Goose and before the Eagles Club, 1970’s

Eagles Social Hall

Fernando’s Cafe & Cantina  (2005)

Brick work on the F.O.E. building was done by the father of Philip Sheridan “Sherry” Moore. Sherry Moore was the father of Ruth Blanchard.

“His father was a brick mansion . . . who built . . . Dana Old Main, the State Bank building (now Huber Building), the present Ben Franklin building, Pilot Tribute, F.O.E. building and others.
WC History Book Page 128 (Blancharad Story)

Kenny & Stewart showed their appreciation of home [talent] when they secured Lou Vaughan to design and execute the ornamental work, carved in cherry and walnut, which crowns and relieves their shelving. Remarkably neat and chaste in design, it can not be excelled for beauty in the State. The fancy show counter is also a daisy for neat workmanship. We understand Lou Vaughan & Co. have been secured to do the same class work on the Hungate & Mayle Building.
Blair Republican Newspaper, October 19, 1882, Page 3, Column 3

Foundation of Hungate and Mayle’s new brick building is now being laid.
Blair Republican Newspaper, July 20, 1882

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