By Alan Sorensen
Cinco de Mayo draws near. Are we ready?
I paid a short visit to Don's Pharmacy in Harlem a few Saturdays ago. For an hour, I listened and learned about Havre as it was in the 1930s and '40s.
Frank Orlando (he asked me not to mention his name), has been with Don Vaupel for 52 years. A Havre native, he was hired on by Don at his Havre store in 1948.
Mr. Orlando told me he would be unable to attend the Saturday, May 5, gathering at the Havre-Hill County Library to discuss Havre's past businesses. He did, however, provide me with a written list upon which he made numerous comments.
Here is that list with a few of the comments as I remember them. (If you have access to Mr. Orlando, try to get his to close up shop that Saturday. He is a most enjoyable man who has a strong abiding love of Havre and the Hi-Line.)
First Street: Blue Goose Clothing, Pioneer Meat Market, Piggly Wiggly Store, Gurley Cafeteria, Town Hall-Blue Pony Hall, Blacks Jewelry, Western Drug, Swenson Cigar Store, Board of Trade, Hill County Bank, Fountain Barber Shop, Star Pool Hall, Oxford Bar and Cafe, bowling alley, McCauley Plumbing (now Albertson's parking lot), Krienke Meat Market, Jean Priete Bar, Jubilee Bar, Priete Spaghetti Dinner House, Chestnut Mattress Factory (now Noons, different Chestnuts), Billy Meat Market (Dritshulas), Grand Hotel, Havre Furniture, Triangle Hotel, Salvation Army, Bear Paw Motor, Pacific Hide and Fur, Chain-O-Lakes, Shorty Young Honky Tonk (bar, brothel, etc.), Havre Steam Laundry, Hot Tamale (Jim Shaklee), Owl Drug, Havre Drug, Halverson Cigar Factory, Jestrab John Deer Parts, Clack's Heccoline Oil and Grease, International Elevator, McCormick Deering Machine Repair, St. Anthony and Dakota Lumber, Joe LaCroix Second Hand Shop, Rambo Meat and Grocery, Havre Cream Station, International Sales and Repair, Hellfish Grocery, Coliseum Athletic Hall (gym and boxing ring upstairs), Terraplane and Hudson Garage, Liberty Hotel, Nash Finch Wholesaler, Gamble Robinson, Frank Reichelt Beverage Equipment Store, Midwest Lumber Yard, Chinese Laundry, next door to Adolph Garding Bar (Lee's Tavern), Paul English Shoe Shop, Gies Soda Pop Factory, Havre Bottling Works, Gies Root Beer Barrel Stand, Boston Cafe, Dutch Shop Cafe, Dr. Hamilton, Lyric Theater, Bays Jewelry, Morris Cafe, Havre Garage Sales and Service, Glacier Creamery, Faltrino Ice Sales, Gables Bar, Havre Hotel, Havre Lounge, Case Farm Equipment, Flour Mill, Home Oil Refinery, Havre Brick Factory, Buttrey Slaughter House, Midwest Lumber, K-W Grocery, Linberger Printing, Konopatsky Music Store, Haas Farm Equipment, Bob's Drive In, Warp-Honadel PA, Bossuet Architects, Andy Anderson Tires, Larson's Shoe Shop, Fullmer Studio, Japan Village, Clark's Pharmacy, Owl Drug, Cozy Tourist Camp, Park to Park, Lee's Cafe, Heron's Texaco Gas Station, Krezelak Meats, Hutcheson Byce Well Drilling, Lindsay Wholesale, Stromberg Transfer and Storage, Pat Yeon's Bar, the Flying Doctor (Dr. Sussex);
Second Street: Japan Import Store, Halls Grocery, Walen Grizzly Gas Station, Small City Grocery, Wienkenweider Meat Market, Old Shell (Brendgard's) Gas Station, Overcast Barbershop, Carpenter Plumbing, Vito Morrelli Grocery, Sherwin Paints, Bon Ton Bakery, Lankorns Texaco (later Herbie's Texaco), Runkel Brothers Ford, Elks Lodge, Miller Wrecking Yard, Weather Bureau, Chevrolet Garage, Grogan Lumber, Blue Moon, Blue Lantern, Fred's Open Market, First National Bank, Lucky Clothing, Bostic Barbershop, Hockett and McFarland Barbershop, McClain Store, Marra Brothers' Grocery, Chili Hutt, Prowder Shoe Shop, Donut Shop, Bellands Furniture, Montana-Dakota Energy Office, Havre Clinic, Pay and Pak, Buttrey, McCrackens Clothing, McKekney Store, Glee's Jewelry, Lindelow Drug Store, Woolworths, J.C. Penney, Hub, Old Palace Bar, Super Ice Cream, Don's Medical Pharmacy (Oct. 1, 1948), Carson Clack Gas Station, Andy Hagen Bicycle Fix Shop, Brobst Bicycle Shop;
Third Street: Kostel Funeral Home (later Havre Theater, now Havre Credit Bureau), Dave Goss haunted house and livery stable (Very interesting; had a human skeleton hanging in the yard), Fred Biaticair Magazines, Troy Insurance Agency, Sink Kee Laundry, Boston Cafe, Larson's Texaco, Ollie Rist Grocery, Buttercrest Bakery, Einar Martinson Grocery, Havre Federal Savings and Loan, Gurley Cafeteria (two locations);
South end: Osborn Grocery, High School Grocery Store, Highland Park Grocery, College Coffee Shop, Hillcrest Golf Course, Hamons Plumbing;
Northside: Northside Bar, Hockett Dairy, Jersey Dairy, Hienzl Dairy, Havre Trap Club.
There's something to think about.
We'll have the coffee on, some cookies handy, notebooks for everyone and pencils with our name on them. You have to bring your own pens.