|Most of these buildings are gone now|
Commercial Street, 1966: UO Library
You may recall a note about early bike dealer Paul Hauser and Wild Pear. With his brother Lloyd, Hauser built a chain of local sporting goods stores and installed this tile entry where today is Wild Pear.
A granddaughter of Paul Hauser happened to see the note, and shared a picture of Paul Hauser and Watt Shipp!
|Watt Shipp (l) & Paul Hauser (r), circa 1900|
(Image Courtesy of Sarah Hauser)
As best as I can tell they were business partners from the spring of 1901 to the winter of 1903/4. The bike style matches - and the "bicycle suit" style of apparel seems consistent with this dating (though those with a better knowledge of costume and clothing might discern more exactly - to me it's more generally "old timey" than precisely 1901 or 1907 ). So it seems most logical to date the picture to the period of their partnership or just before.
|March, 1901 - First set of Ads|
|December 24th, 1903 - Last ad for partnership|
Interestingly, in April of 1903, bike dealer (and future Buick dealer) Otto J. Wilson had brought the first car to Salem, and it is perhaps significant that bicycles don't appear in this Christmas Eve advertisement. Seasonally, both Hauser and Shipp continued to advertise and sell bicycles into the late 19-aughts and early teens, but they had diversified into what we now know as general "sporting goods."
|August 1905 "Sporting Goods" Store|
|May 1915 Contest for "carrier boys"|
|June 22 & July 16, 1915 - Rival Stores Clash!|
Hauser and Shipp were also active in the Board of Trade, the Cherry Fair, and other forms of civic development and boosterism.
The shop's location, 258 Commercial, is longer around. Today the site is a void, a parking lot between the Bike Peddler and the Old Spaghetti Warehouse. (Salem has had several rounds of address renumbering, and we cannot today look to the 200 block of Commercial for this old address.)
|Site of 258 Commercial in parking lot south of Bike Peddler|
The right edge of the image more-or-less bisects the storefront of 258 Commercial.
|258 Commercial on right side edge; Peddler's wall on left edge|
1970 Image: UO library
|Commercial and Court, May 1913; 258 is on far right|
the full 360 panorama can be seen on the wall at Fox Blue
Paul Hauser, Watt Shipp, and the lost building at 258 Commercial remind us that a vibrant downtown requires more than just more cars.
(Many thanks to Sarah Hauser for the family photo!)
Addendum, June 26th, 2018
There was a nice history note on Sunday about the Metropolitan Store, which included a photo of the building and continuous storefronts at top. It noted that the building was demolished in 1972 after the store moved to 160 Liberty NE.
Addendum 2, May 15th, 2019
In the HLC packet for the Salem Main Street alley naming project is a nice early note on the buildings here.
|Eckerlen Block, Statesman, January 2nd, 1906|