the purcell stores
The original Purcell store is surely one of these buildings. An articles reporting on the 1920 fire says that one of the brick buildings destroyed was the Purcell Block, a building that had J. L. Fulton’s billiard hall on the first floor, and the Belshaw Hall above. The building in the foreground was replaced by the brick hotel complex by the time of the 1920 fire. The three frame buildings beyond it were addressed by the 1920 article about the fire. It says that two were torn down to keep the fire from spreading to the new hotel buildings, but that the frame building of Steah and Phillips was standing at day break, but at Noon, the west wall of the Purcell building was dynamited and fell on it, crushing it. Accordingly, the Purcell building apepars to have been the first brick building from the camera.
The Purcell building may have been the brick building farthest from the camera. Photo 459.
Member Terry Hunt Korell, a Purcell descendant, identifies this as the second Purcell store, built after the 1920 fire by her Uncle Jim Purcell. Jim had the left side of the store, his wife Ida had the left. He sold hardware and other manly things, she sold dress goods and other feminine things. Photo 435. The store was later occupied by business that included Knapp's IGA and Vrtiska Electric.