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- Sears Order Office and Drexler Sewing Machines - 9 Arthur St. North, Elmira
This Georgian style building also dates from the early years of the second half of the nineteenth century. It was the place of business of James Nicol, general merchant, and then in 1882, Weber and Erb, also general merchants. These stores were succeeded by a series of bakeries, the first run by George Weismiller. H. Weitzel owned the bakery at the turn of the century, and the building was Feil's bakery until the 1930s. A large brick bake oven in the present basement remains from the bakery days.
A photo from around 1900 shows a second storey veranda extending the length of the front façade and a small porch with turned posts on the south side of the building. A close look at the brickwork (the segmented headings) on the first storey shows the original placement of the windows and entrance.1a
1aElmira Three Walking Tours, compiled by Susan Bryant and Bertha Thompson for the Township of Woolwich LACAC (Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee), December, 1985 - submitted by Marion Roes with permission of the authors 2011
Simpson Sears Catalogue Sales Agent
In February 1951, Mr. Charles Drexler bought the store from Mr. Carl Sippel, formerly Sippel's Paint and Wallpaper Store. In 1970 the store was completely remodelled. Besides Simpson Sear's Catalogue Sales Store, Mr. Drexler also operates a Singer Sewing Machine and Service business. His wife Mary, assists Mr. Drexler full time. Formerly, before coming to Elmira, Mr. Drexler worked for Singer Sewing Machines in Kitchener.2a
2aThe Elmira Old Boys & Girls Reunion 50th Anniversary 1973, p. 76
Title of property: Feil Drexler Building
Date Demolished: 2008
Construction materials: brick
Use of the property: Bakery "N. D. Feil"
Details on previous owners, builders, etc: Norman. D. Feil