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More musings on Main Street

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Editor, Index Tribune:

I would like to add a correction to the article “Main Street Sonoma is long gone,” written by Bill Lynch.

He wrote a great article, but with a few things that need to be changed.  Contrary to what he said in his article, Safeway was not where the museum is now, as Safeway was one more building south, where Century 21 real estate is. The museum building is where Ed Peterson had his Peterson Heating and Plumbing store, then Franklin Furniture moved there after that.

Next, about the drug stores: There were four, and Bill did mention three of them.  The fourth one was on West Napa Street across from the Index-Tribune, and it was called Valente’s Drugs. Freiberg’s Rexall Drugs was where the bike tour shop is now, and Rudy’s restaurant, on Broadway.

At the corner of First Street West and West Spain was a ladies dress shop called the Town Shop, and then next door was the Greyhound Bus Depot, operated by Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Haines.  The bus came up First Street West and pulled in behind the dress shop, and then came through where the candle shop is now.

Just to add a little extra, where the Bank of Marin is, on West Napa Street, was the first Sprouse-Ritz dime store, and at the corner of First Street West and West Napa Street was the American Trust Bank.

Jim Karabochos

Sonoma

 

  • The Village Idiot

    Jim — Thanks for the historical corrections. We’re all getting old and losing our memories and our minds. Always the pioneer, Lynch long ago beat us to it.