Mystery Photo #3

It has been awhile since we’ve had a mystery photo.

Care to guess on the identity of this Clontarf building?

Mystery Photo #3

By the way, fifty pounds of salt cost 50 cents in 1884.  We will take another peek into Mr. McDermott’s ledger soon.  Nothing too interesting was showing up this week, mainly the staples – sugar, tea, and tobacco.

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5 responses to “Mystery Photo #3

  1. Jackie Doherty


    The picture was taken when the building was a bank. After that, Bell Fiela had a restaurant in the building. After that, it was the Clontarf Liquor Store and the Apitz family ( Doc, Margaret, Gretchen and Robbie) lived upstairs because Doc Apitz was the manager of the liquor store.

  2. Anne Schirmer

    The old bank building was torn downin the early part of the 1960s, because the new liquor store was built . We had this discussion at the coffee table a few months ago, but no exact date/year comes to mind right now. I’ll resurrect the topic and look for “proof”.
    I love the obituary you found! Thank you. I’ll put it in the Clontarf History Book!
    Have you looked at
    It it Bob Perrizo’s depiction of the French-Canadian influence in America for the 350th anniversary….

    • Thanks, Anne! That was a great obituary – I sort of stumbled across it and needed to share it. I have a few more up my sleeve – I seem to be especially drawn to tragic or bizarre deaths…stay posted! I haven’t checked out Bob Perrizo’s website yet, but I will.

      That is interesting about Pike Chamberlain and the concrete. People were so much more resourceful back then.

  3. Anne Schirmer

    Recently I’ve had someone from Hancock, MN, identify all the ball players in the photo I had received, I believe, from Joyce Andersen Klucas because her dad “Woody” Andersen is in it…His wife Annabelle had two sisters, Jeannie & Millicent. Their husbands are also on the team! Jeannie married Albert Nelson. Millicent married Raymond “Barnie” Schmidgall. The 3 sisters were daughters of “Sport” McDonald of Tara Twp.
    “Doc” Apitz originally hailed from Hancock. He wasn’t a doctor, but his dad was a veterinarian!
    Later, he & wife Margaret McCarthy of Clontarf, moved out of state but returned to the area and settled in Clontarf so he could run the bar (in the old bank building). They had 2 daughters – Roberta “Robbie” and Gretchen. Gretchen and Mary Reardon Langan cleaned out the old jail for the 125th celebration in 2003 and offered “Tea with M & G”, then they offered to take your photo with you behind bars for a keepsake! When I was growing up in the ’60s, Margaret Apitz ran the Shamrock Cafe on the north side of Grace Ave (main street) which had been built & operated by Norman & Ione (Anderson) Avok. Ione had one sister, Emily, married to Elmer Avok, a brother to Norman. The girls had 2 brothers, Walter & Clarence. Walter married and had 5 kids in the photo I have of school pictures of Clontarf Public school 1958-1959. Neither Roger Avok (Emily’s) or Alan Avok (Ione’s) are depicted….Emily told me lots of stories before she passed away in Dec. 2008. Ione had died a few years earlier. Their dad, “Nate” Anderson and wife Emma were from Clontarf, too. Nate wore the badge of Constable for a few years. I don’t think he ever arrested anybody, but I could be wrong… I have a picture of them from Emily of them 2 standing outside the Perrizo Store in Clontarf with groceries…and the sign hanging in the breeze says “U.S. Post Office, Clontarf, MN”…I was able to clip that out of the copy of the photo and put it in the picture frame dedicated to the memory of Mr. Perrizo, Postmaster. Mr. Perrizo & wife Rose (Hughes) had 3 sons: Richard, Burton, & Robert.

  4. Michael Avok

    I am Emily Avok’s grandson.
    Is this site still active?

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