Franklin & Wolfe: Oldest Building in Columbia.
1851 July 13 - Fernando Yrizar claimed possession of land running 75 feet on the street and 100 feet deep. He builds a wood structure.
1852 Fernando Yrizar sells the property with small house to Alexander Franklin, Anspach Wolfe and Elias Compert for $1100. The Franklin-Wolfe Variety Store begins.
1852 Census - Shows Alexander Franklin(1823-), Anspach Wolfe(1825-) and Elias Compert(1824-) born in Germany. Shows they arrived in New York (last residence).
1854 Benj. M. Brainard agrees to let Franklin and Wolfe build a common brick wall on 4 inches of his property to construct a 1 story brick building.
1854 June 3 - "Mr. Franklin had began construction of a fire-proof building on Main Street." - (Columbia Gazette)
1854 July 10 - Fire causes $200 damage to new cosntruction.
1854 August 12 - Brick building was finished. They move their Variety Store into the building. (The Variety Store will run until Dec. 1859.)
1866 Joseph Rodgers sold to David Levy, who runs a clothing and dry goods store.
1870 Levy sells to his father, Joel, who has a fancy and staple dry goods store.
1876-1878 O. F. Strubridge's Empire Saloon.
1878 Joel Levy sells to Sewell Knapp.
1878 Knapp sells to Louis Levy who is postmaster and has a general furnishings goods store.
1880 David Levy opens the Dividend Saloon in his brother's building with a billiard room, "most elegant saloon in county".
1880 May through Oct. - David Levy advertises the Dividend Saloon with these words: "This is the most elegantly fitted up saloon in Tuolumne county. Here you can always obtain the best brands of Liquors and Cigars. Fine Wines and Liquors a Specialty. Do not fail to call on us when in town, and we will treat you like a Prince of Good Fellows. Robert Monroe, Manager."
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