photo credit: Ross Porter
1921: WORK ON MUNN BUILDING STARTS
McKean County Democrat October 27, 1921
L. E. Munn will start work today, Thursday on his new business block on
Main Street, and operations will be rushed to early completion.
The new structure will be a beautiful addition to the business section
and a credit to the town. It will be of brick and steel construction,
two stories in height with a frontage of 43 ft. and depth of 28 ft.
The first floor will be occupied by Mr. Munn’s confectionery, ice
cream store and restaurant, while the second floor will be finished off
into living apartments.
The new structure will be built up and around, Mr. Munn’s present
one-story business place, permitting business of the establishment to
proceed uninterrupted while construction work is in progress.
Mr. Munn is to be congratulated on his enterprise and confidence is Smethport’s
future in erecting this fine business block.
Builders' Supply Company Contractor for Munn
McKean County Democrat November 24, 1921
The Builders’ Supply Company of Bradford,
contractors on the new business block of L. E. Munn and the store building
being erected by H. C. Wells, on Main Street, is making rapid progress
on those new brick structures. The handsome new Munn block and the Wells
building which will fill in the space between the Munn block and the Wells’
drug store building, will greatly enhance the appearance or that section
of Main Street.
Munn Buys Block, Fetterly will Move
McKean County Democrat May 16, 1929
A deal of importance was consummated in this borough last Friday by which
L. E. Munn purchased from Forrest Williams of Mt. Jewett the fine two-story
brick business block on Main Street, Smethport, adjoining Mr. Munn’s
restaurant building, now occupied by the Fetterly Drug Store.
In connection with this real estate transfer, the consideration of which
is private, it is stated that the Fetterly Drug Co., the headquarters
of which is in Port Allegany, will move its local store to Coudersport
the first of next month, entirely abandoning the Smethport business field.
It is understood that Mr. Munn will connect the newly purchased building
with his restaurant building with a runway and will use the store quarters
for his ice cream parlor and confectionery business, using his present
large business place for restaurant purposes exclusively. The second floor
will be finished off into a number of attractive rooms to enable this
popular establishment to provide rooms as well as meals to patrons which
will prove a real accommodation to the traveling public.
This property which was originally built by H. C. Wells and was occupied
by the pioneer Wells Drug Store for many years up to 1926, when Mr. Wells
sold out and moved to Olean, where he established a store, is one of the
most modern on Main Street.