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J.S. Benedict General Store. PO1.697
It Was The Olde Main Chowder House.
Postcard of the home of
William McKinley Sr. on the west side of Main Street. Sometime
before 1875, the house was enlarged and converted into a store
owned by J. S. Benedict.
Half of it was moved to Riverside
Park in Evansville near Meander Creek, ca 1893, and half was
moved backward to Franklin Alley.
A bank and the Benedict building were constructed
on the site.
City National Bank building, 1894.
Photo: Youngstown Museum of Labor and Industry
The City National Bank was built in 1893 on
the site of the McKinley home on South Main Street. It opened
its doors in 1884 with a capital of $60,000.00 H. H. Mason,
who was the first Mayor of Niles, was president.
At this time the J.S. Benedict store is still
occupying the birthome of William McKinley.
It closed within a short time and the Dollar
Savings Bank Co., which had opened in temporary quarters in
1903, relocated in this building in 1905. They remained here
until the new Dollar Bank Building was complete in 1918. The
McKinley Savings & Loan, organized in 1918, occupied the
site until it was absorbed by Dollar Savings Bank of Youngstown.
In the 1890’s half of it was moved to Riverside Park in
Evansville near Meander Creek and half to the Franklin Alley.
A bank and the Benedict building were constructed
on the site.
The photograph shows the section moved to Franklin
Alley where it became a storehouse for an undertaker. Later,
the Harris Offset Printing Company would occupy this building.
Read about the lot where
the McKinley home was built.
In 1905 the Dollar Bank purchased
the City National Bank building which had been built in 1893 on
part of the site of the McKinley home. PO1.38
The Dollar Bank remained at the
location until 1918 when their present building was completed.
The McKinley Federal Savings & Loan purchased the building
that same year.
Close-up of the Benedict Building façade
showing the date in which it was built.
(Ed. it appears to be 1888).
Right: The Benedict Building is to the left of
the bank building. SO1.38a
Close-up of the bank building with the second
floor occupied by Dr. Thomas Clingan as indicated by the lettering
on the windows.
Photograph on the left shows the west side of
South Main Street as it appeared at the turn of the century in
Left to right: Benedict building, old City National
Bank building, Clingan building, Deither-Carter building, Holton
building, Harris house, later the site of the Niles Bank building.
(Across Park Avenue) the Swaney building, IOOF building and the
In the Clingan Building, Dr. Clingan
and attorney G.P. Gilmer had upstairs offices and the
Evans Store was downstairs.
The Deither-Carter Building was next to the right
and housed the Manchester Hardware and Southwick Brothers Restaurant.
Only the Holeton Building, built in 1897, remains of all the buildings
in this photograph. PO9.4
Dr. Thomas Clingan house at 547 South
Main Street. This house, built close to the Mahoning River, was
inundated by the waters of the 1913 Flood.
After the house flooded, the Clingan-Waddell
Mansion on South Main Street was built and occupied by the family.
Pictured in the photograph are: L-R William
Aubrey Thomas, Margaret Thomas Clingan with John Clingan, Margaret
Clingan Wick, T.E. Thomas or Dr. Clingan and
Elizabeth Clingan Hosack. P11.315
Another view of the west side of
South Main Street featuring the Benedict Building on the far left
of the photograph, ca 1895.
South Main Street from Holeton Bldg.
South Main Street, 1935.
Niles Standard 9.18.36
Bolotin-Drabkin will hold big auction sales. The
company has been located in Niles for over 23 years and through
loss of lease has been forced to dispose of the large stock of
quality furniture and vacate the building before October 1st.
The first auction sale will be held tonight at 7:30. Sales will
continue each day until the entire stock is sold it was announced
by Saul Drabkin, the general manager.
The movie theatre
was the ‘Butler’ which later would become the ‘Robins
Moves into New Store.
Bolotin Niles Daily Times 2.23.28
Two and one-half times the floor space occupied
by the Bolotin-Drabkin Furniture Company at 29 South Main Street
will be at the command of the company at its new location, 40
South Main Street which opened Friday.
In the old building, the floor space available
was slightly better than 4,000 square feet, while in the new location
the space to be used will be nearly 11,000 square feet, besides
the warehouse which will afford another 3,000 feet.
The warehouse is to be used for the display of
used furniture and to house furnishings to be disposed of in the
store, company officials said.
There are three floors and a basement at the
40 South Main Street address, each floor being 27 feet in width
and 100 feet in depth with the basement of equal proportions.
The first floor will be occupied by special numbers in living
room, dining room and bedroom furniture, ornaments and floor and
bidge lamps, arranged in an attractive manner. During the year,
seasonal merchandise will also be displayed on the first floor.
On the second floor will be bedroom and dining
room furniture, while the third floor will be used to display
of living room furnishings, rugs, tables, phonographs, smoking
sets and lamps.
In the basement a full line of high grade stoves and kitchen outfits
will be on display.
Considerable work has been done in order to get
into shape for the opening. Steel beams have been placed in the
ceiling on this floor and there will be no poles or braces to
obstruct the view of prospective buyers. This was done at great
cost and aided greatly in bringing the cost of the remodeling
figure that the company was obliged to meet.
Left: Bolotin-Drabkin Furniture
Niles Daily Times advertisement in the September 4, 1930 Niles
Right: Advertisement in the Niles Standard newspaperfor
the Bolotin-Drabkin Furniture Company located at their new location,
40 South Main Street.
After the closing of the Bolotin–Drabkin
Furniture Store in 1936, a new furniture company, Arden’s
Furniture Store, took over the Benedict building.
Photograph shows the display windows with the
Butler Grille and the McKinley Federal Savings and Loan bank on
each side of the Benedict Building.
Postcard advertisement displaying metal tube
kitchen tables and chairs, rolls of linoleum flooring and stoves.
Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings
until 8:30 pm.
Postcard advertisement displaying
various carpets available for purchase.
Treasure house of fine rugs.
Photograph of Arden's Fine Furnishings
Store and McKinley Federal Savings and Loan Building, ca 1963.
Buildings beside bank are being
torn down to provide space for a drive-thru for the bank.
Photograph of Arden's Fine Furnishings Store
and McKinley Federal Savings and Loan Building, ca 1973. S11.232
Demolition of bank completed,
The Olde Main Ale & Chowder
House is up for auction.
The Olde Main Ale & Chowder
Photo taken of McKinley Federal
Savings and Loan, and the Arden Building, (now The Old Main
Ale & Chowder House) located on the site of the McKinley
home in downtown Niles before urban renewal.PO1.172
The Benedict Block, Arden building,
is still standing as of January 1990 but the bank has been razed
to make way for the replica of the McKinley Birthplace.
The Olde Main
Ale & Chowder House.
Niles Daily Time 9.18.1986
Hugh McGarrity came to Niles from the
East Coast and opened the Olde Main & Chowder House March
27, 1977. He said, “He could find here in Niles the kind
of salon he was used to back East.” McGarrity recalled,
“The kind of men’s bar you find in Boston that serves
good food. So he decided to put a Boston-style bar in Niles.”
The site for the Olde Main sits on the birthplace of the President
Hugh operated the bar until his death November
21, 1985. McGarrity’s brothers, Mark and George, took over
the tavern, but decided earlier this year to put it up for sale.
Niles daily Times 12.8.87 Jim
The Olde Main & Chowder House may be about to change hands.
Niles resident, Carol Lepsesty is attempting to acquire
the landmark tavern, according to her lawyer, Daniel P. Thomas
Lepsesty’s CRM Entertainment Inc. has filed
a transfer application with the Ohio Department of Liquor Control,
asking that the Old Main’s liquor license be transferred
to the company from the estate of Hugh McGarrity.
The price Lepsesty is paying for the business
has not been disclosed, but Mark McGarrity said earlier
this year that he and his brother were asking $250,000.
Thomas admitted the sale is contingent upon the
transfer of the liquor license and remarked, “There should
be no problem with it.” Thomas described his client as a
Niles native who moved to California but has moved back to the
Last Wednesday, City Council received notice
of the liquor license transfer application. The notice was accepted
and referred to Safety Director Anthony Marsico and Police
Chief John Ross. This is standard procedure. If the city
officials would find something unsatisfactory in Lepsesty’s
background, an objection to the transfer request could be filed.
However, city officials are not likely to object.
Niles Daily Times Patricia Meade-Pugh
May 17, 1990.
Rampage at the Olde Main.
It’s that time of year again-the 13th Annual “Ramp
Festival” starts this Saturday at the Olde Main & Chowder
House. Just follow your nose once you hit Main Street to find
By its 2:30 closing time, Olde Main owner Carol
Lepsesty expects to have served 500-600 customers an aromatic
array of dishes flavored by her 120-pound cache of ramps-or rampions,
the pungent onion-garlic turnip wonder that she says causes all
the restaurant’s exhaust fans to do double duty.
This traditional event was started by former
Olde Main owner Hugh McGarrity 12 years ago and the popular eatery’s
new owner says the interest in this ramp ritual is “amazing.”
This year’s ample supply of this gourmet’s
delight means some of the redolent ramps will find their way into
odorous omelets, scented soups, breath-taking breads, pungent
pork roasts and strong-smelling steaks. Cook June DeAngelo
has perfected several recipes that are sure to send diner’s
olfactory organs into overdrive.