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UUlietm, ~ecora, vrogress ve, Keporcer Wednesday, April 2, 2014 113 N INSIDE SECTION B: EDITORIAL OPINIONS UPCOMING EVENTS Photos courtesy Plumas County Museum Resident remembers building lost in fire Sandra Lee Special to Feather Publishing fire that destroys a historical building is like losing a longtime member of one's family. The memories will remain, but it is not the same. Although the building that housed the Pizza Factory at Main and Bradley had seen many changes over the past 147 years, the foundation of the building remained as a part of the whole and burned to the ground Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. In 1866, a man named A.P. Moore built the original building to establish a mercantile store. Mr. Moore had been a partner with Harlow Pierson, but when that business failed, he struck out on his own. In that same year Corydon Lee (my great-grandfather) moved his wife, two sons and a daughter to Quincy, coming from Marysville. Mr. Lee had been a judge in La Porte and the name Judge Lee followed him. He established a mercantile store in the Harbison Building, which was where Sweet Lorraine's is today. In 1876, Judge Lee bought out A.P. Moore and relocated his mercantile store, known as C. Lee & Sons, to Main and Bradley. At the age of 15, the youngest son, Clark (my grandfather), started to work inthe store alongside his brother Thomas, who was 10 years older. In 1888, an ad in the Plumas Independent read: C. Lee & Sons -- The one price store. Dealers in dry goods, clothing, boots and shoes, fancy goods, groceries and provisions, cigars and tobacco. Hardware. Agents for Tennessee White In 1888, an ad in the Plumas Independent reach C. Lee & Sons - The one price store. Dealers in dry goods, clothing, boots and shoes, fancy goods, groceries and provisions, cigars and tobacco. Hardware. Agents for Tennessee White Rye Whiskey. Rye Whiskey. roller skating at the The store was also the courthouse and wanted headquarters for the U.S. something to eat, I was Postal Service. Corydon Lee allowed to skate inside the and later his sons served as Quincy Grocery onto the postmasters for 12 years plank wood floor'and under the Cleveland (1885 - purchase an apple for 5 1889) and Harrison (1889 - cents. Those were the days! 1892) administrations. If you lived in Quincy in After their father 1948, who can forget the Corydon died in 1889, Clark week~..that Hollywood came and Tom became partners to town to f~l.m "The Green in the store until 1891 when Promise" with a young Clark bought out his Natalie Wood, Marguerite brother, who movedto Chapman, Walter Brenndn Oroville to own a livery and Robert Paige. Some of stable. The name of the our local residents were store was changed to C.J. extras in the film. On a hot Lee Mercantile. Clark later summer day, the $ilm crew remodeled the front of the and cameras were parked building, bringing it into in front of the Quincy the 20th century. Grocery to film several The Lee family operated a scenes. mercantile store in Quincy In 1954, the owners of for 51 years. In 1917 Clark Plumas Rexall Drug, Bud felt it was time to retire and Grover and Alan McClard, the business was sold to purchased the building and Abe Bar. The name was remodeled the front with changed to Bar Mercantile modern large glass and Everything. Abe Bar windows and two owned the entire half-block aluminum door entrances. of buildings west of the In 1961 Albert and Mildred Clinch Building. The Brower purchased the drug original Lee Store was store and they sold it to selling only groceries and Jack and Sandy Reed. Other became Quincy Grocery Co. businesses later operating In 1927, the Eckstein at this location included the Brothers purchased the Bar Sears Store and finally the interests and sold the Pizza Factory and Quincy Quincy Grocery in 1941 to Thrift. Jantzen and Poston, who in Time marches on, new turn sold it to Ernie buildings will be Leonhardt. In 1944 Ernie constructed and businesses sold thebusiness and owners will open their building to J.R. "Rueben" doors to customers once and Vivian Woods. I knew again -- but it is not the the Woods and if I was same. From left: Mary E. Lee, John C. Lee, Mildred E. Lee and Clark J. Lee stand in the building that bears their family name. Abe Bar (center), his son Lewis Bar (left) and George I. Chaffey stand in front of the Lee Building circa 1920. Abe Bar bought the store from Clark Lee in 19t6 and named his busines~ "Bar's Groceries and Everything." Chaffey was a local contractor and Iongtime secretary for the Rotary Club of Quincy. From left: George Chaffey, Reuel Bar, George Lasswell and greet customers at "Bar's Groceries and Everything" on Main picture was taken circa 1919. Abe Bar are ready to Street in Quincy. This