Midland & Henry Streets, Bay City, MI
The Mohr building was built in the early 1900s by Frank H. Mohr for his hardware business. At the time, the area was still known as West Bay City, a separate community located west of the Saginaw River across from Bay City. The Mohr building is located on the west side of Henry street between Midland and Jenny. Later, in 1895, a furniture business was added after John Mohr partnered with George Staudacher, who specialized in furniture.
The photos above are of the Midland Street entrance to the Mohr building entrance on Midland street which was taken in May 2002. The Bishop and Young Company that has operated a furniture business here since 1930 was in the process of closing.
Photo taken 2006. Now home of the Banana Bay home decorations business.
The image below came from a stock issue book of the Mohr and Staudacher business. To the left is the receipt showing 80 shares were issued to George B. Staudacher in 1895, and to the right is a blank certificate. Note that the certificate states, "West Bay City" and that captial stock of $12,000.00 were priced at $10.00 per share.
This 1919 Card was sent home by John Mohr while in the military to let his family know he was okay and that he was located in France at Camp D'Auvours.
Mohr Hardware & Bishop-Young Furniture
This article appeared in the Bay City Times Daily newspaper on Tuesday, February 22, 1930, announcing the sale of the furniture portion of Mohr's business to Bishop - Young Company. On the same day in this paper was an ad for Mohr Furniture & Hardware. Note the items being promoted and the prices at that time.
Bay City Times Daily - Tuesday, February 22, 1930
MOHR HARDWARE CO.
Bishop-Young Co.. Recently Formed To
Share Floor With Present Dept.
Announcement was made Tuesday of the sale of the furniture department of the Mohr Hardware & Furniture Co., the largest store on Bay City's west side to Bishop-Young Co., a recently formed Bay City corporation.
Details of the sale were announced by John K. Mohr, founder of the business which is known throughout northeastern Michigan. The Mohr Hardware & Furniture Co. is located at the northwest corner of Midland and Henry streets.
Mr. Mohr said that he will continue in charge of the hardware department and will continue to maintain an office in the store.
The purchase price was not disclosed.
The Bishop-Young Co. will share the first floor of the four-story brick building with Mr. Mohr's hardware department but will have th exclusive use of the other three floors.
The new corporation took possession of the furniture department Monday and is now getting its new organization under way.
Coincident with the announcement of the sale came information that Leon R. Young, of Grand Rapids has been appointed manager of the furniture store. Clarence Ekkert, also of Grand Rapids is assistant manager. Mr. Young is affiliated with the Bishop Young Furniture Co. of Grand Rapids. He said, however, that there is no connection between the Bay City and Grand Rapids stores. The new organization is not to be operated as a chain store but entirely as a local project.
Same Personal Maintained
The same personnel, "to the greatest extent possible," will be maintained the announcement said.
Sale of the furniture department of the Mohr Hardware & Furniture Co., recalls the organization of a business that had its more or less humble beginning here in 1903.
The first hardware store operated here by the late Frank Mohr was located at the southwest corner of Midland and Henry streets. The company did not go into the furniture business until it erected its new building at the present location, in 1912.
Mr. Mohr died March 20, 1939. He was one of the most prominent businessmen in this section of the state. Since his death, the business has been managed by his only son.
Bishop-Young Stock Certificate Issued to George Young in 1930 for 334 shares.
Images of stock certificates and newspaper ads courtesy of Ed Ekkert, owner of Bishop Young Furniture. May 2002.
Mohr, Frank H., bio.
Midland St. Businesses
Mohr, Frank H.
Mohr, John K.
Staudacher, George B.
Young, Leon R.
Bay City Times Daily
Grand Rapids, MI
West Bay City