Kohl & Meyer Centennial Celebration
The Centralia Area Historical Society’s annual meeting last Thursday celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Museum’s home, the historic Kohl & Meyer building. Featured speaker was 104-year-old Jim Adams, who remembers attending the building’s dedication in 1917.
Centralia native Mike Marshoff, who along with his father and uncle, was a former employee of Kohl & Meyer wholesale grocers. Marshoff explained the daily operations within the building, and receiving and shipping operations to thirty-one grocery stores at one period of time in Centralia alone.
Nate Rothschild and John Stuehmeier spoke of the formation of the Centralia Area Historical Society almost twenty years ago and the Society’s museum move into the Kohl & Meyer building.
Other Society members from the audience spoke of their memories through the years as the museum has expanded into all thee floors.
The Historical Society and Museum began as an idea by Nate Rothschild and Kenny and Sarah Oestreich and began with the growing collection of Centralia memorabilia that Kenny had personally collected through the years.