"In November 1920 Frank Snyder opened his ladies and children’s clothing store. He moved out the following year, and it became Harry Lambertons’s Service Grocery. Later, Joe Angelbeck opened a general merchandise store in the same place. They both moved out in 1929, and in 1930 “Happy” Beyle opened a soft drink parlor. Later it was a viewing room for Unger’s Funeral Home.
In 1945 Celestine “C.P.” Meyer moved in his business from 301 Main St E. Meyer did all sorts of electrical work from repairing small appliances to wiring homes and businesses, sometime traveling out of state. One summer he installed the street lighting in Sauk Centre. He and his sons, Roy and Leo, did much of the work, starting by digging holes and chopping tree roots by hand. *Notes from transcript: “I know one summer, my dad bid the street lights in Sauk Centre. I don’t know how many miles of ditch we dug by hand. Seven in the morning until seven at night, with a half hour for dinner. And those ditches were all dug by hand: chopped tree roots, dig ditches. Six days a week. Terrible way to make a living.”
In 1956 an ailing C.P. sold the business to Roy. Leo bought into the partnership in 1968, after a US Navy stint during which he had training in the electrical field. Roy’s sudden death in 1972 at the age of 46 occasioned a black-bordered front-page Beacon obituary.
The following year, Leo Meyer took on John Goihl as a partner. Goihl died in 1990, and Meyer sold the business to Ray and Darlene Ostendorf. Darlene had been the company secretary, and Dar had worked for Meyer Electric. Meyer stayed on as a master electrician. He died in 1992. The Ostendorfs retired in 2011 and closed the business.”
Nathan & Amy Terres, Scott & Anne Hoeschen purchased the building in 2018, remodeled and opened Melrose's first ever yoga space. We are SO grateful.