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Glen Ellen in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Charles J. Poppe Building

 
 
Charles J. Poppe Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 28, 2009
1. Charles J. Poppe Building Marker
Inscription.
Site of the Poppe
Dry Goods & General Merchandise Store
1883-1937
and
Glen Ellen Post Office

First built of wood in 1883
Destroyed by fire in 1905
Rebuilt of stone with two stories in 1906
Damaged in 1906 Earthquake
Rebuilt with three stories in 1907 top two stories of wood

Glen Ellen Historical Society, October 12, 1996

 
Erected 1996 by Glen Ellen Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 21.749′ N, 122° 31.563′ W. Marker is in Glen Ellen, California, in Sonoma County. Marker is at the intersection of Arnold Drive and London Ranch Road, on the left when traveling north on Arnold Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Ellen CA 95442, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glen Ellen Cannon (a few steps from this marker); Jack London Historical State Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); "The Main Building" (approx. 1.1 miles away); Horse Power and Manure (approx. 1.2 miles away); Jack London Had A Dream (approx. 1.2 miles away); Jack London experimented
Charles J. Poppe Building - Second Version image. Click for full size.
Photographer Unknown, Courtesy of the Sonoma County Library, 1906
2. Charles J. Poppe Building - Second Version
This is the second version of the Poppe Building. Although the photograph is undated, it is almost certain to have been taken prior to April 16, 1906 - the date of the earthquake mentioned on the marker.
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Jack and Charmian London Entertained Here (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Old Winery (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Ellen.
 
Regarding Charles J. Poppe Building. The July 6, 1905 morning edition of the Los Angeles Herald carried a front page AP story of the Glen Ellen fire that destroyed the building. The article in its entirety: "Glen Ellen Visited by Disastrous Fire
Sonoma, Cal., July 5.- Fire broke out in Glen Ellen last night about 9 o'clock and a block in the main part of town was entirely destroyed. Losers were Charles Poppe, residence and postoffice; A.M. Hoffman, store and residence; J. Martins, saloon; Charles Payne, residence. The fire originated in the kitchen of Payne's residence. The loss is several thousand dollars."
 
Also see . . .  Sonoma County Biographies. Transcriptions of biographies of notable 19th and early 20th Century Sonoma County residents, this transcribed from Tourney's biography of Poppe in History of Sonoma County, California: "Charles J. Poppe, a member of one of the oldest and most prominent families Sonoma county, has engaged in merchandising
Charles J. Poppe Building - Third Version image. Click for full size.
Photographer Unknown, Courtesy of Sonoma County Library, circa 1907?
3. Charles J. Poppe Building - Third Version
The library record for this photo gives a 1906 date, however this seems unlikely given that the earthquake that damaged the second version of the building was in April 1906, and the marker itself lists the third version's construction date as 1907.
Barely visible in the pictures are signs for the post office and Pioneer Saloon.
at Glen Ellen for more than forty years and during this period has also done important work in the field of public service. He was born November 21, 1853, near Shellville, California, a son of Julius A. and Katherine (Bohr) Poppe,....in 1873 entered his father's store, aiding him in the management of the business for ten years. In 1883 the son opened a general store at Glen Ellen, where he has since remained, and as one of the pioneer merchants in this locality he is widely and favorably known. He carries the carefully assorted stock of high-grade merchandise, and a well deserved reputation for enterprise and probity and has brought him a large and constantly growing trade...." (Submitted on January 15, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Charles J. Poppe Building - Third Version Today image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 28, 2009
4. Charles J. Poppe Building - Third Version Today
Somewhere along the way the building lost the third floor.
The marker is barely visible, mounted between the two windows that are between the middle and rightmost doors.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 768 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 15, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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