The Chilton-Harelik Building

The Chilton-Harelik Building (HM1DEL)

Location: Comanche, TX 76442 Comanche County
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N 31° 53.893', W 98° 36.311'

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The original building on this site was erected in May 1873. A deed of trust from Martha and G L Wright was given to a Mr. Crow from Stephenville, TX. In February 1874 James Buchanan paid G L Wright $850.00 in gold coins for the property. The building contained the first businesses located here, a drugstore and mercantile. The building was destroyed by fire in 1889 along with 4 other buildings which was believed to have been caused by an explosion of gunpowder and dynamite in one of the destroyed firms. The structure was rebuilt in 1890 and increased in size. The J B Chilton family acquired the property in 1897 and retained ownership for nearly 100 years until it was deeded to Texas Christian University. The Ephraim (Charles) Hoffman family operated a dry goods store in the building from 1923 to 1939. In the winter of 1946, Louis and Betty Harelik purchased a dry goods store in operation on the location called Novit's Dept. Store from Harry Melowsky (Mellow), son-in-law of W H Novit, Mr. Harelik's uncle, and long-time family friend, and operated as such until 1982. Other businesses since have been a clothing store, antique store and nightclub. The nightclub opened January 1, 2002.
Placed ByComanche County Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 10:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 537333 N 3529221
Decimal Degrees31.89821667, -98.60518333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 53.893', W 98° 36.311'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 53' 53.58" N, 98° 36' 18.66" W
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Area Code(s)254, 325
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 127 N Houston St, Comanche TX 76442, US
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