The original building in this location was one of the earliest solid buildings in McBride. Records have been lost as to the original owners, but in 1914, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Taggart bought the building and made it into a boarding House, calling it “The Yale Rooms”. The Yale Rooms operated for several years, then the Taggart’s hauled the building in two parts to their farm and sold the lot to Steve Fedorak, a railroad employee, who built a private residence there. Eventually, the building was bought by Friday Lonsdale, who operated a taxi service, for use as his private residence.
The building passed through many transitions including a café owned by John and Peggy Warren where there were Friday music performances appealing particularly to the local hippies. Then Carol and Mert Greer purchased the building converting it into Country King, selling fried chicken and ice cream, fast food, and groceries. Greg and Sarah Gibson renamed the building, The Farm Store, selling animal feed and gifts with an ice cream store called Soda Jerks attached.
First: July 2, 1914 Ad in The Journal
Second: Taggart Hotel (Yale House). “Aunt Fanny”, Edward and Elizabeth Taggart, circa 1914-1915. The Taggart’s closed Yale House in 1915 and moved it to their property following a downturn of the economy. Taggart Collection.
Third: L to R: Cheques Cashed, Furnitrures Store and Undertaking Parlour, The Yale Rooms, incomplete building. Valley Museum and Archives.