1916: “Formerally” Whitesell’s

 

“Family Trade Solicited”

Ever wondered what happened to Whitesell’s in East Stroudsburg? It may be before your time. It disappeared from Crystal Street in 1916.

Ad for Peters Cafe published Nov. 24, 1916, in the Monroe Press.

Replacing the “formerally” Whitesell’s, opposite the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad station, was the family restaurant – Peters Cafe – owned by George A. Peters, according to an advertisement in the Monroe Press, an East Stroudsburg newspaper of the time.

One of the selling points for Peters’ eating establishment, besides the food, was its attached ladies room.

Not only did the ad boast of this unique women’s restroom, the lettering – LADIES ROOM ATTACHED – was capitalized.

The cafe’s other features were more in line with some present-day restaurants – fast service and seafood, featuring clams and oyster when in season.

Although fire has plagued the buildings that line Crystal Street since passengers disembarked at the train station, crossing the street for quick lunch, today, the district is prospering and the historical station preserved.

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