Before 1900, L.E.W. Meyberg, an immigrant to the United States from Germany, had been a clerk in various Ashland shops. In 1894, he had saved enough money to rent this building and establish his own business. He was listed as a “notions” merchant in the 1900 census, but Ashland’s children of that time remembered him as the man who sold penny candy.

Meyberg’s store is on the far right in the photo of Ashland’s “business section” below. The store name was originally at the roofline of the building at 102 S. Railroad Ave. but was removed at some point. The building is still a home for retail business in the historic downtown.