The Former Owner
Doesn’t Want to Leave His Store
Some people are really attached to their work, some so
much that they can’t let go of it even in death. This seems to be the
case for W.L. “Cub” Bair.
In 1895, Cub Bair built his modern pharmacy and hardware
in the port town of Steilacoom, WA. The building served multiple purposes
as was often the case back in those days. Inside the small shop was a pharmacy,
hardware store, soda fountain and post office. In fact, it was the only
commercial building in Steilacoom prior to 1900.
Now, many years after his death, it is thought that Cub
Bair remains at the pharmacy, making his presence known. The building is
now a “living museum” maintained by the local historical society. A
restaurant occupies part of the building and it appears that Cub isn’t always
happy about modern changes to his store.
The reports are that modern equipment has a very high
failure rate. Repairmen have commented that wires seem to have been
“frayed from the inside”. Additionally, smaller things like the electric mixer
tend to migrate around the building on their own. When he is really upset,
syrup bottles for the soda fountain will be pushed off the shelf and onto the