On or about Dec. 1, 1897, I will permanently occupy the storeroom on Howard Street, second door south of Market, with the finest and most complete stock of diamonds, watches, fine jewelry, cut glass, silver novelties, ornaments, and bric-a-brac, ever shown in the South. Watch work, jewelry repairing and engraving will be done by the best workmen in the country. We will carry the most complete line of spectacles in the State. Old gold and silver will be taken in exchange. A visit to my store will convince you that I carry the latest and prettiest goods in the market. Every article will be guaranteed, and I respectfully refer you to my former patrons as to my reliability.
Please give me a call before you purchase elsewhere and I can save you money.
Messrs. A. Weiler & Co., the extensive Cincinnati jewelers, have leased the store room, first door south of Locke's drugstore, on Howard Street, and will open, therein, Dec. 1st, one of the largest and handsomest selections of diamonds, watches, jewelry, manicure sets, spectacles, silver novelties, tableware, bisque, cut glass, Dresden, fine purses, umbrellas, canes, etc., that have ever been offered for sale at any place in the State. These people know every detail of their business and cater to the wants of those desiring anything in the line of fine jewelry, etc. There, Mr. A. Weiler, so well and favorably known throughout the South, will be personally in charge of the Greenwood house, and this alone is a guarantee that patrons will be treated right. Mrs. L. W. Payne has been employed as saleslady for this new establishment, and she will ever be pleased to receive calls from her many friends. The new firm will positively be ready for business on Dec. 1st, and all are respectfully invited to attend the grand opening on that day.
From the Greenwood Enterprise, November 3, 1897
One of the handsomest and most artistically arranged jewelry establishments South of Mason & Dixon's line is to be found in Weiler's Jewelry Palace, which opened it's doors to the public yesterday and was the scene of a throng of highly interested callers during the entire day. This beautiful Palace is richly furnished with the costliest lot of show casings that could be bought with money or designed by artists, and presents a scene altogether picturesque and attractive. The firm is to be known as A. Weiler & Co., and they are the only jobbers in fine jewelry, diamonds, etc., in the State-hence we should all take an interest in patronizing and sustaining a home enterprise of such magnitude. The firm makes a specialty of diamonds, watches, jewelry, manicure sets, spectacles, silver novelties, tableware, and handle a complete line of high art novelties-such as cut glass, bisque, Dresden, Royal Worcester, fine purses, umbrellas, canes, etc.-and will mail their handsomely illustrated catalogue to any address on application. Old gold and silver will be taken in exchange for goods, and watches and jewelry will be repaired and engraved by the best workmen in the whole country. If you have not already visited this magnificent establishment, you should not fail to do so at once. It is a credit to the Delta and Greenwood alike.
From the Greenwood Enterprise, December 3, 1897
The handsomely located lots opposite the Delta Bank, on Howard Street, have been bought by parties who will erect a magnificent two-story building on same at an early date-the second floor to be a strictly modern and up-to-date Opera House. The building will be completed by the opening of the next theatrical season.
From the Greenwood Enterprise, December 17, 1897
Mr. J. R. Bew will soon begin the erection of a 2-story brick business house on his lot next to the post office. The first floor will be divided in storerooms, while the second floor will be made into offices. We congratulate Mr. Bew on the undertaking and wish him success.
From The Greenwood Commonwealth, May 12, 1899
A.Weiler will soon move into the new building now in the course of erection opposite the Delta Bank, and to his handsome line of jewelry, bric-a-brac, etc., will add pianos and organs.
From The Greenwood Commonwealth, February 9, 1900
The new building south of the post office which Mr. J. R. Bew is having constructed is nearing completion. It is a very handsome structure and adds very greatly to the looks of the town. Messrs. A. J. Read & Co. and A. Weiler will occupy the lower story while the upper story will be devoted to offices.
From The Greenwood Commonwealth, March 16, 1900
Vincent Dantone and Frank Giardina have about finished furnishing and fitting up the storehouse just south of the Southern Express office, on Howard Street, for the opening of the Palace Restaurant, under the name of Dantone & Giardina. These young men are thoroughly familiar with every detail of the business and will no doubt meet with much success. They are sparing no cost in the furnishing of their place, and it will be decidedly one of the swellest restaurants for ladies and gentlemen in the Delta.
From The Greenwood Enterprise, February 20, 1903
A. Weiler & Co. have leased the entire first floor of the Bew building and will convert same into one store-house for the Palace jewelry and music business. Mr. Weiler will proceed to have the partition torn out and have the whole space refitted with handsome fixtures, etc., at a cost of about $2500. The Palace has long been considered one of the largest and finest jewelry and music houses in the State.
From the Greenwood Commonwealth, August 12, 1904
Messrs. A. Weiler & Company, proprietors of "The Palace", already one of the largest jewelry stores in the South, have leased the building now occupied by Dantone's restaurant. This will be combined with their present quarters by the removal of the partition and stairway, and the entire interior will be remodeled to suit the requirements of the business.
The acquisition of the adjoining store gives the "Palace" a floor space 50x85 feet, which makes it the largest jewelry establishment south of the Ohio River, a distinction of which the citizens of "Growing Greenwood" are deservedly proud.
Mr. A. Weiler, the genial head of the firm, says that this enlargement is necessary to accommodate the growing business of the store, which now enjoys the largest trade of any similar establishment in Mississippi.
Mr. H. Kruse, of Cincinnati, will arrive in a few days to arrange the interior plans and to take the order for show cases and fixtures, which will be elaborate and expensive, embracing the handsomest and finest work of the best makers. The front of the store will be entirely remodeled and fitted with immense show windows extending across the entire front of the building, with the exception of two entrances.
Mr. Weiler has just returned from the East, where he purchased an immense stock, embracing every variety of staple jewelry, diamonds, silverware, cut glass, musical instruments and music supplies.
From the Greenwood Commonwealth, August 13, 1904
Dantone & Giardina have their restaurant located at present at the same stand with B. Dantone on Market Street. The place on Howard Street just vacated by them will become a part of the jewelry establishment of A. Weiler & Co.
From The Greenwood Commonwealth, August 27, 1904
The building formerly occupied by Dantone & Giardina as a restaurant is being completely remodeled. The partition separating it from the Palace jewelry store has been removed and these two big stores will be converted into one, the entire floor to be occupied by Messrs A. Weiler & Co., proprietors of the Palace. This is already the handsomest jewelry store in the State. The acquisition of the additional building will make the store twice its present size, making it the largest establishment of its kind South of the Ohio River. New and gorgeous fixtures have been purchased and the place will be made as attractive as money and good taste can make it.
From The Commonwealth, October 1, 1904
Dr. W. T. Johnson has purchased of Mrs. J. R. Bew the handsome two story structure on Howard Street known as the Bew Building, the consideration being $16,000 cash.
This is one of the best properties in the city, having an annual income from rents of over $2,000, and has the honor of being the home of "The Palace", the South's handsomest and finest jewelry store.
The deal was consummated through the real estate agency of Mr. J. B. Phillips.
From The Greenwood Enterprise, October 27, 1906
Some time ago, Mr. A. Weiler conceived the original idea of creating a Musical Forest in which to display his complete line of Edison Diamond Discs. By securing the services of Mr. Fred Bradley, of Greenwood, one of the most attractive and novel displays ever shone in Mississippi was perfected.
The scene presents a forest with an old mill and rustin cabin under the trees. The high stone mill wall forms a realistic background and provides a dam for the stream which turns the wheel. In the center of the forest, and sheltering the mill with it's withered branches, stands a dead tree.
Beneath it a chipmunk and a weasel are loitering, and in it's branches, a wise looking owl and deliberate crow are holding council.
Squirrels crack nuts on moss covered logs and peer at one through the leaves which doves and pigeons and brightly plumed birds are flitting from tree to tree. In the midst of this woodland is Daniel Boone's cabin. It is hewn of rough logs and the rustic walls are hung with coon and snakeskins and Boone's old gun and powder horn. By the door stands a manger full of hay and near it blazes a fire under an iron kettle.
The chief beauty of this display rests in it's absolute simplicity and realistic presentation of forest life.
By glarifying the commonplace, an exhibition has been accomplished which is beautiful in the highest and most artistic sense- presenting as it does the only musical forest within a store in the United States.
Mr. Weiler could not have chosen a more attractive way of displaying his splendid stock of Edison's musical instruments. Mr. Bradley is to be congratulated upon the excellent and extraordinary artistic skill with which he carried the idea.
Mr. Weiler's great Jewelry Palace is well known throughout all the States of the Union, and since the recent installation of his Musical Forest, his popular establishment is attracting additional attention from all visitors to the "Queen City of the Delta".
From the Greenwood Commonwealth, July 14,1916.
Dr. Wm. J. Thorne Owen has opened an office in Greenwood for the practice of chiropractic. Dr. Owen is located over Weiler's Jewelry Store.
Dr. Owen comes to Greenwood from Jackson, Miss. He is a graduate of the Eastern College of Chiropractic of New York City, and is an exponent of the Palmer Method.
Dr. Owen was born and educated in England and came to the States in 1904, adopting this as his country, and has resided in several southern cities besides New York City and Michigan.
From The Greenwood Commonwealth, September 11, 1934
Fire, last night believed to have started in a trash box on the second floor of the Weiler Building, did several thousand dollars damage to the building and to the stock of A. Weiler & Company, which occupies the first floor, and for a time threatened to get beyond control.
The blaze was discovered by night watchman B. H. Vance shortly before midnight, who immediately turned in the alarm. At that time, the flames had spread from the upstairs hall into the attic, and burst through the roof before the hose lines could be laid. Thick smoke in the building made the firefighting difficult, the fire boys wading into the smoke near suffocation to bring three lines of hose into play.
The ceiling and roof of the building were completely destroyed, as were the offices in the rear of the building. Due to the splendid work of the firemen, the fire was prevented from reaching the first floor, but considerable water damage was sustained by Weiler's.
Despite the fire, Weiler's opened for business as usual this morning following an all night effort to clean up the effects of the damage.
The blaze started in a trash pile on the second floor, and firemen believe that a firecracker thrown in the hall was the cause of the fire. From the trash box, the flames ate their way into the ceiling and spread throughout the top of the building.
The firemen fought valiantly to bring the blaze under control, though the fire several times threatened to get beyond control.
The offices of Dr. F. H. Smith sustained the most damage on the second floor. Comparatively little damage was sustained by the office of Dr. W. A. Buckhaulter and Dr. W. Thorne Owen in the front of the upstairs.
From The Greenwood Commonwealth, December 24, 1934
The work on the Weiler building, which has been going on for the past three months, is now completed, resulting in one of the prettiest buildings and best improvements in the business district in quite some time.
A new front and side wall of pressed brick, with the base of the windows of varicolored autumnal shades of tiles, makes for a very attractive front. Skylights and French windows make for a lighter store. The back arrangement of knotty pine panels has converted the back of the store into a most attractive early American interior in which merchandise of that period is on, of ribbon Philippine mahogany, display. The show windows are and would do credit to any Fifth Avenue jeweler.
From The Greenwood Commonwealth, August 6, 1935
Drs. Loper and Loper, among the Delta's leading optometrists for the past twenty years, now have exclusive management of Weiler's Optical Department. Their customers, whom they have served so efficiently in the past, will find the same courteous service awaiting them at their new location.
From The Greenwood Commonwealth, November 29, 1935