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One of Winnetka’s earliest businesses – the Max Meyer Store

One of the early business establishments in Winnetka was the Max Meyer general store, located on the northwest corner of Elm and Green Bay Roads.  Customers could find their dry good needs, hardware, shoes and cattle feed there… among other essentials. Originally owned and operated by Mr. Robert S. Moth, it also housed the first post office.

While it was under the ownership of Mr. Moth, Max Meyer worked at the store for many years as a teenager during the 1880s.  As luck would have it, Mr. Moth had a lovely daughter, and Max at the age of 22 married Moth’s daughter, bought the store from him and proceeded to operate the business and post office for the next 10 years.  He brilliantly added a safe to the establishment – the only safe in Winnetka – and encouraged his clientele to store their money, jewelry and other valuables in it.  Next came a vault, and eventually the general store gave way to a bank called the Bank of M. K. Meyer – Winnetka’s first bank, for which Max Meyer served as bank president for the next 40 years.  

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