Zurcher Building

This fine building, built in eighteen-ninety-nine, originally served Marceline as a bank on the first floor and a meeting hall on the second floor.  Elias Disney once held an oyster dinner for local apple growers in the meeting hall upstairs.  He had hopes to organize the apple growers into a union, but was unable to gather their support.  However, this did not keep the growers from eating the oysters.

After the the first-floor bank, it became the location of a jewelry store starting with W.S. Payne, who had been in business in the town from the very beginning of Marceline.  His business passed on to Percy Wilkins in nineteen-oh-five.  In nineteen-oh-eight, Percy Wilkins took on newly-arrived Albert Zurcher as a partner, and sold the business to Mr. Zurcher the following year.   Albert Zurcher  continued to serve the community for an astonishing sixty-four years, selling not only jewelry, but also eyeglasses, cameras, TVs, and appliances.  In nineteen-seventy-three, he closed the doors of his business for the last time, and passed away in nineteen-eighty-one at the age of 98.

During those 64 years of serving the Marceline community, the Zurcher’s made a positive impact. From engagements and photographic memories to modern conveniences for easier living at home, the Zurcher building provided lasting services to Marceline.

With its visually stunning corner entrance, the Zurcher building became immortalized as “Coke Corner” on Main Street USA in Disneyland.   During the Disney Swimming Pool dedication visit in nineteen-fifty-six, Walt and Roy were photographed standing at this very entrance with Albert Zurcher.