I’m not the only oldster downtown. Bob Salmon turned 88 in August, and he still going strong at the Morris Building, planning an expansion of the lower offices off the alley to make a total of 55 units he operates.
Salmon has the distinction of being the senior of three generations of businessmen in town: his son Mike runs Central Washington Water, and
Mike’s son Elliott heads KOHO radio that just moved from Leavenworth.
Bob is a Methow Valley native, moved with his parents to Wenatchee in 1944, finished high school and went to work for Louis Van Doren for six years, followed by several years selling gasoline from Union Oil.
He quit that to sell water softeners, finally end up buying the Morris Building, a historic icon of early Wenatchee. Al Morris ran the
hardware store for many years, with the plumbing in the basement run by Bill Padoshek.
Salmon bought the property from Wenatchee Valley College in 1976. Bob and his wife lived in an apartment in second floor for a time before moving to a home on Miller Street.