ABOVE: A photo from 1981 shows the interior of the Coffee Pot Cafe with its hand-painted portraits of Presidents by Sedalian Pat Clark. In the background, below the wall clock, is the “back table,” a favorite meeting place for city officials, according to Van de Kamp. In the center of the photo, the cafe's owner, John Van de Kamp, right, talks with his grandson, David Van de Kamp, and his daughter-in-law, Kitty Van de Kamp.
William Howell, right, and Mildred Brackman, center, with an unidentified friend, pose for a photo in front of Howell's Seed Store in 1945.
In 1981, Bill Howell stands front of Coffee Pot Cafe's Pine Room at 114 S. Osage Ave., possibly looking at work being done to install the large “Pine Room” sign that will cover the Howell Seed store signs. At one time, Howell Seed occupied two