Neil E. McCannell was an enterprising Princeton businessman. In addition to his Main Street store, he manufactured and distributed his patented Soda-Licious beverages, operated a movie house in the Town Hall and travelled to neighboring towns to show movies. An ad in a 1927 issue of the Calais Advertiser Free Press read in part:
The McCannell Co.
N. E. McCannell, Manager
Bottlers and Manufacturers of Soda-Licious Beverages
Wholesale and Retail
Soda, Ice Cream, Foreign and Domestic Fruits
Cigars, Cigarettes and Tobacco
Ladies Gents and Children’s Clothing and Furnishings
Graduation Suits our Specialty
Showing Photoplays of Distinction
Many years later his son, James, reminisced about the counter with the popcorn machine and peanut roaster and the popular “Nickle Lunch” confections—two Unita soda crackers with peanut butter between them, dipped in chocolate. Neil was proud of the service he provided to his customers who wished to order custom made suits. He took the measurements himself and insisted the customer try on the suit when it arrived; if it needed alterations, he would skillfully do them himself.
The Princeton post office occupied space in his building. Elsemore’s Garage and home and Herman Gould’s Barber Shop were also in the same black as McCannell’s store.
Caption information from Sharon Norman and Jim McCannell, Neil’s grandson