Dick LeMert was a long-time Prineville merchant
Leslie "Dick" LeMert was born May 22, 1904, in Carrington, North Dakota. He spent his childhood and attended schools in his birth town.
After he completed his schooling, he moved to Williston, North Dakota. He married Cathryn T. Schneider in Williston on Nov. 8, 1926. She was born April 28, 1903.They moved west to Colfax, Washington, and then to Ontario, Oregon. They had one son.
The family moved to Prineville in 1940. Dick established LeMert Emporium, which was a variety store that specialized in many items for sale. He operated the store in downtown Prineville for many years. He and Cathryn became involved in local social organizations as well as prominent members of the Chamber of Commerce.
They purchased the pioneer home of Elisha Barnes on First Street. The home was among the first built in Prineville. They remodeled the house and lived there for many years. The LeMerts were among the first to Iive in the house who claimed strange occurrences happened and that the house may be haunted by a benevolent spirit.
Dick operated the Emporium until he retired in 1961. He had constructed and remodeled the site of his store and had secreted a time capsule in the walls as a memento of the enterprise.
Recently, when the Bowman Museum acquired the former Simmons Realty building, which was part of the LeMert holdings, the time capsule was discovered during remodeling. It contained photos of the LeMert family and various other objects of the time. The time capsule and its contents are stored at the Bowman Museum.
After his retirement, Dick worked at various tasks for Hudspeth Lumber Company and the U.S. Bank. He remained active in local organizations.
He died on Dec. 20, 1983. Cathryn lived on for several years. She passed away Aug. 19, 1989. Both are buried in Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville.