Bud and Myrtle Winkler operated two businesses located under the same roof on Second Avenue Southeast. Marine Sales and Service was Bud’s ideal. He built boats, sold boats and serviced boats and motors.

On the other side, Myrtle was busy with the Parkway Café. She cooked and did everything else that needed to be done. In fact, when the couples’ fourth child was born, Myrtle set up a crib in the kitchen next to the grill and kept working.

Eventually, the Parkway was closed and gutted to make room for Bud’s Gun and Tackle Shop, a full-service hunting, camping and fishing store.

The Winklers put great effort into making their store as nice as possible, but there was a space limitation. Rochester would solve that problem when plans for the new civic theater were unveiled and the businesses along Center Street and Second Avenue were razed.

The new Bud’s Sport Center would open in 1955, just north of Silver Lake.

Lens on History is a weekly photo feature by Lee Hilgendorf, a volunteer at the History Center of Olmsted County.

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