The view from above the river

William Mero
William Mero in Snohomish.

When your family has lived in a place for a long time, everywhere you look are landmarks of your own memories, and those of your parents and grandparents. Sometimes the very absence of a landmark is in itself a story, but that’s a story for another time.

When we have dinner now in a restaurant called Todo Mexico on First Street, I can’t help but stare down at the river from the windows far above, trying to see the river and the river banks the way my great-grandfather would have, when he operated two very different businesses here.

My great-grandfather William Mero was a businessman in Snohomish from about 1900 until 1954. One of his businesses was the M & M Saloon, located at 1101 First St.

When Prohibition became the law of the land, my great-grandfather Billy Mero and great-grandmother Mabel turned the M & M saloon into an ice cream parlor they called The Silver King. They sold the business itself a few years later. As the Silver King it remained a favorite town restaurant for decades.

Billy Mero went on to be a contractor and builder, while Mabel had an art shop downtown. Later he was to be a county commissioner, with a road outside of town named for him. And the business at 1101 First St. is now a restaurant called Todo Mexico, in a building that is one of my personal landmarks.


  1. This was interesting reading as I didn’t know your family history in Snohomish went back 2-3 generations and that the Silver King was built by your grandparents. Your dad was my family doctor as a kid and I road the ski bus with you an your brother in the 60’s.

  2. William E. Mero

    Love it. William was my grandfather. Dad was Edward Vernon Mero. We love history as well. I write history articles for our historical society website and local magazines. Just finished digitizing my dad’s show business scrapbook. My sister still lives in Los Olivos, near Santa Barbara. I am on FaceBook as Bill Mero.

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