at 418 N. Main, White Dove Lunch was operated by Wally and
Helen Peel from about 1945-1952. Their son, local TV and radio
personality Wally Peel, is familiar to generations of Helenans.
Wally shares some memories of White Dove Lunch, along with
photos of its former location on Last Chance Gulch...
was a small diner on Main Street (Now Last Chance Gulch) across
from the current General Mercantile. It was owned by my parents...Wally
and Helen Peel, and a man whose first name was Andy. (Wish
I could remember his last name but I was small when I knew
him) This was in
the late 40's or very early 50's. I think 1947 or 1948. About
all I remember is that it was small. Seems like it had about
8 stools at the counter."
was constructed in 1941 by J. Lyle Denniston (1908-1966),
the first operator of the White Dove Lunch. Denniston leased
the restaurant after returning from duty in the Seabees during
WWII; he resided in Missoula after the War, selling insurance.
He listed the building for sale, to be moved, in 1958. I have
no information on what finally happened to it.