Meanwhile, back at 177 N Glassell,... The photos above show the current state of the signage. Note that the "H.G. Lembcke & Son" sign is actually off to one side.
Phil Brigandi writes, "There were any number of grocery stores on that corner, beginning around 1930. It was the North End Grocery in the late 1940s -- a possible candidate for the ["Grocery"] sign. H.G. Lembcke & Son were contractors and roofers. They were at 175 N. Glassell from 1934 until about 1939. H.G. was Herman Lembcke; the "& Son" was Hugo, a classmate of Don Meadows (I met him once)."
"...Mike Eltiste owned [the building] for more than 20 years before selling it in 1944. During those years, it was sometimes counted as part of the Eltiste Block. (Properly, the Eltiste Block is the adjoining building to the south [161-73 N. Glassell] that Mike built in 1924)."