Archive for Thursday, June 9, 2005

Lansing’s grocery stores

June 9, 2005

When I was a kid, I remember a building on the northwest corner of the Seven-Mile Creek Bridge that looked like it had once been a store.

It was long and narrow along the creek, and it had a storefront fascia that extended high above the front door and large window.

Just recently I learned from an article in the Lansing News newspaper dated October 1895 that it was a grocery store. It was not the only grocery store in Lansing at that time, but the oldest.

Bob Logan, whose grandfather, H. G. Parker, operated that store, shared information from this paper with me. Mr. Parker was also an attorney and a notary public, and in November of 1898, he became the editor of the Lansing News.

That little building was also Dr. Swan's office and also at one time was a shoe shop before becoming a residence for numerous families.

We do not know the dates, but Campbell's Grocery store was originally on the west side of the highway and later moved to the southeast corner of Main and Kansas across the street.

There was also a grocery store between the cafe and the barbershop on the east side. Staffords in the 30's and Rodenburg's in the 40's operated that store.

And then there was Purcival's, which was next to the Lansing Hotel on Kansas Avenue.

When I was 5 years old, my mother mentioned she needed something from Purcival's. My older brothers were in school and baby brother at home, and since I had been with her at that store many times I begged to go for her. She pinned a note on my shirt and off I went with my little red wagon across the highway and up the street.

I remember a Model-T Ford pickup truck used for deliveries was always parked in front of that store. I remember very well the Ford logo on the tailgate, and the little loop of the 'F' fascinated me so much. That may have been an inspiration for me to do lettering in later life.


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