Everything about Osborne Bros. County Store was exciting and thrilling to a little county girl. This store was a major place to make purchases for my parents and even for my children when they were younger. This big store was owned by Bun and Rome Osborne, who always had on their suit and tie and always looked proper.
The building was a two story building with white wood siding. There were two large windows in the front and park benches on the front porch. Two or three local men sat on the porch in the summer. During the winter months they went inside and sat beside the Warm Morning heater. They always just looked at you when you got out of the car and kept chewing their tobacco.
I can still hear the squeaky wood floor and see the brown ceiling fans twirling around. One side of the store was mostly clothing, fabric, shoes and jewelry. In front of the fabric counter were two round seats and you could twirl around on them until you would get stomach sick. I would always sit on the stools and watch Mable cut the fabric that my mom bought for my dresses. Mable would pull a long piece of white wrapping paper from a big spool on the end of the counter. She would wrap the material and tie it with a piece of twine.
On the same side of the store and in the rear was the shoe department. My mom usually bought my school shoes here each year. I remember a Goose and Red Ball brand that usually fit real well. I would sit in a chair with my foot on a fitting stool and Mabel or Meredith would lace the shoe and see if it fit.
You could also do your banking at this store. There was a section in the rear that had bars and a window where you could conduct your bank business. You could also charge your purchases and pay for them at the end of the month at this same window.
On the right side of the store was a large candy case with all kinds of bulk candy. You could choose from orange slices, pink mints, chocolate covered peanuts, gum balls, nuts and candy bars. You could tell the clerk what candy you wanted and she would use a metal scoop and put the candy in a little brown bag. There were always galvanized buckets sitting in front of the candy case. In these buckets was seed corn and beans for the farmers to use in their gardens.
How many of you blog readers had a general store in your community? Does this story activate your memories?
Part II will be continued……We will see what was upstairs. I am so excited.