Friday, November 20, 2009

Carlton Grocery Store

For those of that grew up in Crayne, this store was a familiar sight. Mr. J. C. Carlton built this store in 1932.

In 1935 Mr. and Mrs. George Long purchased the store building, the residence, and the inventory from Mr. Carlton. There was also a cream station located in the store run by Mrs. Long.

Through the years this building was a grocery store, a restaurant, run by Mr. and Mrs. Orlin Binkley. This was in the 1950's. I remember the booths in the restaurant and the old jute box they had. I was only a little girl then, but it was fun to go the restaurant and watch the older girls and boys dance to the jute box music.

Later the store was a lamp store run by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ordway, then back to a grocery store run by James Robert and Jackie Dorroh, and the last business located there was a craft store run by Mr. Rubin Height. He made and sold wood crafts there. I still have a Christmas reindeer that he made. This was in the late 1980's.

It seems all good things have to go, and so did the little building with all its history and memories. It was torn down in 1988.

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