Yes, it’s fun — and nostalgic — to remember the stores where our families shopped when we were kids.
Neighbors has carried many such memories. Here are more.
Marian Johnson, formerly of Brampton, N.D., and now of Oakes, N.D., writes, “During my growing up years, my mother did her grocery shopping at the local grocery stores.
“My sisters and I had a very favorite one, owned and operated by a married couple. They always included a bag of candy for us.
“The grocers always had candy in the bulk; also a barrel of vinegar, a large container of pickled pigs’ feet (I still like them), flour and sugar in 50- and-100 pound bags.
“There was a grocery store in every little town and some had two.
“All the buildings that housed the grocery stores are now gone, and most of the towns are, too.
“Trips to Fargo, Aberdeen (S.D.) or Wahpeton (N.D.) were not made to buy food items,” Marian writes. “It had to be an emergency, like not being able to get a part for a piece of machinery that was badly needed for the farm operation.
“When you did go to one of those towns, there was no time for shopping or lunch; just get what was needed and head home.
“The businesses offered a big variety of items, as well as food. They had fabric, sewing supplies and a sideline of lignite coal, and one of them had an icehouse where ice was kept in oats for quite some time into the summer.
“School supplies were a big item when school started and for the pencils and crayons that had to be replaced during the year. As I remember, pencils and crayons were precious items, and you did not waste the pencil in the sharpener.
“Those are all good memories. But things are so different now.”
An old Fargo store
An earlier column mentioned the 7th Avenue Grocery at 1022 Seventh Ave. S., Fargo.
Carol Myers, who grew up on a farm at Georgetown, Minn., and now lives in Borup, Minn., certainly remembers it, for a special reason; its owners, Einar and Helga Hovland, were her uncle and aunt.
That store opened in 1939. The Hovlands lived in the back. They retired in 1955.
That building how contains apartments.
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