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Racine Journal Times Bulletin (Newspaper) - December 18, 1960, Racine, Wisconsin A Cwb sunday bulletin dec. Ii 1��0 see. 1, Pitt 9 the Best from american heritage Yule at the old country store editor s note in today s stepped up world it s refreshing to took Back to the Days before Santa Claus went commercial. This was the Era of the country store a one Stop shopping Center. Those who never knew it and those who did will want to read this account. By Gerald Carson millions of americans reared on a farm or in a country Village still treasure the recollection of december shopping expeditions to the old time general store. The Crossroads store around the turn of the Century was still in its full glory. A Bazaar for All kinds of merchandise the old store also provided Many other services As Community message Center parcel room political forum male club and Reading room. It was also a United states Post office fourth class. The arrival of fresh merchandise was an event but especially so around november and december when the big Dray unloaded wooden packing cases Bales boxes Thi thrill that Gomes once in a lifetime by h. T. It Tom of figs jute bags of coconuts crates or oranges never seen at any other season of the year and wooden pails which almost certainly contained stick Candy with Barber pole stripes winding up each stick. Trip was made on a saturday about this time every country family decided upon a major expedition to the Crossroads to inspect the Holiday goods and possibly do a Little trading. The trip would be made on a saturday. The whole family went along the youngsters sitting on a bed of wheat or oat Straw in the Light Spring Wagon. Father would throw in a few live chickens legs tied Ogeth per cent alcohol the properties of the Medicine were certain to make themselves Felt if the patient followed the directions with enough enthusiasm. Boughten gifts were fascinating All Boughten things were fascinating to a Rural people who saw Little Cash Money after they had paid their taxes. But surely december was not the month for Staples and necessities. There were 11 other months of the year in which to Trade for Macbeth Pearl Glass lamp chimneys Axle grease stove polish. This was not even the time for Case lot purchases of those crispy food novelties. Plug tobacco might be considered by father or the Oyster crackers to go with the Chesa Peake oysters seasonally Dis h. T we Bitch awaken us Many country store m Ito Rich. Cartoonist h. T. Webster awakened country store memories. The children looking at the and Mother did not lag behind Candy display of course the her times top of each Jar was a stately pleasure dome sheltering Pep per mint Sticks Rock Candy mottoes jawbreakers or Lickorish shoe strings. From wooden soldiers to Linen dogs and cats but that was Only the beginning. When Holiday time approached More room had to be made by drastic Means for toys watches tiny knives and Forks wooden soldiers dolls with China Heads and Kidskin bodies Linen dogs and cats to be stuffed and sewed at Home or stash away a can of Cream barrel. Jelly by the pail would or Load in whatever butter they be a g00 j Duy that an Indus had on hand. The boys would gent father might consider. A take along their pelts and treat for himself would be the Mother would be in charge of popu Artje 0f the year if the the eggs. This last item was year were 1901, the King de of particular importance to her,ward." he would never buy a since it was a firmly Stab moustache Mug for himself listed folkways that the mis but he might like to have one sus kept the egg Money for of it appeared her own personal use. Morning. Fortunately the hens were for Mother there were new i hallowed takes occasion to Settle account since this was a Day of reconnaissance father did not make final decisions on majors matters. Just to cover the sit-1 nation to a degree he Pur chased a match Safe for theuk Kitchen Wall an almanac for the new year and a Dressy comb. Its being a Man of rectitude in financial matters and having shared substantially during the crop year in the Mckinley Prosperity he had voted for father recreated on a Connecticut estate an old general store with pot bellied stove Coffee grinder and Apple barrel. " played with the head off the if you were a boy and older look the occasion to Settle his Jug  Char rpm i priv he the Annii �ro., were Barlow knives with account. Bone handles and two Blades it was a deep satisfaction toil Good for Tumblety Peg. For see written in the store s great a wintering pleasantly in the Ledger in father s own hand country there were Winslow a writing the words settled skates and the Light steel traps and made even All Book a Vij a boy needed to set up his own counts to this now the trap line and grow wealthy. New year would begin properly. Father was engaged with the by ancient tradition it was on Christmas possibilities of Christmas give up to the storekeeper to show King for his wife. There was1 his appreciation. Jelly Beans $ a length of a usually Busy by december Dimitres Delaine Madras and hymns a sound for the children. After their moulting egg prices would be Choice to balance against the ribbon for Mother. A Cigar forms scrapbook she needed for Heithe valued customer who was a greeting cards and growing now in the Clear. A sign Overly collection of Trade cards which the cigars said nine Good to she pored Over on the Long cigars for 25c" and father was  Winter evenings. Duly appreciative. Jujj to be seen with braids on the Gimps and passement eries to Way up Good for around 17 go with her new russian style cents a dozen in Trade maybe shirtwaist. A set of China bed a Little less in Cash. A Basket room crockery would fit out lunch of Fried Chicken for the the spare room nicely. The Estey card was a Par a in the simpler country Storey family and Oats for the horses Christmas morning must bring titular prize because of the Days presents ran to something assured that they would make More buttons for her daughter s j Charm string always a won Idrous Long necklace of Jet brass and enamel buttons with a Day of it a mingled fragrance not to be forgotten the first and Over the years an insert of velvet. Thinking of the younger Chil Dren she might use some of Estey Reed Organ that stood in useful like a pair of warm Mit their own parlor. She had also tens or to something eatable a Choice series of girls of All candies nuts apples or an nations put out by Walter . Family funds were g Racine dry goods open today _ sunday dec. 18th from 12 noon till 6 . Go to Church then bring the family to Racine dry goods to do your Christmas shopping. Have fun with the family and save Money at the same time. Santa Claus will be Here All Day with goodies for your Little ones. Free Coffee and doughnuts. Be sure and read our and in last night s paper for unheard of values. Short on Cash ? ? shop with credit coupons 2 8 Wood who manufactured reap ers at Hoosick Falls n. Y. An album was Nice for past jail limited and so were the stocks a at the four Corners store. But w the thrill and magic of ,5 no Money Down pay nothing till february the most lasting impression the egg Money t0 buy a sack ing up newspaper poetry if you Christmas was there in the upon the Rural family As it in of Ginger snaps or hot peanuts had enough. And Mother had planning and choosing and the Lerea Trie store came to rough from the fragrant roaster Ove Lenough columns and pages of giving and receiving the olfactory nerve. There was there we b to

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