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After many years of researching my family geneaology I have been lucky enough to discover actual information about my relatives that lived in the Pilgrim Era and the Pioneer Era- while many people also have realtives from those eras- many do not know their names or where they lived- actually seeing the proof in print makes you much more aware of who they really were.
After discovering these relatives it of course made me curious to learn more about the eras that they lived in and what their lives were like as, the history I learned in grade school had long since been forgotten.
I decided to start this blog for others who are also interested in these eras.
Some of the information here will be actual facts about my realtives and some will be information about the eras in general that I have found on the web.
I hope you will enjoy traveling back in time with me!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Yorktown General Store

This is a picture taken of the Yorktown General Store in Yorktown , Il.

The photo is not dated but I am guessing it is from the early 1900's.

I do see electric poles and wires in the photo and next to the wagon is a bicycle.

Documentation has been found by the stores current owners that my ggggrandparents Eunice & Withcher Dow once owned the store in the 1800's and on the othere side of my family a small ruby glass pitcher given away as a promotional item lists my great uncle William Pierceson as the proprietor of this same store in the early 1900's.

Over the years this store has changed hands many times and has been a general store, a hotel, had gasoline pumps out front, an apartment house, and then sat idle for many years.

4-5 years ago the present owners restored the original tin ceilings and hardwood floors and put in an antique glass & wood candy counter. I was in the store after it was renovated and it was wonderful!

The store opened with penny candy, soda pop, hand crafted items ( including some hand crafted primitive furniture), and fabric. Also a few small tables and chairs so customers could sit & chat over coffee or iced tea.

I bought a lighted salt box house and star tin cannisters and some fabric and was quite pleased with my purchases.

The owners both worked other jobs so the store was only open on the weekends in the summer and fall.

Alas it was the only seaon that the store was open. I am not sure why but perhaps Yorktown has such a small population and Yorktown sits in an area far away from any main high ways.

I do know they had asked the state of Illinois for a sign on the main highway to direct more people to the store but were denied. That is such a shame as in my mind pieces of history like this should be preserved, shared and enjoyed. Too bad the state of Illinois and the community surrounding Yorktown just didn't get it.


Dogpatch Primitives said...

what a lovely old store, and what a shame the little town isn't interested in keeping the business coming. So sad to see such places have to close their dooors.

Debra said...

I agree It is sad. A piece of local history being lost is sad.

KernowWitch said...

It's sad that the powers that be wouldn't allow the sign. The store is a great example of history and should be promoted..
Just think you stood where your ancestors worked, I wonder if they were looking down on you....Hugs Chrissy xx

Debra said...

Hi Chrissy! it is sad the state would not grant a sign to them!
It was thrilling to be in a store that my ancestors had owned and worked in.
I wish I could afford to buy the store! Just for history's sake!

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