Before then, stores tended to front on the old main road and the railroad. Mr. M.T.’s original wooden store faced the old road and the depot. And after he built the new brick building facing the new road the old structure, which abutted the new one and was accessible through a heavy iron sliding door, was used for storage.
Right, Mr. M.T.'s brick store. Left., Murray Martin's original store. In between was where Callahan's Filling Station stood. Photo: 1972. dusk.
Mr. M.T. ran the store for many years, until age and infirmity intervened. Murray Martin, Uncle Murray, married to my mother's middle sister, had clerked for M.T. when he was a young man, and later he purchased the store from his mentor and kinsman.
When the store was built, it was one of the largest stores for a good ten miles in any direction, and there are tales of country people viewing it with great amazement. There was a large porch in front supported by tall brick pillars (you can still see the outline where the porch roof attached to the building). Some years ago the owner at the time had the porch taken down because it had become a hangout for the idle. I missed the porch, but I didn't miss the idle.
Scrubby trees and vines have grown up around the store. This picture was taken on the east side from where stood the Johnny Pickens establishment, a combination honky-tonk, butcher shop, barber shop, and general all-round entertainment center for the black citizens of the area. Behind the Pickens place was the ice house, also run by Johnny Pickens. Later on Pickens closed his business,and