Recalling earlier local businesses

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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In last week's column I was recalling two of my favorite early businesses, one in Bentonville and one in Pea Ridge. My Pea Ridge favorite, although I really had several favorites, was the Luther Martin Store, which was located at the southwest corner of the main downtown intersection. Today, the whole stretch of buildings, beginning at the intersection and extending to the alley on the west, is occupied by the T.H. Rodgers Hardware. In the 1940s and 1950s, the years I am recalling, there were about four stores or businesses operating separately in that stretch of buildings. The Luther Martin Store, the easternmost store, built in 1928, was the one that I was in most. We usually bought groceries there or at the Kelly Armstrong Grocery and Feed Store on the other side of the street and farther west. Both the Martins and the Armstrongs went to church where we did, and at the time it seemed very natural to buy groceries at their stores.

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