Sharing memories of W.T. Grant department stores

This image of W.T. Grant's Department Store came from a pamphlet provided by reader Nancy Stong, compiled upon the death of Mr. William T. Grant. The caption provided on this photo notes, "Mr. Grant invested his life savings of $1000 to open this, his first store. The year: 1906. The city: Lynn, Massachusetts." York County would later be home to several Grant's department stores.

This image of W.T. Grant’s Department Store came from a pamphlet provided by reader Nancy Stong, compiled upon the death of Mr. William T. Grant. The caption provided on this photo notes, “Mr. Grant invested his life savings of $1000 to open this, his first store. The year: 1906. The city: Lynn, Massachusetts.” York County would later be home to several Grant’s department stores.

It has been just about two and a half years since I last wrote in detail about the former W.T. Grant department store chain. In the intervening time, I have received MANY letters with memories on that topic, and today I’m excited to share them with you.

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Ask Joan: A medley of memories

Today I’d just like to share a variety of notes I received a while ago. I have already received more than a column’s worth of letters about last week’s questions, and while I promise to share those as soon as I can, I wanted to switch gears a little this week and talk about some of the mom-and-pop businesses well-known in the area.

What’s inside
1. Memories of downtown shops
2. Recalling meat market
3. Looking for info on dairy, bakery

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Ask Joan: Memories from new friends

This 1924 postcard depicts the former Farquhar Park Pool, or Boys’ Club Pool, in York.

I’ve mentioned before that scrapbooking is one of my favorite hobbies, and that I spend an awful lot of time on it. Most recently, I went to a three-day scrapbooker retreat in Gettysburg with my best friend since eighth grade, Nina Myers. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by two wonderful Ask Joan readers, Peg Shiley and Barb Jones, sisters who I had met at a previous scrapbooking event. It turned out that they were assigned to sit with Nina and me, and by the end of the weekend I had gained two new friends AND a treasure trove of topics for potential future columns!

Today, I’d like to start out by sharing some of those ideas, and then dive into a couple more recent reader letters.

What’s inside
1. Memories from new friends
2. What was clothing store’s name?
3. We also need a restaurant name

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More reader letters on past bakeries

Jean Fix shared this photo of her mother, Anna Oberdick Myers, taken in about 1943 as she was leaving Farmers’ Market in York. Jean wrote, “I’ll bet that bag contained poppy seed rolls as they went with our weekly ‘Farmers Market’ supper. With the rolls, would be ham, cole slaw, potato salad and sugar cakes for dessert. What a nice memory!”

Today, I have a great set of reader letters to share about former York County bakeries, including Gehm’s, Barnhart’s and Zech’s, which we last talked about in April of last year. (I personally grew up as a Gruver’s devotee, a little later than those three, because of shopping there when my parents were standholders at Farmers’ Market on Market and Penn streets.)

I hope today’s letters give your sweet tooth a treat!

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Remembering Hershey’s Bakery and Hershey’s 5&10

Don Goodling shared this clipping of the A.S. Hershey Co. 5-and-10 in York. Goodling said his mother worked there in the 1950s.

Today, instead of a series of new questions or follow-ups, I want to share a sampling of memories I’ve received from readers about two former York County businesses with similar names: the J.S. Hershey Baking Co. and A.S. Hershey 5-and-10 store.

I hope you’ll enjoy!

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