Sunday, October 31, 2010

Evans and Son Grocery

My grandparents owned a grocery store in the small town where they lived from 1947 to 1960 {almost 14 years}.  As they would say, "People traded with them."  Growing up I heard numerous stories about the grocery store and their customers.  It was a significant part of their life.  Many items from the store were sold, given away or thrown away after they closed the store.  A few things were left behind, and I am lucky enough to have some of them at my home. 

The seed display box was  in my grandparent's shed.  One weekend I was home from college for a visit and my grandma was cleaning out the shed.  She was about to toss this in the burn pile.  I didn't know it was special and had ties to the store..  I just thought it was a neat old box, and I asked her if I could have it since she was going to burn it.  She said sure and told me it was an old box leftover from the grocery store.  I'm so glad I came home that weekend for a visit!  You can tell it has been used and it's a little worn in some places, but that makes me treasure it even more because I know it was once used to display seeds in  my grandparent's store.

This ledger book was used in the store.

The calendar was given to me by one of my grandma's nieces, Sarah.  My grandmother's sister, Ruth, was Sarah's mother.  She passed away several years ago and when they were cleaning out Aunt Ruth's house she found this calendar from 1954.  Sarah knew I would appreciate it so she gave it to me.  What a treasure!

Shopping basket that was used inside the store.

I'll be linking up and sharing my special family treasures from Evans and Son Grocery with Cha Cha at Sit Relax and Read.  I'm so thankful that she started Sentimental Sundays.  Since I started blogging I wanted to share these special pieces and stories, but I just didn't know how to go about it.  Sentimental Sundays has given me the perfect opportunity to reflect and share.  Each post is easy to write and takes little effort. I think it's so easy because it's written from the heart about things I hold dear.  Thank you Cha Cha for helping me find a way to share these special memories.

Sit Relax and Read


  1. Thank you for such kind words. I love that you have these stories and treasures. I can't wait to see the other pictures. So glad to find someone else who loves this kind of thing.

    Cha Cha

  2. Nothing can compare to family's precious!

  3. Ahhhhhh...a family grocery store...I have a soft spot for those as I grew up in our family's store that my grandpa started in 1968. Right now my dad runs it and it is going strong. I have my little apron that I used to wear when I was a kid and I would go down on the floor and "help" out.

    Photography...I do love it as a creative outlet but I know NOTHING about it. My husband has a fancy, shmancy camera that I get "happy accidents" with. When I have the time...tee hee hee, I would love to learn how it all works. Right now Modern Prairie Girl is doing a tutorial on photography...she is a professional photographer and is great at explaining things in really simple language.

    Our baby far she looks great. We had a two hour sonogram and they couldn't find anymore markers of DS. We'll do one more at 24 weeks to check out her heart again.

    Thanks for thinking of our family...we appreciate all the support we can get =)

  4. Love the new photos, the calendar is my favorite. BTW who are the two boys in the photo, sorry I am nosey, Is one your dad? I left you a comment the other day on your not a robot post but I don't think I finished and it did not go through, if you will email me I will email you back, I would love to share and talk back and forth.

    Cha Cha

  5. I notice that the calendar is 1954. I was 2 years old then. When I was a kid, we always went to East Texas every summer. We stayed at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Everyone else called them Mama Lynn and Papa Lynn, so I don't know why we called them Grandma and Grandpa. Grandma Icie was Daddy's stepmother, and he always called her Miss Icie. He was already grown when they married. I remember that when we would go there, we would sometimes stop by Aunt Winnie and Uncle Ralph's store first to see them before we went on to Wolfe City. I loved the store, and seeing the pictures stirs up good memories. We would go and spend a day with each aunt and uncle and a lot of relatives would congregate at whichever house we went to that day. So it was a lot of yummy food every day we were there. I love that I am part of such a wonderful family and I so miss all my aunts and uncles that have passed on. Thanks for the memories and for sharing the pics! I best remember the Evans boys just as they are at this age. They were a little older than me, and when they were teenagers they were usually gone somewhere or had work to do so I imagine I was just a pesky kid to them at the time.


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