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Monday, July 1, 2013
Old Rt 15(Lindley Rd.) Business Area -Early 1900's
At the Lindley/Presho Historical Society meeting on Thursday June 27th, there was a discussion about the history of Lindley Road and some of the businesses located there before the road was re-located in 1953. (Away from the flood plain) The following is a review of information in the historian files.
A newspaper clipping from my grandmother dated 1939 states the Green Shingle Inn burned ,but was rebuilt. It stood at the south end of the old Town Hall until it was moved to its present location on the corner of Watson Creek Road and U.S. Rt.15.
As Town Historian trying to collect
almost 200 years of history for the town files, I needed to be able to fit
pieces of a puzzle together and to be able to find clues as in a mystery. Such
is the case of this picture taken about 1912 (1910) at the corner of Morgan Creek Road
and Lindley Road (old U.S. Rt.15).
newspaper clippings of January 4th, 1912 stated the following: “
A.W. Orr the general merchant has sold his residence and store to Lettie C.
Wagner and Miss Pearl Dillon possession to be given April 1st.
Charles Harrison has sold his store property to the same
parties, possession Jan.15th. The new firm will run under the name
of Wagner and Dillon. H.R. Wagner will head the firm. Lettie C. Wagner, Miss
Pearl Dillon and F.G. Wagner will be the other members. They will take
possession of the Harrison store about January 15th.
Wagner & Dillon opened the Harrison store .It will be merged with the Orr
store in April and will pay the top-notched price for eggs. The new firm will
make no active bid for business until it takes over the Orr store, but after
that date, they will meet all competition of outside firms as well as home.”
Many older residents were familiar
with the location of the Orr store whose history is as follows:
research for the new 2- lane- bridge on County Route 73 at Lindley had revealed
that the Orr store stood on corner of Morgan Creek Road and old US. Rt.15
(Lindley Road.)(Picture is shown on Lindleytown blog.) The first owners (1847)
were Middlebrook, Moore and Morgan.Elizabeth Hill bought the property in 1867. In 1883, Charles Hill bought
the store from his mother. In 1906, Charles and William Hill –sons of Elizabeth
sold to Gertrude Orr.As mentioned in
the clipping, the Wagners, etc obtained the store from Orr in 1912. In 1915, a
William Cook became owner through a foreclosure deed and sold it to Maude Cook
in 1917. She then sold the property to Amos and Gertrude Orr in 1922. The Orrs
sold the store to Merton Manley in 1926. Many of our senior citizens remember
it as the” Manley Store.”In 1945, Doug
and Bernice Whitaker purchased the business. To many that corner is still
referred to as Whitaker’s store. In the 1972 flood, the building was heavily
damaged and demolished. Two mobile homes were placed on the lot. In 2009, the
new 2 lane bridge will be constructed across this piece of property.
mystery is a fact mentioned in Burr’s History
of Lindley -1951, which states” the Hill store burned.” The question
remains when was it rebuilt and by whom. Pictures from the Whitaker store show
it on about the same foundation.
above told us where the Orr store was located but where was the Harrison
Store?When Lucia (Loughridge) Huels
brought the photo to the Lindley-Presho Historical Society meeting, she, also,
brought a narrative from her 90 plus years cousin Dick Riffle who lives in the
State of Washington. He named the narrative, People in Lindley as I knew them 1922-1940. In his story, he
describes the old Town Hall, the Harrison store and a blacksmith shop as shown
in the picture.He also stated that the
store became a residence; then a tavern that burned in the 1930’s. The Tavern
called the Green Shingle was rebuilt. His story doesn’t finish the story of the
Green Shingle however. In 1953, U.S. Rt. 15 was relocated to its present
location. This meant that the Green Shingles Tavern would be by-passed by Rt.
15 traffic- So Mike and Kay Jusick - owners of the tavern negotiated with
Clarence Brant who owned property on the corner of Watson Creek Road and the
new highway. The Green Shingle building was raised from its foundation , placed
on some type of movable vehicle and transported across the fields to its
are more stories and questions about Lindley stores and businesses, but they
will wait for another time.
PostscriptIn March 2009, Judson (Bill) Kennedy
identifiedthe man in the postcard as
his Grandfather –Judd(Beckwith) Kennedy . Bill’s grandmother Grace Kennedy had
given him a copy of the postcard and identified the man as her husband –Bill’s
7/2013 - Not clear in this photo is the roof of the Harrison House just passed the old Town Hall. Durland Weale and Dick Riffle have explained that the Blacksmith Shop was in a building just south of the "Green Shingle" -(Harrison House)-(across the road from the De Munn/Westcott homes of today).
At one time, there was a Cheese Factory located where De Munn parks his trucks.
Apparently, this was a thriving business area of Lindley in the early 1900's.