The articles and pictures that you see within these pages about Bluford
were submitted by Janice Staples
Written permission was given by the Author the late
John R. Warren to use on this website.
Vance's store was a bit different. They had groceries too, but always
had ice cream in one ofmthose old freezers, about waist high, with lids
on top. Vance's was first located in the northeast corner of the Rixmann
building, where the Post Office was later for many years. Then it moved
to an oldermwood building down the road. Then they built a bigger block type
building just south of the wood building and moved into it. In the new
building which is still there, they had candy counters, canned goods,
the ice cream containers, and the inevitable red Coca Cola cases full
of ice water and various kinds of pop.
Vance's had the first juke box that I recall. They called it a
"nickelodian". Songs were a nickel, or six for a quarter. Vance's
always had an outdoor ice house. They kept ice in it during the summer
months. They had a big truck too and delivered ice around town to
people with ice boxes. Vance's also hauled coal from the mines and
delivered that all over town too.