Discussion of Photos:
wrote: My guess [as
to the address of the store] is 718 West Main Street. The date is
sometime in the 1880s, but before 1887. The 1887-1888 city directory
Campbell & Groves (groceries) at 702 West Main, on the corner
Avenue. But Sanborn Fire Maps show a structure at 718 that was being
used as a
grocery in 1885. They may have moved from there to the more favorable
on the corner. Owners were Alexander
Campbell and Elmor Groves. By
1891-1892, they were no longer in business together.
and Groves Grocery
718 W. Main St., ca. 1885
were Alexander Campbell and Elmor Groves
: Toni Mabary Campbell
Anne Bryant wrote: That house on the
right looks like a residential area,
which 700 block of Main probably was at that time.
wrote: The old maps show only one building to the west of 718
in the 700 block. It was a house, 728, on the corner of Armstrong
Avenue. If I
am correct about the location of the grocery, then the house on the
be 728 West Main. [NOTE—I wrote that 728 West Main was on the corner of
Armstrong Avenue. It was close, but there was actually a vacant lot
and the corner. In later years, a house was built on it and given the
wrote: I don't know who lived at 728 West Main in the 1880s,
but in 1891-92 it was the home of Philip
E. Fairbanks. A New Yorker by birth, he was secretary, treasurer, and
director of the Cotton Mill; director of the First National Bank; and
things too numerous to list here. He may also have been a customer of
and Groves Grocery.
Anne Bryant wrote: Maybe a relative of
John Joseph Fairbanks?
Sears wrote: First cousins. Their
fathers, who had 11 other siblings,
were brothers born in the early 1800s in Vermont.
Mabary Hudek wrote: I knew the Mr.
Groves that owned it in the 1980s and
1990s. He was a customer of mine.
Toni Mabary Campbell wrote: My grandma
(Groves) Hunter told me, back when I married into Elmer Campbell's
they were distant relatives of ours and the co-owners of the store. The
Campbells and Groves / Hunters were all Presbyterian, also. Worth
too, but was not related to Elmer. I should show the photo to Joann.
Supplies being picked up at Tishoming, Oklahoma, to be brought back to
Campbell & Groves Family Grocery in Denison.
Courtesy of : Toni Mabary Campbell
Mabary Hudek I wouldn't try to steal a
watermelon. Tough crowd.
Alex. Campbell, Dealer in Staple and Fancy
830 West Chestnut St. Both
among those who have played a conspicuous part in the commercial
the city may be mentioned the name of Mr. Alex. Campbell, who conducts
oldest grocery in the city, which he established twenty-one years ago.
this long period there could be no better evidence of the sterling
this enterprise than its substantial growth. It has steadily grown in
with the general public, and taken in all, the establishment indeed
credit upon its proprietor and the city that sustains it. The store is
splendidly fitted up with every convenience, and the stock is very
consisting of staple and fancy groceries, teas and coffees, canned and
goods, produce, tobacco, cigars, etc. The large patronage requires
delivery wagons. All orders are promptly filled at lowest prices. Mr.
is a gentleman of the very highest personal standing, and is thoroughly
honorable in the conduct of his business.
Alex Campbell Grocery
830 West Crawford Street
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