BLOCK 8 - Main Street Tour Locate on map Directly across from the pre-Depression- era hospital and clinic, we may need to hesitate again as we are aware of the uphill grade. This block is dominated by one department store, Montgomery Ward, usually called simply Ward’s. Not there yet, however, take note of the corner business remembered in the 50’s as Mathena’s Flower Shop. Earlier the same location had housed a bookstore. Then comes a used furniture store owned by the Robinsons. At one time you could trade your old comic books there.
Now we are at Ward’s. Inside it is clearly split into two levels because of the steep grade, making it necessary to go up two steps to enter the section with appliances and hardware and the credit department. The lower section was primarily clothing. Mr. Meyers was the store manager for a number of years. Ward’s and Penney’s seemed to be geared toward the small town in those days rather than the mammoth anchor stores of modern malls that they became. One feature at Ward’s was the catalog department so very handy for rural families wishing to purchase an item not readily available in town. Catalogs were great wish books. Special catalogs issued before Christmas were fun ways for children to decide what to ask Santa to give them. Finally at the end of the business section of town we come to the Mission Garage, where many a vehicle was reclaimed and repaired to travel local streets and roads for more years than the original manufacturers perhaps envisioned. It was operated by Nick Gallagher at one time. End Tour