Posts Tagged ‘main streets’

Nugent Hardware

May 27, 2012

Nugent HardwareWaterloo, New York© karen e. titus | all rights reserved© karen e. titus | all rights reserved

Waterloo, New York

This business hasn’t traveled far since opening in 1887 – it started two doors up the street from its current site, according to owner William B. Velte Jr. It moved to this spot in 1932.

Velte bought the store in 1965. Apart from a 28-month stint in the service, starting in 1950, he’s been a steady presence. “I love to fix screens and windows,” he says. Velte started working in the store in the winter of 1948, right out of high school, earning $26 a week. The first thing his boss told him: “If we have another Depression, you’re gonna have to take a cut in pay.”

Velte says the secret of his success is simple. “Work. 60 hours a week. I clean the streets, I clean the parking lot, I don’t take coffee breaks.”

Though he appears to sell everything in his store, it’s not quite the case. At one point his daughter (who began working at the store when she was a 4th grader) came by with a customer. She told her dad, “He’s looking for a propane fogger.”

Not even bothering to look up from the screen he was repairing, Velte replied, “That’s not us.”

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Through the Grapevine

August 5, 2011

Grape JamboreeGeneva, Ohio© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Geneva Ohio

The Geneva (Ohio) Grape Jamboree celebrates all things grape. Held the last weekend of September, it features wine tasting, various competitions (including waitresses balancing glasses of wine while racing down Route 20) grape stomping, and two parades, as well as the crowning of Miss Grapette.

Ball Game Tonight

July 8, 2011

Ball Game TonightCrawford, Nebraska© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Crawford, Nebraska

Small town social media.

A Queen and Her Court

May 23, 2011

A Queen and Her CourtChadron, Nebraska© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Chadron, Nebraska

The Fur Trade Days Queen and her court ride down Main Street.

Fire(works) and Ice

May 1, 2011

Fire(works) and IceJackson, Nebraska© karen e. titus | all rights reserved© karen e. titus | all rights reserved

Jackson, Nebraska

Despite the fire and ice signs book-ending these two girls, this was a peaceful little town. The world may not end here, but we did wonder how small towns like this would keep from perishing. What would suffice to keep these girls in town as they grew older?

In another, even smaller town further west, an historical marker notes, “The nearby village of Newport, established in 1883, became one of the major hay shipping centers in the nation, with thousands of tons being exported each year.” It’s hard to imagine anything major happening again on main streets like this.


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