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Monroe: Lark Reynolds says mill down road, at Osceola

She has vivid memories of the three story commercial house in Monroe. And specifically recalls that the big front porch was never a loading dock - but was a place to swing!
Comments re article 42650 Lanny Harlow remembers Monroe KY building as general store

By Lark Reynolds

I am the granddaughter of Goebel and Ruby Twyman who owned the store pictured in the article by Kenny Browning. The store was purchased by my grandparents from Lillian and Holland Dishman.

It was never a mill, although there was a mill in the area at Oceola (further down the road in Monroe.)

My grandmother tested cream in the back of the store for the surrounding area and the rest of the store was a "general store." My grandfather sold large sacks of flour, cornmeal etc, for animal feed but it was never a processing mill and the porch was never a loading dock... just a place to swing!

It was full of clocks (my grandfather was a clock repairman) full of music (the entire family was musical and this was the site of many local gatherings) and since it was one of the first places to have a TV in the area, just generally always full of people!

There was a meat/lunch counter where the locals stopped in for sandwiches. There was an ice cream counter and everything else from apples to gasoline.

The second floor was a residence for my grandparents, my mother, one aunt, and two uncles. There was a third, unfinished floor, (that we referred to as the "third floor") used for storage as the floor was not finished out completely.

My grandparents eventually sold the store and moved into the house next door.

It was used as a Friday night auction house and most of the inside was completely destroyed. At some point after that I think it was even turned into a car repair garage. -Lark Reynolds

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