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JIM: The history of the White Cash Markets
JIm traces the business from its original owner and the man who named it, Roland Baldwin, to the years with Chester Hatcher and Roy Owen, later just Roy Owen, and still later the partnership and chain store years with L.H. Gore and Pete Walker, the final years from 1954 to 1959 when the store was operated solely by Pete Walker.
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In the summer of 1940, owner Roland Baldwin moved his Baldwin Cash Market from the building now designated 134 Public Square to the Bradshaw Building, diagonally across the square. Shortly afterward, Roy Owen, who not too long before had settled in Columbia with his Adair County wife Gladys, nee Ingram, and Adair Countian Chester Hatcher, then working at S.C. Bybee's grocery on Campbellsville Street, joined forces to open the White Cash Market in the old Baldwin location.
Mr. Hatcher soon retired from the field and Mr Owen operated the business solo until 1947, when a series of quick sales led to ownership by Pete Walker and Dagwood Gore. In 1950, Gore and Walker bought a store in Russell Springs and renamed it the White Cash Market #2. Pete managed that business until the forepart of 1954, when Gore sold his interest to Walker. Pete immediately divested himself of the Russell Springs branch and took over the day to day operation of the Columbia store.
Pete kept the White Cash open until it closed in the late spring of 1959. By that time it was located on Burkesville Street--"almost on the square," the ads proclaimed--and likely, uncomfortably close to Houchens, which had blown into Columbia six months earlier.
The advertisement shown is the first for White Cash Market; it appeared in the September 1940 edition of the News. The other image, Pete's announcement of his return to the Columbia store, appeared in the March 3, 1954 News.
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