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Historic Adair: Everything happened there, at the Coburg Store

2007-07-17 - Coburg, Adair Co., KY .
Larry Smith, south central historian and noted newsman at FM 92.7, The Wave, received a copy of this photograph from Ann Curtis of the store in the Heskamp family's hometown of Coburg, KY. The barn in the left was owned by her grandfather, Ben Heskamp. Though Mr. Heskamp owned a store in Coburg, it was not this one. That store was torn down, and the lumber was used in the house owned by Lorena Jackson in Cane Valley. The store above is no longer in existence, but it was a grand place.Thanks to Anne in California for this photo.Larry Smith wrote, "Thanks to Anne in California for this photo of the Co-burg Store and Post Office.It was made in the 40's and is another reminder ofdays gone by. This old store was torned down in the 90s."

Ann Curtis' cousin, Cassie Heskamp Burrows, has written an eloquent memory about the town of Coburg, which included an excerpt about the store reads: "Various local family members ambled by to pick up their mail at the Coburg Store and Post Office. Everything happened there -- buying gasoline, postage stamps, penny candy, a Coke or Orange NEHI. It was possible to purchase a pocket knife, yard goods, brogans, bib overalls, a jumbo or 'pickled dog' sandwich, or coal oil. Many locals passed the time on the store porch, socializing, whittling, and spitting tobacco juice. Names of the store owners through the years stick in my mind: Mr. Eugene Biggs and Mrs. Annie Whitney, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Breeding, and Otley and Marie Gilpin."

The complete story is "COBURG: Thoughts from a Child of the Depression".

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