Saturday, May 17, 2008

P.O. Wren Store (Lacrosse)

Today, we were privileged to have had P.O. Wren show us the old store building at Lacrosse. Mr. Wren told us his Dad had bought this store back in 1925 after his previous store located nearby burned to the ground. Mr. Wren ran the store into the 1980s. We're grateful to have had the opportunity to poke around and photograph this important piece of Izard County history.

All Sepia shots by Newburgian.

Video below.

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7 comments:

Paula said...

VERY INTERESTING ABOUT THE OLD LACROSSE STORE-I GREW UP ABOUT A MILE FROM THERE OUT ON THE OLD GASTON FARM.MADE SEVERAL TRIPS THERE FOR TREATS&MY DAD STAYED OUT THERE A LOT WHITTLING&TALKING ON THE PORCH.

Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Looks like it has potential for become an interesting museum.

Jeffery Hodges

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Al-Ozarka said...

Paula,

We talked about the sitting and whittling. A friend of Mr. Wren's was there when we pulled up and as we were talking about the store, he told us they had to replace the benches every year or so because they were whittled away to nothing.

Jeffery,

I think it could be a working museum. It's located just down the road from our fairground, airport, new high-school, and two new industrial sites. I say it would be a great place to serve sandwiches, hoop-cheese, crackers, and a Pepsi or two!

Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I meant to say, "Looks like it has potential for BECOMING an interesting museum." I must be getting feeble-minded in my old age (now that I'm 51).

A working museum sounds fine, especially the cheese and crackers.

Jeffery Hodges

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Al-Ozarka said...

Maybe a chunk of bologna and sweet yellow onion?

And one of those thingies with all the clips to hang Lance snacks on!

Oh yeah...and an old-fashioned chest-type Coca-Cola or Pepsi cooler!

Heck...I'd settle for an RC!

Paula said...

A MUSEUM MIGHT JUST GO OVER THERE.MUCH MORE GOING ON IN THAT VICINITY NOW.

betmac@centurytel.net said...

I remember going into the P.O. Wren store years ago, and even then it was like being in a museum. I hated it when it closed, but it is definitely a piece of history that should be, and so far has been preserved.
Betty McCollum