Store: Mary’s Store


Surnames: Lesar, Quast

----Source: Family Scrapbook

In 1939, after working at the Quast & Company Store for ten years, Mary Lesar started her own store of groceries, gifts and dry goods. She had a building moved from the area of the old pickle factory. This building was made with living quarters upstairs, for Mary and Frank (her brother), it also housed Frank's mail-hauling equipment downstairs.

In the early days of rural mail delivery there were no snow plows, so he first had a Model "T" Ford and later a Model "A" Ford, which was converted to "cat tracks" and ski's with which he was able to deliver mail over snow banks etc.

This store stands on about the same location as the Ingham Store did. Mary also had a gasoline pump for many years, but has recently discontinued this. She still operates the store as she has for over 41 years.

Cold Storage Lockers were brought into the depot building at one time after the train stopped running but when home freezers became popular, this too was abandoned.



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