Heritage, Volume 5, Number 2, Summer 1987 Page: 17
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Grove General Store- Museum
It doesn't matter that everything
in the store now wasn't
actually part of its early merchandise.
Probably it is no exaggeration
to say that Anderson
has collected at least one
of every item ever sold in a
general store during the first
quarter of this century and has
placed it on display in The
center of town. The adjoining two-story
building was designed for a post office and
an upstairs occupant. For years the upstairs
was used as a doctor's office and later
as a barber shop. One comer inside the
store was enclosed to serve as the Planters
State Bank, which opened in September
1917 with a capital stock of $10,000.
The store became The Grove's heart
beat. Dube started every business day by
5:00 a.m., winding the clock that he had
won from Dallas' Linz Brothers jewelers
for selling a lot of something-in later
years he couldn't remember what. Shoppers
could visit around the big wood stove
or wander the long aisles, where they
would find everything from cowbells to
coffins. Dube sold dry goods, groceries,
harnesses, patent medicines, brooms,
anything anyone needed.
Out in front of the store, the dirt road
was often filled with Huey Dixon's cattle
being driven to market. Ted Graham,
who helped build the store, remembers
that "sometimes the road was so crowded
with wagons filled with cotton waiting for
the gin that you couldn't find a place to tie
up your horse."
From the day the store opened, "men
sat on the long wooden bench in front
and whittled away at it and argued Scripture
a lot," says Graham. Not too surprising,
considering there were Baptist,
Methodist, Church of Christ, and
Lutheran churches in The Grove. Finally,
the bench had to be reinforced with
metal bands to hold it together.
They also may have discussed whether
it really was Sam Bass who appeared in
town one day during the 1870s. Ted's
grandfather, W. J. Graham, claimed it
was. Graham had served him dinner, and
Bass asked him what he'd do if he asked
him for his money.
"I'd tell you to go to Hell," Graham
"Well, I'm Sam Bass," the visitor said.
"If you are, then that's a different
Later, a gun was found in a nearby pasture
with the initials S.B. carved on it.
Excitement around the store during the
town's early years followed the script of
many a western movie: four shoot-outs in
front of Planters State Bank, and in 1927
a robbery that left it minus $1,022. The
robbers were caught, but again in 1932
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