Heritage, Volume 5, Number 2, Summer 1987 Page: 19
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Early. All the medicines that people once
believed in: 666 Malarial, Thacher's
Cough Syrup, Black Draught, Dr. Caldwell's
Laxative, and Cardui-"has helped
women for 50 years." Nowadays, you can
hardly find Star tobacco or Satin cigarettes
(15). Or how about Finch's Detroit
Special overalls ("Wear Like a Pig's
Nose")? And "Star Brand Shoes Are
Better." Anderson also found some Big
Berthe hair dressing and Gainsborough
Hair Nets among other countless items
that reflect what people needed and
wanted and used during the first part of
Over by the bank enclosure, a colorful
wooden Indian guards the teller's cage
against any further wrongdoing. By the
stove, a wooden bench made by the Future
Farmers of America from Flat, Texas,
up the road, still offers visitors a resting
Back rooms hold old farm tools, and
one niche shows what burials required
100 years ago. To one side, an early-day
Close by, a child's casket covered in
black velvet and embellished with a silver
plate inscribed Rest in Peace. In a
wooden box, a child's coffin, made in The
Grove-white, lined with white, lacy
fabric, and also adorned with a silver
medallion. A small enameled sign, perhaps
from a mortician's office: Mark Every
Outside, sitting on the old whittled-up
bench, I can hear the occasional firing of
heavy artillery over at Fort Hood, a reminder
of the kind of progress that reduced
The Grove's population to the
present-day number of 65. Still standing
outside the post office is John Graham's
faded gasoline pump, which he had filled
only once with its ten-gallon limit because
customers bought on credit and
"weren't too good about paying up."
At the end of the building, the wooden
stairs that lead up to the office where Dr.
Collins once had his office are gray with
the shimmer of forgotten days. Much is
the same, but much has changed. Shortly
before Graham closed the store, long before
Anderson bought it, he sold the Linz
Brothers clock for twenty-five dollars. Its
absence strikes a melancholy note. On a
morning when no one is around the store
except the few remaining residents who
come to get their mail, I wish I could
have been in The Grove when Austin
Doolittle had his rodeo and J. W. Dube's
clock was still ticking in his store.
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