Our building has a rich history. It was originally built to be an expansion of the George Delker Carriage Manufacturing company in 1904. According to one story I read, Mr. Delker thought the automobile was a fad and he was going to show ol’ Henry Ford a thing or two. By 1906 he realized that was a mistake and the property was sold to Seton W. Norris for a hardware business and Delker went into the furniture business at a different location. It remained a hardware store for more than 100 years until we bought it in 2012. Norris went through a couple of partners through the years, Lockett, Norment. Sometime in the 1980’s it became Homefolks Hardware and Norris Hardware moved to a larger location.
Places like hardware stores just kind of naturally become place where folks congregate. I guess it’s because it’s a comfortable setting. Now, our antique shop is doing the same. Sometimes, it’s like old home week. We’ll get 15 or 20 people in and it turns into a reunion. I love it.
So, here’s a group of pics from 1910 to 1963.