A Little More History

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.

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