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By Gwen Cornwell
Remember When 

What Used To Be There?


Do you ever drive down 2nd Ave. So., and try to remember what business was in a certain location? I think of Buttrey, the grocery and clothing store, and wasn’t there a furniture store also? The old Orpheum theatre, Strom Logan, Farmers Stockgrowers Bank (or was it Stockman’s?). Friedl’s Menswear with the scale located outside the front door. Then we had Adrian’s women’s apparel, Newton Motors, and Glasgow Bakery. I lived in one of the apartments located above the bakery. What a smell to wake up to in the morning. The Valley Drug and lunch counter. At one time I think there was Allen’s eatery. On the other side of the street we had a filling station, Baker’s Jewelry, Mary’s Cafe, Ben Franklin, JC Penny’s, the Roxy theatre, a bar (whose name escapes me) and the Smith Clinic. There were also businesses above the Smith Clinic. What used to be where the west end of Markle’s currently is? A lot of those businesses were before the big Glasgow downtown fire. Ah, the big fire. That was a day many old time Glasgow residents will never forget.

Not so terribly long ago one of our local businessmen shared with me that he had the pleasure of cruising the downtown area with a gentleman much older than he, and much “what used to be where” was shared. I must make a visit with him again. So much more interesting to hear those things firsthand rather than make a trip to the Museum. I love having our wonderful Museum, but a face-to-face Remember is much more rewarding to me.

So test your memory next time you drive down one of the main business streets in town.


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