You know all those warnings about meeting people you've only talked to online? Well, I'm here to tell ya, sometimes it works out just...ahem...FINE...lol
Sue (who I'd never heard of before April, but who I MET in May) had lunch with her cousin Pam the other day. (She's also John and Ket's great grandaughter). Pam brought a photo she had of the interior of the store, but it's a couple years later than this one from August, 1914:
They've advanced some, but it's getting a little overwhelming. Paul's a head taller now, so this would be 1915-1916. There's definitely more stock, and they have a coffee grinder now (on the counter to Ket's right). Their wholesaler was in Duluth (one of the crates says so), and look, they sold almost all those brooms!
I talked with Aunt Eileen last night, and she was pretty sure the Hesch store was where Sev's Bar is now, which would make it the front part of the house they lived in! So, the door in the pictures goes to the house. Wow. That WOULD make the most sense, huh?
One book we found referred to the Hesch Store as a "racket" shop. I was a little insulted till Larry found it meant a five and dime, or a general store.
BTW, the dude in the mddle was a customer who just wanted to be in the picture...lol
Just for the fun of it, see if you can find these items in the store:
a scale...an oil lamp...at least 14 lamp chimneys...a beer bottle...cans of tomatoes...a stack of overalls...galvanized pails....seed rack...Sunshine Biscuits...dustpans...teapot.
Hmm, was that the Hesch Lending Library in the corner?
THANKS and YAY, SUE...and PAM!!