Marcellus Memories

"Memories of

Marcellus" by Frank Griffing continues... In the late fall and early winter of 1917-18, I had a very bad cold. I thought I could wear it off, but in January I had to give up work and go to bed. Dr. Weidman came to our house and said that I had bronchitis. Ward Curtis attended my store. When I got well enough to go back to work, we formed a partnership. The firm name was Griffin and Curtis. Ward was a better bookkeeper than I was and was also a better storekeeper. I was always busy repairing shoes and making and repairing harnesses. About that time, there were lots of what was called one-pipe furnaces being installed. They were easy to install in an old house as there was no piping to be done, just one big square hole in the floor. The heat came up in the center and cold air went down the edge of the register. We sold the International furnace made in Utica, N Y. There were no better furnaces made than the International. We put one in for Albert Marshfield. Calvin Spade used one and it did a good job heating his home.

In October of 1918, the I. O. O. F. building was being finished and so Griffing and Curtis moved from the building at 18 Main St. We had the north side of the building on South Street where the New York State Gas and Electric Co. are. My harness and shoe shop was in the back room with the store in front. We added more goods to our line of harness, we added Perfection and Tolerance oil cook stoves, Round Oak heating stoves, also the Kerner Coal Ranges. We also took on suitcases and traveling bags. We had the nicest looking store at that time anywhere around. We used a Model T truck to deliver goods and bring goods home from Syracuse. At that time, I drove to Syracuse every Thursday to buy goods and truck them back to the store. I did not have much time to make new harnesses and collars, so we bought them from the factory. Lots of older men used to come my shop to sit and visit. I had a long low bench and a couple of chairs for them to sit on. It was interesting to hear them tell about the old times around Marcellus. A good many of them were retired farmers and some were still farming and some came in from the village just to visit. (to be continued)

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