A tale about what Minnesota was really like back in the time of the lumberjacks and what it took for a family to survive. There were good times, hard times and sometimes a laugh or two made their lives a bit easier. Wil Morgan did whatever it took to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
The General Store
In my book "The River Calls" I talk about the general store on the river. What a wonderful place it was. The shelves were stocked with everything from sardines to sewing machines. It was nothing like today's giant stores, it was much better. You not only got what you wanted, but you bought goods worth their price.
In the 1940's General Stores also carried goods from Sears and Montgomery Ward, making even the most remote stores very good places to shop.
General Stores had a hard time getting through the Great Depression. People needed goods but didn't have any money. Early in the Depression storekeepers learned that they couldn't give credit and stay in business. Times were pretty hard for them. Women with hungry children were turned away. In the end, almost all stores that granted credit went out of business.