Where was your favorite place to be as a child, outside with friends? Some may say home with family, but most of us will always say in my neighborhood. So, what is a neighbor? Well in Greek it means someone that is near you or dwelling around you. Do you know your neighbors?
In the big cities (more than 100,000) across America, the smaller cities outside places like Detroit have more than 50,000 people or in the rural, suburban country, like most of Genesee County is, because we were a farming community. America is different than any other country in the world. We have variety of choices where to live: in the large cities, urban with land of your own, or rural even in the smaller farming townships or villages (we could even live in a desert).
We have it all in America so do you like the country life or big city metropolitan life? Make sure you turn in your Census and vote to help your community.
Stores back in the day, like mom and pop shops, were the place to hang out and get your fresh butcher items and produce from local farms. Dairy farms would even deliver milk, eggs and butter.
Some smaller farmers had a produce stand in their yard. As time went on the family grocery stores popped up all over.
Roat Grocery on Lapeer and Genesee Road, Burton Grocery on Center Road across where Meijer is now, to Hamady Brother’s in the 1950s to Meijer stores in 1970s. Soda shops even had pharmacies, Ben Franklin, 5 and dime and small corner stores used to have all kinds of things before department stores started.
Everybody knew your family, and we watched out for each other. We cooked meals for neighbors, prayed for each other and had picnics together.
I remember going to Beal’s Market on Center Road, the little store had everything… even a butcher. Then, they opened a pizza place right next door. I asked this on Facebook to my friends, what was your favorite memory of the grocery store by your house? Did you collect bottles to cash in so you could buy penny candy? You can email me (history. Mona@yahoo.com). Be safe for Halloween, remember you can dress up for all occasions or any holiday.