The 1940s bring back all sorts of special memories for folks who lived during that era. One of those glimpses in the past may revive flashbacks of an old community gathering place.
Built around 1905 in Granville County, North Carolina, and operated by farmer Will Wilbourn, this store was a typical example of a vital merchandising station for that rural area. It endured two World Wars and the Great Depression. This particular store survived through the late 1940s with J. T. Currin as operator and lastly by his son, George A. Currin.
The store was the site of sundry community meetings, veterinary clinics, sawmill payrolls, tax listings, mail distributions and Justice of the Peace court. It was a place where you could trade chickens, eggs, corn and even field-dressed rabbits (in season) for groceries, dry-goods, and hardware.
Around this old potbelly stove one could find barrels of vinegar, salt pork, and sorghum molasses. Candy showcases, .03 colas, bolts of oilcloth and plugs of tobacco punctured the interior with colorful sights and unforgettable aromas. It is easy to understand why the old general store was such a favorite place to be for the young and old.
Although this scene of the ’40s portrays a time of peaceful simplicity, we must not forget that it was the men and women in service for our country abroad, who helped make this peace a reality.
This picture by Jim is lovingly dedicated to my uncle, George A. Currin, who always showed love to his Lord, his family and friends. I must also express an undying appreciation to my husband for having re-created this scene on canvas.
– Beverly Currin Jordan