2263 Whetstone Road
City Directories and History: The E.A. Poole store constructed in 1900-1906.
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I think it’s Whetstone Rd
By pure stupid dumb luck, I met an old timer at Poole’s Mill Store just about a year ago. He had two stories for me about the store and that intersection. The first was that there had been a large building on the opposite corner from the existing store and it was destroyed by a double tractor trailer accident at the intersection that sent one or both vehicles into the building. I do not know what the building was, or the manner of its final demise (burn down from accident or tear down after because of damage). The other story was of a high speed police chase that ended on the corner opposite the church across from the store, that resulted in a double (or triple?) fatality. There is some evidence of that story in that there are crosses on the corner where the accident was supposed to have happened. In both cases, I have been unable to track down any details of the events.
My in-laws were married there in September, 1930 by Notary Public E.A. (Elzy) Poole. My husband said he remembers as a child they would take corn there on Saturday mornings to have it ground into meal and that it was like the original Wal-Mart. They had a little bit of everything in that store. In 1962 when we were visiting here that summer they were going to have an auction or sale of some sort with all of the items in the store and I remember seeing horse/mule harnesses, WWII army boots still in the boxes and baby clothes so fragile by then they looked like they would fall apart if you handled them much. My husband also recalls the day when the dam blew out as he and his father went there to see what it looked like. It would be interesting if more history could be found out about it though.
I came across this place during a photo wander. I was hoping to find some vintage pictures when it was active and any verbal history, if available. Thanks for any (and all) help.
Wade Fairey says
Please share them with R&R if you do find early images!