René S. Reno
Does anyone else remember the
old Clarks Department Store on the corner of US 41 and College Avenue
which later became a grocery? It had an old-fashioned store front with an
inset door and was of white wood construction. This was in the early 60s.
Soon after that the Clark family built M.C. Topps in the plaza where the
post office is located. Next to that was the Thriftway grocery store. Both
of those buildings are gone. However, Clarks furniture still stands!
My first job as a teenager was in the M.C. Topps
store about 1966. I stocked shelves, swept the floors and helped
customers. It was a summer job for a high school student and of minimum
wage. The manager, Mr. Stewart, would sit in his office above the open
floor and watch everything. I always felt nervous about that.