The 24th Street Grocery

Sam Bralley By Sam Bralley, 18th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/_t-0qbih/
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Remembrance of my childhood keep flashing before my eyes…

A grocery store where neighbors bought loafs of bread or quarts of milk

Not a whole lot could be said about my childhood with out referencing the 24th St Grocery. Even though the name and ownership changed a few times, It always remained the 24th St Grocery in the hearts and lives of those that patronize this small one room store at the corner of Bay and 24th Streets. Though it was mainly a grocery store where neighbors bought loaves of bread or quarts of milk they happened to run out of before the weekly trip to the market, usually on Saturday mornings; one could also find work gloves, BB’s and even 22 cartridges for their rifles or shotgun shells for their shot guns.

“That will be all right”

I first remember the Barnetts owned the store. They lived up on Broad St, the next street up from Bay, where my old home place was and would walk through their backyard to the store each morning to open up for business. I don’t remember just what time they opened because I never had occasion to go before breakfast. Mom always made sure we had everything we needed for breakfast, the day before, but I do remembering going for a loaf of bread or quart of milk later in the day. I couldn’t carry milk until I was 10 because I dropped a bottle once and broke it and I still remember crying all the way home. Mom just hugged me up real close and wiped my dirty little face with her apron and said, “that will be all right.”

The 24th St Grocery Store eventually became known at “the store”

Some times we would call the store first just to make sure they had a particular item or not. The number was 4280-J. Nobody had more than one phone, and this was before the dial so we would just pick up the phone, wait for the operator to say, “number please”, then we would say, “4280-J please” and she would say, “thank you, just a moment” and then you could hear the phone ringing on the other end. Telephones were cool back then.

The 24th St Grocery Store eventually became known at “the store.” Everyone used ‘the store’ because of the convenience and the central location. Years later the bus would even come down 24th St and turn for one block onto Bay then turn up on Lolo and go back to Broad St. The store was a place of prominence in the community and a gathering place. Later, when I changed from city to county schools I would catch my bus there because the bus ran by the store. After school each day we would all go by the store for a moon pie and Pepsi Cola before going home.

To all the kids around, he was most often referred to as ‘Duck’

The Barnettes eventually sold the store to Tom Riley who lived on 24th St cornering on Bay. Everyone was glad to see that the store would remain in operation. Mr. Riley’s dad use to run the store for his son. And sometimes he would give penny candy to the kids. I always assumed his name was Tom too, even though I never heard anyone say. His wife had died some years earlier so he came to live with his son and his wife. Like I said, I just assumed his name was Tom… but to all the kids around, he was most often referred to as ‘Duck’.

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22 Cartridges, Backyard, Bread, Breakfast, Childhood, Community, Grocery, Shot Guns

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author avatar snooky
19th Jul 2010 (#)

For a minute I thought that you were here in Phoenix. At 24th street & baseline there are 2 groceries. Again youbring back memories of early childhood and the corner store.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
19th Jul 2010 (#)

thanks for your comments & the remembrances...

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author avatar Anuradha
20th Jul 2010 (#)

That was a wonderful share. I too remember a store very closeby to my home where I go to buy things my mom asked for as well for eating buns.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
20th Jul 2010 (#)

thanks Anuradha, for your nice comments and visiting my page...

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author avatar leylucs
20th Jul 2010 (#)

great share! thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Sam Bralley
21st Jul 2010 (#)

thanks leylucs, for your visit & your comments...

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author avatar Retired
21st Jul 2010 (#)

This is great. The small store close to my home way back when, also sold ammunition. I remember when I was 14, I worked on weekends at the store and a man came in and asked for 2-22's (medication to relieve pain) and I thought he wanted twenty two shells. With a scowl he said " I know I have a headache, but I don't want to blow my . . . . .head off!" Well I was glad that day was over:)
Your articles are so enjoyable:)
Thanks for sharing:)

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author avatar Carol
21st Jul 2010 (#)

Thank you Sam for sharing your memories with us. That was lovely!

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author avatar Sam Bralley
21st Jul 2010 (#)

Thanks Petra & Carol for your friendship, for your visits and you nice comments...

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author avatar Godwill
21st Jul 2010 (#)

I also remember a shop at the corner of my street. It was really helpful to us. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
21st Jul 2010 (#)

thanks Godwill for your visit and your comments...

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author avatar Retired
26th Jul 2010 (#)

love it, it's of course some great writting but I expect no less from you!

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author avatar Sam Bralley
26th Jul 2010 (#)

thanks Rebecca, your gracious...

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author avatar Retired
26th Jul 2010 (#)

Hi Sam this takes whole hearted effort to write some thing like this-Duck oops suny

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author avatar Sam Bralley
26th Jul 2010 (#)

thanks suny, for your friendship, your visit & your comments...

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author avatar C. Michael Davis
9th Aug 2010 (#)

Hello Sam, sorry I have been ocupied with grandkids and working on "Tuesdays Group". I have missed you ya'll here at wikinut, but I have taken some time the last couple of days to take a break. Your material always reminds me of safer days when that loaf of bread cost 20 cents and a gallon of milk cost 75 cents and when moma had to put gas in the car it only cost 21 cents per gallon. I always enjoy tripping with Sam Bralley, the kid down the street.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
5th Sep 2011 (#)

you are always most gracious my friend with your encouraging comments. I too long for those days of yore...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Sep 2011 (#)

I just love reading everything you write about Sam. Thank you.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
15th Sep 2011 (#)

thank you Steve, I appreciate that, I also write for HubPages (if I can say that--there's a lot more there...)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
5th Dec 2011 (#)

Wow Sam, you've opened up a huge treasure chest of memories for everyone. I really enjoyed your article. I also had a huge laugh at Petra Newman's story of the headache and gun cartridges Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
5th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you my dear friend for commenting on my work. It's my pleasure to offer writings from my childhood that please those that stop by...

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