years, Main News was operated by Mr. Harry Stone (1893-1972).
According to dates found in newspaper archives, Mr. Stone operated at 407 N. Main longer than any other tenant, from 1938 to 1963
He stocked a wide variety of magazines, newspapers, comic books,
penny candy, pop, cigars, pipes, fishing reels, knives... You
could also get your fishing and hunting licenses there. It was
a wonderful place to go, a window to the outside
world and to the world of fantasy.
memories of Main News include the smell of new comic books and
magazines, the array of colorful penny candy in the deep oak
showcase, and the taste of cream soda sipped through a paper
straw. There were shelves of cigars in open boxes, with beautifully
printed pictorial labels on the lids. Rows of sharp new jackknives
covered a showcase shelf.
would let customers use the restroom in the rear of
the store; it was the kind with the old style tank mounted high on the
wall above the toilet, with a long flush-chain hanging down.
It made a terrific waterfall noise when you pulled the chain.
looked a bit like President Eisenhower, and usually wore a bolo
tie with an agate stone. He was always nice, but he did draw
the line at youngsters peeking at the pages of "Sexology"