General Stores

Discussion in 'Right of Way' started by John Sanders, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. John Sanders

    John Sanders Member

    While this is not a Frisco structure this general store was located in Mumford, Missouri about 200 feet from the Frisco (KCFS&M) from 1907 through the early 1960s. It was located between "Main Street" and the Jones Spring stream about even with the present day 3-way stop at Greene County FR 144 and Mumford Drive. A co-worker was scanning family photos and showed this one to me. All she knew was the man on the right was her grandfather and that the store was somewhere around Springfield. We noticed the Coke sign had an owner's name (C O White), so a search revealed the store was at Mumford. Further information can be found at:

    Also see the link at the bottom of that web page.
    C. O. White & Grandpa Groesbeck.jpg
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  2. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Re: General Stores

    That would be a fantastic modeling subject. The everyday details are abundant like the wiring leading to the porch, the television antenna and the signage. Love it. Thanks for sharing that jewel of a photo.
  3. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Supporter

    Re: General Stores

    Neat story John, brings back a lot of memories! My dad grew up out east of town in that neighborhood and knew dozens of people out in there. My brother and I still own the family farm, near McCraw Ford (Where Missouri Highway 125 crosses James River) and back a ways to the west. We passed C. O. White's many a time on the way out there. Seems like I dimly remember us stopping there for a Coke. The Frisco tracks were just a few yards through the woods and up the hill from Mumford. In my dad's youth (WW I to early 20's), he rode the train sometimes from Turner into Springfield and there was a little flag stop up the hill from Mumford (He told me the name, but I don't remember it now). He said it had a little shed and a red flag and you could flag the train. The trains went fairly slow through there (Uphill northbound, big curve southbound).
    Also, I like anything written by Lucille Morris Upton, she was a long time friend of my folks and went to the Congregational Church on Benton where we did. When I started at the Post Office in the early 60's, I used to see her at Hamby's restaurant with the other women reporters from the News & Leader.

    Tom G.
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  4. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Re: General Stores

    John, this is a perfect modeling topic for anyone modeling the 1900-1960 era. And, Tom, the backstory goes a long way toward adding context to it. If one wishes to model a small, rural Frisco setting, this is the type of store that would go a long way toward establishing a sense of time and location.

    Best Regards,
  5. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Supporter

    Re: General Stores

    And as weathered as that building is, one doesn't see any nail holes showing through (sorry a pet peeve of mine) except on the edge of the rolled asphalt roofing on the porch. One could spend a lot of time picking up little details.
  6. John Sanders

    John Sanders Member

    Re: General Stores

    Attached is a current aerial view (facing east) of the approximate store site highlighted by the red rectangle. The link within the link in my first post shows two views of the store. The second view shows the narrow nature of the road passing between the store and the owner's house. Tom's note brings back memories of Sunday afternoon drives out that way. Being Sunday I don't think I ever saw the store open. I do remember being on that narrow section of road, hearing an air horn and seeing a flash of red up on the hill to the south...I need to build a model of this. Brad Slone and I were talking recently and neither one of us have a shortage of topics on our project list!

    John Sanders

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