Post by David Sechrest on May 31, 2006 16:08:08 GMT -5
Edward's was another popular downtown shopping attraction!
David Sechrest Historic Columbus Indiana Progress should not ignore its roots and pillage our heritage in the process. Cultural, social, and historical should be part of the process, for it is the path and not the destination that is important - S. Givens
This is not about Edwards, but another store that no one has mentioned. F. W. Woolworth!! This smaller 5 and 10 cent store was on Washington Street, just South of The Greeks. I began working there when I was only 15 (my cousin was the manager when I was hired and she fibbed about my age because you needed to be 16 to work). I worked at Woolworth's until my senior year in high school and at that time got a job at Irwin Union Bank and Trust.
Actually I preferred Woolworth's to Murphy's, it was smaller, the clerks were friendlier and I just liked it better. I began at the makeup counter and I worked with a very nice lady, oh her name won't come to me right now. From there I eventually was moved around to all the counters to learn where things went, prices, etc. One Summer the "candy counter" girl quit and I was given that job for the whole Summer. Let me tell you there was never a cleaner or a fresher display of candy anywhere. I'd scour and clean and then when the stockboy couldn't get me the new candy from the stockroom in a timely manner, off I'd go to the upstairs attic and carry down two twenty lb boxes of candy. I couldn't stand to have an empty space in my candy counter.
Maybe no one else remembers Woolworth's but I sure do, as it was my first "real job" and I was paid 50 cents an hour.