W. Cooper inherited the store from his uncle Anse in 1903.
Guy W. Cooper's General Store
picture above shows the store, with Guy, standing in front, with Wellingsley
School (center) and Wellingsley Union Chapel (far left). By 1938 (below)
the store had been enlarged again with a wing to the north which housed
the meat market (right), and the chapel had been converted into a dwelling.
W. Long came to Plymouth to write an article on the town for the National
Geographic which was published in the August 1947 issue, and visited
the store: "Before you leave Plymouth," I was advised, "see
Guy Cooper at Jabez Corner. He runs a real old-fashioned general store.
Always prided himself on having anything anyone asked for; that is before
the war he did. " They told me of the summer resident who thought
to stump Guy by asking for a pulpit. Without a word, the old storekeeper
led him to the barn, showed him one of the staunchest oak. "Got
her from the church down the road they took down some time ago,"
he explained. "Thought some darn foold ask for it."
store, 150 years old, with 14 additions to its original building, sprawled
back from the Cape road in accumulated abandon. Inside, a confusion
of merchandise was heaped on counters and shelves. Many of the articles
I hadnt seen in years. "Know where everything is?" said
Guy. "Sure I do. Ought to. Ive tended store here for more
than 60 years. Want to see around?"
did "see around," talking of storekeeping, its trials
and tribulations. Ocscasionally the tinkling front door bell sounded,
and Guy would hurry off to get a quart of milk or a pennys
worth of candy. "Now heres where the nailkeggers gather,
winter nights," he said when we reached the back room. There
they were--a dozen kegs and a fat, pot-bellied stove. "Most
people think things is run from Washington. Aint, though.
Right heres where everythings settled. These fellers
always leave in a body, too. Anyone leaving before the rest naturally
loses his argument."
picked up, so I sat on a sack of grain and played with four frisky
kittens. Plenty of good-natured fun crossed the counter with money
try these?" Guy asked a summer customer, pointing to a dozen
fluffy buns wrapped in cellophane.
they good?" she countered, rising to the occasion.
know. Never et any," came the brisk reply.
The Brockton and Plymouth Street Railway car entering Warren Avenue, next to Bradford's store (original location), ca. 1910.
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