Fonds MS 154 - Front Street Grocery and Confectionery Fonds

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Front Street Grocery and Confectionery Fonds

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  • 1946 (Creation)
    Front Street Grocery and Confectionery
    Salmon Arm

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6.7 cms of textual records

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Front Street Grocery was a store that operated on Front Street (now Lakeshore Dr. NW) in the Merchant’s Block in downtown Salmon Arm.

The Salmon Arm Observer’s advertisements for Front Street Grocery are first found in 1939. Ed Porte, former manager of Overwaitea, was the first known owner. According to his death records Porte developed senility and heart conditions after ownership was transferred to Frank Farmer. Farmer operated the store from 1943. Farmer expanded the store in 1948 to include property previously occupied by Preston’s Radio Sales. The store was still in operation in 1955 but its telephone listings ceased in 1956.

According to Okanagan Historical Society President and local resident Linda Painchaud (nee Harper) Frank Farmer had pool tables in the back and the store operated into the 1960s.

Frank Farmer married Florence Gertrude Pauling in 1936 and the couple had one son Richard (Dick) in 1939. When Florence and Frank divorced, Frank married Mayo Wilson (nee Keefer) sometime after World War II. The couple had no children.

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The fonds consists of 9 account ledgers, an agreement for a Right-of-Way, and a sale of property. Title is based on the contents of the fonds.

The fonds is divided into two series.

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MS 154

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