street level of the three story building on the left, was a
store owned, I think, by Mr. Withrow. The town cab use to
park there awaiting a phone calls to pick someone up. I
don't remember what kind of store Mr. Withrow ran. I think
he sold clothing. The upper two floors may have been more
store on the right, I have no idea what it was. There is a
sign, but unreadable in this photo. I do remember in the
40s-50s a small
building in it's approximate location that was split into
two stores. Sam Bennett had his barber shop in one. And the
other side was a small convenience store. The upstairs,
don't know. Again, how did they get up there. Maybe from the
alley behind the street.
large three story building was the called the Monroe House. A. E. T.
Scruggs built the Monroe House in 1872 on the site of the
present Post Office. There was a covered walkway from the
railroad across the street to the hotel. It was a favorite
meal stop and in 1875 President Grant dined at the Monroe
House. The Alderson House continued housing and feeding
passengers until arrival of Dining Cars in 1889.
thing that intrigues me is the amount of two and three story
buildings that use to be there. It would be interesting to
know what was in all the buildings and what was upstairs.
Some of these are pure speculation on my part from what I've
heard. Must have been a booming little town.
were around in the 30s and have read or told factual
information, or remember facts about any of these buildings,
your input would greatly appreciated. Help us document a
part of Alderson history. After all, if we don't do it now,
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