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Near Athens in Clark County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Athens General Store

 
 
The Athens General Store Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 10, 2020
1. The Athens General Store Marker
Inscription.  Located at the northwest corner of Thome and Spring streets, the store was one of six general stores operating in Athens prior to the Civil War. It was an ideal commercial site because of its location in the Spring Street business area on the Thome Street corner that led to the ferry landing and business district on the Des Moines River water front.

The location was first titled by Isaac Gray in 1852. Subsequent owners of the property included David Bedell, D.M. Scott, Paul Thome, James Ryan, John Stafford, H.C. Thompson, J. Townsend and Julia Hills. In 1898, Henry King was the owner-operator of the property and store. He sold to David Fortune in 1899. In 1913 the Fortune family sold the property to M.D. Caldwell. In 1915, Caldwell sold the property to William Bradshaw. The following year, Bradshaw sold the property to John Bedell.

According to family interviews, George Wright moved his family to Athens from Croton in 1907 and took over operation of the store. The Kahoka-Gazette Herald (May 10, 1912) informed readers that Wright had recently received a new stock of goods at this Athens store. Wright operated the
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store until it burned, with all it's contents, just prior to World War I. Earl and Clyde Wright, sons of George Wright, remembered that there was a basement under part of the store where ice was stored, packed under sawdust. The ice was for sale and use during the warmer months of the year. Former Athens resident, Bertha Parke, also remembered when George Wright operated the store and recalled local men helping cut ice on the river for storage in the store basement.
 
Erected by Missouri State Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
 
Location. 40° 35.097′ N, 91° 41.782′ W. Marker is near Athens, Missouri, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of County Road 81 and County Highway CC. Marker is located inside the Athens Store Visitors Shelter (open air), which is on the grounds of Battle of Athens State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12212 County Rd 81, Revere MO 63465, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Businesses in Athens, circa 1853-1860 (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Athens (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cannons Roar (within shouting distance of this marker); Athens and Missouri - a Town and State Divided by Civil War
The Athens General Store Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 10, 2020
2. The Athens General Store Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Missouri State Guard Defends Southern Rights (within shouting distance of this marker); The Benning House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Aftermath of the Battle (about 400 feet away); First Northeast Missouri Home Guard Defends the Union (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
Athens Store Visitors Shelter image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 10, 2020
3. Athens Store Visitors Shelter
The marker can be accessed inside the open-air shelter
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 13, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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