Greencastle in Putnam County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Prevo 1900 - 1992
In June of 1944, as written in his ledger, he hired a “promising young man,” Robert (Bob) Matthews who later became the sole proprietor.
In 1948 Edgar leased the adjoining 2 E. Washington St. Location (formerly a Kroger Grocery Store). This addition expanded the ready to wear and sportswear Dept. Fifteen weeks later after extensive remodeling Prevos had a “Grand Opening” on Jan. 20, 1949. Prevos served Putnam Co. And surrounding area as the leading Ladies Store in this location at 2-8 E. Washington St. Until 1984 when it was sold to a partnership. Prevos became history when the last owner closed the business with an Auction Sale in June of 1992, joining the demise of many small town merchants of the late 20th century.
Many will remember loyal and longtime sales clerks: Ella McBride, Edith Frank, Pearl Pickend, Ozella Wren, Nell Williamson, Bess Vancleave, Elizabeth McCullough, Ruby McCullough, Esta Byrd and Margaret Nelson. Many other loyal sales clerks and less tenure who clerked at Prevo’s are too numerous
Edgar A. Prevo will be known as a philanthropist to Greencastle and DePauw University lastly leaving at his death on August 28, 1975 a Trust of $681,000.00 to DePauw University to be used for SCHOLARSHIPS FOR YOUTH OF PUTNAM COUNTY to attend DePauw University.
Note: Additional information about the Prevos Store is available at the Putnam Co. Museum.
Erected by Heritage Preservation Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 39° 38.636′ N, 86° 51.813′ W. Marker is in Greencastle, Indiana, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of South Vine Street and East Washington Street (U.S. 231), on the right when traveling south on South Vine Street. Located on "Heritage Wall" in the bottom row - - second from the right end. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greencastle IN 46135, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ancient Peoples Who Once Walked Here (here, next to this marker); Handy's Dairy 1916 - -2002 (here, next to this marker); Women in Greencastle History (here, next to this marker); Eitel's Flowers (here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln's Biography (here, next to this Cannon's Men's Wear 1891 -- 1985 (here, next to this marker); Eli Lilly & The Civil War (1861–1865 ) (here, next to this marker); The Founding of Greencastle, Indiana (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greencastle.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 479 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 15, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.