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Downtown stores worth remembering

Published: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 8:42 a.m. CDT

I remember Sterling Kroger when it was by the railroad tracks on the southeast corner of East Second Street and First Avenue. Dad always said they had the best meat.

Kline's was across the street from Kroger on the northeast corner of East Second Street and First Avenue. They had lovely things there – the best clothing store in our two towns. Almost everyone bought their prom and wedding gowns there, myself included.

Emil's Toy Store was on West Third Street. It was the place to go to get just the right toy. They had beautiful dolls. They carried all the newspapers you would ever want.

My younger brother and I went to the Sterling show for 25 cents each. We saw the movie "The Wolfman." It was tame by today's standards, and we watched my brother peek from behind his knees when the wolfman was on the screen. Today the movie is laughable.

In the 1960s, I worked at Prince Castle across from the fire station. They had the biggest selection of ice cream flavors. I hated to see that unique building torn down.

Another building they tore down that broke my heart was the train depot by the National factory, next to the underpass.

All of those things are in the past, but the memories live on.

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