Sunday, January 06, 2013

53Weeks 007 of 371: The Cober Store

I have entitled this the Cober store, even though I have only ever known it as the Johnson store. (which in itself is a little odd since it stopped being a store about 10 years before I was born!)

To cite the "Gormley Heritage Conservation District Study", "A new general store was built by the Reverend Peter Cober near the railway station in 1912, replacing a temporary location at which he had enjoyed good business. History has not recorded its location. Perhaps it was another building that once stood on or near the same site. In addition to his mercantile business, Cober was a minister at the Gormley Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church. W. Birch and then J. T. and Mable (Snider) Johnson were successive owners of the store, which was passed on the ir son Whitney and his wife, Eva (Wideman) Johnson. ... In 1947, the building was damaged by a fire but was repaired and reopened until 1955, when it closed its doors after 43 years of business. The old storefront, with its gracefully arched windows, still remains and makes the building readily identifiable as a former commercial establishment."

Compare these two sets of photographs, one from today at the second for circa 1930. 

The Cober Store
217 Gormley Road West, Gormley, Ontario
28 mm f/5.6 1/400 ISO 400
Canon EOS 40D EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

In this next photo you can clearly see "Daniel  H. Doner House" which I featured a few days ago.

This next image is really poor quality, but you can see the general idea (no pun intended). Note that the chimney has moved.

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