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Walker to Open Hardware Store, Buys Wentz Building Mr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Walker, 17 Pine Tree Rd., on Friday purchased the Wentz Farm and Home Supply building at 7 First St. to open a hardware and building supply store Monday, Aug. 1, Edward E. Wentz who has seen operating the farm and home supply store at the intersection of First St. and Bellefonte Ave. for a number of years, will move that business to 116 Bellefonte Ave in the building now owned by George Miller, and formerly owned by the late Morris Baer. The deal with the Walkers includes all the Wentz holdings in the area but Mr. Wentz will lease the coal bins to the rear of 'the building and will continue his coal business along with hits other lines. The lot is approximately 80x240 feet, Mr. Walker said. The new business will be called "Walker's Hardware and Supply," and will be owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Walker. Mr. Walker said he had not made any plans yet, on adding others to the staff. Mr. Walker said his new store will be opened a week from next Monday, although all his stock will not be on hand. He intends to be open for business at that time, however, with the available merchandise, adding the new stock as it arrives. Mr. Walker, former city councilman, has been in the hardware business all his life from the itime he was a Lock Haven High School student. He worked for the late Robert L. Dickey when Mi. Dickey had a hardware store at 131 E. Main St., the present location of the Montgomery Ward and Co. store. He was employed there during the summers of 1926 and 1927, working regularly after graduation in 1028. The store became the Dickey- Grugan Hardware Co. Jan. 1929, when Mr. Dickey joined the late Hartford M. Grugan at the present Dickey-Grugzji location at 47 Bellefonte Ave. Mr. Walker left the company seven weeks ago. Mr. Wentz said his new store also wil'l be open Aug. 1. He has been in the farm supply business most of the time since he joined his father, the late Elmer E. Wentz in 1916. The Wentz firm has operated for nearly 60 years. Seven years ago Edward Wenlz leased the store to others and devoted his time to the broiler business at his building near the Lock Haven Municipal Airport and at the former Beech Jreek brick yard which he purchased, In June, 1985, he returned to the farm supply business at the old Wentz stand.