The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on January 24, 1957 · Page 10
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 10

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, January 24, 1957
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t-JMffeno (I*-) tfppft &•§ Mfttfttl fhurwley, Jon. 24, IW? McFadden & Gillespie Smoke Shop Partners the »w owners ol the Stnoke Shop, Lawrence Qillespie fend Stewart MeTadden, need no in* troduction to most persons from this area. The pair purchased the Smoke Shop from John Bieser ycveral months ago, although the latter owns the new building. Stew has been on the staff at the Smoke Shop since 1933, and has resided in this area ever since he came here from Jewell, his birthplace, at the age of two years. He has been a Mason for many years, is a Shriner, and is serving durjng the present year as president of the local Rotary Club. Very much interested in all sports, 68 are the rest of the men at the Smoke Shop, Stew is a Cub fan who sticks to his guns through thick and thin. Of course, his line of thought on the Cubs falls right into line with John, who in an avid Cardinal fan, and Lawrence, who would like to take in ft World Series in Detroit. Stew is single. The Other half of the duo, Lawrence, was born at Wesley, but cftnie to Algona at a very young age in 1902. His father was a blacksmith. Lawrence attended school here, but began working in a cigar factory owned by the late Char- Congratulate the Smoke Shop And Offer Best Wishes For a Long & Happy Future I It's an all-new* Smoke Shop you'll see Saturday at the Grand Opening — And We Know It Will Please You ! P.S. — If there were no Smoke Shop, where would Grady Phillips go $o tell his superb tales of Hunting and Fishing! Asphalt Tile Floors and Formica Bar & Case Tops IN SMOKE SHOP Provided By Our Firm ALGONA Floor Service • Asphalt Tile • Plastic Tile • Formica Tops • Rubber Tile • Linoleum • Carpet Laying for HOMES - OFFICES -STORES Interior Views, New Smoke Shop Plathe. Fred Oeige, flfm Lalng, Glen ftafliy, Heftfy Brian, D. P. Smith fchd Joe Anderson, most bf whom fcav« beeti patroniztftg thfc Smoke Shop for tobacco since it first opened in 1920, are still regulars who like to stop in, shoot the breeze about any and all sport*, artd make tftelf jmfehaM. r ^^^tti^w^^jb aAjft ' * NOTES or SERVICE MEN —Photos by Nels Isaacson; UDM Engravings. les \Barry following his sophomore^year in high school. It was a year 'Of so later that Guderian and Bieser purchased the factory, i The .factory - was operated at ' two sites before finally moving into the building where Grotte's Cafe is now located. It was while the business was operated there that a retail trade was established. In 1922, two years after the factory was moved to the present site, Lawrence put in the news stand. According to him "I don't, think we handled more than a dozen kinds of magazines," and he added, "you could reach them all without moving. 1 ' A far cry from the total handled every day now. Lawrence's wife is the former Velma Mansmith of Burt. They were married here in 1931. She was employed by a local dentist, Dr. Kain. The Gillespies have one child, a daughter, Marlene (Mrs Verle Elmore), who lives here. They also are proud of their granddaughter, little Krijaty Ann Elmore, who is a year and five months old. For many years Lawrence was a member of the Algona band. He. servjjd as that organization's *pr«srdeBl for several terms. When the lire destroyed the former Smoke Shop last September, one of the things salvaged was a check for the past weeK's sales of the Upper Des Moines, which Lawrence promptly delivered to this office. He lias done that job for many years, but only once with a scorched check. iVWVVWVWVWWVWWVNWWW, Congratulations to The NEW SMOKE SHOP from THE WORLD'S LARGEST SELLING BEER ! DUtributsd In This Area By McFadden & Kennedy Co. •i AWQNA New Ideas In Merchandising Are Featured The new Smoke Shop, which was constructed soon after fire destroyed the former business Sept. 2, 1956, presents to its customers the latest ideas in merchandising. It's a much roomier building, 22x100 feet compared with the 22x65 foot former building, and contains a combination of old and new fixtures that is hard to beat. For the most part, it's hard to tell which are old and which new, with the exception of several very obvious details. The old radio, the cash register and cigar lighter, all famous in the old Smoke Shop, are present in the. new surroundings. The radio was picked up off the floor following the fire in an apparent all-washed-up condition. Mow- ever, it wasn't the case, in fact the repairman didn't even have to install a new tube to make it perk. It was refinished and a new cloth cover put over the speaker, but not another mechanical part had* to -be replaced. It sits now on a shelf similar to the one it sat on before. The cash register anrl the cigar lighter also took a minimum of work to put them liaht back in condition, and both will probably click it off for a long time. New Glass Counters Among the new features are the beautiful glass cigar counters., the very latest in displaying ot wares. And the 7x14 foot ceiling-high walk in cooler in the back room is a thing of beauty. Up front, there are new booths, a new 16 foot magazine rack, a new bar and tap system, pop cooler, tile foor and a'fluorescent lighting system that makes it brigher than day-Jig^t, The wall cases fool everyone They are the old ones done over. Completely refinished »nd equip* ped with new sliding glass doors that undoubtedly feel right ut home in approximately the same location as before. The back room is designed for storage, and for the first time since the first Smoke Shop came into being, there is an overabundance of space, making it fa .lot easier fp.r the proper storing, of merchandise to be sold! * Then, of course, there are tiu'ee .other items present from the old 'Smoke Shop, Lawrence Gilles- -{)ie, Stewart McFadden and John <Bieseiv Bieser no longer operates »lhe firm as he sold out to Gilles- J)ie and McFadden, but he is still § n duty waiting on customers Bieser Owns Building • f Bieser owns the building, which $vas constructed at a cost of about $13,000. ; A long list of old customers, including Harry and Albin Spongberg, Guy Stokes, Bert Muckey, Cleve Stewart, Ted Larson, Harry Harris, Charles LaBarre, Jack Larson, Milton Norton, Sam Kuhn, Adrian Sterling, Howard FORT ORB, CALIF, — Army Pvt. Jon.-L. Smith, son of Mr and Mrs John E. Smith, Lakota, is one of more than 2100 replacements enroute to Germany to join the 10th tnfahtry Division. Smith* trained with the 5th Division at Fort Ord, Calif., will make the 9000-mile voyage to Bremerhaven in 18 days. The 22-year-old soldier is n 1955 graduate of Stockton (Calif.) College. 30 YEARS C. F. Ashman, of Elkader, was honored recently by the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company with a 30-year service pin. He took the .telephone job only to fill in for the slack season in the jewelry business. KILLED A 700 Ib. steer valued at $125 was killed recently when it ran into the path of a truck near Zearing. To Th* SMOKE SHOP Pointing and Decorating Per the New SMOKE SHOP by MERGEN and WEBSTER Interior Decorators Algona, Iowa Congratulations ™ Smoke Shop And We Hope You Are Crowded at Your Grand Opening ! Another Algona Business GETS WARM AIR COMFORT The new Algona Smoke Shop is equipped with a LENNOX automatic gas heating installation, giving noiseless, comfortable Lennox Aire-Flo Heating at _'; all times. Plumbing and Heating installations for the Smoke Shop made by .---• ,-- our firm, for your comfort. ' :: '-•''-"• I . L. S. Muckey Plumbing & Heating ALGONA, IOWA Heartiest Congratulations To .... STU and LAWRENCE On The Occasion Of The GRAND OPENING Of The New SMOKE SHOP MORCK DISTRIBUTING Co Algona DISTRIBUTORS OF FALSTAFF STORZand OLD STYLE Bear Congratulations to Stu & Lawrence And The New SMOKE SHOP from POTTER DISTRIBUTING Co. Mwrl Potter Algona, la. Distributors of HAMM' THE BEER REFRESHING

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