Sunday, February 27, 2011

Photo Number 463

This is a photo that I got over at an Antique Mall in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
Butcher Shop Park Rapids from DL Ant It is in terrible shape, and it was 4 dollars.  It is a Butcher Shop in Park Rapids. Minnesota.  I live near Park Rapids so this photo was very interesting to me.  Of course I am too young to remember this old shop.  I spoke with a few old timers and they think that this was on the west side of main street on the second block..perhaps where the old Melville's Store was located..now it is a tourist shop of some kind.
John G Haberer was a resident of Park Rapids, he married Mary Stella Potter.  They had a son named Ted, who I met at church, he died in 2009.

I have not had time to research the name Ernest Gerber.  I think that perhaps Ernest and John are the two gentleman that are in the photo…but I am not certain. Did one of these gentleman own the Butcher Shop?
 
On the way back wall is a poster with a cross on it, right behind the man on the left.   There are three other signs, one I cannot read, one says Cash Customers here and the other says something about Deliveries.  They sold something for 50 cents, and have many of the meats out on the counter..I suppose for the photo.   
Butcher Shop Park Rapids from DL Ant
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Update from Iggy:
Ernest Gerber (b. 28-Jun-1894 d. Mar-1970 at the age of 75 in Park Rapids, Hubbard, MN)

Johann Georg (John G.) was born June 14, 1891, in Hubbard County to Mr. John and Dorthea (Dora) Sour Haberer. John G.'s father was a blacksmith who moved to Minnesota in 1884 from Germany and to Park Rapids in March, 1887, where he opened a blacksmith shop. He served on the village council and was reelected on November 26, 1890. In 1889 services in St. John's Evangelical congregation were held at the "Detfach School," four miles west of Park Rapids, but the congregation later used the hall above John's blacksmith shop.

5 comments:

  1. Your blog provides an amazing service - to put these photos back in the hands of family members. This makes me believe I should be visiting more of the antique malls and auctions in search for family artifacts and postcards. Very nice job!

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  2. Ernest Gerber (b. 28-Jun-1894 d. Mar-1970 at the age of 75 in Park Rapids, Hubbard, MN)

    Johann Georg (John G.) was born June 14, 1891, in Hubbard County to Mr. John and Dorthea (Dora) Sour Haberer. John G.'s father was a blacksmith who moved to Minnesota in 1884 from Germany and to Park Rapids in March, 1887, where he opened a blacksmith shop. He served on the village council and was reelected on November 26, 1890. In 1889 services in St. John's Evangelical congregation were held at the "Detfach School," four miles west of Park Rapids, but the congregation later used the hall above John's blacksmith shop.

    http://files.usgwarchives.org/mn/hubbard/bios/biosf-j.txt

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  3. They look like they were also selling a few can goods to go with the meat. We shopped in a store this size as a kid and the floor space in front of the same kind of counter was filled with two aisles of groceries. A grocery cart was very small back then, maybe 18 inches wide. I liked seeing the lunchmeat that needed to be sliced and sold by the pound. I really enjoyed seeing this photo.

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  4. i find ur photos really wonderful. such a great idea to put old photos together here.such a great share!

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  5. This shop reminds me of a story my grandmother told me. Only folks who remember or heard of the "old days" when the merchant would fetch the goods off the shelf will find this funny. :-)

    So the story goes that my great great grandmother had quite a sense of humor but it was a dry one and she enjoyed practical jokes. One spring day she walked into town and paid a visit to the grocer. She told him about a special meal she was planning and she needed all the finest ingredients, which of course were stored on the very highest shelves. He climbed up and down the ladder fetching the different items, until he had everything. He told her the amount due and she said, very seriously, "April Fools."

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