08 July 2009

Lincecum Grocery


This is how I remember my great grandparents, Georgia Ellen "Trigg" Hector and Charley Wilbur Lincecum.

In this second picture, Grandpa Charley is holding me. It's Thanksgiving 1975 in Missouri. I can see clearly that I am happy in his arms. Little did I know that I had less than 10 more months to have them all to myself. My brother was born September 1976. :-) I don't remember much of life before my brother, and it's hard to imagine Trigg and Charley had a life before me!

The newest edition of the Smile for the Camera Blog Carnival has a topic of "Worked." I could easily have discussed the farm. Charley's father, Francis Marion Lincecum, left his land in Hickory Ridge, Missouri to be divided among his children when he passed on. Charley farmed his portion and eventually bought out his siblings to own and operate all of the land. I can recall seeing a picture of Charley in his farming attire, surrounded by farming equipment. If memory serves correctly, it was a newspaper clipping in which he was interviewed about the Great Depression. And family stories suggest Grandma Trigg was a good gardener. I do not have possession of any photos to illustrate these times. But that's not the occupation I want to focus on, anyway.


In about 1950, Charley and Trigg bought a grocery store in Delta, Missouri. I'm not really sure why they decided on this. Maybe they knew, as they began to age, it would be harder and harder to keep up with farm maintenance. I believe another reason for the purchase was it was intended to be Lincecum & Son Grocery. My grandfather, however, had other plans. He entered the U.S. Air Force instead of sticking around Delta. I'm sure Great-Grandpa Charley was a little upset, but there were no hard feelings towards his son. Grandpa B. J. went on to see the world, and he made sure he shared it with his parents.

This is my favorite picture from the days of Lincecum Grocery. Charley and Trigg at the register -- posing, but not quite posing. The date on the back says December 1954. Next is a truely awesome photo from inside the store. Trigg is near the register, and Charley is across the aisle from her.


I wasn't around to watch my great-grandparents during the days of Lincecum Grocery. I have been driven by the old brick store,though, and it still stands today. I'm thrilled to have the knowledge of this bit of family history, as well as a few photos to "see for myself."

This final image is in a frame on a shelf a little more than a foot above my computer screen. The frame is a simple one. At the top is printed "A Family Is Forever." Lord, I'm glad that is true.


11 comments:

Janet Iles said...

It is interesting to see the photos of your great-grandparents and their grocery store.

My parents started off with a corner grocery store in the late 1940s and then progressed to a Red & White and then an IGA.

Jean B. Duncan said...

I enjoyed reading your post and can identify as my grandparents ran a small general store in the country. You are lucky to have photos (we don't) and that the building still exists (ours was torn down a few years ago.) Thanks.

S. Lincecum said...

Thanks for stopping by, Janet & Jean! I am extremely lucky and thankful to have these photos. I actually have but a few photos in my "archives," and I treasure each one. By the way, I've been to my fair share of Red & Whites! :-)

Life Goes On said...

great story thanks for sharing. No grocery stores in my history but lots of farmers.

S. Lincecum said...

I hear ya! More farmers than I can count. The grocery store was a neat, rare nugget.

Family Attic said...

What great pictures you have...thanks for sharing them and the story behind them.

S. Lincecum said...

I thank YOU for stopping by! :-)

kinfolknews said...

Fablous photos! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Lincecum from TX, from the Gideon way of things... :)

I like that grocery store sign!

S. Lincecum said...

Well, then we're probably cousins somewhere down the line -- nice to meet ya! :-)

Tammy said...

Nice to meet you, too. I'm Tammy Lincecum. My dad's name was Addison, as was his dad, and his dad, and above that it gets up into the Gideons... (I have my family tree, but not online - I need to work on that)

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