This is one of three stores I photographed in Crosland in 2008. Two remain, including this one, but the owners have painted it solid gray, even the awnings. I’m amazed that Crosland was such a busy place at one time. This photograph dates to 2008.
Lewis Gean Nipper writes: This was my Great grandfather’s store (John Daniel Calhoun). He was the mayor of Crosland and a merchant. There was a railroad track behind the store. It has been gone for a long time. I have a picture of him standing in the doorway. He died in 1921. He and many of my older family members are buried in the cemetery across the road.
As of 2017, this structure is gone. Sarah (Sue) White Allen, who grew up in Crosland, writes: I think this store belonged to Dewey Hall. It use to have A gas pump out front that you pumped the amount of gas that you wanted into the top glass holder that had the gallons marked on it. I remember he had a freeze for ice cream & we would put our cokes in there until they got slushy. He also had an ice house as most people didn’t have refrigeration. You would tell him what weight that you wanted he would chip it off the big block, tie a strong string around it then put it on a stick & two of us kids would carry it home, of course if you were strong enough you could carry it a lone. Oh how good the ice tea was!!! I wish I had a nickel for every time I went there, walking or riding my bike. Those really were the good ole days. Would love to hear from any one that remembers this too.
Marilyn Powell Reynolds recalls: I went to first and second grade school in Crosland. I don’t think I learned anything while there though. There were supposed to be 2 teachers there for the 8 grades but there was usually just one there at the time. I remember the bus stopping at the store and they would let several go in the store to get what we wanted. It was a fun school, but that was about all you could say for it. This would have been 1953-1954