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Lillie's On the Main Drag in Sterling

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1996
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6m043j1
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326790
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6m043j1

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Title Lillie's On the Main Drag in Sterling
Description Lillie's On the Main Drag in Sterling Rose Mclff Non Professional Honorable Mention Historical Essay In our modern world of the five-day work week, time-and-a-half for overtime, extended vacations and ever multiplying recreational toys and opportunities that compete for our time, it is most unusual to find someone who seemingly never leaves her post. Lillie Thomas- of the Thomas Grocery in Sterling, Utah, simply stated, "minds the store." and has done so virtually uninterrupted for the last half century. For a little over half the time, Little had the help of her beloved husband, Evan, but for the last twenty-two years, it has been a solo operation. You could almost count on one hand the days the store has not been open to serve Lillie's customers, friends and neighbors of the Central Utah Community numbering approximately 200 citizens including new comers, new arrivals and seniors. There was the day Evan died in 1975, the day Ace her son-in-law died in 1981. and twenty years to the month after his father, her second son, Sheldon, died in 1995, that the store was closed. There may have been a few other days. e.g., Christmas Day, but for the most part, it has been an on-going seven-day-per-week operation. Moreover, it has had a format of the 7-11 long before that store opened up across the country. Lillie's maternal grandfather, Seth Alerton, had a post office and store built In the late 1880s in the exact spot where Thomas Grocery is today. In 1945, Lillie and Evan built the store from scratch and somehow built right into the walls a "country, home-like" atmosphere, loving and enjoying their own store which seemed to be felt by all of us who frequently go there. It is not just a store, but a place to meet friends, find out who won the election, who is getting married, who has had a baby, and when this or that is going to be. Questions often asked get the same answer "I don't know. Ask Lillie--she'll know." We may say her store is not the only thing in demand; it's Lillie and her store knowledge. Some of her young customers are children, grand and great-grandchildren of people she has known here, and she can discuss things that went on here in earlier times. It is truly like coming home to some people. The store was first called "Lillie and Evan's" then sometime later, treated with great respect being referred to as "Johnny Evans" especially 61
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326733
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6m043j1/326733