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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
Format image/jpeg
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 This award given to Lillie. is designed to recognize people who generously serve others called the Presidential Service Citation. As the interview continues, Lillie gives us the following account: "To be in a store, is a family tradition. Her father Elroy Larson, had a store across the street and to the south about a block." "The home south is where we lived. I was taken to the store before 1 was six months old. 1 have talked to and served people from France. England, Canada and probably all the States of our United States. Two bikers from Canada stopped in one day. Some of their friends told them to be sure to stop at Thomas Grocery and say "Hi" to Lillie. I just said. "Gee whiz, all that way from Canada? That's great." Mrs. Thomas related this story, no way knowing how many thousands of people she has served behind the counter. President Day said, "it would be hard to find anyone who has served more people than Lillie. This white-haired lady stopped counting her age at 59 as many people do." Lillie continues. "The store kept me going when Evan died in 1975. I had to take it over or lock the door. I'm glad I kept it open. If 1 just went home. I wouldn't be here today. Senator Moss came in one day, Congressman Owens stopped by, and Wilford Brimley a couple of times. After selling Karl Malone fishing tackle. 1 failed to get his autograph for the kids. I just treated him like all the rest." Other wonderful recognitions included a water-color picture of the store by Mike Burns which sold for $3,500,00. Lillie appeared on Channel 4 TV and has also appeared for a commercial for Cream of Weber Milk. Many can recall Evan and Lillie being airplane observers after World War II. Every time one came over. It was called in and described. They received honorary medals from the United States Airforce for their service. Some changes have been made in and around the store. The gas pumps were moved to the south side with a better light when the State widened the highway. They added more refrigeration inside and out, new heating system and air conditioning, a hot dog steamer, a fountain drink machine, and many other improvements. Pocket books and funny books have been put back for a good selection of videos. The store has also been updated with a burglar alarm, and the windows are decorated monthly with seasonal displays for advertising coming events. 63
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Identifier 072_Lillie's On the Main Drag in Sterling.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326735
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6m043j1/326735