One of the last mom and pop stores

Anthony Givens shared this story about his dad:

After World War II around 1955, my dad got a job with TVA. He would have made a lot more money but he wanted to do something else. So he opened up a small country store in Courtland Alabama. It is not far from Spring Creek which is a tributary of the Tennessee River. You can see in the photograph one of the main selling point of the store is fishing. I remember growing up there and seen this long cane poles that came in big bundles and people would buy them and go fishing. He was one of the last of mom and pop stores.

Anthony Givens Fathers Store

3 comments for “One of the last mom and pop stores

  1. Anthony
    August 8, 2016 at 3:49 am

    I really enjoyed the talk today at the Kenedy Douglas Center in Florence. I enjoyed all the river conversation too. Your project is a great way to learn about life on the river and everything it effects.

  2. Angel Blaxton
    August 8, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I am originally from Courtland! My mom worked at Hughes Drug Store and my grandpa, Johnny Terry ran the pool room.lol My aunt and uncle had a plumbing business on the Square. I remember Givens store! I’m so thankful I ran across this article!!!

  3. Kay
    August 9, 2016 at 2:40 am

    I love hearing you talk about your dads store

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