Harrover and Treece Hardware...
"I'd been on your site before, but never thought to mention the hardware store. You asked for the name of the hardware store. It was Harrover and Treece Hardware. I'm sorry I don't have a picture of the store. And, I have read Vada's Diary. The Ben mentioned in that is my brother, Ben -- or 'Benny' Harrover, named after my father, Benjamin Franklin Harrover, who was named after his Great Uncle Benjamin Franklin Harrover, an old soldier who died in an 'old soldier's home' in Washington State, I believe. Benny was quite musical -- played the saxophone and clarinet -- and became a band director for some years (Hardtner, Kansas, Terlton, OK.) and was an announcer on the Enid, OK station until he felt he was called to become a minister, and he and his family moved near Dallas, TX where he went to seminary. Benny died in 1974. I remember quite a few of your family. The hardware store on the North Side of the Square was near Warrick's Shoe Store, and Beegle's Drug Store and the Rialto Theater. My father's partner, Pat Treece, was Mayor of Alva for a quite a lot of years. I believe some were members of the First Presbyterian Church in Alva where we belonged. I was fascinated reading your Mother's Diary about the schedule she kept and all she accomplished -- no wonder she had terrific headaches. Oh yes, the hardware store closed out in early 1951. My Father had lost most of his eyesight, and Pat Treece was ready to retire by then too. Thanks for writing. I'll keep checking your site." -- Betty
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