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Grundy Center: 1939

Grundy Center: 1939

September 1939. "Main street (G Avenue), Grundy Center, Iowa." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Cech's Grocery Store

IAGenWeb reports:

Anna and James [Cech] made their home in Clutier, where they owned and operated a general store. In 1931, they moved to Grundy Center and opened Cech's Grocery Store. In the mid-1950's, the store changed location and name to Jim's Supermarket until the family business was sold in April of 1979.

I was surprised that at the funeral services at the death of Anna, the Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home in Grundy Center was in charge of the arrangements. It is surprising for me since my last name is ... "Abels".
And I am not from Grundy, Iowa, but from the Netherlands.

Why Go Anywhere Else?

They have a Penney's, a Rexall and a surgeon dentist. What more could you possibly need? I miss downtowns that look like this.

The photographer's automobile

is visible at the extreme right side of this view. The license plate on that car (86-499) is not from Iowa, but rather the District of Columbia (expires 2/29/40). Who else but a visitor from the Federal Government would have been in Grundy Center with DC tags?

The Turret Remains

... though its fun pointy roof seems to have been removed sometime in the last 75+ years. Street View from September 2008:

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