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Recently, there has been a good bit of discussion about neighborhood grocery stores. From the late 19th century, there were dozens of such establishments in the Twin City, many lasting into the 1960s and 1970s.

Today, Janice found one of Bill East’s articles from the 1960s about one such store in Waughtown. Of most interest to me is the part about the weekend music and dancing on the “roof garden”. The Crouse family, based from the early 20th century in Ardmore on Hawthorne Road near Knollwood, was a veritable industry of music, with family bands, orchestras, quartets, etc playing a wide range of music from classical to popular. Walter Crouse’s band performed frequently at venues all across the Old North State.

The 1907 Sanborn Insurance map shows the location of the Red Store and the residence of its owners, John and Mary Charles, next door. The map is a bit confusing because streets have moved and changed names. At the time there were at least three Waughtown Streets, the oldest being well to the east and running through what is now Happy Hill. This particular Waughtown was renamed Junia. Haled Street actually moved northward at some later time. And through a spelling problem, Arcadia became Acadia. The only building shown on the map that is still standing is the Forsyth Iron Bed Company…the last time we looked, it was the Forsyth Mechanical & Construction Company, which has been there for about 35 years…

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