Clover and Snow
Came across this W.P. SNOW / 325 NORTH MAIN ST. trade token that was listed as being from Findlay, Ohio. Couldn't find out anything about Mr. W.P.Snow, other than to confirm that he did indeed have a confectionery and grocery store at that location in the late 1920's.
The location itself turned up some interesting Findlay grocery store history.
Snow's store became a Clover Farm Stores.
325 Main St. was located in the "Goodman Block". The building was damaged, then rebuilt in 1927. It was then called the "Jackson Block", and the grocery store gets new owner with new store name, "Gohlke's".
Clover and Kirk
The Clover brand history in Findlay also connects with DAVID KIRK who owned Eagle Mills and Kirk Groceries which became affiliated with the Clover Farm Stores chain.
See the many photos for details (click to enlarge and read). A bio of Kirk follows the photos.
In 1885 the firm was dissolved, Mr. Kirk purchasing his partner 's interest, and in 1890, to meet increasing demands, he enlarged the manufacturing plant by adding to the building and doubling the output capacity of the plant. Mr. Kirk continued to operate the Eagle Mills, with unqualified success, until the time of his death, and maintained all products at the best modern standard.
David Kirk, Sr. died in 1922. [Source link]
In 1935, Notre Dame beat Ohio State in the big football game, and David Kirk, Jr. was there, and suffered a fatal heart attack. [Source link.]
Then the company was run by Robert Kirk, then by David Kirk (the 3rd).
See David Kirk family photos on Ancestry.com.
Kirk heiress Peggy Kirk Bell became a famous golfer. [Source link #1][Source link #2.]
More Grocery Store history:
Interesting article about the history of grocery stores, from early Mom-and-Pop stores to modern mega-stores, in Springfiel, IL, which can stand in for Anytown, USA. Discusses Clover Farms Stores too. -- http://illinoistimes.com/article-13145-grocery-stores-galore.html
To learn more about the fascinating history of the grocery store read: The American Grocery Store: The Business Evolution of an Architectural Space by James Mayo -- http://www.amazon.com/American-Grocery-Store-Architectural-Contributions/dp/0313265208
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