by Mary Lee Rounds
Seventy years in business. How many people can lay claim to that? The only one I know is Harry Yeaton, of Albion. When Harry came back from his service time after World War II, he took over his father’s business and built it into the store it is today. Making the decision to retire when he found a buyer of whom he approved, sometimes can delay things. Shawn Essler, of Albion, proved to be that person. Harry is planning on covering the store for the two days Shawn will be working at his regular job in Winslow. The name, phone number, P.O. Box number of the store will remain the same.
What will Harry do when he is not at the store people are asking? He says “he has plenty of odd jobs to do at home.” I am sure he will be missed and he will miss the people on a daily basis. I live within site of Yeaton’s store, but until I stood there talking with him, I never realized how busy he really is. There are the regulars and then there is one that comes to get a treat. Harry has a special visitor everyday who stops by to pick up his daily ration of part of a peanut butter sandwich. A white ball of fluff that also wants his dog biscuits that Harry holds between his teeth for him to take. I think they will both miss each other. But most of all we all will miss Harry behind the counter every day.
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