Jerry’s Journal: April 28, 2012

by Jerry Kasperek

Who remembers Harper’s? Apparently I didn’t a couple of columns ago.

It was a women’s clothing store on South First Street in our old downtown and Jean Prent was the efficient young woman behind the counter who took your money when you made a purchase or when you wanted to pay on your account.

She called me recently to remind me that I hadn’t included Harper’s in my list of stores from urban renewal days.

I can’t believe I left it out! It was one of my favorite places to shop! I don’t know when it first opened or when it closed for good, but I bought dresses and outfits there from the late 1950 right up to the early 1980s.

Jean is a friendly and familiar face to many in our area. She still lives in Hannibal where she and her late husband Wesley raised a family. After her career at Harper’s, you could find her working at various duties at Fairley Elementary School.

Thanks, Jean, for your phone call, reminder and reminiscing.

To read the rest of the column, pick up a copy of The Valley News

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