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Historical Fulton, N.Y.: L.P. Smith Co.

This photo from 1923 shows the L.P. Smith Co., at 8-13 S. First St., Fulton. The store was the outgrowth of a business founded about 1860 called Case, Wooden & Conger. That was succeeded by Wooden & Conger and then J.H. Wooden became the sole proprietor. The next change was to Snow & Loomis and later the title became the Fulton Hardware Co. Finally, in 1911, the designation of L.P. Smith Co. was adopted. One writeup about the store said it was of unusual length, practically double that of other stores in the city. An ad on fultonhistory.com for the company told of an “Unprecedented Paint Sale” after the firm bought a thousand gallons of Crown Paint. Gallons sold for $1.85, half gallons for 95 cents and quarts for 50 cents. “Largest Stock of Paint Supplies in the City of Fulton” the ad claims. Photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com
This photo from 1923 shows the L.P. Smith Co., at 8-13 S. First St., Fulton. The store was the outgrowth of a business founded about 1860 called Case, Wooden & Conger. That was succeeded by Wooden & Conger and then J.H. Wooden became the sole proprietor. The next change was to Snow & Loomis and later the title became the Fulton Hardware Co. Finally, in 1911, the designation of L.P. Smith Co. was adopted. One writeup about the store said it was of unusual length, practically double that of other stores in the city. An ad on fultonhistory.com for the company told of an “Unprecedented Paint Sale” after the firm bought a thousand gallons of Crown Paint. Gallons sold for $1.85, half gallons for 95 cents and quarts for 50 cents. “Largest Stock of Paint Supplies in the City of Fulton” the ad claims.
Photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com

When to get involved if you suspect pet abuse

Dear Porky  & Buddy,

My neighbor has a dog that he keeps tied out behind his house. I can barely see into his backyard, but as far as I can tell the dog spends most of its time out there and there is never any food or water for it.

Is it OK if I just go over there and feed and water the dog myself when he is not home? The yard is not posted or anything.

Donna

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Jerry’s Journal: Memorial Day and Patriotism

By Jerry Hogan Kasperek

I’m writing this during Memorial Day weekend — the beginning of the summer season, as they say, a time for parades, picnics, planting and opening pools.

I remember when it was called Decoration Day, when it was just one day, May 30, and that summer didn’t start until school got out in June.

I grew up in the WWII era and patriotism is ingrained in me and my memory. There’s been other terrible wars since WWII and I would never diminish the sacrifices that were made during those conflicts, but there has never been anything like WWII.  Continue reading