Siouxland History the Corner Hardware store, Correctionville

19 Mar

 

Taking one’s time visiting small towns can sometimes reap small rewards. The rewards depending on one’s point of view. I found quite by accident while visiting Correctionville in December a hardware store that the current owner, Phil Sevening, told me has been in continual operation since its opening since 1872.

The Corner Hardware has been in operation since 1872 in Correctionville, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Owner Phil Sevening of the Corner Hardware store helps customer Kathy Koskovich. The store has been in operation since 1872 in Correctionville, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

I wished at the time I had asked more questions, but he was busy with customers and I had other plans and haven’t gotten back to him. But like small town stores, it carried a lot of essentials people might need, and then a few other items as well.

The usual kind of tools can be found at the Corner Hardware store in Correctionville, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

The Corner Hardware store in Correctionville, Iowa, has been in continuous operation since 1872 Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

The store also had another room that carried collectibles someone might find they couldn’t live without. Then or now.

Antiques and “collectibles” in an additional room at the Corner Hardware store in Correctionville, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Antiques and “collectibles” can be found in an additional room at the Corner Hardware store in Correctionville, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

But the additional charm of the place is that locals who came into the store knew one another and spent a little time catching up and sharing news they thought others would appreciate hearing.

Local residents Marc Groszkrueger, left and Keith Byers, right, chat at the Corner Hardware store, in operation since 1872, in Correctionville, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

But then again, a sign upon entering also let everyone know they should be a little civil in their discourse.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Owner Phil Sevening of the Corner Hardware store keeps a friendly reminder to customers in view near the front. The store has been in operation since 1872 in Correctionville, Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

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