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Since: Dec 10

Cicero, IL

#41 Dec 23, 2010
FYI wrote:
The Francis Apartments were on the northeast corner of either 4th or 5th and Washington.
FYI, thanks for the reply. Can you remember if at first perhaps there had been two hotels there and then at some point they got joined into the one big St. Francis? And do you remember any older heats from Cairo like Ruth Webb-Harper? Ruth was my granddaddy's sister. And did you know the late Iva Louise Baker-Webb-Butler-Tyler whose daughter was the late Janie Rae French-Bass?
FYI

Cairo, IL

#42 Dec 23, 2010
DRev wrote:
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FYI, thanks for the reply. Can you remember if at first perhaps there had been two hotels there and then at some point they got joined into the one big St. Francis? And do you remember any older heats from Cairo like Ruth Webb-Harper? Ruth was my granddaddy's sister. And did you know the late Iva Louise Baker-Webb-Butler-Tyler whose daughter was the late Janie Rae French-Bass?
Oh my, those last names are old Cairo familiars but I've more likely heard of them than known them. Was Janie Rae married to Mr. Bass who had Bass 's place of business on Commercial.

Since: Dec 10

Cicero, IL

#43 Dec 23, 2010
FYI wrote:
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Oh my, those last names are old Cairo familiars but I've more likely heard of them than known them. Was Janie Rae married to Mr. Bass who had Bass 's place of business on Commercial.
I can’t remember Janie Rae’s husband’s name. I am nearly sure Janie Rae married a Bass as her second marriage and evidently was not still married when she died because her obit did not mention a husband. And I am fairly sure she has a daughter still alive in the Cairo area named Ivy Cripps. I remember Iva Louise and daughter Janie Rae from many years ago. They were both born on Old Saw Mill Road at the Baker home in McConnell, TN. But they lived several places in KY, IL and even St. Louis. Aunt Ruth Webb-Harper also live in KY, MO and Cairo. Aunt Ruth had a sister in Chaffee named Elsie but Aunt Elsie had been married so many times I lost track of her name. Come to think of it Iva Louise had also been married many times and she is buried out on 3 I guess in the Tamms area. But Janie Rae was buried in Wickliffe. I tell you I love all these people from my childhood and will never forget them. Now them Baker girls are tricky because Iva Louise had a cousin Anice Stella Louise Baker-Reynolds before she married and both had daughters name Janie Rae. This Janie Rae is still alive. And Anice Stella Louis had a little sister named Sally Baker-Butler-Birch whom lived in Cairo.
Browsing

Cairo, IL

#44 Jan 5, 2011
concerned wrote:
Miss Ruth Fitch? If it is, I used to see her walk to work in those high heeled shoes, even up into her seventies. Now here's one... Who worked at Westermans Drug store and when you asked her how she was, she would say " Mighty Fine "?
Yep. Ruth Fitch and I've been wracking my brain on this one. Was it Lillian Becker? She just passed away at the age of 94 and her cousin told me she used to work at Westermans. I remembered her being at Simpsons. She was a super nice lady.

Since: Jan 10

Lansdowne, PA

#45 Jan 6, 2011
The original poster mentioned that Super Valu probably wouldn't last long...well, the owner, Burton Banks, passed away suddenly on Thanksgiving Eve...I wonder how long it will last now.
remember

Cairo, IL

#46 Jan 6, 2011
Actually Harold Burton Banks, Sr opened Wonder Market & Banks Grocery in Cairo. He moved Banks Grocery warehouse in the 60's over to Lone Oak, KY. Then in the 90's changed their name from Wonder Market to Super Valu. Harold Banks was a big supporter of Cairo Baptist Church back in the 50's till he moved his family to KY I seem to remember.

H. Burton Banks, Jr.
H. Burton Banks, Jr., age 61, of Paducah passed away at 6:28 a.m. November 24, 2010, at Western Baptist Hospital.

Mr. Banks was the owner of Banks Grocery Co./ SuperValu Foods of Paducah and Cairo, Ill., and H.B. & Co. Clothing Store. He was a member of the Barkley Regional Airport Board and a supporter and contributor of many local charities. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and proud of his country. He enjoyed spending time in Estes Park, Colorado and Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado where he had many fond childhood memories.

H. Burton Banks, Jr., is survived by his wife, Renee Mathis Banks and his mother, Geneva Penrod Banks of Paducah. He is survived by two daughters, Whitney Ann Banks of Franklin, Tenn., and Sidney Banks Benson of Hilton Head, S.C.; and by two sons, Harold Burton Banks, III of Paducah and James Edward Banks of Charlotte, N.C. He leaves behind a sister, Jeane Banks Framptom and husband, Joe of Paducah and a half-sister, Linda Banks of Waynesville, N.C. He was affectionately known as “BuDaddy” to his three grandchildren, Calley Sutton Zorn, Jr., August Burton Zorn and Luke Anthony Benson.

Mr. Banks was preceded in death by his father, Harold Burton Banks, Sr.

A public visitation for H. Burton Banks, Jr., will start at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 27, 2010, at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. A private graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 28, 2010, at Mt. Kenton Cemetery with Kerry Lynn officiating.

Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Country Club of Paducah.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Paxton Park, 841 Berger Road, Paducah, KY 42003.

You may light a candle or leave a message for the family at milnerandorr.com .

Since: Jan 10

Lansdowne, PA

#47 Jan 6, 2011
Yes, I knew all of that. Let's just say that I have a connection to the family. Don't want to go into too much detail here....but did you know that Harold actually started in the grocery business with a Piggly Wiggly in Mounds?
remember

Cairo, IL

#48 Jan 7, 2011
Yes & didn't he also work in the one in Cairo? Was where Ed Hanna's building is, was it a Piggly Wiggly or A & P grocery store? And what was on 8 th street? Piggly Wiggly or A & P? Would have been here during the 40's & 50's.
coulditbe

Cairo, IL

#49 Jan 7, 2011
Piggly Wiggly was where Martin Lumber went in on the corner of 36th and Sycamore. A & P was in Hanna's. Was Banks formerly a Kroger? One of my mother's biggest embarrassments concerned me and the window of whatever grocery it was.
john f

Saint Louis, MO

#50 Jan 7, 2011
I used to run the Gem Theatre back in the 70's.
god how time passes.
john f

Saint Louis, MO

#51 Jan 7, 2011
i am in cape. dont know why post says High Ridge. LoL

Since: Jan 10

Lansdowne, PA

#52 Jan 8, 2011
remember wrote:
Yes & didn't he also work in the one in Cairo? Was where Ed Hanna's building is, was it a Piggly Wiggly or A & P grocery store? And what was on 8 th street? Piggly Wiggly or A & P? Would have been here during the 40's & 50's.
Now, you're getting out of my age group...lol. I'm really not sure. Perhaps I need to go see Geneva and see if she remembers. She's kind of frail these days. Although for a moment, Burton's death seemed to snap her back a little. Always concerned about "the store." I understand that it's now in Burton's son's hands..."H.B."...wou ldn't you know.
Guest

Elizabethtown, IL

#53 Jan 30, 2011
Jack Guetterman had a little grocery store across from Elmwood grade school. I would go in with my dime and Mr Guetterman would give me a bag of penny candy. He treated me as well as any adult that came into the store. A very nice man.
concern1

Falkville, AL

#54 Jan 31, 2011
MAYLYN's,50'S kevil boon.
concern1

Falkville, AL

#55 Jan 31, 2011
every business stated,was ran by caucaison'S,what does that say?
guest

Cairo, IL

#56 Jan 31, 2011
concern1 wrote:
every business stated,was ran by caucaison'S,what does that say?
I'd say more then 50% were ran by Jews & Mid-Eastern descent shop keepers. So their blood line was closer to African than European.

GJW

Since: Jun 10

Sikeston, MO

#57 Mar 16, 2011
Kroger's was also on the corner of 13th and Washington, Douglas is 13th . Which became Winklers IGA, they had a big fire about 1960? and Bud's partner almost lost his life, Jim McKinney? I think that was his name. BF Goodrich and Berling's Tire was within a block of each other also.

There was Hanna's, Nassor's sp(two 4th and Washington 14Walnut)Bodi's, Johnson's, Joe's, Rinks,Seids,Frankie's, Crumble's,Stallions,Anton's,Jo hnson's (32nd Poplar)
corner grocery stores I know there are a few which I have forgot.
The good old days......love that town.
guest

Cairo, IL

#58 Mar 16, 2011
Bucher's had a store on Commercial around 20th street? Remember when I was young Mr Bucher would talk about going out back & wringing the necks of the chickens when a customer wanted one. Some times he would have several in both hands & have to dung them in hot water so their feathers would come out?
jkjk

United States

#59 Mar 22, 2011
Get off ya fanny && do something about it.. racism destroyed cairo .. open up new business start after school programs.. volunteer.. if you love cairo its time to help && tell them lazy hoodrats to get off they behind !
tom miller

Saint Peters, MO

#60 Mar 23, 2011
piggly wiggly was on 8th st. my fathers bar&grill was across the street.

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