Watson Hardware, one of the oldest businesses existing in Oberlin today. Located at 26 South Main Street, Watson's has been a stopping off and meeting place for many years. How many of us have gone into this store and run into a friend or a neighbor and ended up discussing the political events of the day, asking how the family was faring or making a lunch date? One can find just about anything here. The store is open, friendly and in the cold impersonal days of Wal-Mart and its like, a real gem and asset to our hometown.
"This structure was built in 1874 by Albert Gilchrist. In 1890 Mr. Watson, a clerk at the hardware store across Main Street, bought an interest in Mr. Gilchrist’s business. Then in 1893 Mr. Watson sold his shares and bought an interest in a hardware store on East College Street. In January, 1898 a fire severely damaged this building and Mr. Watson’s former partners Godley and Morris lost everything. Mr. Watson and his new partner, Mr. Wilkinson, bought out Goodley and Morris and opened business in this building in 1898."
Subsequent Owners were:
Glenn and Helen (Watson) Molyneaux, Glenn, Jr. & Barbara Molyneaux, Warren Carter, Charlie Palmer and currently Jerry Anderson.
Our thanks to the #oberlinheritagecenter for background information; click on link below to obtain additional history on Watson Hardware.
To appreciate how fortunate we are to have a real hardware store in our midst, please click on link below to see how challenged hardware store owners are in the age of the "big box" stores. #supportlocalbusiness #shopsmall #shoplocal