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The circa may not be accurate, they are the earliest I was able to locate

LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER





Circa 1899
ALEX T. WHELAN HARDWARE
10th & Lafayette

Photo - 1899 Advertisement






Circa 1899
BURGESS-FRAZER HARDWARE
210-214 South 4th
Demolished during Urban Renewal




Circa 1932
COUSINS HARDWARE COMPANY
RIX & COMPANY BUILDING MATERIALS
113 South 8th




CRANE SUPPLIES HARDWARE STORE
5010 King Hill Avenue





Circa 1955
CREVERLING CABINET & HARDWARE
831 South 8th
1415 Messanie Street





Circa 1955
DYER HARDWARE STORE
1013 Hickory







Circa 1955
EAST END HARDWARE
3222 Mitchell Avenue

Chuck Combs and his wife were the owners & operators. Chuck told me that Mrs Combs passed away in 2002
This was a full service hardware store, if he didn't have it, he would get it for you. Several businesses have occupied the location since the hardware store closed




Circa 1955
FELCH HARDWARE & VARIETY
5012 King Hill Avenue





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Circa 1906
FELIX RICH HARDWARE & TIN SHOP
1107 North 3rd Street

This structure was built in 1906
As seen in photo #1, it was getting a bit dilapidated, faded and run down looking
Photo #2 is a current photo, it appears someone has restored the building front to a beautiful condition. It's nice to see that someone cares to preserve this building






Circa 1955
FOGARTY HARDWARE
1301 South 9th

Photo donated by Rodney Keyes




FRANK HINDERY HARDWARE STORE
6122 King Hill Avenue







Circa 1913
GEORGE F. LEAPER HARDWARE
817 Frederick Avenue
Demolished during Urban Renewal





GEIWITZ HARDWARE
5026 King Hill Avenue





GILPIN HARDWARE & METAL WORKS
1208 North 3rd Street





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Circa 1946
Avenue Feed Mills
Hatfield Hardware & Sporting Goods
2028 Frederick Avenue

The building has large show windows across the front and the side front of the building. It has no important features other than this. The building is covered with signs.
This particular address was first occupied by a feed mill business in 1881
C.H. Cliff built a feed mill on this site in 1881
Cliff was born in St. Louis County, Missouri in 1844 and came to St. Joseph in 1852. He was one of the original Pony Express riders, riding a segment from St. Joseph to Seneca, Kansas.
At the turn of the century, H.F. Winteford was the operator of the feed mill and maintained a small cattle yard to the rear of the building as well.
In the early days, farmers would drive their hogs and cattle down the Avenue to be sold either to butchers along the way or to early packing plants and/or the stockyards after they were organized.
W.G. Foge was the long time 20th Century operator of the Feed Mill.
Roy Hatfield succeeded Fogg as operator of the Feed Mill, but in 1946, the old mill was demolished and the present building was constructed.
Hatfield began selling hardware in addition to feed and by 1959, sporting goods had been added.
In 1929, a cafe area was added to the east side of the building
For a number of years the cafe was operated by Wade Goff who was famous for his brain sandwiches.
At some point in time, Wade Goff built Wades Hamburgers at 2030 Frederick Avenue
In 1951, the Wades Hamburgers building was demolished and Wade moved his business to a new location at 16th & Mitchell Avenue, thus Wade's Indian Grill was born.
At one time, this was the largest and most popular hardware & sporting goods store in town
Hatfield's Hardware was established at the turn of the 20th century by Roy C. Hatfield
Hatfield's Hardware started out selling coal, feed, hardware and a few shotguns and pistols
By the mid 1900's, they sold about everything from guns, boats, boat motors, motorcycles, hardware and even had a cafe attached to the east side of the building that served a great breakfast and lunch
The shop will officially close on Sept. 1, 2013 with a two-day gun and sporting goods auction on Sept. 15-16, followed by an Antique Auction later in the winter
For the past 20 years, the 8000 square foot building has been an antique mall
Photo #2 - Tim Hatfield




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Circa 1902
J. H. ROBISON HEAVY HARDWARE
JAMES R. HOPKINS ORIENTAL WARES
HILAND DAIRY (WESTERN DAIRY) WAREHOUSE
306 South 4th
217 South 4th
4th & Francis
Destroyed by Fire

The J. H. Robison Heavy Hardware building was constructed in 1882

In 1902, Mr James R. Hopkins founded the J R Hopkins Oriental Wares at 306 South 4th in the J H Robison Heavy Hardware building

The business was later moved to the huge warehouse at 217 South 4th

(northeast corner of 4th & Charles, all windows are now covered green)

By 1920, Mr Hopkins business had grown so well, the business was relocated to the northwest corner of 4th & Francis (we know it as the Big Smith building)

They occupied the Big Smith building for several decades between 1920 and 1950

In 1942, the Hopkins firm was shipping goods to 38 states

At one time, Mr. Hopkins was listed as the largest Oriental importer in the USA

In the 1960's, when I worked for Western Dairy, which was owned by Hiland Dairy in Springfield MO, we stored milk cases, milk bottles, milk boxes and other equipment in the building at 306 South 4th

In 1981, the building was destroyed by fire

Photo #1 - This was J R Hopkins Oriental Wares first location
Photo #2 - Interior photo of their showroom at 4th & Francis
Photo #3 - Front cover of their catalog when located in the Big Smith building
Photo #4 - Modern photo of the Big Smith building
Photo #5 - James Robert Hopkins (1868-1952)
Photo #6 - Painted on name of J R Hopkins is visible on side wall
Photo #1 - J. H. Robison Heavy Hardware building (constructed in 1882)
Photo #2 - 1981 photo of the building on fire
Photo #3 - 1981 St Joseph News-Press article about the fire
Photos donated by Blair Carmichael (Great Grandson of James R Hopkins)




Circa 1955
JOE'S MARKET & HARDWARE
Belt & Pickett Road







KNAPP'S HARDWARE
511 South 6th Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal

The structure no longer exists




Circa 1955
LA BOUFF HARDWARE
2604 St Joseph Avenue





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Circa 1885
LYON & JUDSON HARDWARE
423-425 Edmond
Demolished during Urban Renewal

All of the buildings on the north side of this block of Edmond Street became one large parking lot during Urban Renewal




Circa 1955
MARTIE HARDWARE & SUPPLY STORE
6209 King Hill Avenue





MEL'S HARDWARE
1907 Frederick Avenue







Circa 1955
MODERN HARDWARE & REPAIR
1116 South 26th Street

Was located on west side of 26th between Seneca & Penn
Known to have been in business in 1955
The structure is currently gone




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MR BEE HARDWARE
MODERN CLEANERS
FREDERICK AVE CLEANERS
2506 Frederick Avenue

Started out as a large hardware store, then a music store and finally 2 laundry/dry cleaners




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Circa 1891
NEUDORFF'S HARDWARE
114 South 4th
Demolished during Urban Renewal





ODYSSEY SENTRY HARDWARE
441 South Belt Highway

Proprietors: Mike & Mary Sturgeon
Listed at this address in the 1979 City Directory
Was previously located at Belt & Beck Road in the strip mall




PARKER HARDWARE
409-411 Edmond Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal

It is now a parking lot created during Urban Renewal






Circa 1885
PERKINS & SON HARDWARE
105 North 2nd Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal




Circa 1955
ROSS-FRAZER SUPPLY COMPANY
WHOLESALE
210 South 4th Street







ROY KNAPP HARDWARE
SANDY'S TAVERN
324 South 6th Street
Demolished during Urban Renewal

The structure no longer exists




Circa 1955
R.W.MEANS & COMPANY
WHOLESALE
Belt Highway





Circa 1955
ST JOSEPH HARDWARE & SUPPLY
1107 North 3rd Street





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Circa 1955
SCANLAN'S HARDWARE
POP'S PLACE
238 Illinois





Circa 1955
SCHULTZ HARDWARE & PLUMBING SUPPLIES
2006 St Joseph Avenue





Circa 1955
SOUTH PARK HARDWARE
1717 Commercial





Circa 1955
STOCK YARDS FARMER'S STORES
311 Cherokee





Circa 1955
UNIVERSAL AUTO SUPPLY
& HARDWARE STORE
1922 Frederick Avenue







Circa 1955
USHLER HARDWARE
1810 Olive Street







VANNAMAN'S HARDWARE
5115 Savannah Road

The hardware store was open for business until the 198o's
It was owned and operated by Chic Vannaman
There was a general hardware and a live bait shop in this building
Photo donated by Rodney Keyes




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T G & Y
WESTLAKES ACE HARDWARE
1325 South Belt

The T G & Y store on North 22nd Street moved to this location in March 1976
I delivered Frito Lay snacks to TG&Y at this location
They also had a store at 3605 Mitchell, a bank was constructed at it's location
It must have closed when this store opened as I did not deliver to that store
TG&Y later closed this store and moved the store to 5th Ave & St Joseph Ave
I delivered Frito-Lay snacks to them until the 1984 flood devasted their store
Since TG&Y closed on St Joseph Ave, several movie rental stores have been occupying the building
Westlakes has been occupying this old TG & Y store ever since they moved out and Greg is still manager

Photo #1 - Photo of the new store
Photo #2 - Newspaper advertisement
Photo #3 - Newspaper photo of the new store
Photo #4 - Circa: 1979




Circa 1955
WILLY'S SELF SERVICE MARKET
1723 South 9th Street





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WYETH HARDWARE & MFG
HARNESS & SADDLE FACTORY
301-323 North 2nd Street

The company was founded in 1859
Eventually, it would cover 4 square blocks
Was once a manufacturer of harnesses and saddles
Wyeth Company was the oldest and largest wholesaler in it's field west of the Mississipi River
Nearly 40,000 items were stocked by the company.
It's floor space totaled almost 17 acres
Shipments by the company in 1958 were impressive:
Shipments made by freight - 56,139 orders
Shipments by parcel post & express - 14,366 orders
Filled for St Joseph - 14,366 orders




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