After spending time looking at occupations and businesses in the village of Willshire in the 1880 census, I am leaving the 19th century and fast-forwarding about 70 years, to look at some Willshire businesses in the mid-1900s.
But instead of using census records I am using the advertisers in Willshire’s yearbook, the Willow. Their advertisements bring back memories of businesses that are no longer. I have several old Willow yearbooks and the 1948 Willow is the oldest I have.
I am familiar with some of the advertisers in the 1948 yearbook. Some advertisers were from neighboring towns like Van Wert and Decatur, but I did not include them. Except for the Chattanooga advertisers, which I am including. There were many Chatt-area students at Willshire Public School and, after all, this is Karen’s Chatt.
Willshire and Chatt advertisers in the 1948 Willow:
My mom was a bookkeeper at Willshire Grain & Supply.
Phone numbers were easier to remember back then. They consisted of only 2 or 3 digits and today we use 10!
I have some other Willow yearbooks, for more recent years, and I will show some of the advertisers in them soon.