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White Cash Market on the Square in Columbia

Seeing Doug Beard's photo collection including the IGA store in the big snow brought a reminder that cousin Pete Walker once ran a grocery store on the square. I messaged his son John to ask if that was right. John corrected the memory. Hopefully other readers will help us flesh out the story of times when grocery stores were located on the Public Square in Columbia, from White Cash to IGA/Kroger, etc. - LW
John Walker writes: Dad ran the White Cash Market on Burkesville street in the block before you get to where the old public library building used to be. I believe is was where the Western Auto was. It was the White Cash Market before it was Western Auto.

We lived up on Burkesville Street in the big White House across from Hershel Baker Jones' house. Our house number up there was 515. It was part of the old Cundiff farm. The land behind the house was partly sold to the school system. I went to the Columbia Grade Center on top of the hill and walked through the field to go home until we moved down to Reed Street when I had to get used to "urban" living. I still walked up to what was then the Junior High School to catch the bus out to the high school til I graduated from Adair County High School.

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