Sunday, April 14, 2013

Shopping Saturday

Here is where my frustrations blow up!  My goal today was to post some great picture of a historical general store from Rowland, Nevada, Mountain City, Nevada and Johnsville, Minnesota.  Alas, my efforts have been road blocked!
I know that my Great Aunt Geneva Swanson Olson (1895-1981) moved to Rowland, Nevada to be a teacher and later married and was a postmaster and worked as a store keeper.  I was able to find a record for her husband Chauncey Axel Olson (1892-1964) as the postmaster in Nevada appointed in 1930.

So, I switched gears and looked around for another general store that is closer to home in the hopes that I could find something on this store.  As luck would have it, I did find tiny bits of information!  I was disappointed that the pictures that I did find from the Blaine historical society did not have information about who is in the pictures or what the dates are.  Here is what I do know about this store in my family which isn't very much:  William Tigue (1881-1956) and Anna Swanson Tigue (1885-1963) Ran the Johnsville General Store in 1926.  It was bought from John Augustson whom I also cannot find information about.


  1. Try searching in historical newspapers for the store. Maybe they ran some advertising.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

  2. Thanks for sharing these old photos, which are so nostalgic and evocative. My grandpa and grandma owned a grocery store in New York City during the 1920s through 1940s--switch out this store's ice cream for my grandparents' pickle barrel, and they're close.

  3. Marion, I love these old general stores. I really grew up in the wrong time frame!
    Theresa, I have a trip planned to the historical society this month to look for more information about the store. I didn't have this info when I was there a year ago.

  4. Try the Elko Museum. "Memories of Rowland Nevada" puplished in the Northeastern nevada historical society quarterly. by ruthe scott Aalseth 95-4

  5. I you are interested in Axel's ancestry, I'd be happy to send it to you. I have researched his line back to the 1600's. He was my 2nd cousin once removed.
    lee carlson

  6. My Mom, Nancy Hagenbuch went to school in the one room school house in Rowland.