It was a time for reminiscence at the September meeting of the Corry Historical Society.
Speaker for the evening was Karen Silvis, who recalled the various businesses and churches that were abound during the 1940s and the 1950s.
Silvis reported that in 1941, Corry supported 10 auto dealers, four bakeries, 12 barbers, three pool halls, four banking institutions, one blacksmith, five cemeteries, nine beauticians, 10 clothing stores, nine confectioners, six dentists, four furniture stores, four drug stores, 19 gas stations, 29 grocery stores (including mom and pop stores), seven physicians, three hotels, 19 restaurants, three shoe stores, 15 churches, four hardware stores and four jewelers.
Silvis said some of these numbers may be a few shy, but basically, the town was booming.
By 1943, there were some changes, including a few less auto dealers and gas stations and grocery stores.
The town had gained two shoe stores, a hotel, a beautician, and a barber. By 1953, there were 11 auto dealers, no blacksmiths, an additional clothing store, two new physicians, and an additional hardware store.
In 1957, the city began to see a decline in a number of businesses. Grocery stores had shrunk to 16.
Today, the numbers speak for themselves, Silvis said.
According to Silvis, there are three auto dealers, one bakery, one barber, no pool halls, nine banks (or savings institutions), one clothing store, two furniture stores, five gas stations, four grocery stores, no hotels, eight restaurants, no shoe stores, and one hardware store.
It must be noted that our population has also shrunk considerably with the loss of numerous industries, Silvis said.
The regular business meeting was conducted by Historical Society President James Nelson.
The secretary and treasurer’s reports were read and approved.
One addition to the secretary’s report was a donation by Dean Dubrosky, who gave a model of a Climax engine to the museum.
It was reported that last Saturday, there were a number of visitors at the Museum from Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
They were in town visiting a local family. Of the 15 people, only a few spoke English.
The next meeting will be Oct. 13 with a tureen dinner beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the final meeting for the year at 7 p.m.
The speaker for the evening will continue a trivia theme, talking about some of the old businesses.