An undated listing of business phone numbers includes the name of Charles Harlow -- with no comment about what store he had or what services he provided. His phone number: 2991.
When Kim Vrtiska posted this business directory, a comment was made -- what did Charles Harlow sell?
I think Charles Harlow store was where Pope's is now.
A little mosying around in the Table Rock Argus archives yielded this December 22, 1955 advertisement. As is usual, the photograph did not copy well to microfilm.
The December 17, 1959 Argus reveals that Charles Harlow's store was gone by then. Charlie had died in July of that year.
charlie harlow wasn't always an appliance dealer. In 1923, he purchased the movie theater!
July 26, 1923 - Charles Harlow purchases the Ideal Theater:
He apparently didn't own it for very long, judging from this April 25, 1924 article. The Eppley Hotel Company owned the three buildings that were part of the Lincoln Hotel Block.
The Ideal Theater, survived. Here it is, probably in the 1920s.
his legacy -- the old millstone in the park
It was Charlie Harlow who found the millstone. It was Charlie Harlow who realized that it was something important. It was Charlie Harlow who made the effort to get that stone up to the Square. We've grown up with it. That's because of him.
just the facts
Charlie's 1959 obituary set forth the facts of his life:
Charles F. Harlow was born on July 23, 1886, at Table Rock, Nebraska to Robert and Belle Harlow. He was the eldest of four children. He passed away June 4, 1959 at the age of 72.
As a youth he lived on a farm near Bern, Kansas. After attending Peru Normal College, he returned to Bern and was employed in a hardware store until 1911. In that year, he returned to Table Rock, where he has lived the past 48 years.
Mr. Harlow was the oldest local business man in point of years of service in Table Rock, where he operated an appliance and repair shop for many years.
On October 18, 1912, he was united in marriage to Maggie Duryea and they were the first couple married in the new Pawnee county courthouse. Two girls and two boys were born to this union.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Erma Hinds of Papillion, Nebr., and Doris Palazzo of Kansas City, Mo.; and two sons, Charles of Greenfield, Indiana and Lealan of Lincoln, Nebr. Six grandchildren, a brother, Earl of Baltimore and two sisters, Nellie Harlow of Detroit, Mich. and Cecil Bowles of Portland, Oregon also survive.
Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at the Wherry Mortuary of Table Rock with the Rev. George Danskin and Rev. A. L. Embree of Plattsmouth, officiating. Duet numbers were sung by Marilyn Wright and Kathy Deubelbeiss, with Mrs. Wayne Diehm at the piano.
Burial was made in the Table Rock cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Marvin Kent, Arthur Meier, Wayne Diehm, Norris Gold, Robert Stillinger, Charles Binder,Jr.
Honorary pallbearers included Edgar Norris, Paul Diehm, Amos Fritch, Will Alderman, Victor Fellers, William Vondrasek, C. J. Binder,Sr. and A. N. Aylor, Sr.
a man to remember.
He is buried in the Table Rock Cemetery. He died on the 4th of July in 1959, a few weeks shy of his 73rd birthday.