Both of my grandmothers shopped there. Sometimes if it was crowded (or grandma didn't want to corral me and my sister) we sat on the bench out front and waited while they shopped.
They gave “green stamps“. That was the big thing in the 50s; fill up books of green stamps and could send in for free “treasures”.
Jennifer's uncle built the place in 1920 after his original store burned down in the big fire earlier that year. Her grandparents lived here.
I remember it well. My grandparents often stopped by for groceries on their way home from work. I remember the meat counter and the cooler which always had cold strawberry pop.
a few more things about
jeff and crystal knapp
jeff managed the farmer's union for a while, as evidenced by this 1951 ad in the argus:
the store building before it was knapp's iga
Photo 1812, a family picture shared by Terry Korrell. The store was built in 1920 to replace one lost in the big fire of 1920 that had taken place earlier that year. her uncle Jim Purcell had "man" things on one side of the store and her aunt Ida Purcell sold "lady" things on the other side. Yes, it's the same store as Knapp's IGA occupied.
crystal was related to several people who came to table rock after knapp's iga was established
Crystal's mother was Della Roberts Gaskill. One of Della's 11 siblings was Sam Roberts -- husband of Ines Roberts of Table Rock. Ines's daughter Becky Roberts Sitzman was thus a cousin of Crystal's. Becky & Bob Sitzman's 12 kids are 2nd cousins, as is Frances Workman, whose mother was another of Ines's children.
A roberts family picture with crystal
Crystal is in the back row, second from the right. Her mother, Della, is 4th from the right. Della is standing next to her Uncle Sam Roberts, and in front of her and Sam is her Aunt (Sam's wife) Ines Roberts. Crystal's father Jim Gaskill is not in the picture. The picture photo is undated, but Crystal was born in 1905, so guess how old she is and you have the approximate time the picture was taken.