Griswold Grocery Building (no longer standing), 130 East Fourth Street
Backstory and Context
The brick building pictured here first replaced Griswold's original frame structure constructed in 1868 (latter seen after the project's logos) the year he came to Carthage (2). The second building was built prior to 1884 and used by the Griswold Wholesale Grocery Company into the twentieth century. Among later occupants of the building were the Karbe Grocery and Jed Brown's Meat Market in the 1930s and from the 1940s until the 1972 fire, Western Auto occupied the building.
If you walk around the new professional office building on this site today, you can see a mural on the wall of the former Burlingame and Chaffee Opera House that was painted by Webb City, Missouri, artist John Biggs in 2006 for the former Main Street Carthage organization (3). The scene features a Victorian ball at the opera house (see Clio entry for same) and was created by a grant from the Helen Boylan Foundation. The Bee's Old Fashion Variety Store and Ben Franklin, owned by Sue and Jack Vandergriff, was occupying the opera house building at the time of the mural's painting.
"Carthage, Missouri Store Front Civil War CDV," eBay seller item printout from October 1, 2000, listing previously viewed at http://cgi.eBay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dn?/viewitem&item-447905585 [web citation may be wrong due to half characters visible on print out in vertical file at Powers Museum] (4 - photo caption).
"Death of S. B. Griswold," Carthage Weekly Press, October 31, 1918, no page given (1 & 2).
Powers Museum Vertical Files: Griswold Grocery.
Roberts, Chris. "Painter Cover Carthage with murals," Joplin Globe, April 7, 2006, as consulted September 30, 2019 at https://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/painter-covers-carthage-with-murals/article_6a78ca5d-cea0-534e-9c1b-291a3cdf6dc2.html (3).
Former Powers Museum exhibit image created from 1888 Carthage City Directory.
Coffee bag in Powers Museum collection.
First building photographs taken from 2000 eBay listing "Carthage, Missouri Store Front Civil War CDV" (4).