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The following is an unedited transcript of a page 3 article of 9 Jan 1936 Simcoe Reformer.

Wallace store changes hands

One of Simcoe's Oldest 
Business Stands Sold 
Has Varied History

One of Simcoe's oldest stores changed hands, it was learned yesterday, when it was announced that the store now known as the Wallace book store on Norfolk Street, has been sold to Edward Peachey of this town.

Interviewed yesterday by the Reformer, Mr. Peachey, who at present operates a service station at the corner of Robinson and Colborne Streets, confirmed the transaction but did not disclose the nature of the business that he intends to carry on in the store.

Known to be one of the first stores in Simcoe, it dates back to the time when  there was a continuous row of verandahs, about eight to ten feet wide facing the store along Norfolk St. 

At that time there was not a pane of glass in town, the panes of glass that were then used being about 28 inches high, with shutters placed in position each night for protection.

Store's Early History

The earliest recollection of this store is that it was kept by Geo. Turner, who was a prominent worker in the Methodist Church.

The next proprietors were Collins and Collver, grocers. Ed Collins was a wagonmaker and he made a venture in the realm of shopkeeping with his brother-in-law Carlton Collver, but they dissolved the partnership.

William Swain Perry also had here a men's furnishing department and he conducted it in connection with a shirt manufacturing business.

Another occupant of the store was Richard Edmonds who was also a grocer. He then operated a dry goods department as well as a flourishing china department and after carrying on business for several years gave up the business when he was appointed inspector under the O.T.A.

Operated by B. B. Baillie

The store was then used for something entirely different when Byron B. Baillie, a newspaperman and printer from Ingersoll established a book and stationery shop which he carried on until his death a few years ago.

It was then taken over by Wm. A. Wallace, its present tenant, although the building remained in possession of Mr. Baillie. Mr. Wallace took over the store in the summer of 1929 and since that time he carried on a stationery business. The building went out of possession of the Baillie family when Mr. Peachey purchased it.

[Compiler's Comment: This store was located on the west side of Norfolk Street, slightly north of Peel Street, in Simcoe]
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