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Right: For more than a century, Hays Ten Mile Store has stood at the intersection of Highways K and DD, 10 miles northeast of Macon. Below: Since Wade King, 27, purchased the store in 2009, he has worked to refurbish the historic general store where he sells antiques and farm supplies.
Thanks to Wade King, Hays Ten Mile Store still thrives on memories and traditions
store — the building the Kings currently own — was erected in the same location. The store was not only a place to n the wee hours of a cool, sumbuy and trade goods such as groceries, mer morning, Wade King steps animal feed, fertilizer and minerals, out onto the porch of the centufarming implements and numerous ry-old store building he recently other supplies, but it was the heart of purchased and gazes at the clear Misthe close-knit community. Next to the souri sky. It’s 3 a.m., and after finishstore was a larger building that hosted ing a long night’s work of sweeping dances on weekends attended and placing items on the by hundreds of people from shelves for the next day Ten Mile • the surrounding countryside. of business, he considers The store has had nuthe past. merous owners over the “I can’t help but stop and years, but the family think about all the people that owned the store who have been through these before Wade made doors over the years,” says Ten Mile known the 27-year-old. “I ponder across the Midwest. about who came in and out of For nearly five decades, Perry Hays the store, the money that has been and his wife, Martha, ran the store exchanged, the stories that have been and even lived in the tiny quarters in told and how generations of people the rear of the building. have grown up with the store the last “In 1946, when my father returned hundred years.” home from his tour of duty in World Wade and his wife, Megan, purWar II, he was looking for a job and chased Hays Ten Mile Store in Nopurchased the store,” says Sandra vember 2009 to keep the famous rural Ford, daughter of Perry Hays. general store alive. The store was built Perry opened the store with only in 1848 in the small community of $1,500 worth of inventory but quickly Ten Mile, which sits roughly 10 miles filled the shelves with anything a rural northeast of Macon, 10 miles northlandowner would need. A 1975 article west of Clarence and 10 miles southin the Rural Electric Missourian, the east of Atlanta, hence the name. In predecessor of Rural Missouri, noted 1902, a fire burned down the original Perry had substantial inventories of building and shortly thereafter, a new
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much space for privacy,” says Sandra. fertilizer, fencing wire, gates, twine, “With only a screen door separating feed augers and many other items that us from the store, we basically grew “were just added over the years,” Perry up with the community.” said. The article also noted why Perry During the 1950s, the Ten Mile was so well known. He was a disstore also was a place where local resitributor for Speed King augers and the dents could watch television. In 1953, renowned portable livestock shelters the town chipped in and bought the called Port-A-Huts. area’s first TV, a Westinghouse ma“Pretty much any farm that had a hogany tabletop model. Port-A-Hut in the Midwest bought it “People would come in from all through Perry,” adds Wade, a Macon over to watch TV,” says Sandra. “We Electric Cooperative member. “It’s would all huddle up around the wood crazy to think so many people came stove and sit and watch for hours.” here and continuously did business The store also was a place for tradwith Perry for so long.” ing. Farmers would For 10 years after bring in freshly the store opened, gathered eggs and Perry, Martha and cream. Perry would their three children determine how lived in the rear of much their stock the building. Sandra was worth and aland her sister slept low the farmer an on a bunk bed in a equal amount in room the size of a groceries. closet, while their “Dad was a very youngest sister slept bright businessin a crib in the living man in that he room across from a was always there kitchen only large to please,” says enough for one. Perry Sandra. “He often and Martha slept in said, ‘It pleases us the master bedroom, to please you.’ He which was barely big would go out of his enough for a double A collection of antiques sits in a way to get anything bed. display case at Hays Ten Mile Store. someone wanted.” “There wasn’t
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - February 2011
Rural Missouri - February 2011
Table of Contents
Life Behind Bars
A Powerful Idea
Angels Among Us
Out Of The Way Eats
The Store Time Forgot
Hearth and Home
For the Birds
Out With the Old...
World Wide Wood
Just 4 Kids
Rural Missouri - February 2011
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