Only a month ago I said in a reply to a comment from my brother that maybe someday years from now someone from the Stake tribe would stumble on this blog and be able to fill in some details about the drug store that my (great) Uncle Earl ran in Adams, Nebraska. Just yesterday I was contacted by a cousin I’ve never met named Alison, who is Earl’s great granddaughter. She was searching the Internet for photos of the old family store when she found a reference to it in my post (here) and discovered the blog. As a result, she contacted her grandfather Bob, who is still very active as a university professor, and he was able to dig up and scan the postcard above.
I had told my brother, and I repeat here, that my memory was vague regarding the precise location of the store but that Adams is basically a one-horse town. There are a few buildings on the main street, none of which — when viewed online via in the Google Street View tool — look like what I remember from our trip through there as kids in the back seat of the family car.
The answer to that puzzle was supplied by cousin Alison. She informed me that a fire had destroyed the building sometime in the 1990s. She also confirmed that Earl and Nelle lived not in Lincoln but right there in Adams, a few blocks from the store. Hopefully she’ll send more photos and information after a visit she’s planning to the Cornhusker State.
We visited “Uncle Earl and Aunt Nellie” just once (I think) on a trip across the country, and as kids we were charmed by the whole idea of the store. Uncle Earl sat us at the old-fashioned counter and gave us real sodas from the soda fountain. The old summer was hot and bright outside. We felt like kids in a book. – mdf
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STAKE DRUG STORE
Marks on reverse unknown. Image above is a scan made by Bob Stake of a postcard in his possession and sent via email.