H. C. Melton General Merchandise, Circa 1900, Allentown

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Allentown is known for being located in four counties. The majority of the community, though, is located in Wilkinson County. Elizabeth Copeman writes: Allentown was first called Cross Roads, then Cool Springs, then Allen’s Cross Roads and finally, Allentown. Allentown was named for Mr. Willis Allen, the first merchant and large landowner. His store was at the location where the store in the picture now stands. The store in the picture is believed to have been built c. 1900 by Isaac A. Adams. It was first run by I.A. Adams and later by his brother E.C. Adams and later by Leo White Adams, wife of E.C. Adams. Sallie Dickens purchased the store c 1912 and rented it to I.C.G. Rabun who operated it from 1914-1919. Joseph Dickens operated it froom 1919-19224 when it was subsequently operated by E.C. Adams until 1935. In 1946, Mr. H.C. Melton purchased the building, remodeled it and opened it again as a store.It was Mr. Melton who painted the building for the first time.

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2 responses to “H. C. Melton General Merchandise, Circa 1900, Allentown

  1. My Great Uncle Gordon used to work in this store. Thanks for letting us use the picture on SouthernCrescent.org

    More: http://www.southerncrescent.org/2013/08/melton-store-allentown-ga/

  2. Elizabeth Copeman

    Allentown was first called Cross Roads, then Cool Springs, then Allen’s Cross Roads and finally, Allentown. Allentown was named for Mr. Willis Allen, the first merchant and large landowner. His store was at the location where the store in the picture now stands. The store in the picture is believed to have been built c. 1900 by Isaac A. Adams. It was first run by I.A. Adams and later by his brother E.C. Adams and later by Leo White Adams, wife of E.C. Adams. Sallie Dickens purchased the store c 1912 and rented it to I.C.G. Rabun who operated it from 1914-1919. Joseph Dickens operated it froom 1919-19224 when it was subsequently operated by E.C. Adams until 1935. In 1946, Mr. H.C. Melton purchased the building, remodeled it and opened it again as a store.It was Mr. Melton who painted the building for the first time.

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