W. G. Parker Closing Out in Big Sale
W. G. Parker and Son opened a Closing Out Sale on dry goods, furnishings and clothing Wednesday morning and with this sale W. G. Parker announces his retirement from the mercantile business in Farnam, ending 46 years of business in Farnam.
Mr. Parker’s announcement which was made this week is as follows: “After 46 years in serving the people of this vicinity it is with deep regret that ill health compels me to retire. During this long period we have made many friends and take this opportunity to thank the many loyal customers for their patronage during this time.”
Mr. Parker was one of the first settlers in this community. He homesteaded here in 1886 and after a few years became a clerk in a store operated by E. T. Buss and M. C. Divoll, in 1892. In 1896 he bought an interest in the business and in 1898 the Best Place Mercantile Store built a large building on the lots where the Ahrendts hardware is now located and with Mr. Buss, Mr. Divoll and T. H. Bailey they operated one of the largest stores in this section of Nebraska.
In February, 1914 the Best Place was destroyed by fire, and a short time following Mr. Parker rented the present location of the store and it has continued until the present. He took his two sons, Merton and Ralph into the business in 1928 and after Ralph moved to Orafino, two years ago, the business has been continued with his son Merton, which makes the present firm of W. G. Parker & Son.
Mr. Parker has alwasy taken an active part in the activities of Farnam and community and his many friends are sorry that his health does not permit his continuing.
The Farnam Echo 35(34):1, Thursday, 27 April 1939