Historic Green Creek building gets new life

Published 4:48 pm Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Recently, Murry chatted with Doug and sister Faye Williams about the past of the building.

He found out that the store was one of six in the area providing a variety of items to the Green Creek community, including Shell gas, for 25-30 years.

In addition to Doug and Faye, A.P. &dquo;Pink&dquo; Williams and wife, Natalie C. Williams, had four other children ‐ Cybil, Joe, Polly, and Hazel. While serving as a store, the building also provided housing for Natalie&squo;s mother, Mary Chapains, until she eventually moved in with family in a nearby residence.

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Approximately 80 years old, the building was originally constructed by the McGuinns of Sunny View. The McGuinns sold it to the Williams family.

Items for sale included country store items, groceries, and petroleum products. Natalie sold sandwiches, often giving them to those who couldn&squo;t afford them, knowing that eventually

she would get paid back by money or barter.

Corn meal was also ground on a grist mill on-site for the community. Nearby residents often gathered for warmth by the pot-bellied stove in the center of the building to exchange the news of the day. Murry and Donna Williamson are serving deli sandwiches, salads, meats, cheeses, beverages, and ice cream products on location and to-go.

Murry has leased the store for the last nine years from Doug Williams and operated it as an antique shop. He says he will continue to have antiques on display for sale in the reopening store.

Murry also promises that the store will once again be a great gathering place as was provided in the past by A.P. Williamson and family.

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