So here it is:
The Grove City Farmers Exchange
It will probably not be long before they bulldoze the old Farmers Exchange building.
I feel sad about that, seems an end to a time when Grove City was a quaint little country town, very rural.
I remember the trips with my father to the Farmers Exchange when I was little to purchase sweet corn seed. The seed had the pink stuff on it to keep the bugs from eating it, and we would buy the ponies feed and straw there too sometimes.
Usually while my father was doing that I would wonder over to look at the new horse saddles and bridles on display, and then make my way over to the bins to pick up large handfuls of beans or seeds and let them run slowly through my fingers.
The silo has been there, along with the feed store for years, according to the book Images of America, Grove City:
"The grain elevators were built close to the site of William Breck's original gristmill on Broadway. They were constructed shortly after a fire claimed the local Gregg and Shafer Grove City Flour Mill in 1921. During the 1920s and 1930s the exchange was one of the top producers in the state. The concrete elevators had a capacity of over 21,000 bushels of grain. For 86 years the elevators served as a symbol for Grove City's agricultural prosperity until they were razed in 2007"
The bins and barrels stocked with all different kinds of seeds and onion sets were one of my favorite things in the Farmers Exchange. That and the uneven old wood floors, the stairway going to the second floor, blocked with a rope across it, the loading docks where there always seemed to be a farmer with his old truck waiting to pick up sacks of corn or bales of straw. There were sometimes other men there, like my father, with a back yard garden, buying seed and onion sets or standing around talking with all the other men.
Some days Dad would stop at Cotton's, the little Diner on the corner of Broadway and Grove City Road where we would have breakfast. That too is long gone; in its place is the New City Building.
As one person said at the committee meeting "its progress". Yes I know.
The old Farmers Exchange has not been torn down. Instead, it was refurbished and made into shops housing a scrapbooking store, home decor shop, and a hair salon to name a few. The old wooden floors are still there and the remodelling that was done maintained the integrity of the building.
I now go to the local Tractor Supply for my feed and farm supplies, but it's just not the same.
Brief History of Grove City, Ohio