This Day in Dayton: The Van Burton Store and the Hollingsworth, Stranahan, and Muse Hardware
The building pictured, which probably stood on the northeast corner of Walnut and Market streets, replaced the buildings that had housed two businesses until both were destroyed in 1898. In that year, Van Burton's store burned to the ground, and the Thompson implement store was flattened by wind.
Van S. Burton had operated a dry goods store since at least 1878 in the building that had formerly housed the Favorite General Store. Burton was very active in town, serving for a time as township trustee. The March 7, 1898 Dayton items in the Home Journal reported that “The rebuilding of the general store of Van S. Burton is decided upon and a large force of workmen are on the ground and the work will be pushed forward as fast as possible. Mr. Burton has been confined to the house for some time with rheumatism, but is improving slowly.” Burton rebuilt, but died a few years later, in 1901.
After the implement store was flattened, Thompson planned to rebuild, according to an article in the Home Journal in March 1898. Thompson sold out to Hollingsworth, who in turn sold to Stranahan and Muse. The hardware/implement store here bears several of these names.
This photograph shows that the two businesses shared a building in about 1900, the date inscribed in pencil on the back. Thanks to Tyrone Taylor for sharing this photo with me, and to Jane Cassidy, who found it in a home under renovation and gave it to Ty. I believe that this building was later occupied by the Baker funeral home and the Pelham store. In the 1930s, it was torn down and the present building was erected as the Baker funeral home. Today it is a private residence.