their first store burned John Peterson and his son Fred purchased the old
Clermont Hotel and converted it to a General Store. Here are two pictures of
next photo is of Wendell Anderson on the left and Fred is in the middle.
The other person is a friend.
is a Photo of Peterson's Store.
E Butts and his wife Elizabeth moved to Smethport from Lawrenceville,
Anderson had a small farm with an ice pond located across from the George
Blauser residence. He bought the former Butt's store and operated it for many
years. His daughter Alva worked in the store also. The upstairs in the store
housed different families at various times. The Merle Bush Family lived there at
one time. Andy used ice from his pond to supply his cooler for meats in his
Frank Rizzo’s Store
the Gumboot Mines were shut down, Frank Rizzo opened a small grocery store that
featured Italian food because in those days there were quite a few Italian
families in Clermont. Frank was even able to sell Italian bread that was
provided by Frank Caterina who had a brick oven on his farm where he baked
bread. Wooden boxes that contained 25 pounds of pasta products were evident in
In the early 1950’s Albert and Minnie Claypool
opened a small Grocery store across from the
also had gas pumps and sold gasoline. Here is a photo of the store.
1955 Randy Manning and I built an addition to the store to serve as a residence
for the Claypools. Here is a Photo
of the house with the addition.
place was later purchased by Tom and Dolly Walker. Dolly continued to sell
groceries in the store for a few years.
Anderson had a small store across from the