||August 26, 2011
New General Store Welcomed in
east of Powassan like other northern communities has
enjoyed good general stores over the years, but has not had one for several
years until now. On Saturday August 13 the new Chisholm Country Market and Feed
Store opened on
Monique Smith, Clint & Kelly Litster with sons
Colton and Asa, and Chisholm Mayor Leo
Jobin. Doug Mackey Photo
Kelly & Clint Litster, their two
sons, MPP Monique Smith and Chisholm Mayor Leo Jobin
cut the ribbon.
(actually, appropriately, several strands of binder
twine). A large group of guests was on hand enjoying refreshments and buying
goods. Chisholm Councillor Cec Reid & Liberal
candidate Dr. Katherine Whiting were on hand as well.
farming parents live nearby, and Clint worked for
radio stations for tears CKAT and EZ Rock radio vans were in attendance
advertising the event. The new store will expand over time as needs are
established. The feed store is a real bonus as is the gasoline outlet. Local
people, including Chisholm’s Amish community ,will
sell some items. My books are on sale.
The new Alderdale Store. The
far house was the original Alderdale Store.
Doug Mackey photo.
remarks Monique Smith brought greetings and mentioned that the Northern Ontario
Entrepreneur Program supported the store with a $75,000 grant for renovating the
building and installing the gas pumps. The store will have several full and
employees. The grant is one of 5 similar local grants provided by the
building was a Chisholm Public Works building and recently housed a motorcycle
repair shop. The store is located in an historical location near previous
general stores and the old CNR Alderdale CNR train
station. The photo shows the station and tracks and a store on the left from
old Alderdale Store. Submitted photo
was originally a town site with a small subdivision planned. Several of the
nearby houses are built on those lots. A post office was located in the
original general store and gas pumps were added as required. In 1937 a train
wreck at Alderdale shook up the community.
For a full article on Alderdale
Google Heritage Perspectives and go to my article from
April 6, 2001.
May 16, 2003
article profiles a general store at McConkey
Corners, another old one elsewhere in Chisholm and further information on the
Alderdale store, including a photo of the front of
the store with its gas pumps.The original building
remains as a family dwelling.
The new gas pumps at the Chisholm Store – note the Amish
horse and buggy behind. Doug Mackey photo.
previewed a book on General Stores in a January 24, 2003 article which includes
some references to the Alderdale Store and Bob’s
Kinfolk, our last store.
Alderdale Store is on a central paved road with lots
of parking and should do well. There are several other businesses nearby
including a couple of Amish stores on Memorial Park Drive which joins
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