J.F. Mossy and Sons General Merchant


J. F. Mossey and Sons General Merchant[i]

            The J.F. Mossey General Store was initially a partnership between Frank Mossey and his brother-in-law Freeman Muttart; they had both been dory fishermen until this time.  The store was established in 1902.  The merchandise I the store was first supplied by John. E. Robertson, who operated a general store at Red Point.  Mr. Robertson was paid as sales began to occur at Mossey’s.  Mr. Muttart’s role in the store was less active than Mr. Mossey’s, as he was still farming and fishing.  Mr. Muttart’s son worked in the store prior to going to World War I; he was killed in 1916.  If not for this he had intentions of returning and becoming a partner in the store, in place of his father. 

            The building was a one-story structure equal to the size of a one car garage. The building was once a fish house. They continuously stocked groceries and cotton goods.  The building was later replaced when the former Kingsboro Church building was acquired, in 1905-1906.  Half of this building became the new store and the other half was used as a barn by Mr. Freeman Muttart.

            Again in 1915-1920, the store grew in size when the store building operated by Mr. William Stewart was acquired; which was located on the corner of Munns Road and Bothwell highway.  The present store building (Elliot’s Store) was built in 1945-1946; the previous building was hauled away for use as a workshop by Mr. Alden MacDonald.

            Mossey’s store also offered a peddle wagon service to area customers. This service operated from East Point through Greenvale to East Baltic and all communities inside.  Each of the six working days had a different operating route and was run from May until November.  The wagon itself was a very colorful and well-equipped vehicle drawn by one horse.  The wagon had a red body and a yellow under structure.  It was close to nine feet from the ground.  It was divided into compartments for carrying packaged merchandise.  Trunks were carried on the top for dry goods, boots and shoes.  Goods that were too large to fit inside the wagon were secured to the outside (ie. brooms, garden hoes, etc.).  The wagon usually stopped at the door of its customers, but for some homemakers it would blow the horn to alert them it was approaching and they would meet at the roadside.  The wagon was stocked with supplies for its daily route that represented the stores merchandise.  Many of the customers charged their merchandise until they visited the store next, but others paid at the roadside. 

            The wagon service was discontinued in 1929 because many residents drove cars and the up and coming generation preferred to visit the store.  Supplies were delivered by train to Elmira Station and taken by horse to the store in 1912.  Some of the wagon drivers were: J.F. Mossey (1908-1929), Willie Mossey (1910-1914), Basil Mossey (1914-1919), and Freeman Mossey (1914-1929).

            J.F. Mossey and Sons purchased a truck for hauling their own freight in 1939; they also offered this service to other stores in the area.  The delivery of groceries and goods (later by truck) was discontinued in 1963.  The store was made a member of the Clover Farm chain in 1958; it was still owned and operated by J.F.’s sons, Bernard and Freeman.    

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