Granville Then & Now – Farmers were doing well here in 1960

By Erik Pekar, Town Historian

Farms in Washington County were faring well in 1960, and better than most farms in the mid-Atlantic states, according to a report in the Sept. 28, 1961 issue of the Sentinel. The gross receipts of Washington County farms in 1960 was $18,059,000, an increase from that of 1959, $18,013,000. For the local farm, the money earned was roughly $1,805 per person, compared with the average of $1,743 in all the mid-Atlantic states. A breakdown of the money received showed dairy products accounting for 72% of sales, and poultry accounting for 14%. The data, done on a county-by-county basis, originated from a survey by the Standard State and Data Service; the survey was also done across the country.

Playing at the Ritz Theater: Friday & Saturday, “Thief of Baghdad” and “Ring of Fire”; Sunday, “The Sins of Rachel Cade” and “Gold of the Seven Saints.”

Because September traditionally is the start of the new car model year, new automobiles were among the products advertised in that issue. For 1962, Mettowee Garage advertised the Dodge Dart 440 and the Dodge Lancer GT; for J.F. Hickey Ford, the Ford Galaxie 500, Ford Falcon Squire Wagon and Ford Falcon “fordor” sedan were in one advertisement, and Ford trucks were in another. Ross Pontiac had two advertisements for the 1962 Pontiac Tempest, a large one with a large photo of the Tempest, and another, smaller advertisement showing the regular Tempest and the version with the “LeMans” styling.

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There are a few buildings and storefronts available on Main Street for those interested in opening a business in Granville. The former Tiger Lair Dojo building at 23 Main is for sale at $110,000. The former Morse building also is available for sale, as well as for rent for a lease term of at least a year. The Morse building property also includes the filled-in lot adjacent to the east. Both buildings are “clean slates,” in the sense that the buildings could be remodeled and repurposed for practically any new business. The storefront in the 13 East Main building, as well as the 1 West Main St. building, are also available for rent. New businesses would be eagerly welcomed to Granville’s Main Street.

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The Church Street bridge replacement project recently reached another milestone, as construction has begun. On the week of Sept. 20, the first concrete trucks began pouring the bottom of the bases of the abutments for the new bridge. More concrete trucks came to Granville the weekend of Sept. 25, and more will be seen this week, and in the coming weeks, as construction progresses.