The recent discussion of Bill Holmes brought lots of comments and questions about the history of the store, most of which were answered by the following ad/article from a 1960 clipping from the Wilmington News-Journal. [Transcription follows. To read the full article on Bill Holmes, click here. (Comments are at the bottom of the article.]
1960 [exact date unknown]
Shown above is one of Clinton County's most famous clothing stores. For 62 years, this store was known as the Phillips Bros. Clothing Store. Owned first by Harley Phillips. Later Harley and his brother Cliff formed a partnership. People from all over the county came to buy their clothes at this store. In 1958, this store was purchased by William Huffman, former star athlete for New Vienna High School. "Bill" as he is known by his many friends, is married to the former Gretchen Fullerton and they have two fine sons, Mark, age 3 [or 8?] and Scott, age 4. A staunch figure since 1917 in the store has been Bill Holmes, who has been associated for 43 years, with both Phillips and Huffman.
From this article we learn that the Phillips Bros. store opened for business in 1896 and that Bill Holmes started working there in 1917 when he was 33 years old, prior to that Bill was a clerk at the M.R. Harris Grocery in the Iron Building [later Daye Hardware]. Bob Johnson later bought the store from Bill Huffman. Not sure when it closed.
Moving on to Bill Huffman, he was a 1948 graduate of New Vienna High School and an athlete as mentioned above. The following pictures are from the New Vienna High School Memory Book 1881-1963.
Many of these names are familiar. I know there were at least two weddings – Joellen Rulon married Bob Streber, and Carolyn Saunders married Harold Thornburg. Please help me out with who else married who and what happened to them. Here are links to obituaries: Jean Rachford Barrett (2010), Glenn Bernard (of Parkinson's in 2010), Carolyn Saunders Thornburg (2011)