Home Life History: Oldest store in Benton goes modern

History: Oldest store in Benton goes modern

The Bossier Banner-Progress announced in its January 21, 1960 issue that the J. H. Montgomery Mercantile had become Boyd’s Shopworth Super Market.

“Benton proper now has a modern super market superseding the near three-quarter century old J. H. Montgomery Mercantile Company, owned and operated by the late J. H. Montgomery, one of the most successful men in Benton’s business history.”

“The new modern store is operated by Boyd Montgomery, successful and capable scion of the senior Montgomery.”

“This most promising business fills a long felt need for Benton and we are glad to note that the people of Benton and surrounding area are showing their pleasure and appreciation by giving the business a splendid support.  Mr. Montgomery greatly appreciates this and is determined to show his appreciation by giving them the type of service they want and deserve.”

“We have confidence in our people to believe that they will take pride in this  home industry and give it their loyal patronage.  Besides his business connections Mr. Montgomery is serving most successfully as a police juror for the ward.”

“There is a splendid and experienced corps of salesmen with him and the Banner-Progress extends to all its felicitations and best wishes for a banner history ahead.”

“This assisting staff are: Mr. Lee Berry, Mrs. Mary Lou Shaver, Mr. Curtis Merritt and delivery boy, Clarence.”

Ann Middleton is Director of the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center. She can be reached at (318) 746-7717 or by e-mail at amiddlet@state.lib.la.us

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