UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Harris Hardware 330 Pequot Avenue in 1926

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Harris Hardware 330 Pequot Avenue in 1926

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Harris Hardware 330 Pequot Avenue
Southport, Connecticut
Commercial photo. Jesse Harris (1861-1936) came to Southport in 1920 to take over the hardware store formerly run by A.C. Bradley in the Jelliff building (now Pequot Yacht Club) on Harbor Road. In 1926 when the Post Office was moved from Main Street to Pequot Avenue, a new one-story brick building was built by Conrad Buckingham on his property to house the PO & Harris Hardware. This photo is believed taken shortly after Harris moved in, May 1926, and gives an idea of hardware stock of the time. (The Fairfield Historical Society has a somewhat later picture of this interior without the old time stove, with more modern lighting, and somewhat different wares.) Edward F. ("Ned") Russell, clerk for Harris, became the manager in the 1930's and later the owner. His son, Harris Russell (1934-2003), also owned the store for a period of time. Jesse Harris built the house at #71 Spruce Street; after his death Ned Russell purchased the property. {The store continued as Village Hardware until their closing in 2009. Southport Galleries opened in the space in October 2009.}
Creator: V. Louise Higgins
Publisher: Pequot Library Association
Date: circa 1926
Format: Photograph

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