|Catalog Number||WF 1043|
|Caption||Simmonds Variety store|
This is an exterior view of Kerney's Variety Store, 610 Commercial. Abe Simmonds and his wife Pearl had a long association with "variety" stores. Pearl worked at Kerney's Variety Store at this same address in 1921. Mr. Kerney died of cancer 2 years after starting the store in 1911. Pearl married Abe Simmonds and they continued Kerney's variety store in 1921. The 1937 city directory noted Simmonds working at Kerney's Variety Store, again at the same address. In 1940 this was the site of Corson Variety Store. By 1939, Simmonds had opened a paint store and moved to a new location at 711 Commercial. He remained there at least through the 1962 directory. See WF 1170 for a photo of Simmonds' home.
Kerney's Variety Store had a big while scale on the sidewalk where people could put in a penny and weigh themselves or whatever they needed to weigh.
To the right (north) of Kerney's store was the Shannon Building; south was a barber shop, Pickens Shoe Store and then Burton's Jewelry on the corner of 7th Street and Commercial Avenue.
|Date||1930s c. early|
|Photographer||BRADY, Ferd (in his collection retrieved by Wallie Funk)|
|Collection||Wallie Funk Collection|
Place - Anacortes, WA
Structure - Business
|Credit line||Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection|
Simmonds Variety Store
Kerney's Variety Store
Simmonds Paint store