Vol XV #179 – First Day of Fall

Report #5289 Photo: LR_09-23-15

LR 09-23-2015

6:00 am ~ 62° ~ Partly Cloudy ~ Wind: Calm ~ Humidity: 93%
Sunrise is at 7:39 am ~ Ave. Low is 50° ~ Record Low is 37° (2000)
3:10 pm. ~ 72° ~Cloudy ~ Wind: N NE at 5 mph ~ Humidity 55%
Sunset is at 7:39 pm ~ Ave. High is 70° ~ Record High is 82° (2004) 
Moonphase: Waxing Gibbous ~ Pressure: 30.31 in ~ Dew Point: 55° ~ Visibility: 10 Miles
Daylight: 12 Hrs, 8 Mns

Forecast for 9/24/2015 – Mostly Cloudy, High 76° F- Low:56° F

Vol XV #178 - Last Day of Summer
Vol XV #180 - A Beautiful Overcast Morning


I wonder how many people remember that when Ozzie Cordes owned the Mercantile, there was a hardware department in the basement.  At least I think it was in the basement, it’s been a few years ago.  Looking for something of interest I took a picture of the “Merc” because it looked so nice in the morning sun.     



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Susan Cordes
Susan Cordes

Ozzie Cordes who owned the Merc with Archie Lederle died in 1938 or 1939.
I remember that hardware was in the basement but there was also an area for
hardware on the main floor. I also remember a soda fountain on the south side of the
main floor.

Stan Bachmeyer
Stan Bachmeyer

What ever happened to Patty Cordes?

Lovin' Leland Local

How many of you remember that Ozzie’s wifes name was Harriet? The original Ozzie and Harriet. 🙂

Greg chapman
Greg chapman

Merc has great food. Their meat is top quality and the prepared foods are great value. And, it is one of the only stores outside Louisville where you can find the occasional bottle of Old Forester.

Jeff in Paw Paw
Jeff in Paw Paw

The Merc is a great store. If you can’t get it at the Merc you don’t need it.

Victor Cordes
Victor Cordes

I remember when vacationing at my grandmother’s house (which is now the bank on Pearl and M22) we used to go down to the basement at the Merc. No hardware store (this was in the 50s) but a grand old basement especially to a 10-12 year old boy. The whole store was grand with Uncle Oswald and Uncle Ralph and all the cousins who worked there.