At the Ellwood City Area Historical Society’s 2012 Art & Crafts Festival tent, they were selling pictures this year and one of the more popular pictures was this picture of the Yahn-Jones Hardware Company on Lawrence Avenue. It seems everyone remembers the Yahn-Jones and the squeaky wood floor.
To an outsider or someone who didn’t grow up in Ellwood at this time, you might say that “It was only a hardware store, what is the big deal?” However, the Yahn-Jones was a big deal. When people stopped to look at this picture, a flood of memories overtook them. Instantly they could remember walking through town with their parents enjoying the lost art of “window shopping”. Christmas toy train displays were another hot topic of discussion as it is here when you mention any of the former hardware stores in our town’s history.
Simply looking at this picture though just seemed to bring back memories of a simpler time. The Yahn-Jones Hardware Company wasn’t just a store downtown but it actually served the community for many years. That is why it is still one of the most recognizable storefronts in Ellwood City’s history.
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