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Downtown hardware store celebrates centennial

The store had a side entrance and display windows before being remodeled in the 1950s.

By L.A. Story

lastory@dailycorinthian.com

Not many business can claim a 100-year history, but Biggers Hardware is one of them.

Biggers Hardware, located at 602 Cruise Street, in downtown Corinth, invites the public to come and join in on a 100th anniversary celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Biggers Hardware was started by James David Biggers Sr. It opened its doors for business in 1918, which was also the same year the Alcorn County Courthouse was built.

Biggers family member Jan Biggers Chamblee said the Biggers' family members have continued to run the store ever since it opened.

"I remember when my daddy, who was Harry Lee Biggers, and his siblings ran it," said Chamblee. "The two that ran it in the third generation were Lon Taylor Jr. and Chig Biggers. Now, we're in the fourth generation and it's Lon Taylor III and Lex Rhodes."

Chamblee said the store has always been in the same location and when it first opened, it had a corner entrance and show windows. She said she believes it was some time in the 1950s when the store was remodeled and the show windows were taken out and the entrance was put in the front.

"I remember as a child there were a lot of wooden drawers where they kept all the merchandise and there was a big wooden ladder and they would roll it back and forth and get merchandise out of the drawers," Chamblee recalled.

"It was a good time growing up. We've always hired a lot of people and I think most everybody in town has worked here, especially family," she added, with a laugh.

There will be refreshments, drawings for door prizes and special speakers for Saturday's centennial celebration.

Among those expected to make presentations will be Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin, who will be presenting the Key to the City.

She added that Leroy Worsham will be there to say a few words. Worsham will be 100 in November and has been a member of the family for about 70 years, when he married a cousin of Chamblee's.

There will be letters read from Governor Phil Bryant, Congressmen Trent Kelly and Senator Roger Wicker. Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. will also make some remarks.

"We just want to invite everybody to come and have cake with us and celebrate," said Chamblee.

Centennial

Celebration

Biggers Hardware

602 Cruise Street

Saturday

1 to 3 p.m.