If you needed it, Garrett’s had it
For the 43 years Garrett’s Hardware was located on the north side of the Newton square, you could depend on them for nearly everything, from a package of thumb tacks to a piece of stove pipe for the old range on the farm. Its inventory of items for the home, garage or shop was endless.
Roy was born on Dec. 6, 1913, in Green Castle, Mo. His future wife, Fanny, was born on May 5, 1913 in New Providence, Iowa. When they were married on June 27, 1937, Roy was making just $15 per week but Fanny was earning a healthy $100 per month as a school teacher. Roy wondered why she would want to marry such a poor man but they spent 63 happy, contented years together.
Roy and Fanny moved to Newton in February 1940 to take over the old Peterson Hardware in the same location. Roy was working at King Hardware in Winterset when he was convinced by a fellow with the Brown-Camp Wholesale in Des Moines that he should open his own store. When Roy said he had no money to start his own, the fellow said, “No problem — we’ll find it for you.”
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