Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Great Uncle Ed's 5th Avenue Market. Vercellino Line.

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
Today I'm posting an article on the closing of our Great Uncle's Ed's 5th Ave. Market from The Daily Post - Belle Fourche, South Dakota's local paper.  The article was published on December 11, 1980.  Uncle Ed was the youngest child of John Vercellino and Maria Viano.  He was born in 1907 and died in 2002.  Our Grandmother Elda (Charles Williamson's mother) was his only sister. 

Relationship Chart

John Vercellino and Maria Viano
 Raymond Domenic,  Elda Kay,   Edward Daniel

Elda Vercellino married Charles Williamson
Charles Ray Williamson

Charles Williamson married Luella Mattson
Kim, Victor, Kevin, Janice, Jon, Jilane, Lisa, Annette

I remember visiting Uncle Ed's 5th Avenue Grocery when I was a child.  Uncle Ed and Aunt Iris lived above the grocery in a small apartment.  A long metal staircase on the outside south side of the store let up to the apartment.  I could see how climbing up and down those stairs several times a day would become a challenge as Ed and Iris got older.  

I remember thinking how awesome it would be to live above your very own grocery store;  all that candy, cake and ice cream at your fingertips anytime of the day!  A child's dream come true. 

I remember Uncle Ed as a kind, gentle, and quiet gentleman with a warm infectious smile.