Old building in Trego needs to be torn down
To the editor:
This letter is in reference to What's Wrong With This Picture? in the March 8 edition of The Herald-Mail.
This story was about the dilapidated old railroad station in Trego. It once housed my father's business, Trego Store and Elevator Co. My father was Lawrence H. Colbert Sr. He first partnered with Noah Mullendore in the 1920s and later was sole proprietor. My mother was Leah (Homes) Colbert. My brother, Lawrence "Howard" Colbert Jr., and I were born and raised in Trego in our home diagonally across the railroad tracks from the store. My father died in July 1958, my mother in December 1981 and my brother in August 2007.
My father's country store was a thriving business. He was also the B&O Railroad agent. It was filled with history of the era in which it existed. Its pot-bellied stove was a centerpiece. In the evenings, farmers and other men gathered around it sitting on boards over rail pegs. They would chat, smoke their pipes and chew tobacco. They might buy some cheese and crackers, have a soft drink and later a half-pint of hand-dipped ice cream. He sold coal to businesses in Boonsboro, Hagerstown and to many residents in the area. He delivered boxed orders to the people across the mountain of Chestnut Grove. He sold fertilizer and plant seed to farmers who later paid him at harvest time. The store was stocked with canned goods, a barrel of molasses, delivered bread, a large Nabisco showcase with cakes and cookies you could buy by the dozen, a glassed candy case with its crystal dishes holding penny candy, and at Christmas, all kinds of brittle and toffees. There were big jars of pickles and peppermint and birch drops that the seniors loved. There was a wooden, glass medicine cabinet stocked with old-time remedies. He also sold bib overalls, straw hats, aprons and some other articles of clothing. It was a typical country store.