the last two weeks Picturing the Past has featured businesses that were located
at 55 E. Main during a portion of their existence—B&B Feed & Seed from
1928-1940 and Grover’s Office Supply from 1992-2005. Houston Furniture was located in the building
|Flames shot from the front of Houston’s Furniture on E. Main St.
as firefighters prepare to fight the early morning fire on October 24, 1953.
week’s featured photograph was taken on Saturday, October 24, 1953. A delivery man for the grocery store next
door to Houston Furniture reported a fire at 7:15 that morning. Almost all the merchandise on the main floor
was destroyed. However, thanks to the
quick and efficient response of the Brevard Fire Department damage to the
structure was limited and stock on the lower level received only minor
damage. Store records were also saved.
following week Houston Furniture set up business in two available store fronts
in the Waltermire (Aethelwold) Hotel building.
They also immediately began repair work on their building. They would move back into their newly
remodeled building just over a month later, on November 30.
work of the firefighters is also credited for saving the adjoining businesses
of Belk’s Department Store and Cash and Carry Super Market. Belk’s Department Store, located on the east
side, had opened a year prior to Houston Furniture, in March 1940. The Cash and Carry Super Market, owned and
operated by Curtis Kelley, was in the adjoining building to the west. Cash and Carry opened on E. Main St. in April
1943 and remained there until October 1957 when it moved to N. Broad and became
affiliated with Piggly Wiggly.
photograph collection in the Local History Room at the Transylvania County
Library does not include a picture of Piggly Wiggly. If you have one that you would be willing to
share please contact the Local History Room staff.
and information for this column are provided by the Rowell Bosse North Carolina
Room, Transylvania County Library. Visit the NC Room during regular library
hours (Monday-Friday) to learn more about our history and see additional
photographs. For more information, comments, or suggestions contact Marcy at