Part 2 Richford (VT) Pearl’s Department Store

Chain: Pearl’s Department Stores, Inc.

Dates  Purchased July 30, 1953 (existing Miller Store), Opening August 13, 1953 (See ad).

At time of purchase existing Pearl’s Department Stores, Inc.  were Enosburg Falls (VT), Swanton (VT), Alburg (VT), Rouses Point (NY),  Ticonderoga (NY), Corinth (NY), Keeseville (NY), Malone (NY), Potsdam (NY),  Canton (NY), Alexandria Bay (NY)

Date Closed: 1988

Street Address(es) when open (Building name/block) [Current Address]: (#1) 155 Main Street (Miller Block) from 1953 – 1955 [Building torn down in 1970’s] (#2) 14 River Street

Former Store(s)  in Location(s):

Later Store(s) in Location(s):

Buildings still exist?:

Owners, Managers, Employees:

Ruth Tillotson Mrs. Paul Draper) , first manager, came from Enosburg Falls store 1953-1972, then went back to Pearl’s Enosburg as manager.

Wilma Marston, clerk 1957- 1973  (16 years), manager 1972 – 1988 (15 years)

Subsequent Owners if sold: Closed

Articles, Pictures, Ads:

Pearl’s buys Miller’s Store(Richford Journal-Gazette July 30, 1953 p1)

First ad when opened to sell Miller’s Store Merchandise (Richford Journal-Gazette August 13, 1953 p7)

Article on Pearl’s Richford closing with very good history (St. Albans Messenger April 23, 1988 p6)