Washington State Folk Art Sign with Policeman
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Way cool primitive folk art sign from Deer Park, Washington. Deer park is just north of Spokane. Awesome graphic design with a multicolored policeman. Original untouched painted surface on sheet metal. Awesome country advertising piece. The following article published in 1939 adds some historic information about the sign and Mr. Grove.
ROY R. GROVE
This is the first of a series of articles about people of theDeer Parkdistrict. It is published to better acquaint you with those who help to makeDeer Park.
This week we review the life of a pioneer dry goods merchant, who holds the distinction of having been in business on the Main Street of Deer Park for a longer period of time than any other person now doing business in town.
Roy R. Grove was born in Slipper Rock, Pennsylvania December 30, 1876. His family are American as far back as it can be traced, at least to the great-great-grandparents. He attended school in Pennsylvania, and with his family moved directly to this district in 1893. They settled on the present Ernest King farm on Wild Rose Prairie, living there for about four years, when Roy’s father homesteaded near Fan Lake. Roy worked with his father on the farm until 1908. It was during this time that he met and married Anna V. Neaville, a Spokane girl.
When he left the farm he came directly to Deer Park and went to work for the Olson Mercantile located on the corner of Main and Crawford in the building now occupied by the Olson Building Supply Co. A couple of years later the present hotel building was built, and the store occupied the entire lower floor of that building. In about 1916 Grove and this brother-in-law J. R. Neaville purchased the business and in 1918 when Neaville died during the flu epidemic, Grove bought the entire store.
In the depression of 1920, Roy states, “I was lucky for once in my life. I sold the store in the spring to a couple of Jews, and they put on a series of sales. When the crash came, they, not I, were holding the bag; I reopened the store in the same location in the fall.” At this time Grove discontinued all lines except dry goods.
About 10 years ago he moved into his present location, and this rounds out an even twenty-three years of service to this community.
Roy Grove has always been active in civic life of the community. He is an active member of the Deer Park Commercial Club, and for many years served as its secretary and treasurer. He has gone through the chairs of the local Masonic lodge, and has been a prominent member of the Open Door Congregational Church.
When questioned about his hobbies and pastimes, he tried to tell us that he works all the time; but his son let us in on the fact that after store hours,Royspends his time gardening, cutting wood and playing Chinese checkers.
(This article was published on the front page of the April 27, 1939, Deer Park Union under the column name “Who’s Who In Our District”. The writer of this column is not named.)
Size: 24″ x 12″
Condition: Some old dents and expected surface wear. No touch ups. All original surface.
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