Who remembers Scarlett Feed Store on First and Second avenues east?

I’m looking for a description of it (my memory is not always to be trusted) or, even better, old photos. I remember it from when I was a child, so that would have been in the mid-to-late 1960s, maybe even 1970s. I don’t remember when it closed but it had been there since the late 1800s.


Paul Lundgren

about 7 years ago

Scarlett Building

Information I could find with a quick Internet search:
  • The address was 213-215 E. First St.
  • It was also referred to as "Scarlett's Seeds Feeds and Fertilizers."
  • Thomas Scarlett founded the business in 1898. He married a woman named Birdie Moore.
  • They had a son, Raymond, who graduated from Central in 1926 and went into the family business. Raymond died in 2009 at the age of 101.
  • The business closed in 1992.
  • The building has been owned by Temple Corp., i.e. Eric Ringsred, since 2004.
  • lhertzel

    about 7 years ago

    Thanks! Imagine being named Birdie Scarlett.
    I hope someone remembers this place. I'd love a description, or a photo. I might try Pat Maus. Thanks so much, Paul.

    Paul Lundgren

    about 6 years ago

    Connecting this post to a more recent one:
    The Scarlett Feed and Seed building was purchased back in the 1990s, along with a property in Barnum, by Richard A. Peterson in order to move Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal out of its Water Street location so I-35 could be extended. Peterson sold the building to Eric Ringsred.
    Peterson's daughter, Wendy Pickar, said her father bought Scarlett's with some inventory and had a two-day auction there in the '90s. Some items were saved, including ledgers from another Scarlett business -- Scarlett Motors -- and a letter to Birdie Scarlett. Unfortunately, most of that stuff was damaged when the Historic Summer Solstice Flood Disaster of 2012 hit Barnum, so it was tossed. Pickar said she still has a few old seed and farming catalogs, and  other miscellaneous items she plans to sell through Nordic Auction's weekly consignment auction.


    about 6 years ago

    Thanks again. The picture! I remember that building so well. Though I think when I was a child the garage door was green. And I thought it was wooden and opened out, didn't go up. But I might be wrong.

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