First Business Historical

First Business Historical (HM1V5Y)

Location: Friendswood, TX 77546 Galveston County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 31.748', W 95° 12.049'

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Hadley General Merchandise

—1907 —

Friendswood's first business a small, general merchandise store, what opened on this site in 1907 by a Quaker from Lowell, Kansas, Cyrus J. Hadley. He and his wife, Elvira, made stables available to the community. Prior to Hadley's store, folks sent their grocery lists with the mail carrier to League City where he filled the orders and brought groceries back with the mail. This was part of the mail carrier's duties and was written into his contract with the postal service.

At Hadley's death in 1935, Manual and Florence Snow briefly before selling to Effie and son Jimmie Albritton in 1937. They were the local grocer until 1961. The first supermarket-style store at 211 S. FM 518 was opened in 1952 by another Quaker, James Baker. When it closed in 1982, it was the last of the independent grocers in Friendswood.
HM NumberHM1V5Y
Year Placed2012
Placed ByFriendswood Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 286714 N 3268630
Decimal Degrees29.52913333, -95.20081667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 31.748', W 95° 12.049'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 31' 44.88" N, 95° 12' 2.94" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)713, 281, 832
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 418-472 FM518, Friendswood TX 77546, US
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